Welcome to Sycamore
I hope that everyone had an exciting summer holiday. I would like to welcome you to our newly named class. Each class now has the name of a tree and ours is Sycamore.
I would like to introduce myself and our team, I am Mrs Robinson and Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Smith are the lovely TA's who work in our class.
For those new to KS2 I will give you a bit of an overview of our day as this will be different to KS1.
In the morning, the children are taught in year groups for English. I teach the Year 3 children and Mrs Whittaker will teach the Year 4 children. In Maths, the children are streamed into groups so some children in Sycamore will be taught by myself or taught by Mrs Whittaker.
If there are any 'new to KS2' parents who would like to come and ask me any questions about KS2 please feel free to arrange a meeting or ask me at the end of the school day.
Year 3 with Mrs Robinson
In English, this half term, we have been looking at biographies. We have learnt lots about Roald Dahl and we can't wait to write a biography all about him.
After we have written our biographies, we will be having a look at letter writing. Hopefully we will write some letters to some of our friends.
Our grammar focus for this half term will be:
Our class novel for this term is 'Tilly and the Time Machine.'
Year 4 with Mrs Whittaker
This half term we will be focusing upon:
Reading the Fantasy story ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman and writing our own fantasy stories using a similar model. We will learn to draw inferences about characters and justify with evidence from the text. We will analyse and evaluate use of noun phrases, fronted adverbials and inverted commas and learn to use these in our own writing. We will also be reading persuasive adverts and leaflets. We will evaluate language, structure and presentation before writing our own persuasive advert.
We will focus on different spellings each week. Each Friday they will bring spellings home.
Please encourage your child to learn and practice these.
Every Friday there will be a spelling test in class.
Mrs Robinson’s Group
This half term we will be continuing to work on our number skills. We have already started looking at number sequences and have been using our number lines to help us count on and back. We will be developing our knowledge of the written method for addition and subtraction and even learning how to exchange.
Every Friday there will be a times table test. This will focus on the 2, 5, 3, 4 and 6 times tables this half term so make sure you are practising them.
I would encourage the children to practice their times tables on ‘Times Table Rock stars’. If you have any questions about how this works please ask.
Mrs Whittaker's Group
Each week we will focus on a multiplication table in mental/oral starters.
Please also encourage your child to learn at home.
Every Friday there will be a tables test in class.
This half term we will be focusing upon:
Fractions – Counting in fraction steps, finding fractions of amounts, recognising equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions. Decimals – Recognising decimal equivalents of fractions, solving problems involving two-decimal places. Multiplication – Recalling multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 and the related division facts. We will also learn to multiply two-digit and three digit by one-digit numbers using formal written layout. Division – Understanding division as grouping and sharing. We will also learn to use formal written methods to solve problems. Measurement Volume/Capacity – measuring, comparing, adding and subtracting volumes and capacities.
The main focus this half term will be Geography. We are learning all about our local area and the community around us.
In Science we will learning all about our solids, liquids and gases. We will focus on how some solids can dissolve in liquids.
- Make sure your child has their reading book every day and they read regularly at home. Reading books need to be signed by an adult so that we know the children have been reading at home.
-Practice your times tables on 'Times Table Rockstars'
- Indoor PE this half term will be on Wednesday.
-We will be swimming every Monday so don't forget your kit!
-Please have indoor and outdoor PE kits in school all half term.