Hi, we are the Year 3 and 4 class which makes us all 7, 8 or 9 years old (with the exceptions of our teacher, Mr. Butterfield and Mr Brunsdon, our teaching assistant each morning).

Time table

Please remember your sports kit for P.E. on a Tuesday and Dance on Thursday. Swimming takes place on Friday. There are after school sports clubs and activities Monday to Thursday. The Christmas Shows will soon be upon us and so for the next two weeks there is no written homework, instead we will all be learning our lines and the songs as well as we can. There is a link to the music for our show under the pictures opposite. If you want a CD then please let me know (or if you have ay spare ones now that everything is digital that would be useful).

 The Stone Age

We are finishing our autumn our topic this week with a visit to a reconstruction of an Iron Age Roundhouse at Bodrifty (Near Newmill). Our local area is rich in ancient sites and while they are not really old enough to be truly 'Stone Age' we have taken the opportunity to spend time outdoors investigating the stone circle at the Merry Maidens. We visited the settlements at Carn Euny and Chysauster. As well as collecting apples and blackberries to make a crumble for the St Buryan Harvest Supper in the Village Hall.

In the lead up to Christmas, our focus will shift to a science topic, 'Magnetism and can we find the North Pole', always an important task at this time of year. In RE we will look at the Nativity Story and link this to our Christmas Show - 'SPARKLE'.

Outside of the classroom I expect everyone to read for pleasure, every night would be great, but I will be looking for 3 signed updates in the Reading Record each week. There is a spelling homework; out on Monday, back on Thursday, whilst the weekend homework goes out on Friday and is back on Monday. Please don't spend more than 20 minutes on your homework. If anything is either too easy, or too hard, then just let me know (perhaps you could write a note in the homework book, or in the reading record) so that we can sort something out nice and quickly. 

Reading is probably the most important skill for everyone in Nanjizal and enjoying a good book is the simplest and easiest way to practice and get better. Every child is different and enjoys different things, however, every child in the class must read at home and fill in their reading record. Some children will be on a reading scheme and some will be choosing their own books - as long as reading takes place I am happy to allow your child a choice over what they read and whether they read out loud, or to themselves.

The maths curriculum requires that children can answer questions and solve problems through reasoning and being fluent in maths. Therefore, in Nanjizal, we always make sure there is a mix between exploring ideas / thinking for yourself (using puzzles and problems) and targeted practice to make sure the fundamentals of adding / subtracting / dividing and multiplying are in place and secure. It is really important that you help the children with:

- times tables (not just 6 x 4 = 24, but also: how many 4s are in 24, 4 x ? = 24 and 24 / 4 = ?)
- number bonds to 100 (that is: if I have 45 how many more do I need to get to 100, which also allows me to solve; if I have 4.5 what do I need to make 10).
- place values (that is the digits in a number go up, or down, by x10 in each column , so 10x10 = 100 and 10x100 = 1000 etc.) 

..... and most importantly, if you are not sure then have a go and do your best.....
If they know these inside out and can use them fluently, then we can spend our time looking at at the more interesting questions!