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Year 3 and 4 (Nightingale, Attenborough and Hawking)

STAFF

Key Stage leader: Mr Clark-Keen
Teachers: Mrs Felton (Nightingale), Miss Durie (Attenborough) and Mr Dix (Hawking)
Cover Supervisors: Mrs Malins and Mrs Stevens
Teaching assistants:  Mrs Reed, Mrs Murray and Mrs Fuggle

WHAT WE ARE LEARNING IN TERMS 1 and 2.

Global Learning Theme: Identity and Diversity.

The next two terms will see us covering various genres in English and we will begin with a study of the books 'Ossiri and the Bala Mengro' and 'Yokki and the Parno Gry.'

In Global Learning, we will start Term 1 by learning about our local and wider community.  Our theme of 'Identity and Diversity', will teach the children about belonging and community.  We will learn about the Travelling community and how this has changed over the years. Through History, the children will learn about local fruit picking and throughout Kent.  During term 2, we will learn about Family Traditions in different cultures, where we will learn about the dynamics of our own families and family diversities.  

WHAT WE ARE LEARNING IN TERMS 3 and 4.

Global Learning Theme: Globalisation and Interdependence 

The next two terms will see us again covering various genres in English through two really engaging class texts: 'Grace the pirate' and 'The village that vanished'. 

In Global Learning, we will start by learning about pirates and smugglers, exploring these people considering what drove them into these careers. Within this, we will look at trade and how this was significant during the 18th and 19th centuries: this will bring in our focus on globalisation and how certain countries became globally dominant. In term 4, we will continue this journey considering views of others across the global stage and how some countries and communities have to be interdependent to ensure their survival. We will also consider the importance of Fair Trade within the world we find oursevles today, and consider whether things would have been different years ago had there been the principle of Fair Trade.

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 Global Learning 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. Times tables can be practised through Times Tables Rockstars.

Reading frequently is also part of homework in addition to times tables practise and the set homework. Children should read at least 3 times per week if they are in Year 3 and at least 4 times per week if they are in Year 4.  Homework should take up to 90 minutes and be completed to the same standards which would be expected within school.

REMINDERS

Please name all your child’s clothes to ensure they can easily locate their clothing items.

Please write in your child’s reading record book to show if you have read with them at home.  Children are able to write their own entries into the reading record, although please check that they are adding a comment to explain what they enjoyed about the reading. This is particualrly important with helping ensure your child's class reach their weekly (and termly) reading target.

 Please ensure that your child brings into school a named water bottle, so that they can have water to drink throughout the day. 

PE kits should remain in school so that they are available for each PE session.  Earrings must be removed before PE lessons and long hair must be tied up. If you require any items of clothing for the genral school day or PE, please contact the office.

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.  Encourage the children to use the Times Tables Rockstar app.; it really can improve their mathematical knowledge. Any little thing you can do with your child to help them has a big impact in the long run. 

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.