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Peacocks - Year 3/4

Miss Nagy

Teacher

One of my favourite books growing up has to be Heidi by Johanna Spyri. I used to love the idea of living in the mountains, just like Heidi (I am sure it's reason I now love going hiking, my most recent holidays being trekking across various mountain ranges all over Europe). The main character, Heidi, is the caring, courageous and funny main character of the story, someone I always related to as a child and I feel she really taught me the value of being a good friend.

Miss Freight

Support staff

I love to read. It takes you to places you may never go and on adventures you may never have. My favourite books are fictional detective style books; reading about all the clues and how they solved the crime. At Christmas, I bought a Kindle which I love as the library is endless! Happy reading!

Spring 1
 
Welcome back everybody, we hope that you've had a lovely festive Christmas break! We are really looking forward to getting stuck into another fun-filled half term in Peacocks Class!
 
For our Maths this half term, we will be continuing to look at multiplication and division, before moving on to length, perimeter and area. We will continue to encourage the children to practise their number recall through weekly 99 Club challenges and TT Rockstars battles as well as daily Flashback 4s to encourage retention.
 
Our topic for this half term is titled ' The Roman Empire'. During this topic, we will be learning all about who the Roman's were, their culture and their impact on us today, through our History lessons, linking this with our Art and Design by designing our very own mosaic using a stick printing technique.
 
In English, we will begin by learning how to adapt texts into different styles such as script writing, focusing on Matilda by Roald Dahl. The children will get a chance not only to improve their writing skills, but also their speaking skills through performance in front of others. We will then move onto Non-fiction writing, linked to our Roman topic. 
 
For our Geography, will learn about the biomes of our world (main ones e.g. desert, temperate, arctic and tropical.), and will focus on the main features of the weather found in each environment. The children will be introduced to the equator and the Tropics and the concept that the weather gets warmer and less varied as you move towards the equator. 
 
In our Guided Reading for this half term, the pupils will study texts from the Year 3/4 Reading Spine. These daily sessions will continue to follow our Whole Class Reading structure, where the children will get the opportunity to develop the skills of understanding vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, sequencing and summarising. In addition to this, pupils will have 20 minutes of silent reading each day. During these sessions, adults will listen to pupils read aloud to promote fluency and to check comprehension. AR quizzes will be taken once a child has finished a book to also check for understanding and to ensure that your child is reading an appropriate book at the right level. The children will also have the chance to listen to their chosen class book at the end of each day. 
 
For RE, our focus will be on the Islamic faith. The pupils will study the six main beliefs, the 5 Pillars of Islam, what the Qur'an is and its meaning for Muslims, places of worship and key celebrations.
 
For PE, we will be learning about the basic skills players need to play tag rugby. The children will learn how to pass, receive and travel with the ball, both in isolation and in combination as well as communicating, collaborating and competing with each other and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Children will have the opportunity to take part in individual, paired and small group activities as well as to play a range of team games to enable them to practise and improve their skills.
 
For our music lessons, we will be completing our next Charanga unit focused around one song: Bringing Us Together; a disco song about friendship, peace, hope and unity. The pupils will learn that this genre includes strong drum and bass lines with quite a fast tempo with a steady dance groove and energetic electric guitar lines. Pupils will be listening and appraising a range of disco songs, rehearsing, performing, composing and using both their voice and glockenspiels. 
 
During our computing lessons, we will be following our Purple Mash unit '2Chart', where the children will learn how to represent a sequential program design, using this to write the code for the program​ that simulates a physical system.
 
In PSHCE, our Year 3 pupils will focus on the topic of Everyday Drugs, which will provide a foundation of what drugs actually, the difference between legal and illegal drugs, and the health risks of both, including addiction and what this means. They will also learn where they can get help and support linked to this topic. Our Year 4 pupils will have a topic of Volunteering and Citizenship, where they will understand the concepts of volunteering and citizenship and how they can make a difference. 
We hope you find the resources below easy to access for supporting your child's learning at home and understanding the key objectives being covered. The list below includes:
 
-Knowledge Organisers
This explains the key information and facts your child needs to know by the end of their topic unit with some visual aids and key vocabulary we will learn too.
 
-Calculation Policy 
This provides you with information about the key mathematical concepts and how these are taught during this Key Stage.