Homework, Spellings and Times Tables
Children will receive a reading book from school, which they should read every day. Please also encourage them to read their own books, comics and magazines at home as well, to develop a love of reading and to experience a range of authors and genres.
A visit to a local library can be an amazing experience and enables children to be exposed to an extensive collection of books and resources. Find out more information and details about your local library at the link below.
Please log all reading into your Home School Planners.
These will be set weekly and practised in school every day. As well as specific spelling patterns, the Year 3/4 words below will be learnt throughout the year.
We are now using Spelling Shed to support the children's learning; activities can be accessed by logging in. A parents' guide to using Spelling Shed is attached below.
Children have been learning their multiplication and division facts since the beginning of Year 2. Children should use their own personalised programme on the online platform Times Table Rock Stars every day to practise these, so that they know all of their facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.
This half-term, our topic is all about Madagascar. For our homework project, children can choose one animal, native to Madagascar, and celebrate it in some way. You could write a poem, create a piece of 2D or 3D artwork, write a story, design an information poster, write a fact file, or anything else that celebrates the chosen animal. This project enables them to be creative in ways that they enjoy. This is a long-term project, to be handed in by Friday 8th March to be shared with the class, so please ensure the finished work reflects the time and effort expected.
These projects will be exhibited to parents on 11th March at the Open Classrooms Event.
If you have any questions about any of the above, please ask via Google Classroom.
Autumn Term - Topic
This term, our topic is geography-based. We will study Madagascar! Amazing animals, varying landscapes, tropical climate and bustling cities. We will have the opportunity to investigate Madagascar’s wildlife, location, climate and physical geography, as well as explore Madagascar's trade and climate patterns. We will locate major cities in Madagascar and investigate the human and physical features found there, as well as comparing and contrasting Madagascar to the United Kingdom.
This term, in English, we will be:
Studying fables and explanation texts and incorporating our Madagascan topic.
We will also focus on: revising sentence structure, continuing to evaluate and edit our writing, practising our reading comprehension through classic literature, poetry and non-fiction texts and continuing to practise our knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
We are also lucky enough to be learning, rehearsing and performing a key stage 2 play, Dr Doolittle, at the end of this term.
‘If you don’t like to read,
you haven’t found the right
This half-term we will investigate
- Multiplication and Division
- Length and Perimeter
- Times Tables
Have a look on the WRM Website (click on the logo below) for resources to support your child with these topics.
Continue to practise your maths facts - there is a great leaflet below giving you fantastic advice on how to make learning maths fun at home.
Multiplication tables Check
Your child will be participating in the multiplication tables check in June 2024. The purpose of the check is to determine whether your child can fluently recall their timetables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help us identify if your child may need additional support.
What is the Multiplication tables check? It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
What if my child cannot access the check? There are several access arrangements available for the check; these can be used to support pupils with specific needs. Your child’s teacher will ensure that the access arrangements are appropriate for your child before they take the check in June. The check has been designed so that it is inclusive and accessible to as many children as possible, including those with special educational needs or disability (SEND) or English as an additional language (EAL). However, there may be some circumstances in which it will not be appropriate for a pupil to take the check, even when using suitable access arrangements. If you have any concerns about your child accessing the check, you should discuss this with your child’s teacher.
Do I need to do anything to prepare my child for the check? No, you do not need to do anything additional to prepare your child for the check. As part of usual practice, we will ask you to practise times table with your child. We will have unlimited access to a 'try it out area' from March. We can use this to make sure pupils have the necessary support required to access the check. This includes opportunities for pupils to familiarise themselves with the check application and try out any access arrangements that may be required.
How will the results be used? We will have access to all our pupils’ results, allowing those pupils who need additional support to be identified.
Will I receive feedback on my child’s check? Yes. Your child’s teacher will share your child’s score with you, as they would with all national curriculum assessments. There is no pass mark for the check.
Taken from: Information for parents: 2022 multiplication tables check (see below)
In science, we will work scientifically to investigate and learn about:
Animals, including humans
Throughout the term, we will:
- recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
- explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.
- recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
- describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
- identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
- construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
This term in PE we will be taking part in:
- Fitness Circuits
- Daily Mile (please ensure outdoor trainers are in school)
- Outdoor activities
Please ensure your indoor and outdoor PE kit is in school at all times.
In LOTC we will be doing:
LOTC is on Thursdays - please ensure you are wearing and have suitable clothing (arms and legs to be covered at all times) for the activities and weather conditions. It is always a good idea to bring a spare set of clothes to change into after your outdoor session - just in case!