Bluebirds – Year 3 and Year 4
Hello Bluebirds!!! We’re so excited to be your teachers this year. We’ve got lots of fun things planned.
Our topic this term will be The Stone Age. We are very excited to be completing a range of interesting and enriching activities to develop knowledge and skills across the curriculum. Please see the attached topic map for more details.
As part of our learning this half-term, the children will be learning about how people of the Stone Age lived and exploring different types of soil and rocks, including fossils. They will use mapping skills to locate Stone and Bronze age sites such as Stone Henge. In History, they will explore the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages.
Homework for the Bluebirds this term:
- Each week your child will bring home spelling homework. These will be spellings that are appropriate for your child’s ability. They will be tested each week on a Thursday. Please help your child to learn their spellings.
- TTRockstars. Our children continue to have access to this maths programme. If you would like reminding of their passwords please do let us know.
- Any extra homework is highly celebrated and it is lovely to see the children extending their learning at home. It can link to any part of our current topics.
Children are expected to read at home at least 4 times a week, more if they wish to. This is to help them with fluency and understanding of what they are reading and to develop a love of reading. As your child progresses they will be able to have more freedom to choose books that they would like to read. Please feel free to read any books that you have at home (these can also be written in the reading record). As the children are getting older, it is still important that they read to an adult. However, we do understand that they like to read independently and if they wish to, they can do this if you don’t mind just asking them a few questions about their reading to ensure that they are gaining a good understanding. We ask that you record when you have listened to them read so that we can monitor this at school too.
We will be following the Maths NCETM program to develop our knowledge and understanding of the four operations with an emphasis on the importance of place value. The children will also continue to develop their fluency knowledge and skills of problem solving and reasoning. Children will explore maths in a range of practical settings to enable them to apply the skills that they have been taught.
This term the children will be working under the topic Beliefs and Practices. They will investigate the significance of religious festivals and explore religious teachings of forgiveness and reconciliation.
PE lessons will continue to be on a Tuesday and Friday. However we ask that your child brings in a full indoor and outdoor school PE kit, including outdoor trainers, on a Monday morning and leaves it in school for the week. We will continue to teach PE outside unless there are extreme weather conditions. Our outdoor PE consists of the royal blue t-shirt, blue or black joggers and trainers. If you think your child requires extra layers then please send it with them and please remember to provide socks if your child wears tights. Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled as each year we seem to have more and more stray clothing. If it is labelled it is easier to find and return to the owner.
The school day starts at 8.55am – 9am and ends at 3.30pm. Gates are open at 8.45am and reading time is in our school hall. If you have a message you’d like to pass on before, after or during the school day, please phone or e-mail the school office so that they can pass on the message. All absences must be reported via the school office.
Please inform us if there are any changes to the collection of your child. If this is during the school day, please notify the office so that we can let the children and class teacher know as soon as possible. We do appreciate that things often change at the last minute, but for your child’s safety please contact us and not other parents, as often messages get confused.
We’re really looking forward to an exciting school year together.
Mrs Densley-Seymour & Miss Suret
Please follow the link to our Curriculum Outline for the Autumn Term 2022: Autumn term Curriculum Letter Riston.docx