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Sycamore Class – Years 3 & 4

Sycamore Class – Years 3 & 4

We are Sycamore Class! We are Year 3 and 4 children and here on our page you can have a little peek at the brilliant things we get up to. We strive to be inspiring, exemplary learners and caring members of our school and local community. Happy browsing and we hope that you feel as proud in our learning as we do.

About us!

This is the web page for Sycamore Class and we are a mixed age class of years 3 and 4. We are part of a wonderful class family that includes Miss Merry, our Teaching Assistant and Mrs Perrett our HLTA, who both work with us each morning. On Mondays and Tuesdays we are taught by Mrs Michaelson-Yeates and on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays we are taught by Mrs. Warren. We are lucky enough to have high quality PE sessions and lunchtime activities taught by Premier Sports on Tuesdays. The adults in Sycamore work very closely together to ensure that all learning and transitions are seamless. We try our very best in all aspects of our learning, show care and compassion for each other and take pride in our class family.

Term 5!

This term’s Dundry Learning Power: The Cat!

We will be striving to:

Be independent enquirers

Solve problems

Apply our knowledge

Be curious and ask questions

Plan carefully and form questions

 

What will our learning look like this term?

English

This term’s class novel is Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse by Joe Todd Stanton.

“Buried amongst the treasure in Professor Brownstone’s vault, lie a precious collection of books. Filled with legendary stories from his ancestors, they tell of fearless fighters and unlikely heroes.”

Our Write Stuff unit this term is Theseus and the Minotaur. During this unit we will explore many different writing techniques and work on creating effective sentences that lead up to writing our own myth.

Next up comes our non-fiction writing. We will become journalists to write newspaper articles, using features such as balanced arguments, quotes, the 5 W’s and much more.

Maths

This term we are becoming experts with measures and money! We will explore and compare mass and capacity and dabble with pounds and pence.

History

Step back in time, to Ancient Greece! During this riveting period of History we will explore our threshold concepts of main events and where they fit in, society, power, beliefs, and civilization.

As historians we will build our knowledge of timelines, understand the city states of Athens and Sparta, investigate how life differed for men and woman, rich and poor, and more.

Find out more below with some Horrible Histories:

Science

As scientists we will be learning all about animals including humans with a focus on nutrition, skeletons and muscles. Do you know the 3 key jobs of a skeleton? And what is a muscle?

Art/Music

In Music we will listen to and discuss the song ‘3 Little Birds’ before diving into musical activities based around it and next we will build up to our own performance of the song itself.

Art will see us exploring plant art and specifically the work of Georgia O’Keefe. We will develop our observational skills, explore tone, shade and colour and also explore the medium of clay.

RE/PE

As sportspeople we will be building our skills in fielding and striking with a focus of cricket and we will also be learning and applying the rules to bench ball.

Our RE focus remains to be within Christianity. This term we will explore The Kingdom of God. Key learning will include: Understanding the Biblical idea of Pentecost and the birth of the church, how Christians learn to live their lives, Paul’s letters and the meaning of the church.

Helping your child with reading

Reading isn’t really just one skill- it’s a whole collection of skills- that children must learn to become fluent and independent readers. When hearing your child read at home it is important that you share books together and talk about what they might be about, by looking at the front cover and illustrations. As well as asking their opinion of the story. These conversations help to give them a sense of what is inside the book before they start to read it and preparing them for some of the vocabulary they come across. This means you are setting your child up for success right from the start.

Identifying vocabulary your child does not know is essential to help them become fluent readers. If there are more than five words on a page, or in a passage, that your child is unable to identify they will not be able to comprehend the text. This means that the text is too difficult for them. Therefore, it is important to consider the vocabulary in a book and have discussions around this. Encourage your child to be independent by looking up the word in a dictionary, discuss what specific words mean, and relate them to real-life to build an understanding for your child. Thus, helping them to comprehend the text.

Model reading with your child or taking turns to read is great to build up confidence. For example, modelling a sentence that they may have misread is a good way to support this, and then ask your child to reread the passage ensuring they address what they have learnt.

Additionally, it is important that they read the punctuation, pausing where appropriate and adding expression. If your child has enjoyed a book, encourage them to recall what has happened so far, can they remember the key events. This helps showcase their understanding of what has been read.

Lastly, praise is crucial to foster a love of reading. Notice what your child has done well and tell them, often.

Please see below for a helpful video which shows Mrs. Warren reading with a child.

 

Useful Links

These are recommended, high quality learning resources which we will use in school, but will also be very useful at home.

 

 

 

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