Wolves Year 3
Wolves – Term 3 & 4
Dear Parents, Carers and children,
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable break and the children are excited to be back and ready to learn. A huge thank you for all the cards and kind gifts, we are all extremely grateful!
During the coming terms the Wolves will be studying the following topics across the curriculum
- English: We will be identifying features of play scripts then looking at turning well known and loved fairy tales into our own play scripts. Continuing the fairy tale theme we will be creating our own fairy tale with an exciting twist. We will also be writing a letter home from a Roman Solider. We will be exploring the use of different suffixes and prefixes such as sub-,mis- ,im-, -ure and -sion as well as using a range of homophones.
- Maths: We will be undertaking many different topics in the coming terms including: shape, capacity and volume, mass and weight and recapping the four operations. In addition, we will be looking at, reading, interpreting and constructing a range of graphs as well as a range of problem solving activities. Don’t stop learning your times tables!
- History: A lot of our history work will be cross curricular, however our main focus will be Roman soldiers. We will also look into influential individuals of the time such as Boudicca and why the Romans invaded.
- Science - In Terms 3 and 4, the children will be learning about animals, including humans. We will explore how plants and animals obtain food in different ways and the right amounts of nutrients they need. We will name different types of skeletons and identify and categorise animals based on their skeletons. We will also identify the main bones and muscles in the body and how a skeleton protects, supports and helps the body to move. The children will set up a simple practical enquiry and write an explanation for their findings.
- French - We will continue to develop our French speaking skills, exploring colour in more depth, body parts and talking about our families.
- Art and DT: As well as Roman Art and Art linked to our ‘Gospel’ topic in RE, we will be looking at pieces by Giacometti and artwork using natural resources.
- Computing: We will be looking at a topic called ‘We are presenters’. This involves learning how to use PowerPoint. We will be doing our own research on Roman Soldiers and creating a PowerPoint where our information will be presented to the class.
- RE: We will extend our knowledge and understanding of Christianity by exploring and attempting to answer key questions such as ‘What is the Trinity? And ‘Salvation - Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?’
- Music: This term and for the rest of the year we will be learning a variety of songs and learning to play the recorder. If you have your own recorder at home and would like to bring it in please do (please ensure it is labelled). Our music lessons are 1pm every Tuesday.
- Homework: Please continue to read regularly at home this is so important and is part of your homework. We will continue to have weekly spellings and mental maths tests on a Friday morning. Please practise these regularly. Homework should be returned on the following Wednesday morning, so it can be marked and given back to you by Friday.
If you do any extra work at home please feel free to bring it in, whether you have been practising what we have done in class or it is extra independent research on our topic. All support at home is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s wellbeing or education please feel free to catch me after school or book an appointment at the office if I am unavailable.
If you have any big (moving size) cardboard boxes left over from Christmas they would be much appreciated. Our aim is to create Roman shields and have a go at Roman battle formations.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
Top tips for Success
I cannot encourage your child enough to practise their times tables regularly as this will increase their confidence and help them in other areas of Maths. Being fluent in times tables means achieving quick recall, not counting on fingers. You can use games such as ‘Hit the Button’ on www.topmarks.co.uk to help. A secure knowledge of times tables allows your child to have the time to grasp more difficult mathematical concepts.
Children should aim to read their reading books every evening or as much as possible (even if it is just a few pages). Please let us know how your child is doing by recording what they have read in their reading records, especially if they have made any interesting points or observations about their book which we would love to hear about. We like to encourage independence as your child enters Key Stage 2 so if they finish their book it is their responsibility to let an adult know so it can be changed.
We will have weekly Spellings and Mental Maths tests on a Friday morning. The children will be given a list of spellings and times tables to learn for each week. Homework will be given out on Friday and must be handed back in by Wednesday so it can be marked and given back out by Friday.
For your information, PE will be on Monday afternoons (and Wednesday afternoons on weeks we are not swimming). All children are encouraged to have a named weather- appropriate PE kit as we will be going outside, weather permitting. We are lucky enough to have swimming lessons this term too. Our first swimming session will be on Wednesday 11th September (Week 2) and will continue for 5 weeks on Wednesday mornings (there will be no session on 16th October 2019). After the half term break, we will continue to have swimming lessons for a further 5 weeks (starting on Wednesday 31st October until 28th November, which will be our last lesson). Please ensure you provide your child with a snack (either fruit or vegetables) as this will help their concentration later in the day.
Pencil cases – I will initially be allowing children to bring in their own pencil cases including Smiggle items, however if there are any problems the children will be asked to leave their pencil cases at home.
Finally, as we have only a limited time in class, extra work at home is always encouraged and celebrated. Whether this is research, story writing or recapping new methods learnt in class – every little helps and you may even earn extra team points.
If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to call in after school if I am available; otherwise please book an appointment at the office.
Thank you in advance for all your hard work and dedication and here’s to a good year.
Under the current National Curriculum, children are supposed to know their times tables up to 12x 12 by the end of Year 4. The Department for Education (DfE) has introduced a new assessment, the purpose of which is to determine whether Year 4 pupils can fluently recall their times tables (being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly, without having to work out the answers).
The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) will be administered to Year 4 children starting in the 2019-20 academic year. The check is part of the new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge they need for secondary school and beyond.
The DfE says the purpose of the check is to help teachers identify which children are falling behind and target areas where they’re not being given a chance to succeed.
How will the test be administered?
Children will be tested using an on-screen check (on a computer or a tablet), where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock. Calculators and wall displays that could provide children with answers will be removed from the room that the test is taking place in.
The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and answers will be marked instantly. Children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Each question will be worth one mark. There is an emphasis on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 multiplication tables because these have been determined to be the most difficult multiplication tables.
There will be no "pass mark" (expected standard threshold) and no child will "fail" the test. Multiplication facts will be the only things tested (there will be no testing of children's knowledge of division facts or problem-solving in the check).
How can you help your children prepare?
Because the National Curriculum for maths is so extensive, there is an expectation that parents will help their children learn their times tables at home and not rely on schools to bring them up to speed.
Some of the techniques you can use include:
- Practising times tables by rote.
- Asking your child multiplication questions out of order – such as ‘What’s 11x12? What’s 5x6?’
- Using arrays to help your child memorise times tables – you can use fun objects like Smarties or Lego bricks to make it more entertaining.
- Giving your child word problems to test their skills, like ‘If Peter has 800ml of orange juice and needs to share it between four friends, how much can they each have?’
- Using apps and games like TheSchoolRun’s multiplication games or Topmark’s ‘Hit the button’ game to build speed.
- Singing times tables using songs like Percy Parker.