Year 3 and 4 2017 - 2018

Mrs Lord

Mrs Findler

Mr Evans

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone has enjoyed a brilliant Christmas and New Year break; recharging batteries and sharing lots of fun times together. The children all worked really hard last term and should be proud of their learning and achievements. Thanks to all parents, friends and relatives who came and supported the wonderful Christmas production performed at the end of term. As usual, the children pulled out all the stops to create a memorable show enjoyed by all! As we prepare for the new term, please be aware that P.E. days have changed this term and are now Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, so that we can start to prepare Y6 for their dreaded SAT tests, morning registration will be slightly different this term. The children will still use their cloakroom to store belongings, but Y3 will then go to the staffroom to be registered by Mrs. Findler,and Y4 will go to Mr. Evans' room to be registered by Mrs. Fish.

Our trip to Liverpool was a briiliant way of celebrating the end of term - the panto was great fun and the interval ice-cream delicious!! The museum provided a fascinating opportunity to find out some interesting (and slightly gruesome) facts about the amazing life and civilisation of the Ancient Egyptians...especially investigating the mummy room...

Our  topic this term is The Ancient Egyptians. The children will be learning about the lives and complex society of these fascinating people.

Literacy will continue to be linked to our topic where possible, and will focus on spelling, sentence structures and using a wider range of puctuation through a wide variety of text genres. The children will continue with  daily differentiated phonics and spelling sesions which aim to improve essential reading and spelling skills whole school, as the indications from progress assessments are positive! Literacy work will involve looking at Egyptian myths and legends.

 

 

In maths we will be working with increasingly large numbers. We will be learning new skills through real life problem solving which will be linked to our topic wherever possible, and will include regular outdoor maths sessions.  Later in the term we will investigate more complex fractions and work with measures including time. I will be asking all the children to continue to work hard at home to learn key number facts - times tables up to 12 x 12 and number bonds to 20. This is something parents can really help with! Maths tests will take place every Friday morning... The introduction af daily 'Active Maths' sessions for all pupils that combine practice of maths skills and physical excercise seems to be paying off with good progress whole school with mental maths skills. Remember: your child will need to have either PE pumps or trainers in school every day in order to ensure they don't miss out!! In addition this term we are introducing a daily times tables challenge slot to  allow for further key skills practice resulting in even better Castle mathematicians!!!

Our topic in science this half term is Forces and Magnets. We will be learning about pushes and pulls, gravity, air and water resistance as well as investigationg the way magnets behave. When possible, our investigations will be linked to our topic work.

In RE, we will be studying 'Practices and Ways of Life' this term, which will involve considering festivals and celebrations through our focus on Christianity and Buddhism.

What do we need to remember to bring to school?

Our PE days this term are Tuesday & Wednesday. Please make sure you bring your kit (T-shirt, shorts / jogging bottoms and  trainers). All long hair should be tied back and under no circumstances should jewellery be worn. 

Spellings and homework tasks will be given out every Friday. Homework is due in the following Thursday and spelling and times tables/maths skills tests will take place every Friday morning. This year we are trialling new reading/homework diaries that hopefully will help parents to support children with completing set tasks! Don't forget...part of your homework is to read every night at home...

Please remember to bring your reading book every day in order to read in class and to an adult if necessary. If you need to change your book, remember to put it next to the black book box and Mrs. Findler will make it happen!

Golden Afternoon activities on a Friday will rotate as usual, and activities start on FRIDAY 12th JANUARY - children will be given a revised timetable before then.

HERE'S TO A GREAT SPRING TERM!

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Contact the School

Castle Academy

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218
office@castle.staffs.sch.uk

Contact the School

Castle Primary School

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent

Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218

office@castle.staffs.sch.uk