Year 3/4: Lions Class
Welcome to Lions class!
We have lots of exciting activities planned for this term and the year ahead, starting with our topic this term which is Ancient Egypt.
This term, we will be working hard to improve our mental maths, especially the recall of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts. Times tables is also a big focus, especially for our Year 4 pupils as they are required to complete a Multiplication Tables Check in Summer 2022.
The link below has a collection of times tables songs children can play and dance along to which will really help them learn times tables in a fun and active way.
The following website is useful for children to get used to the format of the Multiplication Tables Check.
In English we will spend the year looking at a variety of books and carrying out a wide range of reading and writing activities based around them. We will also be developing our reading and writing skills through a range of both short films and longer chapter books. Spelling is a big focus this year, so we will be looking at mnemonics, tricks and tips to help us improve our knowledge of how words are written. Children will have the opportunity to enter Spelling Shed competitions to support this. Furthermore, we will be improving our reading skills to work on our comprehension of texts on a variety of topics.
In Lions class, we love to read, with a cosy reading corner to enjoy quiet reading every day. As well as the school’s reading scheme and prizes for achieving different levels, we also have a reading competition in the class to celebrate any reading at home. We encourage any type of reading, including newspapers, magazines, even leaflets and recipes – it all helps!
P.E is on Tuesday morning, though it is useful to keep P.E kits in school from Monday-Friday as the children regularly participate in additional PE and sports workshops.
The most important thing children can do at home is to keep up with their reading. Please remember to log any reading on the Go Read app so we can keep track and update the children’s bookmarks in school. In addition, children should be practising their times tables, using either Times Tables Rockstars, singing along to multiplication songs or trying out one of the fun dances on the BBC Supermovers site. Finally, we will publish weekly spellings on Tapestry for children to practise at home. Although we do not test children on these spellings, we do encourage them to have fun with them, looking for patterns, investigating rhymes and mnemonics for the ones they find tricky. Children can also log into Spelling Shed to play games and complete assignments linked to their spelling words for the week.
Term One news
It has been a very busy start to the year. In English, we have already completed Gorilla by Anthony Browne and we are now enjoying the story of Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. In Maths, we are becoming more confident working with larger numbers and developing our mental arithmetic skills. In P.E, we have started to learn about dribbling and using different passes in Basketball and we will be applying these skills in mini competitions and games. On Friday mornings, children in Year 4 are really fortunate to be receiving brass instrument lessons from a specialist music teacher. Watch this space for more news about what we have been learning about as well as upcoming events.
Term Two news
It has been a very busy start to the term. In English, we are enjoying our new class text Varjak Paw by SF Said and getting to know the characters. We have lots of questions about the book and we are looking forward to finding out how the story will unfold. We love storytime at the end of the day where we are currently reading the classic story of Charlotte’s Web by E.B White.
In Maths we have been revising different methods to add and subtract numbers as well as enjoying our daily dose of Times Table Rockstars!
In History, we are continuing to find out about life in ancient Egypt and we really enjoyed immersing ourselves in the topic during a recent History Day. During the day, we prepared Honey Bread and also had a go at making our own papyrus. Once the papyrus has dried, we will then decorate it with hieroglyphics. We also made our own mini pyramids and created hieroglyphic name tags (cartouches).
Our PE lessons have been focussing on Dance; we have already composed some Egyptian inspired dance sequences and now we will spend the rest of term learning and rehearsing a dance for the KS2 pantomime.
We are looking forward to the rest of the term which will be packed with lots of festive fun!
Thank you for your support.