6th January Weekly Review

Happy New Year!

We hope you enjoyed your Christmas break. Thank you again for our presents and cards you kindly gave us, they were very much appreciated.

The children have returned to the start of Term 3 very well and settled back into their routine. This term, our Topic is ‘Bright Sparks.’ For our Science learning this week, children have been thinking about what the word ‘appliance’ means. They have identified examples of household appliances used at home that require mains power, battery power, those that use both and those (like a can opener) that do not require either mains or battery power. Children have also looked around the classroom to identify appliances using electricity or battery power. Encourage your children to think about which appliances use electricity in and around the home, or when you are out and about. Ask them ‘what would life be like without electricity?’ It will spark an interesting discussion!

For our History learning this term, our focus is on The Romans. Children have already identified when The Romans made two unsuccessful invasion attempts on Britain and when they made their third, successful invasion in AD43. Children have learnt about the key reasons why The Romans wanted to invade Britain.

Our focus text for Literacy this term is ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. We have read the first chapter and considered the literary devices that the author used such as similes, adjectives and repetition to engage the reader. Children used this knowledge to create their own ‘monster’ character with as much description as possible. They did very well with this task. Their monsters looked and sounded scarily convincing!

Year 4 mathematicians have been learning what the key terms factor, factor pairs and product mean and used this knowledge to recognise calculations involving factor pairs. Year 3 have been proving their knowledge of the 2,4 and 8 times tables by reading word problems and using calculations involving multiplication and division facts to solve these problems. They have also learnt how to multiply 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number.

Reminders: Monday is swimming day – please remind children to bring their swimming kit into school. Swimming is a National Curriculum requirement so is considered as a lesson.

Our PE day this term is Wednesday – children to wear PE kit to school please.

We hope you have a great weekend.

Mrs Chapman and Miss Harris