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AUTUMN 1

 

 Welcome to Year 3/4P smiley 

Class teacher: Miss Peart    Teaching Assistant: Miss Marshall

 

Welcome to Year 3/4P. I am excited about the year ahead and have lots  of exciting things for planned for the year ahead.

 

Below is some information on what we will be covering during our first half term.

English:

 

In English this half term, we are going to study 'Fox' by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks.

The aims for this book are:

  • To explore, interpret and respond to a picture book  

  • To study the language and writing style of an author in order to broaden knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and inform understanding of how effective application can determine the quality of a text   

  • To consider the ways in which illustrations can deepen and enrich the meaning of a text and enhance the reader experience 

  • To explore the actions, choices and motivations of characters and draw inferences to aid our understanding of them

  • To explore narrative plots and characters through role-play in order to deepen our understanding of and connection with the characters and themes of the book 

 

Our book this half term

Maths:

 

This term we will be using White Rose Maths Small Steps and for resources mostly using Numicon, place value counters and Base 10 so the children can see maths in a concrete manner as well as pictorially and abstractly.

 

Week 1: Place Value

Week 2: Place Value

Week 3: Place Value

Week 4: Addition and Subtraction

Week 5: Addition and Subtraction

Week 6: Assessment week

Week 7: Addition and Subtraction

Week 8: Addition and Subtraction

 

Mastery:

 

We are going to carry on focusing on mastery as a school. This means spending greater time going into depth about a subject instead of racing through the things that all children should know. Previously, racing through content in the old curriculum, lead to some children having gaps in subject knowledge because the concept they had just learned was either too big or learned too quickly. As a teacher, it is my duty to ensure that children have an absolutely solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills.

Now, with the confidence to take learning at a steadier and deeper pace, ensuring that no child is left behind, as well as providing deeper and richer experiences for children who are above the national expectation for their age, we focus on all children achieving what is expected of their age group and not going beyond this. Evidence shows that children need to be able to understand a concept, apply it in a range of situations and then be creative to really understand it. Simply going beyond their age group does not guarantee they understand something, it just means they have heard it.

 

Under the new curriculum, no child will be taught content from the year group above them, they will spend time becoming true masters of content; applying and being creative with new knowledge and skills in multiple ways. 

 

In short, this means:

  • Teach less, learn more: less teacher talk but more focussed mathematical discussion and intelligent practise following a coherent learning journey
  • No child left behind: all children are enabled to keep up every day.
  • Space and time to experience and apply, with all children entitled to additional support to ensure they do not fall behind or to go deeper
  • Understanding real life applications wherever possible to make learning relevant and not abstract; nothing should be taught without a purpose.

 

 

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