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).
Please remember your sports kit for P.E. on a Wednesday and Dance on Thursday. Swimming takes place on Friday. There are after school sports clubs and activities Monday to Thursday, as it is now the summer term we will be playing cricket, rounders as well as running, jumping and throwing....
We will finish off our rainforest topic with our own elections to choose a class mascot and our favourite Amazonian creatures. Are you a fan of the Pygmy Sloth, the Capybara, or is the powerful Jaguar more your line?
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.
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!