Welcome to year 3/4 SW
I would like to welcome you all and let you know that we have had such an amazing start to our year. We have the best TA’s in our class, Mrs Roberts and also Mr Shah who offer support to everyone in our class. I have tried to include a brief explanation as to what we have been doing over the past few weeks and also some helpful advice so that you to continue to support your children at home.
Reading: We love reading in our class and read every day, this may be on our own, in pairs, small groups or as a whole class activity. We recognise how important it is to read on a daily basis, and we are very pleased with how supportive parents, relatives and friends are when listening to their child read at home. We encourage our children to read for pleasure at least twice a week at home and that this is recorded in their reading journal. We appreciate your support in questioning the children’s understanding as they are reading to you, to check any misunderstandings, discuss the characters, main events and settings.
Handwriting: We are incredibly pleased with how the children have adapted to our new style of cursive handwriting. We expect the children to be using this all of the time now. We encourage them to practice this consistently, because this will help them become more fluent, faster, more capable writers.
Maths: Mathematical skills are such an important integral skill that we need in every day life. It is so important that children learn to enjoy maths and see it as investigating numbers and fun! We encourage the children to practice their times tables on a daily basis and we would love for the children to enjoy singing songs, playing games and exploring patterns in numbers at home as well as at school. The year 3 children in our class need to practice their 3 and 4 times tables and the year 4 children need to ensure they have a sound recall of all of the times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of the year. Maths can be explored discretely, when the children are out chopping with you, exploring money, weight, mass and reading the time on the clock. We appreciate the support that you give your children to help to secure their knowledge even further.
Science: Here at St Matthew’s we encourage inquisitive tinkers. We love investigating scientific processes and enjoy discussing our predictions and results together and sharing results. Children learn so much from practical experiences of the world and simply discussing nature and the world around them has such a tremendous impact on their knowledge and understanding of the world.
Homework: Homework is extremely important for children to do, this prepares them for the strict workloads of secondary school and ultimately meeting timelines and goals in their future work life. We try to make homework as practical as possible and follow deadlines for completion seriously. We encourage the children to hand their homework in on time as this helps to develop their ability to persevere and follow rules.
PE: We allow the children two PE sessions per week, one indoor and one outdoor. It is imperative that the children have the correct PE kit. Please refer to timetable on our Friday feature to see when our class take part in PE.