Voyagers - Years 3 and 4
Welcome to our class page.
We have many exciting activities planned for this term with details of our topics and learning to be found on this page. We hope you enjoy reading about our work.
We aim to promote enjoyment of reading in school and at home. It is important that your child brings their reading book to school each day, ideally having spent some time reading and discussing their book with you at home during the week. There is a box in class for pupils to place their book and Reading Record in each morning. Pupils may also borrow a library book from school and they will be offered an opportunity to change this every week if they wish to do so.
Homework activities each week will usually follow this pattern:
Monday: English homework is set – spellings to learn.
Thursday: Maths homework is set.
Friday: A spelling test is completed in school to check learning.
In addition to the above, children in Years 3 and 4 will be expected to read at home and spend time learning times tables during each week.
Your child has been given a Homework Record in which to keep note of any homework activities and reminders for each week. It is useful if this is brought to school every day. Further homework activities, such as those related to our current topic, will be set during the term.
Maths Workout book
Homework for maths will be set from a workbook which pupils must take home to complete. There will normally be one page of activities for children to try each week before returning this book to school by the following Thursday so that it may be marked and discussed together. Reviewing homework tasks is a vital part of learning; it is dedicated time to check, improve and extend learning which will happen at the same time each week. If a child is without their maths homework book on a Thursday then they will be unable to benefit fully from this opportunity.
Your support in helping the children to be responsible for bringing their books to school and delivering homework on time would be greatly appreciated.
Learning and being able to recall times tables fluently is essential for success in maths. Pupils are expected to know up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4 and schools in England are now required to administer an online multiplication tables check to Year 4 pupils. As part of their homework, pupils should be learning the times table which they are working on in daily practice sessions at school. Please ask your child which times table they are concentrating on each week.
We will also be using Times Tables Rock Stars, a sequenced programme of daily times tables practice which can be accessed online both in school and at home. Additionally, we have access to Sumdog, an online learning service which provides engaging learning and practice in numeracy and literacy.
Every pupil has been given personalised login cards for both Times Tables Rock Stars and Sumdog which they may use to access these services in school and at home if access to the internet is available.
Currently, PE is taking place on Monday and Wednesday. However, as the weather becomes more changeable it might be necessary to alter planned lesson times so that we can access outdoor space. For this reason, pupils will need to have their full PE kit available in school throughout each week.
Thank you in advance for your support. As always, if you have any queries please feel free to contact school.
Class Teacher (Years 3 and 4)
Rocks and soils: What is under our feet?
Pupils worked well together as they identified, compared and grouped different kinds of rocks.
From the Stone Age to the Iron Age: How did Britain change?
We enjoyed a brilliant visit to Creswell Crags on Monday 18th November 2019. During the day, we visited a cave, explored the museum, built a shelter and discovered more about animals of the Ice and Stone Ages.
After exploring the history of cave paintings, we created some of our own cave art.
Let there be light! How do we use electricity?
We have been investigating how light travels, when shadows are formed and why they change.
As part of our learning about the story of Diwali, we visited Erewash Museum where we took part in drumming and singing.
During November, we enjoyed our visit to Rutland Sports Park where we took part in a Racquet Festival.
As part of the Derbyshire Music Partnership's Wider Opportunities programme, the children in Years 3 and 4 have had the opportunity to begin learning to play the clarinet. Their learning concluded with a music concert for parents.
That's Life! How and where do animals and plants grow?
As part of our topic about 'Living things and their habitats' we enjoyed a fantastic day at Conkers. During our visit, we learnt about habitats and minibeasts on a woodland walk. In the afternoon, we worked in groups to complete an exciting orienteering activity.
Extreme Earth – Volcanoes and Earthquakes
At the beginning of our topic, we discovered the layers of the Earth and showed these in a model.
Whilst learning about what made the Roman army so powerful, we made our own Roman shields.
Easter Garden and Egg Holder Competitions 2019
Pupils in our class were very creative at Easter this year as Year 3 designed and made their own Easter Garden whilst those in Year 4 created an Egg Holder.
Animals including humans: How do we move and what do we need to survive and grow healthily?
Pupils enjoyed making a pizza as part of a visit from Warburtons. We learnt more about healthy eating, nutrition and how to prepare food safely.
During our recent visit to Erewash Museum, we learnt about Chinese New Year.
In Maths, we have been busy constructing 3D shapes to help us with our Design and Technology work.
There have been some fantastic pieces of homework completed for our current and past topics. Well done to Years 3 and 4. Here is a selection of their work: