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Year 3/4 Blog

Urban Pioneers

Posted 25/4/2017

Welcome back to everyone after the Easter Break; we hope you all had a lovely holiday.

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New Maths Targets

Posted 1/3/2017

The Going for Gold maths targets for the next 4 weeks are:

Year 3/4 Maths Targets

Target 1- 9x table

Target 2- x/÷10/100/1000

Bronze- Count on and back in 9s to and from 108

Bronze- x10/100/1000                  

Silver- Quick fire recall of multiplication facts, i.e. 9x3=27

Silver-÷10/100/1000

Gold- Quick fire recall of division facts involving 9 x table plus use of multiplication and division facts to complete related calculations (Fact Families), i..e. knowing that if 9x8= 72 then 90x80=7200

Gold- x/÷ 10/100/1000 in multiples of ten.

Please encourage your child to practise their tables and remember they can do this using Times Tables Rock Stars at their website:

https://ttrockstars.com/login 

If your child has forgotten their login and password, please see your class teacher.

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Happy New Year

Posted 8/1/2017

Christmas seems like along time ago already and we have all settled back into school routines well.  Details of the new theme, Misty Mountain Sierra, will be coming home in the Curriculum letter this week but it has gotten off to a good start with the children enjoying writing Calligrams in English and a fun session with Mr. Foxwell learning to work as teams to problem solve.

Later in the term we will be going on walks into Northallerton to practise our map reading skills and do some sketching and patents and carers would be very welcome to join us.  Dates will be published on this website as soon as individual class teachers have confirmed them and a letter will come home.  Additionally, on Monday 13th February, we will be off to Carlton Lodge outdoor centre to do some adventurous activities linked to our themes.  Again, parent volunteers would be welcome and a letter will come home shortly.

In the last theme. Tribal Tales, we were lucky to get a donation of large timbers from Sam Turner that meant we could emulate our pre-historic ancestors and build a section of our own Woodhenge.  Thank you to the parents who came to help and, if you are in Sam Turners, please make sure to say thank you for their help. Some of the children are in the process of writing an article for the Sam Turner newsletter, so keep an eye out in the coming months.

Cheers,

The Y3/4 Teaching Team

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New Maths Targets

Posted 14/11/2016

The new maths targets for this half term are:

Year 3/4 Maths Targets Autumn ii

Target 1 – 6 x table (wb 14/11 for x4 weeks)

                7x table (wb 12/12 for 5 weeks)

Target 2 – Doubling and halving

Bronze – count on and back in 6s to and from 72

Bronze – To double and halve whole numbers to 10 (Double 1 is 2, Double 2 is 4 etc)

Silver – Quick fire recall of multiplication facts, i.e. 7 x 6 = 42

Silver – To double and halve whole numbers to 50. (Double 23 is 46, double 49 is 98)

Gold – Quick fire recall of division facts involving 6 x table plus use of multiplication and division facts to complete related calculations (Fact Families), i.e. knowing that if 7 x 6 = 42 then 70 x 6 = 420

Gold – To double and halve any decimal number (1dp) to 50.  (Double 23.4 is 46.8, double 49.2 is 98.4)

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Tribal Tails and Parent Workshops

Half Term headlines

Posted 18/10/2016

First and foremost, a massive thank you to all of our Y3/4 parents and family who came to support the children at our Open Afternoon.  With working parents in our Teaching Team, we do appreciate just how busy it can be to juggle work and home life and we are always so grateful for your continuing support as it means so much to the children.  As you could see, they have been beavering away on their T-shirts, learning all about how to make joins using stitching as well as learning the importance of persevering and practice.  

The last two themes are also integral to our metacognition focus and we will continue to help them learn to be learners and develop a wider range of learning strategies as the year progresses.  As a school, we are hoping to organise time for parents to join us for a metacognition session so that you can also get a feel for how it works and we will advertise this date as soon as details have been finalised.  Hopefully, we will try to squeeze it into this half term but, if the build up to Christmas is as busy as usual, this may be in the New Year.  If you have any questions about this new approach in school, then our Parent/ Teacher Conferences scheduled for 31st October and 1st November would be a good time to ask.  REMEMBER, if you can't make these dates or feel that 15 minutes will not be long enough for what you need to discuss, please approach your class teacher to organise an alternative date and time.

This week is our Rising Stars Progress Test week, so we have had to juggle lessons around this.  Nevertheless, we have still managed to squeeze in some consolidation of the half term's maths coverage and will be rounding off our English with a look at persuasive language by writing holiday brochures.  

NEW THEME:  Tribal Tails 

Our theme starting in January is brand new to us and we are really looking forward to it.  It is a History theme starting in pre-historic times and bringing us right up to the Iron Age.  (The new Medium Term Plan for the theme will be published soon on this web page.)  We will be learning about henges, the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages and take some time to compare the lives of people in each.  Following on from the digestive system, in Science we will learn about the skeleton and the major bones of the human body while, in Art, we will make our own cave art and take archaeological inspiration from the Beaker People to inspire our clay work.  

As I type, we are contemplating quite an ambitious DT project so I am putting out an appeal to anyone with contacts in the building trade who might be able to help us talk through our ideas or help us with materials OR if you know anyone who can weave willow.  If you do, please see your class teacher  or go straight to Mrs Bradnam.  Please don't be shy; in house, we refer to ourselves as The Y3/4 Dream Team so come and help us build those dreams.

 

The Y3/4 Teaching Team  

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Burps Bottoms and Bile Update

Posted 10/10/2016

Dear Parents / Carers.

Here is an update on yet another busy week. Last week in Maths, we completed our look at more formal methods of multiplication using a multiplication grid. This is very different to how we completed multiplication at school, so you may find it interesting to get your child to show you what they have been doing.

In English, the children wrote, reviewed and edited a fantasy story about their extremely pleasant adventure while travelling through the digestive system of another person!  (Not your usual happy ending to a story!)

We continue to work on our ‘Digestive System’ T-Shirts in DT. You will have the opportunity to get a good look at the work in progress during our open afternoon on Friday. Finally, in Science, the children have completed learning about the amounts of nutrition required for a healthy diet.

May we take this opportunity to remind you that you are invited to join us for an afternoon of activities next Friday 14th October where you will see the work the children have produce so far,  including those T-Shirts with a difference. You are welcome to join us from 2:30pm.

Hope to see you there .

 

Dear Parents / Carers.

 

Here is an update on yet another busy week. Last week in Maths, we completed our look at more formal methods of multiplication using a multiplication grid. This is very different to how we completed multiplication at school, so you may find it interesting to get your child to show you what they have been doing.

 

In English, the children wrote, reviewed and edited a fantasy story about their extremely pleasant adventure while travelling through the digestive system of another person!  (Not your usual happy ending to a story!)

 

We continue to work on our ‘Digestive System’ T-Shirts in DT. You will have the opportunity to get a good look at the work in progress during our open afternoon on Friday. Finally, in Science, the children have completed learning about the amounts of nutrition required for a healthy diet.

 

May we take this opportunity to remind you that you are invited to join us for an afternoon of activities next Friday 14th October where you will see the work the children have produce so far,  including those T-Shirts with a difference. You are welcome to join us from 2:30pm.

 

Hope to see you there .

 

The Y34 Team

 

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Into the Swing of Things!

Posted 26/9/2016

Everybody seems to have settled into our routines and we are busy with our science theme.  We have looked at information texts by designing a draft for a poster on teeth and written an explanation text all about the digestive system.  (You can imagine which part they thought was the funniest!)  In Maths, we have looked at place value, comparing and ordering numbers as well as using this to line up our numbers for column addition. 

Class Ambassadors

The traditional role of the class representative on the School Council is being re-branded in line with the school's involvement in the Rights Respecting Schools initiative.  We will still need to vote for our ambassadors, so any child interested in giving their class a voice on the Council will need to prepare a short speech outlining why they fit the bill.  This should be ready for Wednesday  when they will be given the opportunity to address the class prior to a vote.  The first Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

Reading at Home

As a response to parents coming in with questions about how we approach reading in Y3/4, we recently sent home information about how Reading Explorers works and what parents/ carers need to do to help with homework.  In addition to this weekly homework, children should also be reading with an adult every night and this should be recorded in the Home School Book.  This can be anything, from comics and magazines that interest and engage them to full on chapter books.  The important thing is that they are engaging with and enjoying what they read.  Recording their reading means that they will earn team points and gives you the chance to feedback to us.  If you have exhausted your supply of books at home, remember that children can borrow books from the classroom.

Home Reader Books

All Y3/4 children do the Reading Explorers scheme in mixed ability groups to promote dialogue and questioning skills.  However, some children will be bringing home additional reading books from the school's traditional resources to augment what they do in their reading groups.  Your child's class teacher will let you know if this applies to your child.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding reading, please speak to your class teacher.

Coming Up

Our Y3/4 Open Afternoon for this half term is on Friday, 14th October at 2:30 pm.  This is an informal opportunity for parents and carers to drop in and share what the children have done in our Burps, Bottoms and Bile theme.

 

 

 

 

 

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First week back update

Posted 8/9/2016

We have certainly had a busy week and with lots of letters home, so please check bags to make sure you have seen them all.  A couple of reminders:

Mrs Seal's class will start swimming sessions at the Leisure Centre on Friday 16th September so please make sure that permission slips are back and swimming kit comes into school on Friday.

We will be doing our disclosing tablet investigation as follows which is when the children will need to bring in their tooth brushes:

Mrs Bradnam  Wednesday pm

Mr Onions and Mrs Seal Thursday pm

PE Kits:  We ask that PE kits come into school on Mondays and remain in school until Friday.  That way we can be flexible if the weather stops us doing games on our usual day and saves the headache of having to remember which day to send it in on.

This week.

We kick-started our new theme, Burps, Bottoms and Bile, with a visit from a local dentist who came into to talk to the children on Wednesday afternoon about the importance of keeping their teeth clean and how to do it.  (See photos in our Gallery).  We have also been learning about the types of teeth humans have and checking our own mouths to see if we have them.

Our Maths focus this week has been Place Value and we will continue this next week.  In English we have looked at information texts and are working on designing and writing a poster all about teeth.

Please note:  One group of children will have done a pre-read with their class teaching assistant on Friday and should have brought their reading text home to read again ready for Tuesday.  Please check!

Next Week.

Guided reading sessions will start for the rest of he class so please check bags for an A4 sheet which is the text they are working on.  (There is more information about Reading Recovery on our Y3/4 Information and Support page.) First spelling lists will come home on Monday, glued into the Home School Book, so that the children can practise them ready for the test on Friday.

To finish, we are really pleased that James Lofthouse, a skills coach with the FA, will be coming in to work with Y3/4 on Tuesday mornings starting next week - especially as he is one of our parents!

 

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Hello and welcome back

Posted 30/8/2016

We hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday and had lots and lots of fun.  This week is all about settling into our class routines and, for our new Y3’s, finding your feet in KS2.  Some things are the same, some things are different but – don’t panic!  You will soon be feeling right at home and, if you forget something, just ask the teachers or a Y4.

To kick start our new theme, ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’, we have a dentist coming to talk to us about teeth on Wednesday afternoon so if you have ever wanted to know something about your pearly whites, have your questions ready.  But – be warned – the teachers will have questions for you afterwards too to check you were listening!

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