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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Information for Parents

I hope that you had a fun-filled few weeks throughout the summer holiday!  Welcome to Class 3.  This newsletter will provide you with some information about the new topics for the autumn term and, if you are a new parent to the class, some information about Class 3 organisation that I hope will be useful to refer to.

Throughout the year, the children will have the opportunity to display their talents and improve their areas of difficulty using a wide range of activities for inspiration. I am very excited about the new term!

General Information

This term, Year 4 will have PE on Mondays and Thursdays and Year 3 will have PE on Thursdays.  Information on homework can be found at the front of your child’s homework book, which will be sent out next week.

Thank you for your continued support.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries or any information about your child that you think I need to know.  Please contact the office by email in the first instance.

Maths

Our first term will encompass place value (greater than/less than, rounding, negative numbers etc), the four operations + - ÷ × and Roman Numerals well as plenty of problem solving opportunities throughout the term.

English

Our first unit is newspaper reports where the children will learn all of the key features of newspaper reports and use examples of this linked to the Romans, before creating their own newspaper report.

Throughout the overarching theme of the Romans this term, the children will also write a historical story, linked to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as well as an e-book on the Roman legacy.

History

Our unit is The Romans, where we will explore why and how the Romans invaded Britain.  The class will retell the story of Boudicca and learn all about why the Roman army were so successful as well as question the reliability of sources.  They will finish the unit of work by creating an e-book in groups about the legacy of the Romans.

 

Art/Design and Technology

The unit Centurion focuses on observational drawing of Roman objects and armour and creating a watercolour of a Roman soldier.

Design and Technology

The unit focuses on researching, designing, making and evaluating a Roman sandal.

RE

The unit relates to Beginning and Belonging, which links to our class rules and start of year information.

Science

The topic is Nutritious and Delicious.  The focus will be on nutrition, types of skeletons and muscles.  The children will answer questions about aspects of bones and our body and find answers through investigations. 

PSHCE

We will be repsonding to pupil need as we settle back into school.

PE

The PE sessions are on Mondays and Thursday. year 3 will have one session on a THursday this half term to support the recovery curriculum.

reading

Reading

Throughout the first two weeks of the term, I will listen to your child read a variety of different texts and then the children will be given a guided reading card, colour and corresponding book(s).  Due to the current situation, I will send 1 school reading book home with your child a week (2 if they are reading shorter books).  Please keep your child’s reading record at home to write in from Friday to Friday, along with their books.  Your child can then bring them all back to school on Friday to show they’ve read at least 3 times and to change their books. 

For my pupils, I also pick books from the library for them to borrow, usually linked to what we are learning in class.  They can return these to me on a Friday, whenever they’ve finished reading them.

They will read in a guided reading session with me or a teaching assistant as well as individually.

Sometimes they will have reading comprehension practice sent as homework. Please encourage your child to have a go at this on their own first, then have a look at it again with you to see what could be improved/if they need help.

Computing

Our first unit of work is programming.

Music

Our music is taught by Mr Murray, who is a music specialist, following the Leicestershire scheme of work for music. We expect Mr Murray to return in January and the usual curriculum to be condensed.

  • In the autumn term we look at pulse and voice
  • In the spring term we look at pitch and rhythm
  • In the summer term we look at 20th century music and digital music