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Our Staff: Miss McRitchie (Y4), Mr Ford (Y4) and Ms Bingham-Green and Mrs Metcalf (Y3).

Term 5 - Respected Stones: Why Should We Respect our National Heritage?

During term 5, we will be focussing on our school value of respect. This will feature throughout our learning and our everyday experiences. 

In Year 4, our key texts are 'Ug' by Raymond Briggs which will be the focus in our writing lessons and 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King which will be the focus in our reading lessons. In Year 3, our key texts are 'Stone Age Boy' in writing and 'Ug' in reading. These texts will get us thinking about The Stone Age and we will use them for the basis of our narrative write as well as an explanation text later in the term.

In Maths, we will continue to have a big focus on multiplication and division facts in preparation for our times tables challenge next term. During lessons, we will also focus on decimal numbers, identifying money and telling the time. In Science, we will be learnign about light and shadows. Our History focus will be around The Stone Age. In RE, we will be learning about Hinduism and Ghandi. 

A link for our current key texts for both year groups: 

Stig of the Dump

Stone Age Boy

Medium Term Plans:

Year 4 Term 5 Medium Term Plan

Year 3 Term 5 Medium Term Plan

For this term, in terms of home learning, we will be asking the children to continue focusing on Times Tables Rockstars, spellings, grammar and reading. Each week, the children will receive their instructions on a sheet, with a separate grammar exercise sheet. 

Timetables Rockstars – All children are expected to access TT Rockstars at home, this can be accessed through a computer, tablet or phone. If you have any difficulties with access or your child has forgotten their password and login, please let their teacher know. In Year 5 and 6, we would expect children to be accessing TT Rockstars approximately 5 times a week, for on average 5-10 minutes at a time. 3 out of 5 of those sessions are monitored as official home learning sessions, which will be checked by the child’s class teacher every week to ensure they have been completed.

Spelling – Attached on this webpage is the Y3/4 spelling list, a list of words that children would be expected to spell most of correctly by the end of Y6. Spellings for the week will be given out with homework.

Reading - Continuing from previous years, children will be expected to read 5x a week at home. Children are welcome to read their choice of book in this time but it should be recorded in their reading record, which will be taken in and checked on a Friday. Additionally, we would ask that your child brings their reading record everyday to school if they can, as children will being read with by an adult on differing days. Children will be given 2/3 reading books from school, 1 age-appropriate book of their choice and 1 or 2 from our school reading scheme. 

P.E. days

Children are asked to come to school wearing their PE kit on the days when they have P.E. The school P.E. kit consists of a red t shirt, black/navy shorts and white/black slip-on plimsolls (daps). Children should not be wearing Football shirts. Children also require P.E. kit suitable for use on the field (including the winter months), which consists of black/navy tracksuit/jogging bottoms, a PE hoodie and trainers.

Year 4 PE days are Mondays and Fridays    (Gymnastics and Real PE)

Year 3 PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays  (Gymnastics and Real PE)

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 arithmetic questions which are similar to those practised in our arithmetic sessions that week. 

Additional Spelling Practice:

 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:

Year 3 and 4 Spelling list