St. Thomas More

Catholic Voluntary Academy

Newstead Road, Leicester Leicestershire LE2 3TA

0116 2706365

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Year 3/4 - Miss McClymont 

Welcome to Year 3/4!

This is the first part of our Advent term.

General Class Information 

  • Our school day starts at 8:40 and finishes at 3:15.

  • The adults in the classroom are Miss McClymont, Miss Kersten and Mrs Lopes. 
     
  • Our P.E. days are Mondays and Wednesdays.
    Please come to school in full P.E. kit on those days.  If you do not have PE kit for any reason, please come to school in plain sports kit. Any changes to this will be sent out on Class Dojo ahead of time! 

  • Homework will be set each Friday and should be completed by the following Thursday.   Please upload completed homework to your portfolio on Class Dojo.                                         

At the end of Year 4, the children will have a multiplication tables check. 

The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for primary schools in the 2021/22 academic year.

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided. 

Schools will have a 3-week check window in June to administer the MTC. Teachers will have the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or a whole class at the same time.

To help prepare for this, the children are doing weekly times table races and practice tests in class. At home, children should be practicing their times tables regularly on TimesTable Rockstars. 

In English we are writing three units this half term:

A  narrative inspired by the book 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' by Oliver Jeffers. 
A diary inspired by 'The Journal of Iliona: a Roman Slave'. 
A narrative inspired by the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. 

 

In Maths, we are exploring place value and addition & subtraction.

 

For more information on what we will be covering in this topics, please find the lesson overviews attached. 

  

White Rose Maths has produced 'Maths with Michael' to help support parents!
These short videos go through the methods we teach in school. 
https://whiterosemaths.com/maths-with-michael 

 

They also provide free workbooks to use at home. 
https://whiterosemaths.com/parent-resources

Our topic for this half term is The Ancient Greeks! 
 
We will be learning about Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world.

This unit builds on chronologically from the study of Ancient Egypt. It also elaborates on substantive concepts of power and democracy which were first developed in Year One in ‘Kings and Queens’ and ‘Parliament and Prime Ministers’, deepening children’s understanding. Children learn how Greeks from different city states lived, the Gods they worshipped and the stories they told of monsters, heroes, challenges and bravery. It equips them with an understanding of what a legacy is; how there are things in our lives, such as how we vote, words we speak, sports we participate in, stories we tell, that remain from an earlier time.

Ancient Greece - Government, Facts & Timeline - HISTORY

Our RE topic this half term is:

Our Whole Class Reading book is The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. 

The Butterfly Lion Audiobook by Michael Morpurgo - 9780007452859 | Rakuten  Kobo South Africa

"All my life I’ll think of you, I promise I will. I won’t ever forget you.”

Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

Our reading for pleasure book is Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith. 

Kid Normal: Kid Normal 1 : James, Greg, Smith, Chris, Salcedo, Erica:  Amazon.co.uk: Books

When Murph Cooper rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can't help but feel a bit out of his depth.  And it's not because he's worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are.  It's because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake!

And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don't have superpowers, it doesn't mean you can't save the day. 

Below is a list of the statutory spellings for Year 3 and 4. 
These will be tested regularly throughout the year.

Spelling strategies you can use:

Below is our class long-term plan. This shows what we will be covering as a class over the whole year.

This year's EXTRA-ORDO-NARY calendar:

The EXTRA-ORDO-NARY calendar is the liturgical calendar we use as a school. Each week has an accompanying word and theme for our collective worship. We display the calendar and the accompanying word of the week in the classroom and discuss them each week.

For further information on this great resource and many other equally great resources please visit the Nottingham Diocese Catholic Youth Service website.