Kingfishers 2019 - 2020

Mrs Pickles

Welcome to the new year in the Kingfisher class

***Please can you ensure ALL uniform, PE, Woodland kit and water bottles are labelled so we can return any lost property!***

Our topic for the term is Epic Journeys. 

We will be using our historical research skills to find out about famous journeys and expeditions, starting off with Ernest Shackleton and his travels to the Antarctic, we will then be encouraging the children to research other significant journeys of their own choice.

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Literacy

The children will be using the wonderful book 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne as a stimulus for their reading and writing. They will use the fantastic illustrations to help them write scene setting descriptions and they will write a narrative story in the first person. They will then use the story and other model texts to write a newspaper report. After half term we will be using the thought prevoking book 'The journey' by Francesca Sanna with a focus on diary writing and non-chronological reports.

Maths

We will have a strong focus on number for the first half term with an emphasis on place value and mental addition and subtraction skills before moving onto some more formal methods. We will have weekly problem solving and puzzles lessons where the children will need to apply their thinking skills. Throughout the year there will be a heavy emphasis on the children learning the timestables. Year 3 will need to be confident at recalling the 2,3,4,8 and 10's whilst the year 4's need to be able to rapidly recall all tables upto 12 and will be tested on this in May when the new Year 4 SAT test launches.

Science

Our first topic in science is forces and magnets. The children will set up investigations of different forces including friction and gravity and they will be designing sail boats as part of their STEM project. They will reseach and investigate magnetic forces. After half term the topic is animals, including humans and we will learning about healthy nutrition, skeletons and how we use muscles to help us move. 

PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday and the children will need to have their kit in school. 

We will continue having a weekly Woodland session on a Friday and the children will need to bring a change of clothes including wellies and waterproofs as we will endeavour to go out in all weathers.

The children will need to have their reading diary and book in school every day and they are expected to record their reading at least 4 times a week. Books can be swapped in morning registration when needed. 

The main homework focus is for your child to read regularly both with an adult or independently. Please discuss their reading with them asking questions about the book to encourage their understanding. 

They will have weekly spellings and timestable practice to be sent out on a Thursday.

In addition to the above, the children can choose different projects and homelearning tasks from the sheet in the front of their homeleaning book. These can be sent in as your child completes a piece. Please make sure any posters produced are no larger than A3 and can be stuck in their books folded.

 

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Wheelock Primary School

Crewe Road
Wheelock
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 4PY

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