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Teacher: Ms wright
TA: Miss More
Year 3/4 lower Key Stage 2
As always, in Badger Class we are all looking forward to some exciting, engaging and challenging learning activities inside and outside our classroom over the next half term!
We are currently loving watching the Periguin falcons who have nested on Norwich Cathederal! Click here to see for yourself!
Gardening club will be returning to Wednesdays every week, however, we will be extending our finish time to 4.30PM; dates for Gardening Club this half term will commence Wednesday 1st May. We will continue to plan for our Spring/Summer planting and maintenance of the allotment and look forward to harvesting all our bounty! Please keep up to date with our progress through our Gardening Club section on this page.
Homework this year will continue to be shared weekly (every Wednesday) with children being expected to choose from a variety of different tasks that are linked to out topic, science and Easter festival learning this half term. The full list of choices can be found at the bottom of this page from Monday 29th April 2019.
This half term our topic is Take one picture: What's the story? In our learning enquiry we will be investigating different genres of art to compare how each piece tells a story; combining the study of fine art history with modern mediums such as photography and graffiti artistic movements. Over the half term the children will be able to explore their creativity whilst developing drawing techniques to be able to produce their own art exhibition in school. We are delighted to be welcoming a local photographer, Glen Adams, into school to undertake part of this project with our children. Mr Adams visited us today and here is a time lapse vide we made of our learning!
In English we will be focussing on writing to entertain, specifically play scripts. We will be studying a variety of texts to support the children's learning of this fundamental writing skill whilst enabling them to experiment with character development and situation settings, and also revisiting fronted adverbials and inverted commas in their grammar work. The children will be given the opportunity to produce and perform puppet plays to our Hedgehog class to provide variety in their audience they produce work for. Over the half term our children will also be given opportunities to explore their understanding of Nature poetry and we will also incorporate drama performance to recreate our versions of the poems.
In Maths we will be continuing to combine the White Rose approach with the National Curriculum to provide our children with a broad and exciting learning experience. To help support our class based learning in Maths we ask the children to practise their multiplication tables at home and we will provide weekly maths challenges to allow them to show their progress on our Maths Mountain! We will also be introducing 15 minute Maths Meetings three times a week, which will take place outside the regular Maths lessons, to continue to promote our children's progress in this subject area.
Click here for a Maths website that has lots of accessible Maths games to help your child practise our learning in class and their mental Maths strategies.
Our Science enquiry this half term is Why are colours different? This is designed to enable our children to look at how and why colour in nature is used and compare this with manmade materials. We will scientifically investigate the differences between colour and how it can be changed; looking at why we do not all see the same colour and considering whether need colour! There will be lots of great opportunities for scientific enquiry and experiments - including nature walks and outdoor learning in our garden area.
In Religious Studies will be posing the question: How do Christians work to bring God's kingdom on Earth? The children will be able to explore contrasting explanations, ask questions and discuss their understandings of these complex and thought provoking beliefs. We will be researching the different roles charities play and our individual responsibilities. As part of our Religious Studies we will be welcoming into our school Mrs Houlder-Moat, Families worker at RAF Marham Chaplaincy, to tell us about her community and charity work.
For the Summer term, Badgers Class will take part in P.E on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. On Tuesdays, weather permitting, sport will take place outside and on Thursday we will be swimming. Please ensure that appropriate kit is in school on these days!
Every Friday (a change from our previous day Thursday due to swimming) we will have a dedicated reading and library session where the children will be given the freedom to pick a book of their choice from the library - this is as well as their reading book. During these dedicated reading sessions we will be encouraging the children to explore text in depth using the Reading VIPERS method. Children will continue to be expected to read at least 3 times a week outside school to an adult; please use their reading records to record questions discussed, words of difficulty or general comments about the reading - these will be checked regularly throughout the week.
If a book is chosen and is not being enjoyed, I have no problem with them changing it as soon as they can.
As a school we use PATHS to promote positive thinking and attitudes. We have a child of the day each day who has special privileges and receives compliments from their class mates. We have a positive behaviour for learning in Badgers Class and this is shown on our behaviour chart. When children display good choices in their behaviour for learning they climb the chart, earn points and ultimately golden tickets for the half term prize draw. This year we have also introduced the house points system too - the more individual points you earn, the more your house team collects!