Oak Class

Year 3 & 4 Autumn Term 2018

I am pleased to report that the children have settled nicely into their new environment. We have spent time discussing clear expectations for the year ahead – they are already working hard!
We have issued every child with a set of the spellings for them to take home and practise. Spellings will be tested on a Monday and a new set will be sent out on the same day if they have been successful. If not, children may repeat current word list.

Homework will be sent out on a Friday and will need to be completed by the following Wednesday. The Maths homework will be mainly set online, through the ActiveLearn website. The English homework will be in children’s Homework books and linked to the unit being covered in class.

Our timetabled PE days will be a Monday and Friday. Children may leave their PE bags on their pegs in the cloakroom for the whole half-term. I will however, let you know if it needs to be washed in the meantime!
Please could everyone have a water bottle for during the school day – it is extremely important!

Please may I also remind you that reading with your child is hugely important. Please find time daily to read with them. Enjoy sharing your child’s book and ask questions to enrich their understanding.
First thing in the morning is always very busy in our class so if you would like to discuss something at any length, please could you make an appointment to meet with me through the school office. I am usually available after school, once I have made sure the children who travel on the bus are safely on their way.

The Curriculum

English
This term we will be writing weekly recounts to encourage extended writing. Within our units for the first half of this term, we will be looking at stories by the same author, instructions/explanations and creating images in poetry. For the second half we will be looking at stories from other cultures, Information texts and Humorous poems. Running concurrently, will be regular grammar and punctuation sessions.

Maths
The children will be following the primary curriculum for Maths. We will focus on the use of number, exploring shape, space and measures and handling data.

Science
We will be studying the habitats of different animals and linking this to our Geography focus – Mountains.

Geography/History
In Geography, we will be studying mountains globally. We will be linking in our Science focus of animals and their different habitats.
In History, our focus is the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

P.E.
We have Action Van on Mondays where this term’s games activities will be netball, tag-rugby and hockey. On Fridays children will be developing teamwork, hand-eye co-ordination and competitiveness through a variety of games and skill sessions. After half term this will be replaced by swimming (Year 4 only).

Music
The children will be working with the Charanga Programme with Mrs Leather. We will also be learning an instrument with the Dorset Music Service later on in the term.

Computing
In Computing, we will be studying the importance of the Internet and how it provides us with lots of information. The children will also be working with Mrs Sage on a Friday afternoons developing more Computing skills.

Art and Design Technology
Our Art and Design Technology work will be led by Mrs Ralph and will follow the focus of our Geography topic – Mountains.

P.S.H.C.E
The theme of ‘New Beginnings’ allows the children to learn to manage their feelings appropriately, whilst the topic of ‘Getting On and Falling Out’ encourages understanding of how to manage anger and celebrate similarities and differences as part of the qualities of being a good friend.

R.E.
The first half-term will be spent investigating the relationships between Jews and God, as well as revisiting some of the key features of Judaism. Later in the term, our focus will be on Christianity when we will be discussing which part of the Christmas story is the most significant to Christians today.

Buckland Newton Primary School, Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7BY Telephone number: 01300 345 393