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Marden Primary School

A life worth living is a life worth learning

Year 3 and 4 (Pixies, Unicorns, Centaurs)

STAFF

Phase leader: Mr De-Keyzer (Centaurs)

Teachers: Mrs Felton (Unicorns), Miss Durie (Pixies)

Cover Supervisors: Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Malins

Teaching assistants: Mrs Reed

 WHAT WE ARE LEARNING IN TERMS 1 and 2

The next two terms will see us covering various genres in English and we will begin with some creative writing, looking at the story 'The Green Ship'.

In Topic, we will start Term 1 looking at 'Journeys', a study of UK geography including settlements and rivers. Term 2 will see us concentrate on a music based topic entitled 'Playlists'. This is a brand new topic that we are looking forward to covering.

Maths will involve us continuing to use a new scheme from White Rose, using concrete resources, pictoral drawings and abstract methods. We'll be looking at a range of topics including place value and the four calculations. Please keep an eye on the website for helpful Maths videos!

 

What will my child be studying next term?

Class

Topics and what I can do to help

 

Pixies

Centaurs

Unicorns

 

'Journeys' and 'Playlists'.
Journeys will be all about UK geography - children could look at maps, explore the local area and see what they can learn about rivers in the local area.
Playlists is all about music - dig out those records and let children explore 'real music'! 
 

 

HOMEWORK

General Information

Homework is set every Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday of the following week. Homework is differentiated to enable different ability groups to access the same homework. Our homework follows a cycle of English, Maths and Topic and this cycle is repeated. As well as the homework, times tables are expected to be practised at home as there is a weekly times tables test. Find out your child’s times tables colour by asking them or looking in their reading record/homework book. Reading frequently is also part of homework and this, including tables practise and the set homework, should take up to 90 minutes.

Latest homework (This half term)

See link below

IMPORTANT

 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!

Wednesday 26th September - Smugglers Caves.

Thursday 4th October - World Food Day

 

 

REMINDERS

Please name all your child’s clothes.

Please write in your child’s reading record book to show if you have read with them at home.

 

DAILY INFORMATION

Playground 8.30-8.45 am

Break  10.10- 10.25 am

Lunchtime 12:05-1:00 pm 

 

 

Writing Journals

This purple book is something that children can write in to express their feelings, draw pictures to accompany their writing and to write anything that they wish e.g. stories. Writing journals can go home to carry on stories etc, but are used daily at morning registration and after lunch registration, so they need to come back into school to continue this work.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD AT HOME

Read as frequently as possible with your child at home. Ask them questions about what they are reading so that they develop their inference and deduction skills. Reading frequently will also help with the development of their fluency and expression.

 

Times tables information

All Year 3 children begin their times tables at the same stage (2x Jade). Year 4 children will begin their times tables where they finished at the end of Year 3. Children can bring home their marked test to show their parent's their score. After the weekly test, if they have achieved 100%, they receive a certificate and move onto the next stage.

The times tables below identify which times table children are working on in each colour. Please refer to this if you are unsure about which times tables your child should be learning.

Jade 1 = 2 x (30 questions in 5 minutes)

Jade 2 = 5 x (30 questions in 5 minutes)

Jade 3 = 10 x (30 questions in 5 minutes)

Ruby = 2x and 10x (30 questions in 5 minutes)

Topaz = 2x and 5x (30 questions in 5 minutes)

Sapphire = 2x, 5x and 10x (36 questions in 4 minutes)

Crystal = up to 5x (36 questions in 4 minutes)

Emerald = up to 8x (36 questions in 4 minutes)

Diamond = up to 10 x 10 (50 multiplication and division questions in 4 minutes)

Bronze = up to 10 x 10 (100 multiplication and division questions in 8 minutes)

Silver = up to 10 x 10 (100 multiplication and division questions in 5 minutes)

Gold = up to 10 x 10 (100 division questions in 3 minutes)

Platinum 1 = up to 10 x 10 (100 multiplication and division questions with remainders in 6 minutes)

Platinum 2 = up to 10 x 10 (100 multiplication and division questions with remainders in 5 minutes)

 

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UPDATES

 

ATTACHMENTS (Below)

  • Curriculum information
  • Timetable
  • Latest phase newsletter
  • Weekly homework

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