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Year 3-4


Autumn Term 2019


Welcome back to a brand new school year!  We are really looking forward to working with familiar faces in Year 4 and getting to know the Year 3s who are joining us.  


This term our key question is 'Who Rules a Kingdom?'  This was led by the children's suggestions for what they would like to learn and we will be linking as many lessons as possible to this.  We will start by exploring Ancient Egypt and using 'The Firebird' and a variety of non-fiction text books as a basis for our English lessons.  After half term we will still have the same key question but will be investigating it in a different context.  More will be revealed nearer the time!  


Below you will be able to view and download our topic web, this details what we will be covering across each subject. 


Autumn Term Topic Web

Autumn Term Topic Web 1

Spellings, homework and reading 

Each child in Year 3/4 has a pink homework book.  Homework is given out on Friday and a sheet will be stuck into the pink book to explain what the homework is.  Homework should be returned to school by Wednesday each week.  This allows us time to check the books and follow up on any misconceptions or difficulties.  


Spellings will also be sent home on Friday and the spelling test will take place the following Friday.


Copies of spelling and homework activities can be found below.


We encourage reading to happen regularly at home, ideally every day.  We understand this isn't always possible however reading at least 3 times a week and being able to discuss the book with someone at home will really help develop not only their technical reading skills but also their comprehension and, even more importantly, their enthusiasm for reading.  Each child has a reading record that they should come to school with them each day. Parents and children can all use these to make notes of when they have read together.  Whole class guided reading takes place every day.  



Key information for Year 3/4



Our Year 3/4 Teachers:

Miss Crawley in Hazel (covering for Mrs Berrett)

Mrs Baxter in Elm

Mrs Gallois in Sycamore (Ms Smith and Mrs Sewell providing cover)

Mrs Pooley in Hazel & Elm (PPA cover)


Our Year 3/4 Teaching Assistants:

Miss Housden

Mrs Hummersone

Mr Jordan

Mrs Lovell (2 days a week)


PE days

Tuesday - Elm (Mrs Baxter)

Wednesday - All classes

Friday - Hazel (Miss Crawley) & Sycamore (Mrs Gallois)


Children are expected to have their named PE kits in school for these sessions.  As the days are now quite cold it would be useful if your child could also have a jumper and tracksuit bottoms as well as the usual t-shirt, shorts and trainers.  Children should ensure that long hair is tied back, no jewellery or watches are worn and earrings are removed for any PE sessions.  If children need to remove earrings during the day, then they should be able to do this themselves and have a suitable container to store them in.


Daily Mile


As part of the national drive to increase the amount of time children spend taking part in physical activity, children throughout Rackham will be taking part in the Daily Mile.  They do not require PE kit for this as the main aim is to be able to get outside for 15 minutes of walking, jogging or running with minimal impact on the day's timetable.  We will be going out in nearly all weathers, at times children may be asked to quickly change into trainers so it would be useful if they could have these in school every day.  


We are always happy to answers any queries that you may have but we would request that you come to see us after school via the office rather than the morning, as this is a very busy time of day.

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We have used these websites in the classroom to help children's understanding and hope they will be of use to you at home.  

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