Welcome to Otters Class
Welcome to Otter Class! I hope you all had a great summer break and managed to relax in the sunshine. Now it’s time for Otter class to put away the suntan lotion and get ready for a busy term ahead.
This term our topic is Ancient Greece and we’ll be learning all about what life was like during this fascinating period of history. Amongst other things, we’ll find out what the Ancient Greeks wore, what battles they fought and how this ancient civilisation has influenced our modern lives.
In English we’ll study Ancient Greek mythology and create gods and mythical creatures as we write myths of our own. We’ll learn about Aesop and his famous fables and we’ll find out about the Ancient Greeks’ love of drama as we write our own play scripts. We’ll also improve our non-fiction skills as we write recounts and non-chronological reports.
Our work in English will also include coverage of the SPAG curriculum (spelling, punctuation and grammar). As part of this work, spellings will be sent home every Monday and will be tested on Friday. These spellings may practise a particular spelling pattern or rule or could be words taken from the Year 3/4 National Curriculum spelling list.
A love of reading is something we work hard to develop and children can either choose to read a book from the great selection we have available in school or they can read books from home. Some children will also read books from our reading scheme. In Otter class, in order to encourage independence, children change their own books; we will of course help Year 3 children at first as they become used to this different system. Please encourage your child to show me when they have reached a Reading Certificate in their Reading Record so that we can celebrate their success in our Celebration Assembly.
Maths and English or Topic homework is set every Wednesday and should be handed in on the following Monday. Maths homework tasks are designed to reinforce learning carried out in class or revisit areas covered recently.
English tasks tend to focus on the technical aspects of this subject such as punctuation or grammar and Topic tasks will be based on our Ancient Greek topic.
In addition, children are expected to practise their times tables at home in order to prepare for a times tables test every Friday. A sound knowledge of times tables and their related division facts is crucial to enable children to make progress in many areas of Maths such as multiplication and division with larger numbers, fractions and, later in their school careers, ratio and proportion. Children who do not know their times tables find these areas hard and struggle to make progress. We practise times tables every day in class with the ultimate aim of being able to answer a random times table question in just a few seconds! I will let you know what times table your child is working on so that you can also practise them at home.
PE will take place on Wednesday and Friday. Please make sure your child has a PE kit on these days.
A new school year comes with lots of information and things to remember and if you have any questions or concerns, please catch me on the playground before or after school or feel free to arrange a meeting after school for a longer chat.
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