Welcome to Dragonfly Class!
Our topic this term is ‘Walking the Great Wall‘, and we are learning about the history of China. In particular, we will learn about the Shang Dynasty and the impact of the Shang empire on our world. We will also investigate a variety of Chinese traditions and celebrations such as the Chinese New Year.
Please find below the link to our Curriculum Overview:
This term we will be reading the book ‘The Firework – Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman, which tells the story of an ambitious young girl who embarks on a perilous-yet-magical journey to become a firework maker in Asia. We will be writing diary entries, letters, recounts and fictional narratives linked to the story.
This term pupils will be furthering their understanding of multiplication and division. They will be using a wide range of physical resources and mathematical representations to support their learning. Pupils will learn to write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division, solve problems including missing number problems, use known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, and calculate more complex multiplication and division sentences.
A World of Difference
Dragonfly class were very creative last term and enjoyed designing and making their own sea creatures using recycled plastic. We also worked as a team to create a giant octopus made entirely out of our own plastic waste! Please see the photos below.
This week the children explored how sound travels, and made their own model telephones using plastic cups and string!
Dragonfly class took part in a skateboarding workshop at school. The children all absolutely loved it and didn’t want the workshop to end! Here are some photos of the children mastering the art of skateboarding.
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 Tuesday.
Please see the year 3/4 spelling list below. We encourage you to help your children with these spellings in any way you wish.