Blue 2022 - 2023

Miss Griffiths

 

Welcome to Blue Class

 

We are a Year 3/4 class who are taught by Miss Griffiths, supported by Mrs Chadwick, Mr Richards, Miss Grindley, Mrs Inskip and Miss Cornes.

This is what we will be learning about in the Autumn term:

Maths:

Y3:

Place Value: Numbers up to 1,000; Partitioning numbers; Number lines; Comparing and Ordering Integers; Counting in 50s

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division: Applying number bonds to 10; Adding and Subtracting 1s, 10s and 100s using exchanging; Estimation; Complements to 100; Inverse operation; Problem solving and reasoning.

Multiplication and Division: Equal groups; Using arrays; Multiplying and Dividing 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10. We will be practising Times Table Rockstars four times a week.

Y4:

Place Value: Represent numbers to 1,000 Partition numbers to 1,000, Number line to 1,000, Thousands, Represent numbers to 10,000, Partition numbers to 10,000, Flexible partitioning of numbers to 10,000, Find 1, 10, 100, 1,000 more or less, Number line to 10,000, Estimate on a number line to 10,000, Compare numbers to 10,000, Order numbers to 10,000, Roman numerals, Round to the nearest 10, Round to the nearest 100, Round to the nearest 1,000, Round to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000

Addition & Subtraction: Add and subtract 1s, 10s, 100s and 1,000s, add up to two 4-digit numbers – no exchange, add two 4-digit numbers – one exchange, add two 4-digit numbers – more than one exchange, subtract two 4-digit numbers – no exchange, subtract two 4-digit numbers – one exchange, subtract two 4-digit numbers – more than one exchange, Efficient subtraction, estimate answers, Checking strategies.

Area: What is area? Count squares, make shapes, Compare areas.

Multiplication and division: Multiples of 3 Multiply and divide by 6, 3 6 times-table and division facts, Multiply and divide by 9, 5 9 times-table and division facts, the 3, 6 and 9 times-tables, Multiply and divide by 7, 7 times-table and division facts, 11 times-table and division facts, 12 times-table and division facts, multiply by 1 and 0, 12 Divide a number by 1 and itself, Multiply three numbers.

English:

We will develop our reading and writing skills across a range of genres and text types using high quality texts.

The children will write settings storm narrative and a newspaper report of a sighting of a marine mammal inspired by The Wale by Vita Murrow.

Then we will be creating a narrative of an outsider making a journey and an information report on polar bears. These will be inspired by the book Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann.

History:

Anglo Saxons and the Scots/Celts

Blue class will be learning about the invasions of the Scots and Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century. They will find out where the invading troops came from and where in Britain they managed to settle and then they will go on to investigate how life in Britain changed as a result. The children will have the opportunity to learn how the Anglo-Saxons influenced the English language, with an emphasis on the origins of some English place names. In addition to this they will also learn what life was like in a typical Anglo-Saxon village, what jobs people did and what the houses were like. They will also explore the Pagan beliefs and learn about the many Anglo-Saxons gods they worshipped.  

Geography:

Rainforests

The children will take a closer look at the mysteries of tropical rainforests. From the layers of the forest and its animal inhabitants, to the unique climate found in the tropics. They compare a British forest with the Amazon rainforest, and begin to explore some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest habitats.

Computing:

Online Safety

In computing this term, the children will be learning learn about preventing and dealing with cyberbullying; how to use search engines efficiently; how to avoid plagiarism online; and how to be a good digital citizen. The unit ends with children applying their new knowledge to design a character to be displayed around school to promote online safety.

Word Processing

The children will learn about formatting images and organising content into and effective layout. We will focus on formatting images and making them suitable for a poster advertising a cake sale and learn new skills and techniques and apply them to creating a range of different word projects.

Science:

Electricity

The children will learn about common electrical appliances and how to construct simple series circuits. They will become familiar with the key words linked to the topic and how to apply them appropriately. Children will learn about cells, wires, bulbs and buzzers and about the different types of switches. They will be able to troubleshoot and identify whether or not a bulb will light in a simple series circuit and be able to identify a complete circuit. The children will also learn about conductors and insulators and know that metals are very good electrical conductors.

Living Things and Habitats

The children will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. They learn how animals are split into 'vertebrates' and 'invertebrates' and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. They use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond.

Art:

Autumn

In our Art lessons the children will use pencil, colour, paint, print, collage and paper to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. They will also have the opportunity to explore works by Matisse and by Cezanne.

Design Technology:

Battery Operated Lights

The children will be using their knowledge of electrical systems, understanding about series and parallel circuits and different types switches. We will be designing and making a battery-operated light which will be controlled by a homemade switch.

RE:

Islam

In RE this term we will be focusing on the topic of Islam. We will be learning about how special Allah is to Muslims and Allah’s 99 names.

Christianity

The children will be learning about incarnation and whether Christmas has lost its true meaning.

Music:

Poetry

In our Music lessons this term blue class will be looking at music notation with reference to metre and accent. Building an extended performance piece from a poem and using canon and ostinati as accompaniments.

Environment

For the second part of the term we will be exploring how different timbres can be descriptive. Exploring combinations of different timbres to accompany a song. Learning how to accompany a song with drone and ostinato on tuned percussion. Explore the descriptive music of two major composers. Compose an introduction for a song.

MFL:

All around town

In French this term the children will learn to develop their intercultural understanding by being introduced to the sights of some typical French cities. They will also learn to describe places in a town, count to 100 and give their address in French.

PSHE:

Y3:

TEAM - The children will identify the impact their actions have on the team they are working in. They will learn about successful teamwork skills, being considerate of others in the team and how to positively resolve any conflicts that occur.

Money Matters - Children will discuss how we spend money, why people might need to borrow money and the consequences of this. Children will begin to discuss the difference between things we want, things we need and how to prioritise our spending.

Y4:

Be Yourself - This unit is inspired by the idea that it is important to have confidence to be yourself. It aims to enable children to identify their strengths and achievements as well as help them to recognise different emotions they experience. In this unit, children will also explore how to express their thoughts and feelings respectfully and how to be assertive when in uncomfortable situations. The children will also have an opportunity to explore the influence of the media in how we view ourselves and analyse the reality of these messages.

One World - This unit is based on a case study of a fictional girl called Chiwa, who lives in Malawi. The children will explore different aspects of her life in each lesson. It is inspired by the idea that people’s life experiences and opportunities differ throughout the world and that our actions can have both positive and harmful effects on people living in different countries. It aims to enable the children to explore the concepts of inequality and stereotypes and encourages them to reflect on what they can do to help make the world a fairer place.

PE:

The children will have two P.E. sessions. Outdoor PE will be taught on a Thursday. In the Autumn term children will be working to improve their football and netball skills and techniques. Indoor PE will be taught on a Friday. Lessons will include gymnastics.

On these days, the children will need to come to school dressed in their P.E. uniform: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt; navy tracksuit and light blue t-shirt. No logos or football kits. Trainers should be plain black. All long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed.

Homework:

Maths: Maths homework will be set via Class DoJo on a Thursday to be completed by the following Wednesday. We ask for all children to continue to access Times Table Rockstars online to practice and improve instant recall of key multiplication and related division facts.

English: English homework will be set via Class DoJo on a Thursday to be completed by the following Wednesday. We ask that the children also engage frequently with Spelling Shed to practise their spellings.

Reading: At Weston, we encourage children to develop a lifelong love for reading. We ask for children to read regularly at home to adults and to themselves. Reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school. Children will be provided with quality texts appropriate for their age and ability. Furthermore, Bug Club will regularly be updated with ebooks and accompanying comprehension tasks to help extend learning and reading skills

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