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What are we learning this half term?

Spring 2 2024

 

This half term, the Year 3/4 Falcons are learning...

 

Collective Worship

Our values are Respect, Love, Forgiveness, Service, Friendship and Peace. These values underpin our curriculum.

 

Throughout this half term, we are learning about what each value means and how we can promote each one through our daily actions to make a positive contribution to our school and the wider community. We are reading, listening to and responding to bible stories, which teach Christians about the importance of our values in daily life.

 

Don't forget to complete your values task at home - it could be included on our next newsletter!

 

RE

This half term, we are studying the following question:

  • Easter: Is the cross a symbol of sadness or joy?

Through our RE lessons, we will be deepening our understanding of the faiths of Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam.

 

Throughout our RE lessons we answer 'Big Questions', which give us the opportunity to discuss and debate open-ended questions that have many possible answers.  These questions broaden our thinking, acting as a springboard to new ideas and opinions. 

 

English

This half term, we are studying the text Jemmy Button by Alex Barzelay. We are using our reading skills to gain a deeper understanding of the characters, settings and plot within the text. We also have a variety of opportunities to write for different audiences and purposes:

  • to write a return narrative.

  • to write an information letter.

 

Reading Plus

This half term, we are accessing Reading Plus on a weekly basis in school. Every child is to complete a minimum of 5 reading sessions per week.  The aim of this programme is to improve children's reading and comprehension skills, by quickly adapting to meet the exact needs of every learner. Any sessions not completed by the end of the week in school, should be completed for homework.

 

Maths

In our daily lessons, we are learning about the following topics:

  • Number: Fractions

  • Number: Decimals

  • Measurement: Mass and Capacity

 

This knowledge will be underpinned by a weekly arithmetic lesson. Please ensure that your child has secure knowledge of the times-tables up to twelve multiplied by twelve, alongside the corresponding division facts. These should be practised at home on a regular basis through Times Tables Rockstars.  

  

 

Science

In Science this half term, year 3 Falcons are learning about Forces and Magnets.

 

In Science this half term, year 4 Falcons are learning about Animals, inc. Humans.

 

Please make sure that your child learns all the vocabulary definitions and facts that are listed on their Knowledge Organiser, so that they are fully prepared for their Science lessons. This knowledge will be tested in a quick quiz at the beginning of each lesson. A copy of this document is available on our class page and will be stuck in your child's Homework Book at the beginning of each half term.

 

PSHE

This half term, we are continuing our learning about Living in the Wider World.

 

PE

In our outdoor PE lessons, we are learning about Running Techniques through Athletics Activities.

 

The value we are learning about through our PE lessons is Resilience.

 

In our indoor PE lessons, we are learning about Different Throwing Actions.

 

The value we are learning about through our PE lessons is Determination.

 

History

In History this half term, we are learning about Ancient Egypt.

 

Please make sure that your child learns all the vocabulary definitions and facts that are listed on their Knowledge Organiser, so that they are fully prepared for their History lessons. This knowledge will be tested in a quick quiz at the beginning of each lesson. A copy of this document is available on our class page and will be stuck in your child's Homework Book at the beginning of each half term.

 

French

Our weekly French lessons are delivered by specialist teachers from Junior Jam.

 

The year 3 Falcons are learning about Food, Drink and Giving Preferences.

 

The year 4 Falcons are learning about Likes and Dislikes.