Welcome to Kingsbury Class (Years 3 & 4)
Teacher: Mrs E.Taylor
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Hawley, Mrs Bown, Mrs Falbo
Welcome back to Kingsbury Class! I have been excited to hear all about what the children have been up to during the Christmas holidays. We finished the term very positively in December and I was proud of all the children for their hard work and progress during the autumn term.
This year Mrs Hawley, Mrs Bown and Mrs Falbo will continue to support the children in class. We are also lucky to have Mrs Bungay volunteering on a regular basis and Mrs Davis and Mrs Hodgson are kindly joining us to listen to readers. We would always welcome further parent help listening to readers or to share with us a talent or expertise! Please see me if you would like to come into school either on a regular or occasional basis.
This term we will be learning about the Stone Age as our history topic. As part of our Stone Age topic, we will be visiting Stonehenge. We will be doing lots of writing about life in the Stone Age and some science, art and DT linked to the Stone Age too! A reminder to please provide your child with an old shirt or apron to keep in school for these activities. Mrs Bartlett will be teaching the whole class how to play the recorder in weekly music lessons. This is in addition to brass tuition provided to all Year 4 children. PE will take place on a Monday (with visiting PE coaches) and Friday. However, it is expected that all children will have their PE kit in every day as our timetable can change at short notice. Additionally, we will be running regularly so children will need their trainers daily.
We will be setting weekly homework this year. This will usually be set on a Friday and due in on a Wednesday. It will usually consist of three parts:
- An activity to help the children practice their times tables.
- Spelling Spellings will be tested on a Wednesday. The spellings sent home will have been practiced in class already as part of a regular spelling session. It is important that children know the meanings of their spellings as well as how to read and write them. They will be a combination of words containing learned spelling rules along with words from the Year 3/4 statutory spelling list (a copy is stuck in the back of your child’s homework book for your reference).
- Reading. As always, we encourage children to read daily and we would appreciate your signature in their diary so that we know they are being listened to regularly. It is important that children continue to read and be listened to when they reach the ‘free reader’ stage.
From time to time, additional work might be set to consolidate learning in class.
We expect the children to become independent at changing their reading book but will remind them to do so (and check up from time-to-time). Please do pop in if your child is not bringing home a reading book daily. We use various assessments to establish a reading level but feel free to chat with us if you feel your child is having difficulty or is ready for a new challenge.
The children are now set up on Purple Mash and Mathletics, which they will be familiar with from previous years. Although I will not be setting tasks this term, it really helps for children to explore these websites at home. The more independent the children can be at logging on and finding their way around the activities, the easier it is for us to use the computers in class.
We are very much looking forward to another busy and exciting term in Kingsbury Class.
Year 4 had a fantastic time at Leeson House. We walked to Dancing Ledge, where we found fossils, a lizard and slow worms. We learned all about the Victorian boys who ran from Langton House School every morning to go for a swim in the sea pool. In the evening, we played team building games then went on a dark walk and saw a deer and lots of bats. We heard amazing stories about smugglers and the brave German soldiers who defied their orders to bomb Leeson House (near where they had been to boarding school), saving the lives of scientists who were inventing radar. After a good sleep we went pond-dipping and orienteering. All the children had a super time and were a credit to the school.
Thank you to all the grown-ups that attended our Inspire session...It was a lovely morning that allowed you to gain an insight into some of the learning we have been doing in class, particularly during our Roman topic, We made Ballistas that fired pom-poms, thought about healthy eating and tried out some very tricky Roman numeral maths puzzles! Kingsbury were also proud to show you the work we have been doing on managing our emotions. We all made glitter jars and practiced some mindful breathing.
We had lots of fun in the Autumn term! See some photos of our learning below:
The 38 Challenge!
Have a go at learning your times tables using this online tool. We look forward to celebrating your success in assembly. Click here to sign up!
Here are some useful links that you can use to practice at home some of the things we have been learning in school.