Welcome back - I hope you have all had a fantastic festive break.
Term 3 is now here and it's back to work with the standards and expectations higher than ever before.
This term we will be exploring the 'Shang Dynasty', looking at the life and culture of the times. Our art will also connect to china where we will look at various themes and how 'dragons' are used in Chinese art. Science will see us explore electrical circuits and investigate what items in the everyday world use these.
As well as focusing on British Values this year, we will continue to discuss and implement 'Life Skills' - skills that we can use in every area of life and all through our lives. These include Problem Solving, Perseverance, Honesty, Integrity, Curiosity and several more. We will be referring to these in Key Stage assemblies as well as in day to day communication in (and out) of the classroom.
We are very lucky this term that we will have Burford Golf Club coming in to provide introductory golf lessons as part of our PE lessons.
As the weather is inevitably turning colder please make sure that children bring some warmer clothes for PE as we will still be going out unless the weather is severe.
I thank you for your support and I am happy to answer and questions that may arise - please catch me at the end of the day.
Please find enclosed below the Year 3 & 4 statutory spelling lists as defined in the National Curriculum. This list is the set of words that children are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 4.
It would be a great support to have these on display at home and to have fun testing one another on them and setting challenges to learn sets of them each week as part of home learning.
Also enclosed is the Year 5 & 6 list for those in need of the additional challenge!
Home Learning is set on a termly basis to continue work linked to school, providing children with the opportunity to revise certain areas of learning and to encourage them to take their learning further.
This year we are using 100 Point Projects to allow children to develop the time management skills that are so important in daily life. Each term a set of challenges will be set, linked to our topic. Each of these challenges will be worth a set amount of points. Children need to complete enough tasks to collect a minimum of 100 points. Work should not be sent in each week. Final projects should be brought in during the final week of each term for us to share as a class and also with parents on our open afternoons.
Reading holds the key to learning in almost every other subject and learning opportunity - it is difficult to access a History topic without developing reading skills as an example.
We expect each child to read beyond school hours.We suggest 5 separate occasions each week. We suggest each night from Monday to Thursday and then an additional session between Friday and Sunday - they may read more of course! This should be a mix of independent reading and reading aloud to someone. It should be recorded in their reading record each time they read outside of school. It is no coincidence those that read regularly see the biggest improvements in writing also.
Each child has a reading diary to record their reading experiences and these are being checked on a weekly basis.
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school, Monday to Friday.
As part of our drive to be active learners, being active is a vital step to promoting learning skills, team building and effective listening skills. It is imperative that your child has the appropriate kit in school as we may have to re-schedule an outdoor session if weather is unfavourable.