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Welcome to Term 2! After a great start to the new year, we're looking forward to the new year - a term that is always one of the busiest but also one of the most fun terms of the year!
This term our theme is called 'Sew your generosity'.We'll be designing, making, evaluating and gifting felt Christmas decorations as part of our DT learning this term. In science, we'll be exploring rocks and soils and investigating how fossils are made and in geography, we'll be studying different types of mountain and becoming more familiar with ordenance survey maps as we explre the mountains of the UK. The direction our learning takes is driven, as always, by an enquiry lesson. During our transition lessons at the end of last term, we posed questions linked to our upcoming theme that we would like to find the answer to. A lot of the questions involved Mount Everest so we'll allow our learning to wander to the Himalayas where most of our book 'When the Mountains Roared' is set.
Take a look at our theme map for this term by clicking the link below to see in more detail which topics we will be studying in our wider curriculum and how the value of respect will form the focus point across the curriculum.
On PE days, the children should still come to school wearing their PE kit.
Year 3 have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Year 4 have PE on Tuesdays (swimming) and Fridays.
Newton home learning
As part of our home learning we like to focus on core skills of reading, timestables, arithmetic spellings.
Reading: Reading is vital to the development of children's writing, vocabulary and oral fluency. For that reason, all children should read at least a page a day 5 times a week. This might be from their levelled reading books which they bring home from school or you may, of course, use an alternative book from home. We will collect the children's reading records each week on a Friday and, at the end of term, the children receive a certificate for their reading of they have read for 5 times a week consistenly. This will be presented to them during achievement assembly.
Times table rockstars: All children will have their own timestable rockstars log in. If your child does not have one please contact your child's class teacher and they will pass it on for you. Year 4 children should have their logins stuck inside the cover of their reading record. Throughout the term, will be holding battles with other classes and even other schools! It is a fun and exciting way to improve speed and accuracy of our timestables. All children should access TTRS 5 times each week for at least 5 minutes. We have allocated them tasks to complete in the 'Studio' section (2 for Year 3 and 3 for Year 4) plus 2 more sessions of their choice. We will be monitoring access and the children who are the 'Top Rockers' will receive prizes in assembly.
Arithmetic: Each week, your child will be set 8 arithmetic questions which are similar to those practised in our arithmetic sessions that week.
Spellings: The children will receive a list of spelling rules that they should practise each week. They will also practise these spelling rules in the classroom too. Every Thursday we will test the children on the rule. Your child will do their spelling test in their home learning book so please ensure that your child has their home learning book in school every Thursday. Please find below your child's spelling rules for the term. Your child will know which words are theirs.
In addition to your child's weekly words, there is also a Year 3/4 word list of words your child should be able to spell by the end of year 4. If your child ever learns their weekly words quickly, they could practise these: