Goldfinches 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Goldfinches Class
Mrs Evans and Mrs O'Marah are the class teachers and Mrs Brennan is our Teaching Assistant.
Our class text is 'Escape from Pompeii'by Christina Balit. Through this text and our class novel 'Pompeii. A Roman Girl's Diary' we are learning lots of facts about Pompeii before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. We are working towards writing an historical story and being able to use the skills of organising themes in paragraphs, connecting the paragraphs with fronted adverbials and recapping on the use of punctuation for direct speech.
In the Spring Term we begin our new class story and enjoy making lots of connections between this book and Escape from Pompeii. We add new words to our vocabulary bank and create some beautiful descriptive writing.
During our shared reading sessions we will be developing the skills of: retrieval, inference, word meaning, summarising, predicting, text structure, language and making comparisons.
We will be using a range of both fiction and non-fiction texts to help us explore these skills.
Spellings will be set each week and tested the following week. We will send examples of a variety of ways of practising spellings. In class we will work through the Read Write Inc Spelling scheme which is progressive across school. We will also be focusing on the Y3/4 statutory spellings (Please see attached file below) Each half term will focus on a different column and we will re-test these at the end of the half term.
In maths we have moved on to learning about multiplying and dividing and solving word problems. We will use multiplying and dividing to find the area of rectangles, learn about perimeter and explore shale and symmetry.
Our focus times table are x6, x9 and x7 tables. We will also review the times tables learned in Y2 and Y3 (X2, X10, X5, X3, X4, X8) All the children now have a TTRockstars login in their diary so please encourage them to have a go a few times a week. The children will be tested twice each week on their focus times table and will continue to progress through the Bronze, Silver and Gold system.
This half term the topic is Electricity and will be taught on a Friday by Mrs O'Marah.
Our theme for the year is Choices which will continue to focus on Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece until February half term. Through Geography, History, Art, and DT and Computing we will be researching and comparing Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece and looking at the legacy they left behind. We will be using all our knowledge so far (including from our Greek visitors in and our Roman trip to Chester) to make the choice about whether they would have preferred to have lived in Ancient Greece or been part of the Roman Empire.
After February half term, we will begin our whole school topic Adrift which will be launched with a play by a visiting theatre group. The Adrift topic will focus on social justice and will explore the themes of hope, migration and refugees.
This half term the class will focus on gymnastics with Mr Ault on a Friday morning and Swimming on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Evans and Mrs Brennan.
Please ensure all kit is in school on these days, long hair is tied back and earrings can either be removed by your child or covered with tape.
Goldfinches will continue to have Ukulele lessons with Dan on a Thursday afternoon.
Mrs Judge will teach a German lesson each week.