Barn Owls Year 3/4 2020 - 2021

Mrs Williams

deputy@cuddington.cheshire.sch.uk

SUMMER 2 2021

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Welcome to our second term of the summer and our final one before we break up for the holidays. Along with Tawny Owls, our focus text for the term is a book called, ‘Starbird’ by Sharon King-Chai. As we explore the book in depth, our writing opportunities include a captivity narrative and diary extracts, as well as a continued focus on spelling and grammar expectations for each year group throughout the text. This will be also supported by our ‘Steps to Read’ texts.

Our art work will be led by Mrs Austin and will be closely linked to our focus text, where perspective line drawing skills will be developed to create a fantastic display for the Owls corridor in school. Our science unit is ‘Electricity’  and will involve lots of hands on experiments to aid the understanding of electrical flow, insulation and the workings of series and parallel circuits.

Our history unit focus this term will be a local study that focuses on the canal and river systems around the Northwich areas and how local industry used these to thrive in transport and trade.

English and Maths homework will continue to be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday and tasks will still be set through Teams to ensure we remain familiar with this platform.  Please work with your child to ensure that their homework is completed to support the consolidation of their classwork.

Daily reading with your child continues to be vital in their understanding across all curriculum areas as well as valuing reading for pleasure. We continue to advise regularly spending 10-15 minutes with your child reading and analysing the text. Whilst listening to your child, or sharing a chapter book try to ask them questions about events that have happened so far, characters thoughts and motives and to make accurate predictions based on the text.

To keep up to date with what is happening in our class, make sure you regularly check our school’s Twitter and class pages. 

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact me using the email at the top of the page. 

Here’s to an exciting final term in school!

Mrs Williams

SUMMER 1 2021

Welcome to the summer term. Thank you for supporting so much of the teaching last term I look forward to continuing to work with you this term too.  We are ready to enjoy every minute! Along with Tawny Owls we start our term focusing on a text called, ‘Egyptology’ by Emily Sands.  This is part of our planned retrieval practise where we revisit the foundations we built in our autumn history unit and consolidate learning through this beautiful text. As we explore the book in depth our writing opportunities include mystery writing and diary extracts, as well as a continued focus on spelling and grammar expectations for each year group throughout the text. This will be also supported by our ‘Steps to Read’ texts.

Our art work will be closely linked to Egypt and we will learn key clay techniques along with a DT project on mazes.  Our science unit is ‘States of Matter’ and will involve lots of hands on experiments to aid the understanding of melting, evaporation. condensation and precipitation. Clear links will be made with our work on the water cycle from last term, building and deepening knowledge that the children already have.

Our history unit focus is the theme of crime and punishment.  We begin with the grave robbers of Ancient Egypt, continue on to look at the formation of the police force and explore the campaign of the suffragette movement.

English and Maths homework will continue to be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday but tasks will now be set through Teams to ensure we remain familiar with this platform.  Please work with your child to ensure that their homework is completed to support the consolidation of their classwork.

Daily reading with your child continues to be vital in their understanding across all curriculum areas as well as valuing reading for pleasure. We continue to advise regularly spending 10-15 minutes with your child reading and analysing the text. Whilst listening to your child, or sharing a chapter book ask them questions about events that have happened so far, characters thoughts and motives and to make accurate predictions based on the text.

To keep up to date with what is happening in our class, make sure you regularly check our school’s Twitter and class pages. 

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact me using the email at the top of the page. 

I look forward to seeing you all back for the start of term.

Mrs Williams

 

SPRING 1 2021

Welcome to a new year full of renewed hope. Thank you again for your support last term.  I hope that you have had the best Christmas possible and kept safe. We are ready for an exciting spring term in Barn Owls. Along with Tawny Owls we start our term focusing on a text called, ‘The Rhythm of the Rain’ by Grahame Baker-Smith; a beautifully illustrated text about the water cycle. As we explore the book in depth, once again, there will be lots of writing opportunities, including writing settings for our narratives and information leaflets, as well as a continued focus on spelling and grammar expectations for each year group throughout the text. 

Our Geography unit is a focus on Coasts around the United Kingdom and we will be trying to answer our key question, ‘Do we like to be beside the seaside?’ We will be learning about the physical geographical terminology for the features found at the coast and learn about coastal features around the world and how they contrast to the United Kingdom.  Our art work will be closely linked to coastal features and we hope to produce some clay work as our final piece.

During our shared reading sessions, we will be reading a breadth of texts that continue to link to our coasts theme in Geography, with a particular focus on the water cycle, and also link this to our Science work on plants.

Spelling and Maths homework will continue to be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Both of these pieces of work will be set up electronically on the spelling shed and Mymaths platforms with additional activities in maths shed and TTrockstars. Please work with your child to ensure that their homework is completed to support the consolidation of their classwork.

As we have stated earlier in the year, we place a great emphasis on reading and reading comprehension within the text. The importance of daily reading with your child can not be underestimated and we advise for you to spend 10-15 minutes with your child reading and analysing the text. Whilst listening to your child, try to ask them questions about events that have happened so far, characters thoughts and motives and to make accurate predictions based on the text.

We will continue to allocate electronic books via the Bug Club until we can start to send home the children’s books at a later date. The electronic books can be accessed via the Oxford Reading Owl Platform and The Bug Club. Remember that embedded within the books that the children are allocated are the reading comprehension quizzes that test the children’s knowledge based on the text. If your child does not answer the questions in the text, their book will not be classes as being completely read so it is very important to answer all of these. 

To keep up to date with what is happening in our class, make sure you regularly check our school’s Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as our class blog. 

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact me using the email at the top of the page. Every family has unique demands and pressures at any time but in present circumstances please share anything that you feel may help me support you or your family better.

I look forward to seeing you all back for the start of term.

Mrs Williams

 

 

 

Autumn Term B 

Nov 2020

Autumn is well and truly here and we are really looking forward to our new learning. Our focus text is called, 'Fox' by Margaret Wild. As we explore the book, there will be lots of writing opportunities, including fables and non-fiction writing, as well as a focus on spelling and grammar expectations for each year group throughout the text. This will also form links with our science study of animals and habitats.  Our 'Steps to read' units continue looking at reading breadth and poetry.

 

Our geography unit is ‘Weather and Climate’ and we will also link this to our art work which is inspired by the work of Tom Phillips and will develop the skills of collage and colour mixing.

 

Spelling and Maths homework will continue to be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Both of these pieces of work will be set up electronically on spelling shed and mymaths with TT rockstars as an additional. Please work with your child to ensure that their homework is completed on time.

 

We continue to encourage you to read to and with your child as a means of experiencing a range of texts and hearing the adult as a positive role model.  Whilst listening to your child, try to ask them questions about events that have happened so far, characters thoughts and motives and to make accurate predictions based on the text. Our staff research this term focuses around instructional teaching and developing retrieval practises and these will be through out all subject areas.

 

Unfortunately reading books will still not being going home with your children in line with our school risk assessment. However, electronic books remain on Bug Club  and Oxford Owl platforms. Embedded within the reading platforms are comprehension quizzes that tests the children's knowledge based on the text.

 

To keep up to date with what is happening in our class, make sure your regularly check our school's Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as our class page.

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact me using the email address at the top of the page. 

Here's to a safe and happy term in Barn Owls!

Mrs Williams

Barn Owls Class Teacher

Deputy Head Teacher

 

Autumn Term A

Sept 2020

Welcome back, I hope that you have had a lovely summer break and are ready for an exciting autumn term ahead! We start our term focusing on a text called, 'Seen and not heard' by Katie May Green. As we explore the book, there will be lots of writing opportunities, including character narrative and instructional writing, as well as a focus on spelling and grammar expectations for each year group throughout the text. 

During our shared reading sessions, we are beginning a new teaching sequence from Literacy Counts called, 'Steps to read' which has been specifically developed to ensure that the children are immersed in a variety of text and genres. 

In history, we will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians and learning to answer the question, 'how much did the Ancient Egyptians achieve?' and 'why did they prosper in the desert land?' Our learning on this topic will lead to high quality outcomes for our curriculum books. This terms knowledge will be utilised later on in the year when we will focus on an English writing unit based on the book Egyptology. Our Art lesson will link to this theme focusing on painting and printing techniques and paper technology linked to the River Nile. 

Spelling and Maths homework will be set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Both of these pieces of work will be set up electronically on the spelling shed and TTrockstars platforms. Please work with your child to ensure that their homework is completed on time.

At Cuddington, reading is seen as a fundamental skill that activates children's imaginations, makes them curious about the world they live in, develops their language and listening skills and has a positive impact on their social and emotional wellbeing. There is growing research evidence that shows there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment (Clark 2011; Clark and Douglas 2011 and Twist et al 2007). As a result of this, we understand the importance of regularly reading with your child and we advise that you read 10-15 minutes per day with them. Whilst listening to your child, try to ask them questions about events that have happened so far, characters thoughts and motives and to make accurate predictions based on the text. 

At the start of the new term, the reading books will not being going home with your children in line with our school risk assessment. However, electronic books will remain on the Bug Club  and Oxford Reading Owl platforms. Embeded within the reading platforms are comprehension quizes that tests the children's knowledge based on the text. If you require any new reading books, then you can ask your child's teacher who can allocate new books for them to read. 

To keep up to date with what is happening in our class, make sure your regularly check our school's Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as our class blog.

Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact me using the email address at the top of the page. 

Here's to an exciting term in Barn Owls!

Mrs Williams

Barn Owls Class Teacher

Deputy Head Teacher

 

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