Class Teacher : Miss Crocker
Teaching Assistant : Mrs Plummer
Class Information: We are a happy and hardworking mixed year 3&4 class with 27 children. Each week our learning includes: reading; writing; maths and topic. Alongside this, R.E, P.E, Spanish and computing make up our busy weekly curriculum.
Homework will be given out weekly, usually a Friday, which will include tasks in literacy, numeracy and topic work.
Spellings: Pupils will also be expected to learn 6 spellings per week. These will be given on Friday and taught throughout the week and tested throughout the unit. Pupils will be expected to practise these at home to support their class learning.
P.E. (curriculum map) takes place twice a week currently on Wednesday and Thursday. Pupils are expected to bring in appropriate P.E kit, which should include a t-shirt, shorts/jogging bottoms and trainers or daps.
From Term 4, swimming will take place every Tuesday afternoon. Pupils will be expected to bring swimming kit: shorts or swimming costume (no bikinis or short below the knee) and a towel. Children should bring this in a suitable bag.
T2: Indoor ball games, netball and basketball
T4: Invasion games / Swimming
Reading is a key focus in Squirrels class with many opportunities to read for pleasure throughout the day. Guided reading takes place every day with the aim of building pupils’ understanding of a variety of texts through the use of reciprical reading. Children are given a 'free choice' for one of the guided reading sessions during the week where they are encouraged to bring any reading material from home such as; books, magazine, articles etc.
We will regularly read with pupils ensuring they have a fresh supply of books to promote a love of reading. However, as the children are now in Y3/4 it is their responsibility to change their reading book, we will give them opportunites throughout the week but this can also be done before and after school.
We need you: Our pupils enjoy learning and we love inspiring them to learn more, but we can only do that with help from home. Please listen to your child read at least three times a week and encourage them to complete their homework and talk about their learning. For a complete overview of the school curriculum and the Lower Key Stage Two overview of the year click here.
Superstar Squirrel of the week: In year 3&4 we emphasise the development of pupils’ self esteem and determination. One of the ways we have chosen to do this is with our class award. A pupil is presented with this award at the start of evey week and will wear a badge throughout the week.
Term 1: How do we see? How do we hear?
This topic is designed to teach pupils about the two senses ‘see’ and ‘hear’. The topic focuses on the science behind the senses ‘how do our eyes and ears work?’ Pupils will further develop their understanding of the senses through a range of practical and wrote lessons. ‘See and Hear’ will include a range of subjects, making links between science, art, music and DT. We are really excited to be starting the year with such a practical and engaging topic. To see the overview of this topic click here.
Term 2: Why do we speak English?
During this topic we will be predominanty focusing on History and Geography. We will look into the history of our country, including the invasions of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, discussing the impact this had on our country and the language that we speak. We will then be focusing and learning about the Vikings. This will include an exciting Viking visit for all of Phase 3 (Lower Key Stage 2), where we will learn lots of 'hands on' information. If you would like to see an overview of this topic please click here.
Term 3: Chocolate
The topic is designed to develop pupil’s scientific understanding of irreversible/reversible changes and the value of food as fuel. The pupils will then complete market research to find out key information. Once this has been carried out pupils will design and make their own chocolate bar and packaging. We are eager to get started with the topic and look forward to the fantastic fuel filled chocolate bars we will make! If you would like to see an overview of this topic please click here
Term 4:Our Inner Space
Throughout term 4 our focus will be on human biology. My Inner Space teaches children about how the body works; organ functions, nutrition, healthy living practices and a core focus on the effect of exercise. We will have a visit from a nurse to discuss with pupils ways they can improve their health. Furthermore, pupils will have a fantastic opportunity to create their own exercise plans and routinely carry them out, monitoring the impact regular exercise has on the human body. Click here for the Topic overview
Term 5: Our Inner Space
Due to the high interest from pupils, 'Our Intter Space' will continue to run into this term, providing us with the opportunity to learn more about the human body and how it works. Later in the term we will begin our topic on the famous poem From a Railway Carriage. The focus of which will be literacy, but will also provide us with the opportunity to discuss rail travel and create the trains of the future! Click here for the Topic overview
Term 6:A European Study of Italy
We are very excited for term 6, not just because the summer is almost here. Throughout term 6 we will be focussing on geography specifically European studies. We will begin by looking at the continent, the countries and numerous cultures. Then gradually narrow our focus to Italy, as we begin our depth study. Pupils will learn about the geography, history and culture of this fantastic country. With an aim to produce a detailed presentation applying their computing skills. All this as well as sports day, end of year performance and the summer fayre. We are eager to get started! Click here for the Topic overview