Welcome to Dragonfly Class!
Our topic this term is ‘A World of Difference‘, and we are learning about the impact of human waste on our environment, in particular the damaging effect of single-use plastic on our oceans. Over the next few weeks we will be researching ways that we can make a difference, with the the aim of making our world a more sustainable place.
We are currently reading ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’ by Elizabeth Laird. The novel highlights the worrying impact of human waste on marine mammals. The story has already inspired some fantastic discussions and the children have created and performed poems linked to the topic.
This term we are learning about sound. This week we explored how sounds are made and the children enjoyed experimenting with a drum and salt to see how vibrations are made.
If you would like to view our 2017/2018 Curriculum Map for years 3 & 4, please click this link Long Term Plan – 2017-18 – Year 3-4
The children will be given online My Maths homework linking to what we have been learning in class. Homework will be given out every other Wednesday and due in the following Monday. Children have their own individual logins for their homework. Please contact the office if your child has lost their login details.
We are also using a website called ‘TT Rockstars‘ for times table homework. The children have been given individual logins which they can use to practise their times tables online. Once logged on, children should go to the ‘Garage’ section of the website. I have scheduled each child’s times tables so that they receive questions linked to the tables they are currently learning. This will be edited as their speed and the amount of correct answers increases.
If your child has lost their login, please contact the office and I will re-print their login.
In addition to this, there are some fantastic apps and interactive games to help the children with their times tables:
The children need to read a minimum of 4 days a week for a minimum of 20 minutes each time. They need to record evidence of their reading in their reading journals which will be going home next Monday. The journals must be in every Monday to be checked by the teacher.
Below I have attached links to 100 recommended reading books for years 3 & 4.
Spelling, punctuation and grammar.
The children will be given spelling and grammar homework every other week. The activities will link to what we have been learning in class and the books will be given out on Wednesday and due in the following Monday.
Please see the year 3/4 spelling list below. We encourage you to help your children with these spellings in any way you wish.