Welcome to Year 3 / 4
Our class teacher is Ms. Luke and our teaching assistants who support us with our learning are Miss. Smith and Mrs. Galone (apprentice).
We always start our day with a warm, welcoming greeting when we enter our classroom. We feel this is important to get our day off to a great start and so that we can check that we are feeling ok for the day ahead.
We have a morning starter activity to warm up our learning powers and get us ready for the day’s learning ahead.
On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday we have assembly at 10.00am . We allocate some class circle time during the week to celebrate and reward good learning. Tuesday assembly is when we recognise our family stars who have respected rights throughout the week.
Morning break is at 10.30am and lunchtime begins at 12.15pm. Family groups and singing practice take place on alternate Friday afternoons.
To encourage a healthy lifestyle and fitness we partake in” Fit For Life,” for 15 minutes after every morning break. We enjoy 15 minutes of circuit style activities involving exercises such as squats, star jumps, mountain climbers and many more, which improve our strength, stamina and overall fitness.
At break, children can choose to join the fruit scheme (which gives them a piece of fruit each morning break for a small price) or they can bring their own fruit from home as we encourage healthy eating in our school.
After lunch we enjoy some Go Noodle exercises or mindfulness activities to prepare us for our afternoon learning. This is when we enjoy our Science leaning or our foundation subject learning such as history, geography, French, computing, art and design, PSHCE and RE and PE.
Please check our newsletters for PE days. In the autumn term we enjoyed swimming and Commando Joe during our PE sessions. Currently our Spring PE sessions involve Yoga with our yoga coach on Wednesday afternoons and Commando Joe.
Spelling Investigation books continue to be sent home each Monday which contain a spelling pattern to practise through the week or a list of key words to learn at home and school. The idea is to investigate and collect as many words with this spelling pattern and on Friday there is a spelling quiz with random words containing the spelling pattern they have investigated. Or, when a list of key words has been given to learn there will be a spelling quiz based on those. Also there will be a different times table to practise each week. Please practice quick, random recall of times table facts, this will help greatly with the national times table test which the children will be given at the end of Year 4 to assess their times table knowledge and recall. There is also a section in the home learning book to practise handwriting joins to improve fluency. There will also be some maths or English homework set each week which will be given out each Friday and should be returned by Wednesday of the following week.
To improve our reading we enjoy whole class or guided reading sessions in class. We can also borrow a book from our fantastic school library. We love to share books in our class reading corner when our teacher read to us or sometimes we share extracts from our favourite books that we have brought in from home. We share these in our “Books In The Spotlight” feature in our class book corner and we display our choices to encourage our friends to read them too. Everyone has a reading book and reading record which should be brought into school every day. Reading records are checked regularly but especially on Monday and Friday. Please make sure your child’s reading record is signed by an adult once, each day when they have read at home. This could be their class book, a magazine, newspaper, comic or a book of their own from home. When your child has read and had their record signed 70 times they will be able to choose a free book of their choosing from school.
In Year 4 we learn to play a musical instrument. Teachers from the Durham Music Service, Miss Leggitt and Miss Unwin, will be teaching the Year 4’s to play either baritone, clarinet or trumpet. They also teach fun songs and musical activities in their lessons each Thursday afternoon.
We have just taken up “Times Tables Rockstars” online to encourage your child to practise times tables at home. Your child has been given a personal login and password to enable them to access this at home. If this becomes lost or forgotten, please don’t hesitate to ask and we can provide a new one.
To find out more about what we are doing please view or download our class newsletters.
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