Mrs Rotherforth and Mrs Booth

Our whole school topic for Autumn term is ‘Food Glorious Food’.

Literacy – We will be writing character and setting descriptions, diaries, newspaper reports

and narrative stories as part of our novel study across Y3 and Y4.  We also hope to include some performance poetry.

Maths – Number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.

It would be useful for you to help your child in practicing their 3, 4 and 8 times table (for Y3 children) and up to 12 x 12 for Y4 pupils. Being able to read the time on analogue and digital clocks (starting with reading time to the nearest 5 minutes, building up to the nearest 1 minute) will also be beneficial.

Science – ‘Animals, including humans’. Children will be learning about the importance of nutrition and a balanced diet as well as the skeleton and muscles.

Topic – We will be learning about the importance of a healthy and varied diet and applying this to designing and creating a healthy sandwich and suitable packaging.  We will also be studying different types of foods and their origins, presenting our findings using ICT.  Our class will also have a Music and French lesson every week, each taught by a specialist teacher.

PE – PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please could you ensure children have correct indoor and outdoor kit for both days, that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed. However, please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school every day in case alternative arrangements are necessary.  Y4 children will have swimming lessons in the Autumn term (starting on Wed 12th Sept) at Aston Leisure Centre.  For swimming, all children will need appropriate swimwear, towel and swimming cap.

Behaviour – Positive behaviour and learning is rewarded by the use of dojos and through our celebration assembly. We use the number system for negative behaviour (children are already familiar with this).

Independence  – In KS2 children are usually collected from the main gate and a member of staff is present every hometime to ensure children are collected by their parent/guardian. However, until you feel your child is ready to make this transition, you are more than welcome to collect your child from outside the classroom at 3.05pm. We would ask you to encourage your child to be as independent as possible by coming into the classroom themselves and then putting their water bottle, lunch box, book bag and homework book in the appropriate places independently.

Homework – Your child will receive homework on Thursdays or Fridays and it should be handed in the following Monday (there will be a labelled tray in the classroom to put books in). Please feel free to help your child where necessary but encourage them to work and try to spell words independently – phonetic attempts at trickier words are encouraged in school. Homework will always be related to the work we have done in class. We will be setting Maths, Literacy or Topic work to be completed at home. The children will also be tested on spellings every week.

Reading – We would encourage children to read at least 3 times a week (even if only a small amount!) and dojos are awarded for regular reading.  Your child may take a choice of two reading books; this is to give your child a choice in their reading material so don’t feel they must read both books every night (especially when texts are longer). On occasion, if your child wishes to read their own books instead of their school book, we are happy for them to do this, but please make a note so that we are aware they have read with you.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Mrs Booth and Mrs Thompson.