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Welcome to a brand new year! After 18 months of uncertainty, we are so looking forward to starting a brand new year with a little more familiarity.
Welcome to Newton 2021/22!
We hope you've had a wonderful summer break doing all the things that you love and are ready for the new year ahead!
This term our theme is called 'Time for Friendship'.We'll be studying how the Ancient Maya Civilization showed friendship through the wearing of masks as well as through their love of sports and exploring how we can show friendship towards people we've never met. 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.
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 Mondays and Fridays.
Newton home learning
As part of our home learning we like to focus on core skills of reading, timestables and 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.
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: