Hello everyone and welcome to Walnut Class!
We hope you all had a lovely Summer break. We are very excited to welcome you back to school and are very much looking forward to the year ahead. The children have settled fabulously; they are certainly feeling fresh, happy and ready to learn 😊
Year 3/4 is the first sample of KS2 life for our children and we will continue to enable them to become responsible and independent little (ish) members of our wonderful school community, learning many new skills along the way!
Of course it’s important that we have LOTS of fun as we learn, and our Cornerstones Curriculum offers a range of exciting topics (starting with Predators! 🦁) to help us to do so as well as a range of engaging subjects to broaden our knowledge.
Throughout the year, we aim to collaboratively learn, share and explore the world around us. We continue to build friendships, make good choices and set high expectations both inside and outside of school.
🏠 How to help your child at home:
Reading is key to all of our learning, and reading for pleasure is celebrated throughout the year. Our expectation is that children are reading at home with an adult every day. Reading records are checked each morning, so please ensure they are completed and signed 📚
The children will bring individualised spelling lists home and spellings will be tested each Monday. Below are a number of spelling strategies that we use in class; the children already have their favourites, so I’m sure they’ll be happy to show you at home! A copy of the Year 3/4 Common Exception Words are also attached below- these are the non-decodable words that the children should be able to spell by the end of Lower KS2.
Below is a copy of our ‘Predators’ homework grid. The children may self-select from a range of tasks, including creative, literacy and research-based activities. The children have been very excited by this rather grizzly topic, so I’m very much looking forward to sharing their home learning together in class.
We have seen first-hand the improvement DoodleMaths makes to the children’s mental maths, so please ensure your child remains in the green zone (little and often is best).
Our P.E day is Tuesday, and children should continue to come to school wearing their PE kit- this allows optimal time in lessons and far fewer lost ties!
As a team, we are always here for you. If you need to discuss anything, please don’t hesitate to send a Dojo message, or we can arrange an appointment so we can discuss your child without feeling rushed.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Tyrrell and Mrs Davis
Helping at home