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Cherry Grove Primary School Year 3/4 Curriculum Newsletter Autumn Term 2011 

Literacy Stories with familiar settings. We will be reading Roald Dahl texts to help us write detailed descriptions in our stories. Recounts. Following our school visit, we will be learning how to tell others what happened using good organisation and structure in our writing. Shape Poems. We will be exploring how we can play around with word order and be creating and performing our very own poems.

Throughout the term we will be showing and encouraging the children to join their handwriting. We will be also be practising writing for different purposes: Harvest, Christmas and linking our literacy to our topics in Science and History. Events and visitors Music for life—Year 4. Every Monday morning, Year 4 will be having music lessons from the Music for Life team. Samba is the theme this term. Year 3’s will be exploring rhythmic patterns through a variety of songs, raps and using percussion instruments. Macmillan coffee morning—On 30th September, we will be hosting a Macmillan coffee morning for parents. This will take place immediately after the sharing assembly. Grosvenor Museum visit—linked with our work on the Romans, we will be visiting Chester and the museum on Friday 14th October. A letter will be sent out nearer to the time.

Mathematics In maths this term, we will be doing lots of different calculations with increasingly bigger and bigger numbers! The children will especially be focusing on:  Place value—understanding the value of digits within a number.  Counting and calculating. We will use number lines and 100 squares to help us add together and subtract a range of numbers.  Problem Solving. The children will be learning their times tables. We will be looking for different patterns and practise using £ and P as well as different units of measure e.g cm, m.  Understanding shape. We will be learning how to describe, visualise, classify, draw and make 2D and 3D shapes.

Other subjects Our topic is ‘The Romans’ During the first half of the term we will be looking at how British society was affected by Roman settlement. During the 2nd half of the term we will be studying local Roman history. PE—There will be one indoor PE lesson each week where the children will be doing a variety of gymnastic activities. Our outdoor games lessons will be focusing on invasion games. RE—We are going to be looking at different Christian festivals over the term. PSHE— Throughout the term we will be considering the qualities we have and other people have, building up self esteem and confidence. We will also be thinking about how powerful words can be.

Science In the first half of the term we will be learning about where light comes from and how shadows are made. The children will observe shadows throughout the day to see when the shortest and longest shadows are formed. In the second half of the term we will be learning all about how we move and grow, looking at the function of our skeleton and comparing our skeletons to other animal skeletons. We will also look at the important role muscles play in creating movement. Exercise, as an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, will also be looked at. If anyone has any x-rays at home that they would like to bring in after half term they would be very welcome!

Other subjects All the children will be making biscuits which we hope to sell at the MacMillan coffee morning. In French we will be going over numbers, colours and classroom phrases. ‘The Monkey Puzzle’ by Julia Donaldson will be the stimulus for our work on naming animals in French. ICT—this will be taught across a variety of curriculum areas where appropriate. We will focus particularly on reorganising text and creating newspaper style reports. It looks like being a fun and action packed term!

Additional Information Additional Information Additional Information Additional Information Additional Information Water bottles—children are able to bring water bottles into school with water in (not juice). PE — Please ensure that children have their named PE kits in school. We recommend it is kept in school all week. Games lessons will take place outside when the weather allows. For safety reasons children are not allowed to wear any jewellery for PE lessons. As it gets colder the children may benefit from tracksuit bottoms. It is really important that all our children continue to read at home and practise their times tables. Homework is handed out every Wednesday and is due back in every Monday. Thank you so much for supporting them with their homework and ensuring that it is brought into school on time.


Year 3 and 4 LD