Welcome to Year 3 and 4!
Hello, I am Mrs Gibson and I am the Year 3 and 4 teacher this year!
There are 17 children in our class and we are lucky to have Mrs Rudd (our teaching assistant) help us this year.
We have a fun, hard-working and determined attitude to learning and work in a classroom where expectations are high.
Our School Week
In the mornings, we have our daily Maths and English lessons and Science is taught in the mornings too, but three times a week. In the afternoons, we have our Geography, History, French, RE, PE, Art and Design and Computing lessons. Mr Clarke, a music specialist, comes into school on a Friday morning and teaches music to the whole school.
We break down our teaching of English into different areas, which have discrete lessons. During the week, we have two reading skills lessons- including vocabulary extension and reading comprehension; punctuation and grammar; spelling; and two writing lessons which enable the children to write at length. Our writing time allows time for discussion and planning of ideas before we write and then also time for peer marking, proof-reading and improvement. We aim to keep our writing lively and interesting, as well as grammatically correct, with correct spelling! This term we will be concentrating on reading and writing adventure stories, poetry and non-chronological reports.
In maths, there is a strong emphasis on basic calculation skills, the learning of times tables (up to 12×12 for Year 4) and the knowledge of number. This term, we will focus on written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In Year 3, division will be taught through knowledge and application of times tables. These methods will then be applied through problem solving and investigations.
In science we will be learning about the human body. We will be finding out about why our skeletons are important and learning the common and scientific names for our bones too. In Geography, our topic this term is called ‘Our Island Home’. As part of the topic, they will be naming and locating counties and cities of the United Kingdom and they will be comparing and contrasting land use, as well as studying the contrasts between human and physical characteristics between the local area and another part of the UK. In history, we are going to be learning about ‘Stone Age to the Iron Age’, where the we will be finding out about what the Stone Age was and what life was like during this period of time and the developments made through to the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. As part of the topic, we will visit Castlerigg Stone Circle and we will also be taking a visit to Tullie House to handle some artefacts. In PE, we are looking forward to be taught by coaches, who will be visiting us throughout the year, and we will be doing tennis in the first half-term. We are also looking forward to our swimming lessons this term.
To find out more about what is happening in our class in the Autumn Term, please open and read the curriculum letter, which is attached below.