Tawny Owls - Year 3/4 2020 - 2021
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 Tawny Owls!
Tawny Owls Class Teacher
Physical education and ECO lead
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