Week 3 - week ending 21.9.18
Another busy week over. The children are reading the story of the Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. The story will form the basis of our English lessons for the next few weeks. In Science we are continuing to look at rocks and specifically what they are used for and the different types that are found in the environment. In Geography we are continuing our journey through the Stone Age up to the Iron Age.
Week 2 - week ending 14.9.18
Another busy week with cave paintings being the focus of Topic work and looking at natural and man made rocks in Science. In Maths work continues with Place Value and recalling times table facts. English work has revolved around the story of 'Ug - Boy Genius of the Stone Age' by Raymond Briggs and focussing on settings and characters.
Week 1 - week ending 7.9.18
Welcome back and what a busy first week it has been. Everyone has settled in really well to all the new routines that being part of Lower Key Stage 2 brings. P.E kits need to be kept in school until half term when they should be taken home and washed. This is to ensure all children have their kits for P.E every Tuesday. Homework is set every Wednesday and is due back the following Monday. Reading books and records should come to school every day to ensure books are changed regularly. This half term the children are learning all about the Stone Age in their Topic lessons and Rocks and Soils in Science. They have begun their weekly French lessons too. The children have also designed their own Stone Age tool and have completed their design for Christmas cards that will be available later in the term for you to purchase.
The Great North Exhibition.
We had a fantastic afternoon at the Batlic and the Sage. We listened to a range of music to express the different bridges on the Tyne and created pieces of art to express this. We watched the water fountain by the Sage before going to the Baltic to look at various arts. Well done 3M you created some great drawings from the viewing gallery of what we had seen on the trip.
News report! Vikings have invaded Lindisfarne.
As part of the Great North Exhibition, 3M have been looking at different aspects of the north. 3M have researched about Holy Island and realised that it was one of the first places invaded by Vikings. We have interviewed some survivors from the raid.
We have also looked at some illuminated writing and images that were created by monks of that time. We have recreated our own version of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
A very big welcome to your new school year, especially to those joining the phase in Year Three. To Parents and Carers - it is a transition and we understand any worries, concerns or fears you or your child may have. Please talk to any of the staff in Year Three and Four if you have any questions or needs as we are here to help and hopefully reassure. To children - I hope you will have a fun, happy and challenging year where you will learn a lot, make new friends and memories along with knowledge and progress. Please visit the curriculum area of the website to view our medium term plans but we can't wait to get started on learning about the Stone Age, building caves and doing electricity experiments! Our class text this half term is, 'Wolf Brother' by Michelle Paver and although we are reading lots of books we're all looking forward to this one.
PE will take place on a Monday.
Mrs Hibberd will be teaching on a Tuesday afternoon (French, and some history/geography, often with linked art and DT work).
Homework includes nightly reading, your child has been given a reading record and book today and this will be changed daily, or as completed, and additional homework will be given out on a Friday. This will include ten weekly spellings which will be tested the following week in your child's home/spelling journal, a set of times tables which also will be tested, two pages of your child's grammar book linked to the work we will be doing in class and a piece of English and Maths linked to the work your child has been doing in class that week. Topic homework will take the form of a project (with several options to choose from to complete) half termly.
I do believe that the best thing your child could be doing at home is reading every night and understand that family time is precious and sometimes homework cannot be completed. Please do not hesitate to speak to me if there are any problems or your child is ever worried as we are here to support and the one thing I would ask every child in my class to do is to read.
Good luck to everyone for your new term and please get in touch if you have any questions.
Year Four have been learning about water safety this week at the swimming baths, they will need a swimming kit for next Monday.
Year Four enjoyed solving a murder! Walbottle staff worked with us to investigate a crime. We were detectives and had lots of fun.
A wonderful and very busy first week back! Year Four have started their swimming lessons - please ensure that they have an appropriate costume and are not wearing earings on a Monday. We have all begun to learn how to play the ukulele and will continue this for the rest of the term, and lots of us stayed at Broomley Grange for two nights and took part in many fun and challenging activities. Thank you to everyone for your help in ensuring that everyone was collected with the correct luggage safely on Friday.
We have hundreds of photographs and I have added a small selection below but your child will be given a copy of all of the photos to keep. Children took part in activities in the woods, completed the zip wire, climbing wall, assault course, high ropes, Jacob's ladder, crate stacking, campfire and lighting a fire then toasted marshmallows and lots more. Eventually, we got some sleep!
I hope you are all fully recovered and rested after the bank holiday and look forward to our river cruise down the River Tyne on May 18th! We also have an author, Mark Carton, visiting Year Three next Monday and your child can purchase a copy of his book if they wish. Finally, we are running a school Book Fair next week after school, and for anyone who cannot make it, on Tuesday pm your child will have an opportunity to purchase a book if they wish.
Another busy and fun half term in Year 3/4. If you have any questions please feel free to come in and speak to me or any of the LKS2 team.
Happy New Year and welcome back to everyone. I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new term. Topics this term include the Egyptians, Sound, Learning how to read stave notation, Finding out about the Bible, hockey, dance and games and lots of art and DT linked to the Ancient Egyptians. We will be writing and performing a whole phase play about the Egyptians before Easter so watch out for more information about that! Our homework project is for children to select four activities out of a given 24 to complete before half term and our grammar books and spellings will be going home every Friday. I'm looking forward to another productive and busy half term and wish you all well for 2017.
End of Autumn term
Happy Christmas to you all and thank you so much for all of your kind gifts and cards. Wishing you all a restful and very happy Christmas and I look forward to welcoming you back in January with another fun, busy term which will include learning about the Egyptians and writing and creating a performance!