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Summer 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We are excited about starting our new topic Vicious Vikings. This will start with a Viking invasion of Barlborough with lots of exciting activities planned for the first 2 days back. This will be our theme across many subjects this half term – please see the attached topic web for further information

English

Our pupils will be exploring our new class book – ‘The Vicious Vikings’ by Terry Deary! We will be writing non-chronological reports and delving into myths and legends with a focus on Norse myths.  

Your child should bring their school reading book every day, please encourage them to read independently and hear them read aloud as often as possible. Remember that good readers make good writers!

Our reading targets:

Year 3

I can use the context of a sentence to help me work out the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Year 4

I can retell some of the myths and legends I am familiar with.

Passport statements
Most children have achieved their passport statements. We will focus on any not achieved and look forward to sharing these with you at the end of the school year.

Homework 

Homework timetable for Y3/4

Fri 9/6

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 16/6

Maths – I Am Learning

English & Spellings

Fri 23/6

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 30/6

Maths – I Am Learning

English

Spellings

Fri 7/7

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 14/7

Maths – I am Learning

Please note that some of these homework tasks may alter depending on transition weeks and other sporting events.

We would like to emphasise that our children are expected to be responsible for managing their homework and belongings this year.  If homework is not returned by Wednesday, children will need to complete this in Golden Time (please refer to our School Homework Policy for further information on this).   Children should place their homework in the homework tray in their classroom or in the maths trays in the hall. 

Spellings
We would like to thank you for your continued support in helping children to achieve 6 or more in their weekly spelling test, this has reduced the number of children missing play time to practise. Just a reminder that your child should return their spelling book in on a Monday, ready for the new test. Books will be sent home every Wednesday for children to share with you their previous test score.

Volunteers Needed!
Thank you to the parents who have offered to come in and hear readers, support in class and help test on times tables. If anyone else would like to come in and help it would be much appreciated.

Cereal Boxes
We would be grateful if you could send in any empty cereal boxes for our weaving project.

Many thanks,
Mr Jarvis

 

Topic Web Summer 2: Vikings

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Summer 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents,
This half term we will become space explorers for our new topic: To Infinity and Beyond!  Please see topic web for further information. We hope the children had fun creating their models over the Easter holidays, you must have been all very busy! They will make a super display – thank you for your support with this project. If your child has any artefacts or books and would like to share them with the class or put them on our display, please send them in.

English
In English this term we will begin by looking at different forms of poetry and discuss our own opinions about these. We will also read and share different Space poems before creating our own. During the second part of the term, we will recap what makes a good Information Text and then research an area of Space in order to create our own page for a class Non-Fiction book.

As well as continuing to hear your child read as often as possible, can you please encourage them to read books and take the quizzes on the Reading Pro website.  You should have received a log-in and password (the children should know theirs by now), if you haven’t then please contact your teacher or the main office. 

Our reading targets:

Year 3

I can prepare a poem to read aloud.

Year 4

I can prepare poems to read aloud and perform using volume and intonation.

Passport statements

This term, we are going to think about how we can be kind to others. Next week, we will have a new kindness tree in our classroom. This will give the children the opportunity to write down on leaves any kind acts that they see other children do. The children will also continue to focus on their passport statements during PSHCE. Please let us know if your child achieves anything towards these goals at home:

  • Always follow the class rules
  • Understand what is right and wrong
  • Understand the importance of telling the truth

Homework
Homework timetable for Y3/4:

W/e  

Yr3/4

28.4.17

Maths –I Am Learning

English

5.5.17

Maths - book

12.5.17

Maths – I A L

English

19.5.17

Maths - book

26.5.17

Maths – I A L

English/New Topic task

We would like to emphasise that our children are expected to be responsible for managing their homework and belongings this year.  If homework is not returned by Wednesday, children will need to complete this in Golden Time (please refer to our School Homework Policy for further information).   Children should place their homework in the homework tray in their classroom.  We would like to remind children that pencil cases and toys are not allowed in school.

PE
PE and Swimming will continue to be on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon and the children are in the same groups as last term. Please ensure that long hair is tied back and that fingernails are kept reasonably short to avoid injury to others. Earrings must be removed during PE, if your child cannot do this then please provide them with tape (medical tape or similar). Also, please bring trainers and a plastic bag as the field can be quite muddy.

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to come and see us either before or after school.

Many thanks,
Mr Jarvis & Mr Fisher

Topic Web Summer 1: Space!

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World Book Day

Newsletter: Spring 2

Dear Parents,
This half term we are becoming Saxon Explorers!  We will learn about the influence that the Saxons had on our country and how they used to live.  We are also excited to begin rehearsals for our Easter performance. All Year 4s have been offered a speaking role and all Year 3s will provide the chorus. This is the format we’ve adopted in recent years to make it fair and to ensure everyone gets a speaking role. The performances will be on the 3rd and 6th of April. We will confirm times and ticket information nearer the time. In the next few weeks, we will send home costume slips and play scripts for Y4 children with speaking parts to learn their lines.

We are also pleased to inform you that our teacher training student, Mr Fisher, will be leading some of the lessons this half term and we are sure he will do a great job!

English
We are very excited to introduce pupils to our new class book: ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes!  We will use this classic story (and some modern versions too) to help us write explanation texts and then move our focus to play scripts as our Easter production approaches. 

As well as continuing to hear your child read as often as possible, can you please encourage them to read books and take the quizzes on the Reading Pro website.  You should have received a log-in and password (the children should know theirs by now), if you haven’t then please contact your teacher or the main office. 

Our reading targets:

Year 3

I can retrieve key information from non-fiction texts.

I can prepare a play script to perform.

Year 4

I can retrieve and record information from non-fiction texts.

I can prepare a play script to perform using intonation, volume and action.

 

Passport statements
The children will continue to focus on their passport statements during PSHCE. Please let us know if your child achieves anything towards these goals at home:

  • Explain why I am special.
  • Show care towards animals.
  • Understand the importance of telling the truth.

Homework

Fri 24/2

Maths – I Am Learning

English

Spellings

Fri 3/3

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 10/3

Maths – I Am Learning

English

Spellings

Fri 17/3

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 24/3

Maths – I Am Learning

English

Spellings

Fri 31/3

Maths – Homework Book

Spellings

Fri 6/4

Maths – I am Learning

Half-term Project

Spellings

We would like to emphasise that our children are expected to be responsible for managing their homework and belongings this year.  If homework is not returned by Wednesday, children will need to complete this in Golden Time (please refer to our School Homework Policy for further information).   Children should place their homework in the homework tray in their classroom or in the maths trays in the hall. 

PE
The 5/60 programme will be continuing on Mondays and outdoor PE will take place on Wednesdays (except for those who are swimming).  Please ensure that long hair is tied back and that fingernails are kept reasonably short to avoid injury to others. Earrings must be removed during PE, if your child cannot do this then please provide them with tape (medical tape or similar). Also, please bring trainers and a plastic bag as the field can be quite muddy.

Many thanks,
Mrs Caballero

Topic Web SP2: Saxon Shores

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The Daring Dragons take on the 5/60 challenge!

Newsletter: Spring 1

Dear Parents,
We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break. Thank you very much for your Christmas cards and generous gifts!

Our new topic this half term is Exploding Earth! Please see the attached topic web for further information. We have received some wonderful and creative volcano projects, thank you for your continued support with your child’s homework.

English
This half term, we will be exploring our new class book – ‘Volcano Adventure’ This book supports our first unit: Adventure Stories. The children will continue using Talk 4 Writing to help them to learn a model text before planning and writing their own adventure stories. For our final English unit, the children will be applying their learning from our Topic lessons and write an Information Text about Volcanoes.  

Your child should bring their school reading book every day, please encourage them to read independently and hear them read aloud as often as possible. Remember that good readers make good writers!

Maths
Please continue to help your child to practise their times tables at home to help them achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards:

  • Bronze = Counting in order e.g. 2,4,6,8,10…
  • Silver = Times table facts e.g. 2 x 4 = 8, the product of 9 and 2 = 18
  • Gold = The inverse e.g. 24 ÷ 2 = 12, 14 ÷ 2 = 7

Homework

Fri 6/1

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

Fri 13/1

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

Fri 20/1

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

Fri 27/1

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

Fri 3/2

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

Fri 10/2

Maths – Homework Book

Half-term Project

Spellings

PSHE
Our Governors have created a new Passport scheme to enable children to develop their personal and social skills and celebrate good behaviour. Each child has been given a passport and will be starting on an appropriate stage. Our children are beginning Stage 3 and we will be focusing on how children can achieve the statements below:

  • Keep safe outside of school
  • Ask to join in another child’s game
  • Set goals that I can achieve

We would love to hear about any examples where your child has met these targets out of school. You can always send them in on a post-it and we will put these into their passports. 

PE
This half term, swimming will be a mixed Year 3 & 4 group. We have told the children who will be going swimming, however the pool at Clowne is still under construction and we have no completion date yet. We will send permission letters home as soon as we have a start date.

PE will now be on the following days:

  • Monday: Indoor PE with an instructor (5x60 programme).  
  • Wednesday: Hockey outdoors (Football for those children who will start swimming).

Please note, some of the outdoor sessions will be at the field so please ensure children have a plastic bag for muddy boots and that PE kit is frequently washed.

Many thanks,
Mrs Caballero

Spring 1 Topic Web: Exploding Earth

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Shop 'Til You Drop!

The Daring Dragons had a wonderful day out in Chesterfield, visiting the Urban Studies Centre and exploring the Market.  We interviewed stall holders to discuss their supply chains and where their produce comes from.  Also, we went on a senses walk around the Market to learn about its history and variety.  We used our map skills to create a street map of the shops and services available on the main shopping street and our favourite part was conducting a survey on members of the public!  We were very brave!

Autumn 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents,
We are excited about starting our new topic with a trip to Chesterfield Urban Studies centre to explore the local market and find out more about trading. Shopping will be our theme across many subjects this half term – please see the attached topic web for further information.      

English
Our pupils will be exploring our new class book – ‘The world according to Humphrey!’  We will be writing balanced arguments and persuasive texts. 

Your child should bring their school reading book every day, please encourage them to read independently and hear them read aloud as often as possible. Remember that good readers make good writers!

Our reading targets:

Viper Teeth & Opal Eyes

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

Fireballs & Iron Bellys

I can retrieve key information from non-fiction texts.

Horntails

I can discuss the meaning of different words.

Maths

Please help your child to practise their times tables at home to help them achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards:

  • Bronze = Counting in order e.g. 2,4,6,8,10…
  • Silver = Times table facts e.g. 2 x 4 = 8, the product of 9 and 2 = 18
  • Gold = The inverse e.g. 24 ÷ 2 = 12, 14 ÷ 2 = 7 

Homework

4/11

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

11/11

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

18/11

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

25/11

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

2/12

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

9/12

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

16/12

Half-term Project

We would like to emphasise that our children are expected to be responsible for managing their homework and belongings this year.  If homework is not returned by Wednesday, children will need to complete this in Golden Time (please refer to our School Homework Policy for further information on this).   Children should place their homework in the homework tray in their classroom or in the maths trays in the hall.  We would like to remind children that pencil cases and toys are not allowed in school.

Spellings

We would like to thank you for your continued support in helping children to achieve 6 or more in their weekly Spelling test, this has reduced the number of children missing golden time to practise. Just a reminder that your child should return their spelling book in on a Monday, ready for the new test. Books will be sent home every Wednesday for children to share with you their previous test score.

Volunteers Needed!

We would still like to appeal to parents and friends for any volunteers to hear children read, you can give as little or as much time as you can spare!  Please contact me if you feel you can help.

Many thanks,
Mrs Caballero

Autumn 2 Topic Web: Shopping

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Autumn 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Welcome to the Daring Dragons Class!  I look forward to spending time getting to know you all and helping your children to achieve their full potential this year – we have a fun journey ahead of us!

As we welcome in the new academic year we are going to turn our focus to Europe as we study the amazing environment of the Alps!  We will be learning about their climate, habitats, wildlife and culture as well as studying the impacts of tourism. 

Literacy
Our pupils will be exploring our new class book – ‘How To Train Your Dragon!’  We will especially focus on story settings, character descriptions, diaries and improving our use and range of vocabulary, as well as igniting our imaginations! 

Viper Teeth & Opal Eyes

I can discuss words that capture my interest and imagination.

Fireballs & Iron Bellys

I can discuss my understanding of the text.

Horntails

I can predict what might happen from details and events in the text.

Our reading targets (your child’s group is highlighted):

Maths
We will begin by focusing on place value and reviewing different methods of addition and subtraction before moving on to formal methods.  Properties of shape will be investigated and fractions will also be a key focus.  Please help your child to practise their times tables at home to help them achieve their bronze, Silver and Gold Awards:

  • Bronze = Counting in order e.g. 2,4,6,8,10…
  • Silver = Times table facts e.g. 2 x 4 = 8, the product of 9 and 2 = 18
  • Gold = The inverse e.g. 24 ÷ 2 = 12, 14 ÷ 2 = 7

Science
Our new topic is ‘Light’ and pupils will be investigating how we see objects, different sources of light (and safety), how shadows are formed and how light is reflected.

Other Subjects
Please see the attached topic web for information on all subjects. PE will be taught on Wednesdays (indoors) and Fridays (outdoors).  We will inform you of arrangements for swimming as soon as these are confirmed.  Please send PE kits in a drawstring bag where possible, as large rucksacks are very difficult to store in the limited space in our cloakrooms.

Homework

9/9

Maths – Homework Book

English

16/9

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

23/9

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

30/9

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

7/10

Maths – Homework Book

English

Spellings

14/10

Maths – I Am Learning

Spellings

21/10

Half-term Project

We would like to emphasise that our children are expected to be responsible for managing their homework and belongings this year.  If homework is not returned by Wednesday, children will need to complete this in Golden Time (please refer to our School Homework Policy for further information on this). Children should place their homework in the homework tray in their classroom or in the tray in their maths classroom.  We would like to remind children that pencil cases and toys are not allowed in school.

Volunteers Needed!
I would like to appeal to parents and friends for any volunteers to hear children to read, we currently have no parent-helpers in our class and your time and support is invaluable to us!  We also need volunteers to ask pupils times tables questions to help them achieve their bronze, Silver and Gold awards.  The questions are on a printed list with the answers so don’t worry if you’re out of practise! 

Many thanks,
Mrs Caballero

Web Topic Autumn 1: Alpine Adventure

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