Sycamore – Year 3 & Year 4
Welcome to Sycamore Class
Mixed Year 3 and 4 class
Teacher – Mr Lister
Our Topic this half term is "All About Architecture" culminating in a day trip to Duxford Museum on Thursday 7 October. The children already know lots about famous buildings (ancient and modern) around the World. There will be the occasional Homework project in which I'll challenge the children to design or create a building using their online digital skills (minecraft, ppt) or with other materials (lego blocks, other). Please could children bring in any recycled materials, packaging, cardboard boxes (shoe size) etc. that they think might be useful for us to build structures in class. Also if anyone is an architect or civil engineer and perhaps has time to speak to the class to share what they do and some interesting building projects they've been involved with, please contact me.
In English our initial focus will be on writing non-chronological reports linked in with our Topic on Architecture. We will learn to summarise key info and present it in interesting ways.
Year 3 and 4 Spelling lists began last week...10 new words with a focus on a particular letter combination/ sound/ rule. Spelling tests occur every Friday, children should practise spelling their words in their purple notebook and in their Home School Record book and on the relevant forum on db primary. Spelling Words are posted on here too.
By the end of Year 4 it is a Government expectation that all children will be expected to know all of their times tables by heart together with related division facts. Learning these basic facts is the primary focus for Year 4 in Maths. All children in Year 3 and 4 have been set a times table to learn. Every child has made a set of flash cards of that times table so they can practise them with you at home. Every Friday all children will be given the opportunity to show their mastery and win a passport to learn the next times table. There are lots of websites and online apps with challenges and games to help the children learn their times tables. I have shared lots of these with the children. They have their favourites and if they have digital access from home, I'd encourage them to practise their times tables online.
PE is on Wednesday afternoons with KAS and again with me on Thursday afternoon so children need to bring their PE kit on those days.
You will have seen in a very recent school email that School Clubs have started also - for Sycamore (boys and girls) there is:
Mon lunchtime - Tag Rugby
Tues b4 school - Cheerleading (starting from 21 September) and
Wed after school - Football.
Again, please bring appropriate attire.
Show and Tell is on Fridays so the children are encouraged to bring a favourite thing in to share with their classmates. Also if anyone has excelled in something outside of school, be it sporting, in the arts (e.g. dance, drama, music) or otherwise please bring in any certificates or trophies on Fridays to share with the whole school at Celebration Assembly.
This new school term, after all the interruptions and uncertainties, my focus is on creating a safe, positive and supportive learning environment for the children in which they can rekindle their relationships with one another and bolster their confidence being back in class and school with others.