Year 3 - Miss P Murphy
Autumn Term 2 2018
Welcome back to class TMY4
Hello and welcome back to Miss Murphy’s Year 4 class where we hope to have a superb year ahead! Mrs Taylor is our ETA support.
Things to remember:
- Reading records - Please make sure you listen to your child read each day and sign their reading records. It is an excellent way for you to help your child succeed in both reading and writing! Please record which page your child has read to and also when they have finished a book so we know when to change it.
- Times tables – This year it’s especially important that your child learns their times tables because a national test for Year 4 pupils is being introduced in June 2019. Children should spend 5 minutes each day learning their times tables at home to boost regular practice in class. Children are expected to know their times tables up to x12 by the end of Year 4. Fluency in times tables will really help with answering calculations quickly and efficiently.
- Spellings - Our spelling test is on Monday. New spellings are sent home on the previous Monday, so make sure you help your child practice them ready for their test the following week.
- PE is on Mondays and Thursdays, so make sure your child comes to school with their full PE kit – T-shirt and shorts, trainers, sweatshirt or hoodie and jogging bottoms for outdoor sessions.
- Celebration assembly is at 2.15pm on Friday – Children who have impressed the adults in class will be chosen as our star pupil of the week and will receive a certificate of achievement. All mums, dads, grandparents or carers are welcome to come along any week.
Literacy – We will be reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. This is a story about a gigantic metal robot who appears out of nowhere, crashing onto the beach and shattering into many parts. He is discovered by Hogarth, a young boy. Writing outcomes from the book include recounts, persuasive letters and newspaper reports.
Maths – We begin with measuring and calculating the perimeter of rectilinear shapes, then converting measurements (eg cm to m); next we move onto multiplication and division, including times tables facts, mental multiplication and division, before moving onto solving problems involving multiplying and adding, including multiplying a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using the distributive law (eg: 24 x 3 = 20 x 3 + 4 x 3 = 60 + 12 = 72). From there we find the area of rectilinear shapes and end the term with seasonal maths activities.
Science – This term we are looking at electricity, discovering how an electrical circuit works and making simple circuits, explaining how a switch is able to turn circuits on and off; we will also investigate what materials make good conductors and insulators.
D&T/Topic – Our topic this half term is called cogs and levers. Children will learn about different mechanical systems and the way they are arranged to serve a purpose. We will investigate, design and create systems with moving levers and linkages, explaining how they work and evaluating our final product.
Computing – Children will work together to design a simple toy that incorporates sensors and outputs and then create an on-screen prototype of their toy.
French – The focus is on the home, so children will say where they live, identify a variety of rooms and types of furniture, and describe what you find in a kitchen and their daily routine.
Music - We will be improvising and composing music for a range of purposes.
RE - We will be looking at identity and belonging and sources of wisdom.
PHSE – We will be following the Jigsaw scheme and celebrating differences.
Please help your child meet their targets by taking an interest in what they are doing in school and helping them when they need it.
The adults in class are working hard to make sure that the children in our class have a happy and successful year. If you wish to discuss anything concerning your child, please call in and see me at the beginning or end of the school day when we are usually available, or make an appointment at the office.