Welcome to Zebra Class with
8th September 2017
Welcome to Zebra Class for the Y3 parents and welcome back for the Year 4 parents. I am very excited about this year, especially teaching all of your wonderful children again!
Our Topic is all about World War II and the Battle of Britain. I have enjoyed getting creative and our classroom has transformed somewhat into a battle zone – RAF Spitfires hanging from the ceiling, a book corner in the form of an Anderson air raid shelter and tape on the windows to protect ourselves from shattered window glass! If you have any memorabilia from World War II or the Battle of Britain please feel free to bring it in (named please), or if there is a grandparent who was evacuated, or involved in the War and who would love to talk about it to the class, please let me know! I would like to have a Fabulous Finish dress up day in the last week of term, so please can your child come dressed up, for example as a WWII soldier, pilot or evacuee. I will confirm the date nearer the time.
In English, we will be writing a range of genres, including instructions, recounts, character and setting description and story writing, including diaries in one of our R.E lessons. We will read some lovely texts suitable for Year 3 and 4 children. If you would like to know some great books for your children to read this year, please take a look on the Zebra Class page at the two files called ‘Texts we like in Year 3/Year 4’. This year, we will be working hard on ensuring children are learning their spellings effectively and applying their spelling and grammar knowledge in all of their writing. If your child does not yet write in cursive handwriting, please try to work on this at home. Come and ask me if you need any resources to support this home learning. This would be a good time to check your child writes lower and uppercase letters in the correct places in a sentence and that they also write their numbers the correct way round.
In Maths, we are beginning the year by working on place value and helping the children recognise the value of each digit in up to 4/5 digit numbers (12,345 – Tens thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, ones). Some of the objectives include comparing and ordering numbers up to and beyond 1000, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000, read Roman numerals to 100 and reading and writing numbers in numerals AND words up to 1000. At the end of Year 3, your child should be able to count in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 (including 2, 5 10 and 3), and by the end of Year 4, your child should be able to count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000. There are fantastic games online; Topmarks and ICTgames are good websites.
In Science, our topic is Animals including Humans. We will be considering nutrition and the importance of getting the right types and amounts food for animals and humans to ensure survival, as they cannot make their own food. Our topic also explores the skeletons and muscles of humans and animals.
In R.E, we will be exploring the topic ‘People of God’ and focusing on the BIG question, ‘What is it like to follow God?’ We will be reading the stories of Noah and Abraham and considering how covenants and faith lead some Christians in choosing how to live in their whole lives and in their church communities.
If you have any questions or queries, please grab me after our parent meeting, or make an appointment through the office.
Miss Ovenden & Mrs O’Rawe