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 will be writing our own explanation texts. We will be looking at how the shirt machine works and writing explanation texts all about this magical machine.
After we have written our explanations, we will be reading lots of Aseops fables. We will then be writing our own fables based on one of these famous fables.
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 place value and our number skills. We will be looking at the value of some 3 and even 4 digit numbers. Then we will develop our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We will be focusing on our written methods this half term. We will learn the column method for addition and subtraction.
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 will be learning all about the Europe and the countries that make up Europe.
In Science we will learning all about our Skeleton. We have already started to create our own paper skeletons, which we will be labeling with the names of our bones.
- 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.
-Outdoor PE will be on a Friday.
-Please have indoor and outdoor PE kits in school all half term.