Welcome to Year 3/4
Mrs Edmonds, Mr Bagley,    Miss Webster and Mrs Batchelor

Welcome to the Year 3 and 4 section of the website. We hope you will enjoy using this page to keep up to date with what we are doing in school and seeing some examples of our work throughout the year.

Spring Term 1

Welcome back to the Spring Term! We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas holiday and Happy New Year.

 

Our new topic for this term is all about the United Kingdom. We will be looking at human and physical geographical features of the UK and how it has changed over time.

 

In English we are starting the term by reading Ottoline and the Yellow Cat. Throughout this unit we are going to be using our inference skills and making predictions, asking questions and writing as a character, to eventually write our own mystery stories. After Ottoline we are going to explore and compare Shape Poems by a range of poets and write our own calligrams and shape poems.

 

In Science we are learning about light, reflections and shadows. We will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate reflective materials, the sun’s rays and sources of light that we need to see. 

 

Our Geographical focus this term is the United Kingdom where we will take a look at the geography of the UK from the mountains to the seas. We will find out how the UK has changed over time, how major cities grew and how the population of the United Kingdom has changed throughout history. 

 

In ICT we will be exploring formulas, data and tools to create Spreadsheets. 

 

In DT we are going to be investigating and exploring electrical circuits, metal components and switches before designing and making our own lights.

 

​In French we will be learning French words for a variety of vegetables, or une variété de légumes, as the French would say.

 

Swimming will be on a Thursday morning. Any parent help for walking to and from the pool is always very much appreciated!

For extra information, please have a look at our curriculum map.

Homework

In Year 3 and 4, homework is set on a Friday to  be handed in the following Wednesday. Tasks will usually include one piece of Maths (set by your child's group teacher), one piece of English (plus spellings) and of course Home Reading. 

Completing homework is an important way of practicing new skills and consolidating new learning and we would like your help in ensuring that children complete the work set. Homework Club is available for children who struggle to get their work done at home.

Parent Help Please

We would be very grateful if anyone has any time to spare to come in and help us in school. Whether you can spare us an hour or two every week, or just every now and then, we would really appreciate your help with things like hearing readers, helping with DT projects and walking to/from swimming.

If you think you might be able to help, please let us know! 

Year 4 Times Tables Check

If you would like your child to do some extra times table practise before their times table check in June next year, here are some links to some good online resources:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/new-primary-school-times-tables-tests-explained

Really detailed explanation about the check and ways you can help your child at home

https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/

This is an online simulation of the test – 25 questions with 6 seconds to answer each one. 

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

Another online test version

https://www.timestables.co.uk/

https://www.mathsisfun.com/timestable.html

Practise activities for each of the tables

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Game for random recall of times table facts

If you have any questions, please come and see us.

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Westlea Primary School

Langstone Way

Swindon

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