Welcome to Year 3/4

Welcome to Lower Key Stage Two – Years 3/4

Welcome to Year 3/4.  We are delighted to be working with you and your child this year!

 

Our Aims:

In Year 3/4 we ensure that all our pupils receive a quality first education, developing skills and knowledge through our broad and balanced curriculum.  We take a blended approach to our curriculum, meaning that some subjects are taught in an overarching theme, whereas others are taught discretely.  You can find out more about this approach in our curriculum planning documentation. 

 

Classroom Organisation

Our unit is organised into three classes, Kingfishers, Hedgehogs and Owls. The classes are Year 4, Year 3/4 and Year 3. The classes are taught by Mr Kennedy (Kingfishers Year 4) Mrs Barlow (Hedgehogs Year 3/4) and Mrs Small (Owls Year 3). If you wish to speak to your child’s Class teacher, please feel free to make an appointment at any time. Alternatively, you can leave a message with the adult on duty at the door in the mornings.

 

Meet the Year 3/4 Teaching Team

Class

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Owls

3S

Mrs Malkin

Mrs Small

Mrs Small

Mrs Small

Mrs Small

Hedgehogs

3/4C

 

Mrs Barlow

Mrs Barlow

Mrs Barlow

Mrs Barlow

Mrs Barlow

Kingfishers

4K

Mr Kennedy

Mr Kennedy

Mr Kennedy

Mr Kennedy

Mr Kennedy

Our Routines:

School doors open at 8:50am.

School finishes for KS2 children at 3:30pm and they are dismissed by their teachers.  They can be collected from the KS2 entrance at the front of the building.

Our P.E. days are:

3S – Friday

3/4B – Monday

4K – Monday

There may also be some Tuesday’s across the year, but we will let you know when this is.

Please make sure you keep your kit in school.  Kit consists of a yellow polo shirt, unbranded black shorts and black pumps.  A black tracksuit can be used for outside sessions.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.  Kits will need to go home to be washed on a regular basis.

 

Home Learning:

In Year 3 /4, children are given a range of homework to complete as follows:

  • We encourage children to read for 15-20 minutes for a minimum of five sessions per week.  This should be recorded in their reading records, which are regularly checked by their teacher.  Reading could also include use of Bug Club, which we encourage children to use as much as possible.
  • Every Friday, your child will receive a task to complete by the following Wednesday.  This will mostly be maths based but on occasions, we set a task which is linked to our current blended curriculum work. 
  • Spelling is given on a Thursday and children have two weeks to learn them.  Spelling will be linked to spelling strategies/patterns being taught or Year 3/4 statutory words.
  • Children have access to TT Rockstars for multiplication tables practice.  We encourage children to access this site as much as possible.

Some useful websites to support your learning at home:

Times Table Rockstars 

Bug Club  

 

Reading

In Year 3/4, we are committed to giving children access to a range of genres.  We aim to ignite a joy of reading for all our children.  We use books to support our learning in English, shared reading and guided reading sessions.  Within reading, there are some key reading domains which the children work on throughout KS2.  In Year 3, we introduce the children to them through dog characters.  These characters have specific skills which enable them to answer certain questions.  Through using these dogs, children begin to understand these domains in simpler terms and what information/clues needs to be found to answer them. 

We also aim to link texts to our blended curriculum to enhance learning.  We each have a class text we read in class to the children, which are chosen by the teacher or recommendations from the children also.  To promote our love of reading, we offer a selection of specially chosen texts in our bespoke ‘Starbooks’ reading programme.  These texts have been carefully selected by our teachers.  Children can earn loyalty points for reading these books and completing book reviews.  Once they have earned 6 points, our pupils will be rewarded with a delicious hot chocolate!

Writing

English is mainly taught using the well-respected ‘Power of Reading’ scheme.  Through this, we use high quality texts to engage children in their English learning and develop a range of inspiring writing opportunities.  We also ensure that we provide further opportunities across the curriculum.

Mathematics

Our mathematics curriculum aims to develop fluency and deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.  Our lessons aim to provide real life context to our learning but also providing children with opportunities to explore and investigate mathematics, often finding different solutions along the way.  Our aim is for children to be able to explain their learning to others and be able to confidently talk about the mathematics they are doing to demonstrate deeper understanding – mastery!

 

Over the course of the year, we aim to provide children with a range of visits, visitors,  extra-curricular opportunities and sporting/creative events for children to take part in.  We believe that this is a vital area which children can flourish and develop self-awareness and independence.

Our Lower Key Stage 2 Curriculum 

Children continue developing from and building on all they have achieved in Key Stage One. Key Stage 2 practitioners aim to do all they can to help children achieve their best by the end of the Key Stage. Children have a right, spelled out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender. This guidance helps adults to understand and support each individual child’s development pathway. The Key Stage 2 curriculum is available on the Department for Education website: The National Curriculum

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.  The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

Year 4 Multiplication Check

In Year 4, there is a national multiplication check which takes place during the month of June.  This is an online assessment where children need to answer 25 multiplication questions up to 12 x 12.  They have 6 seconds to answer each question.  A score out of 25 is then given. Our aim is for all children to know their multiplication tables by the time they leave Year 4.