Welcome to Willow!
What a lot of happy, smiling faces. I am so pleased to see all the children so enthusiastic and ready to learn.
This term we will be discovering what life was like for people in the Stone Age, exploring rocks and fossils and investigating forces and magnets before delving into the area of States of Matter! I cannot wait to focus on the River Trent later in the term. Lots of lovely learning! Take a look at our ‘Reading Inspired Curriculum’ to find out more.
In Willow class, children need to read to an adult in order to become fluent and expressive readers. The children will have Guided Reading during the week where we will focus on a range of genre looking at vocabulary and meaning, characters and plot.
The children need to read at home every night. Every child will have a reading log which will be sent home with their reading books. Please listen to your child read and note the book they are reading and how they progressing, what new words they learnt and whether they enjoyed the book. This will help when choosing further texts.
Read Write Inc is the main focus of spelling in Willow class. On top of this children will be sent home a Year 3/4 list. These words are recommended by the Government that all children should be able to spell. Spellings will be set on Spelling Shed to practise and may include personal words which individual children spell incorrectly.
The expectation is that children practise spelling every night.
We use Times Tables Rock Stars to practise our times tables. Songs, chanting, playing online games all help to make your child more fluent.
Some useful websites are:
Children will need to know all their multiplication tables fluently by the end of Year 4.
Please encourage your child to access TTRockstars every night.
I am sure this term is going to be fantastic fun, full of fabulous learning.
We have introduced Knowledge Organisers in school to support learning in and out of the classroom. Please feel free to print these off at home and use with your children to discuss their learning. There are some aspects of the science which may be taught in Fig class, not Willow so please use the Reading-Inspired Curriculum documents as reference.
The Extraordinary Lives document supports our curriculum. It shares some of the key figures from history to the present day who we will spend some time thinking about during the year. Some of these figures link directly to some of the books we read and we will look at in detail. Others, we may mention briefly in Worship or during PSHE.