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.
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 adding and subtracting including with decimal numbers. We will learn about multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 and use practical equipment to support us multipling and dividing up to 3 digit numbers.
Our focus times table is 6x table and on Fridays Mrs O'Marah will also be reviewing the times tables covered in Y2 and Y3 (2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 8x) 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 each week on the focus times table and will progress through the Bronze, Silver and Gold system.
This half term the topic is Sound and will be taught on a Friday by Mrs O'Marah.
Our theme for the year is Choices which will focus on Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece this 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. In november we are looking forward to taking part in a full day Greek themed workshop and then in January, we will be visiting Chester Grosvenor Museum to help bring the Roman aspect of the topic to life.
This half term the class will focus on outdoor games with Mr Ault on a Monday morning and dance on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Evans.
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 Ukelele lessons with Dan on a Thursday afternoon.
Mrs Judge will teach a German lesson each week.