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.
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, who is with us every morning. On Mondays and Tuesdays we are taught by Mrs Michaelson- Yeates and on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays we are taught by Mrs. Warren. Also, we are very lucky to have Mr. Lucy on board to deliver us high-quality and fun PE/swimming lessons every Friday. 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.
Welcome to Term 1!
What will our learning look like this term?
Following our transition back into school and to help our new Year 3s get settled, learning will continue to be organised into manageable chunks and there will be plenty of brain breaks and chances to get outside and be active.
In English we are focusing on The Write Stuff unit of Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. This exciting tale takes us back 15,000 years when a modern boy enters a Stone Age village and learns a few prehistoric tricks of the trade. During this unit we will explore many different writing techniques and work on writing effective sentences that lead up to writing our own narrative.
Our non-fiction focus will be based around on recounts and letters.
Our History topic this term is the Stone Age to Iron Age. We will be travelling back in time to around 2.6 million years ago, when researchers found the earliest evidence of humans using stone tools. We will investigate how people lived and how their lives changed as time progressed and their environments changed. After learning about the Stone Age and its three periods, we will then explore the Bronze and Iron Ages. During this time we will learn about specific settlements such as Stonehenge and Skara Brae, while comparing the three periods in our history.
Science is all about rocks this term! We will compare and group different rocks, test their properties, explore fossils and much more. We will even have a special visit from an archaeologist!
In DT the children will plan and make soup for our Harvest Festival on Thursday 30th September. We will learn about and demonstrate specific skills and be able to discuss the design and technical processes that we have followed.
Art and Design is all about William Morris this term and we will be fine tuning our skills in sketching and printing. We will begin this unit with some still life sketches.
RE will be focused around Christianity and we will explore the question ‘What do Christians believe about God/Creation and fall?’ The children will discuss aspects such as Harvest and it what it means for Christians, the Gardens of Eden and Gethsemane and also the story of creation.
Computing will focus on coding this term and we hope to get stuck into Charanga for some fun music sessions based around Bill Withers song ‘Lean on Me’.
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.
These are recommended, high quality learning resources which we will use in school, but will also be very useful at home -particularly if Seesaw has failed and you need immediate access to further learning. (Do get in touch for a quick fix though if SeeSaw has failed. Often a new code reset will fix any issue.)
- The Department for Education’s Oak Academy Website
- Youtube for Live Lessons with Jane Considine
- Purple Mash
- TT Rockstars
- BBC Bitesize