Ash: ms cole
manuka : Ms dumbarton
Teaching assistants: Mr hudson
Regular reading at home is essential. The children should be heard reading aloud daily even for those children who are free-readers. Discussions between the child and the adult are key to helping to improve and develop their understanding but also allows the children to work on their expression when reading aloud.
Free readers may read anything they like, but we would like you to always have a challenging fiction book on the go at all times.
Each child has their own reading record and these need to be completed daily, indicating when the child read, what they read and anything that arose from the discussion. If the record has been misplaced or left at school, the entries should be completed on a piece of paper, which can be stuck into the book.
Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday and tested on the following Thursday. We will teach the spellings patterns and rules throughout the week. The words given each week are primarily taken from the required National Curriculum spelling list for year3/4 children. Some children may require additional practise and consolidation of Year 2 spellings which is delivered by the teaching assistant.
It would be helpful if children could practise their times tables at home as well as in school so that class maths challenges that encompass times table facts (fractions, multiplications, problem-solving etc) will be much easier and exciting to solve.
Telling the time is also something that we would appreciate your help with, particularly as we have to ensure that by the end of year 3 children can tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII, and 12-hour and 24-hour clocks.
By the end of year 4, ALL children are expected to know their times tables, up to 12x12, by heart and with instant recall, so we endeavour to make this easier for them by encouraging these recall skills in year 3. The new curriculum focusses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for multiplication and division, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key skill which they will use throughout their lives.
If you have any further questions, please speak to the class teacher and/or teaching assistant. Thank you!