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Queen Elizabeth II

We have been learning all about Queen Elizabeth II in PSHE, English and as part of our British Values work.  We were also given some very special books all about Queen Elizabeth.  We have been enjoying reading them during silent reading time.

Rio Homework Project

Well done to the children who have created this amazing Rio/ Olympics homework - all of the projects completed are fantastic! 

Class Newsletter Summer 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

As we welcome in the 2016 Olympics we are going to turn our focus to Brazil as we study this amazing and vibrant country.  We will be studying the major cities as well as unlocking the secrets of the Amazon Rainforest and it’s multitude of exotic wildlife.  Importance will be placed on the Olympic Values as we learn about the games and this will be reflected in our PE sessions as we practise athletics and field games.

Miss Edward will be returning to work this half term.  She will build up to teaching the class Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Mrs Ferreday will continue to teach the class on Thursdays and Fridays.

English
This half term we will be focusing on stories from other cultures and poetry, as well as writing balanced arguments as we debate the impact of environmental change on the Amazon Rainforest.  Our reading targets are:

Must – I can discuss my favourite words and phrases.

Should – I can discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s imagination and interest.

Could – I can understand how the author wants the reader to respond.

Maths
As we bring together the year’s work, we will revising the different areas of maths that we have covered this year and using the knowledge we have gained to continue to use and apply our maths in problem solving contexts.  We will be having a strong focus on fractions and times tables.  Please keep working on your times tables – they are so important!

Science
Over the half term our pupils will continue studying ‘Animals including Humans’.  This time the focus will be on food chains, predators and prey as well as looking at the differences between the skeletons and teeth of various animals.

Other Subjects
Please see the attached topic web for information on all subjects, PE will continue to be taught on Tuesdays and Fridays (both outdoors).  It is very important that your child has a FULL PE kit so he/she is allowed to fully participate in the lessons.  Some children will be swimming with Miss Edwards.

Homework

10/6

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

17/6

Maths – Paper based/book

English

Spellings

24/6

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

1/7

Maths – Paper based/book

English

Spellings

8/7

Maths – Paper based/book

English

Spellings

15/7

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

22/7

Summer Holidays Project

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Ferreday and Miss Edwards

Summer 2 Topic Web: Brazil

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term:

Class Newsletter Summer 1

Topic News

Our new topic, You’re Hired, will focus on enterprise skills.  The children will be learning about food preparation and how to make different recipes in DT. They will be cooking and selling some of their food at the end of the unit of work. In RE we will be thinking about why prayer is important for Christians.  In PSHE the children will be learning about money management and discussing their different attitudes to money. In Computing, the children will be developing their programming skills using ‘Scratch’. Our focus author in English will be Roald Dahl. The children will also be learning about persuasive and instructional writing. In maths, we will continue to cover a range of different maths skills, with a particular focus on money and mental maths skills. Please see the topic web attached for more information.

Key Dates
The Lower Key Stage 2 performances will take place on Thursday the 5th of May and Friday the 6th of May starting at 2pm - more information will follow.

Our topic celebration will be on Monday 23rd at 2:30pm. The children will be selling some of the food they make.

Maths Targets
Layered maths targets will continue to be set at the beginning of each unit of work.  Times tables testing and skill development will also continue.

Reading Targets

Below are our reading targets that we will be working on during guided/individual reading sessions. 

Target

 

Could

I can pull together clues from action, dialogue AND description to infer meaning.

 

Should

I can discuss their feelings and empathise with characters.

 

Must

 

I can make simple inferences about thoughts and feelings of characters and reasons for their actions

   

Science Targets 

Animals, including humans  year 3

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Can I explain the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet?

 

 

Can I explain how nutrients, water and oxygen are transported within animals and humans?

 

 

Can I describe and explain the skeletal system of a human.

 

 

Can I describe and explain the muscular system of a human.

 

 

Can I describe the purpose of the skeleton in humans and animals?

 

 

 

Exceeding  year 3

Can I explain how the muscular and skeletal systems work together to create movement?

 

 

 

Animals, including humans  year 4

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Can I identify and name the parts of the human digestive system?

 

 

Can I describe the functions of the organs in the human digestive system?

 

 

Can I identify and describe the different types of teeth in humans?

 

 

Can I describe the functions of different human teeth?

 

 

 

Exceeding  year 4

Can I record more complex data and results using scientific diagrams, classification keys, tables, bar charts, line graphs and models?

 

 

Can I report findings from scientific enquiries through written explanations and conclusions?

 

 

PE
PE will continue to develop a range of different skills and some of the athletics sessions will be delivered by a sports coach.  Please make sure your child has suitable kit for indoor and outdoor PE and suitable trainers in case it is wet on the field or yard. Our PE days are now TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS.

Homework
Homework tasks will be set at the end of each week.  We expect all homework to be returned to school by Wednesday unless otherwise stated this includes online homework.  Homework should be placed in the homework drawer.  In addition to the set tasks, we expect that children will be working on their reading regularly at home.

Timetable

Week

Task

Week 1

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

Week 2

English and Maths (paper based)

Spellings

Week 3

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

Week 4

English and Maths (paper based)

Spellings

Week 5

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

Week 6

English and Maths (paper based)

Spellings

Week 7

Maths – I am learning

English - Half term writing task

Spellings

Mrs Hadfield and Mrs Ferreday

Topic Web Summer 1: Enterprise

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term:

Class newsletter Spring 1 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

First of all, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year. I hope you all had a good Christmas break. Thank you for all the carefully researched holiday homework which will make a colourful display.

We are intending to take class’s 3/4F and 4/5PA for a walk along High Street next Tuesday at 9.30am to gather material to help us write a guide book to the village.

The children will be gathering much information about Sheffield and comparing the Steal City to the Port City of Barcelona. Tourism, architecture, climate and famous landmarks are some of the areas the children will research using our ICT facilities. Our celebration of the work we have done on Sheffield and Barcelona will take place on Thursday 17th March probably at 2.45pm, although I'll confirm the exact time nearer the date.

D Hadfield

 

Reading targets

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Identify and comment on expressive, figurative and descriptive language to create effects in poetry and prose.

e.g. figurative (not to be taken literally) expressions like tongue –tied, lump in my throat, similes and metaphors and any words and phrases that describe something well.

Could

Spot words that the author has chosen which rhyme, or repeated words and phrases in a text. Discuss their effect on the reader.

Should

Pick out words and phrases that we think are really good and capture our interest and imagination. Explain why.

Must

Spot which words the author has put in to make the reader feel scared, tense or to make them say, ”Yuck !“ or laugh!

Class newsletter

Topic News

This half term we will be learning all about the Ancient Greeks in our Groovy Greeks topic!  The children have already begun by running in a Marathon Challenge and they are looking forward to learning all about Greek myths & legends, the Greek Gods and the history of the Olympics.

The children will also be learning about ancient Greek art and pottery, especially the history that it reveals.  They will design and make their own Greek pottery using ideas from the events and heroes/heroines they learn about.

Please see the topic web attached for full details of our topic.

Reading
To enable us to hear pupils read individually as often as possible, we would like to ask for more volunteers who could spare some time to hear children read in a morning or afternoon.  If you are able to help please contact Mrs Ferreday or leave your details at the office and we can arrange a suitable time.  Your help would be very much appreciated!

Below are your child’s reading targets – these will be worked on in individual reading, guided reading and whole class reading activities: 

Could

I can ask questions to improve my understanding of the text.

Should

I can predict what might happen from details stated and implied.

 

Must

I can infer characters’ thoughts and feelings based on their actions.

                                                       

Spelling
To keep spelling days consistent across Key Stage 2, we will be changing our spelling test day to Mondays beginning on Monday 16th November.  We will still hand out the new spellings on Wednesdays.  Can you please ensure your children copy their spellings out carefully as if they copy out mistakes this will mean that they practise the mistake and not the correct spelling.  Thankyou for your continued support in helping your child to learn these new words.

Maths Targets
Your children are now well on their way to learning their bronze, silver and gold times tables and we would like to encourage them to keep practicing as they will help your child with their fluency in all areas of maths.  Once they are learned they will be useful throughout their education so it’s worth investing the time to learn them now!  If any more people would like to volunteer to test pupils on their times tables this would also be appreciated.  Don’t worry, we provide all the questions and answers!

Bronze = Recite the times table e.g One ten is ten

Silver = Answer random questions e.g What are two tens? What is the product of six and ten?

Gold = Answer a related division question e.g What is sixty divided by ten?

This interactive BBC game is very useful in helping children to link the individual times tables facts together: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find 

Science Targets - Sound 

Can I describe how a sound is made?

Can I explain how sound travels from a source to our ears?

Can I explain the place of vibration in hearing?

Can I explore the correlation between the pitch and the object producing the sound?

Can I explore the correlation between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it?

Can I describe what happens to a sound as it travels away from its source?

 

Homework 

 

 13/11

Maths – Paper based/book

English

Spellings

20/11

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

27/11

Maths – Paper based/book

English

Spellings

4/12

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

11/12

Maths – Paper based/book

English

Spellings

18/12

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

Topic/ half term project work

PE
Outdoor PE will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school with a warm top and a pair of plimsolls/trainers.  Earrings should be removed for PE – if your child is not able to do this please send in tape for him/her to cover their ears with.  Please make sure long hair is tied back on PE days.

Mrs Ferreday

Times Table Challenge

Congratulations to the children who have already gained a bronze, silver or gold sticker on their charts.  If you would like to know which times tables your child is working on, please ask him or her to ask for a copy of their times table chart.

It is the National Expectation that:

  • Children in YEAR 3 will know their 2s,5s and 10s (from Year 2) and their 3s and 4s by the end of the year.  They should also be able to count in 4s, 8s, 50s and 100s by the end of the year.  To be clear, this means that children in YEAR 3 should know the multiplication and division facts for the 10s,2s,5s,3s and 4s by the end of the year.
  • Children in YEAR 4 will know their 2s,5s,10s,3s and 4s (from previous years) and ALL of the rest of their times tables by the end of the year.  To be clear, this means that children in YEAR 4 should be able to recall ALL of the multiplication and division facts up to 12x12 by the end of the year.

As I am sure you understand, the more the children can learn in Year 3 the better and the more children in both years can work on their tables at the home the better they will become!

Good luck Year 3 and 4! Keep working on your times table challenge charts.

Trip to Rother Valley

Times tables challenge

We have now started our times tables challenge star charts.  If you want to be tested, please find Mrs Ferreday or Mrs Findley during playtime or the start of lunch. Remember:

  • Bronze = Recite times tables in order e.g One ten is ten
  • Silver = Answer random times tables questions e.g What are two tens? What is the product of six and ten?
  • Gold = Mrs Ferreday will test you for your gold star - You will need to answer times tables questions and the related division facts e.g What is sixty divided by ten?

Try to following websites to help you work on your tables:

We look forward to giving lots of stars out in the next few weeks!

e-Safety and computing

In our computing lessons we have been learning about how to create a safe and secure password.  You can have a go at home as well.  Get a piece of paper and split it into 4 boxes.  Write one of these things in each box: favourite pet, food, number and a symbol from the top of the keyboard.  Then cut up the 4 pieces and jumble them up - you then have your password!  To make it even stronger, add a pound sign or a space.  You could also try changing some of your letters to capital letters.  

When you have made your password, use the website below to test it!  We had great fun trying to make our passwords impossible to guess!

https://howsecureismypassword.net/

TEAM = Together, Everyone, Achieves, More

We have been working on our team work in class.  We did some team building activities in a class forest school session.  Don't forget 

Autumn 1: class newsletter

Topic News
Our topic for this half term will be ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’.  This topic is all about Yorkshire – it looks at the Geography and some history associated with Yorkshire and some of the traditions and environmental issues Yorkshire faces in 2015. 

We will also be working on building our own model bridges in DT – please let us know if you or anyone in your family has any kind of engineering, architectural or structural building expertise – it would be fantastic to invite you/them into school to share some knowledge with the children! 

We will be going on a trip to Rother Valley to learn more about the environmental impact the park.  The children will also be learning more about the facilities and tourist attractions at the park.

Please see the topic web attached for full details of our topic.

Reading
Please note that in Year 3 and 4 we do not always hear children read individually on a daily basis.  Reading is often more about guided group reading – this is where children are heard to read in small groups according to ability.  Guided reading gives children valuable opportunities to share their ideas and to discuss the books they are reading with other children and the teacher.  Reading also takes place daily within English lessons and during register time.  Your child may still read individually to an adult but this may not be as frequently as in Infants.  If you need to send a message to school or have any questions about reading, please write a note or pop in rather than writing in your child’s reading record book as we do not check these as frequently as in Infants.  Your child will become responsible for his/her own reading record and will write his/her own  books and page numbers in this in order to develop independence and reading maturity as they get older. 

Your child will be bringing home a list of books he/she may want to read from our Reading Pro assessments in the next few weeks. 

Below are your child’s reading targets – these will be worked on in individual reading, guided reading and whole class reading activities: 

Could Even…

I can locate information using skimming, scanning and text marking.

 

Could

I can discuss, in detail, words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest in a range of different texts.

 

Should

I can discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.

 

Must

I can discuss my favourite words or phrases.

 

Spelling
Spelling test words will be sent home on Fridays and tested on Wednesdays. Spelling test marks will be recorded, by your child, in the back of his/her reading record book.  We will begin spelling work next week.

Maths Targets
Children have maths targets for each unit of work in their maths books.  Please help your child at home to learn his/her times tables – they are really important throughout Key Stage 2.  We will be testing your child on his/her tables soon and they will work to achieve their bronze, silver and gold award for each number.

Bronze = Recite the times table e.g One ten is ten
Silver = Answer random questions e.g What are two tens? What is the product of six and ten?
Gold = Answer a related division question e.g What is sixty divided by ten?

A useful website which is tablet friendly is  ‘www.topmarks.co.uk’ -> click on learning games -> multiplication and division ->play the first game ‘ hit the button’. This game allows you to choose your own multiplication tables to practice and encourages them to beat their own score.

Science Targets  

Can I identify and name appliances that require electricity to function?

Can I construct a series circuit?

Can I identify and name the components in a series circuit?

Can I draw a circuit diagram?

Can I describe the function of a switch in a circuit?

Can I describe the difference between a conductor and an insulator, giving examples of each?

Homework

Homework tasks will be set every Friday.  We expect all homework to be returned to school by Wednesday unless otherwise stated, this includes online homework.  Homework should be placed in the homework tray.  In addition to the set tasks, we expect that children will be working on their times tables and reading regularly at home. Below is a homework timetable for this half term so that you know what homework your child should have brought home. 

We expect children to take responsibility for remembering to bring their homework home and for asking for another copy of the homework if they have lost the original.  Below is a timetable for homework for our class: 

11/9

Maths – I am learning

18/9

Maths – Paper based/ book

English

Spellings

25/9

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

2/10

Maths – Paper based/book

English

Spellings

9/10

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

16/10

Maths – Paper based/book

English

Spellings

23/10

Maths – I am learning

Spellings

Topic/ half term project work

PE
Outdoor PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday.  Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school with a warm top and a pair of plimsolls/ trainers.  Earrings should be removed for PE – if your child is not able to do this please send in tape for him/her to cover their ears with.  Please make sure long hair is tied back on PE days.

Mrs Ferreday and Mr Jarvis

Topic web: Yorkshire

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term: