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Autumn Term 2 2020

We hope you all had a lovely week with your families and are ready for a busy and fun term!

We wanted to share the wonderful artwork you completed at the end of last term. All the individual pieces have been combined to create one large piece.  This has been framed and is up in our classroom for us all to enjoy.  It is so bright and cheerful!

 

Here is a reminder of key information that you will need for this term:  

Arriving at and leaving school

Our class drop-off time is between 8:55 and 9:05am and you will need to enter through the main playground gate.

Our class pick-up time is 3:05pm from the main playground gate.

Should you arrive late in the morning, or if your parent/carer is late to collect you at the end of the day, then they will need to go to the middle gate on Long Row and buzz through to the office.

 

Coats

Please ensure that you bring a warm coat with you every day.  This must be named.  The weather is very unpredictable at this time of year and we want to be able to enjoy our playtimes and any outside learning without feeling cold!

 

PE

This term we will continue to have PE on a Wednesday and you will need to come to school wearing your PE kit.  We suggest joggers, t-shirt, sweatshirt and trainers as PE will be taught outside wherever possible.  Coats can be worn as needed.

All jewellery has to be removed for PE, and long hair needs to be tied back.

 

Homework

A home learning task will usually be set on a Friday, to be completed by the following Wednesday.  This may be a short Maths or English task, or occasionally some Topic based work.  Please ask if you are unsure about any home learning task.

 

Spellings

Spelling word lists will be sent home regularly.  You may also get spelling activities to complete at home but these will not necessarily be every week.

 

Reading

Please make sure you have your school reading book in school every day.  It is really important that you read as often as you can at home too, and record this in your Home/School diary.  Books will be changed on Monday and Thursday.  We will keep a record of how many times you read at home as this will count towards your termly reading challenge.  So many of you completed the challenge last term that we nearly ran out of books to award to you!

 

Times Tables Rockstars

Please remember to log on and complete a session as often as you can – each session only takes a few minutes and will help you in mastering your times tables.

 

Named Pencil cases

Your pencil case should be a small zip up style case with a pencil, ruler, a few crayons, pencil sharpener and glue stick.  You can keep these in school.  These will only be used by you and we will replace items when they run out.  Please do not bring anything else from home.

 

Named Water bottles and snack

It is really important to bring a named water bottle to school each day.  You may also want to bring a small snack, such as a piece of fruit or plain biscuit (not chocolate or sweets), for morning break. You will keep these in your table baskets.

 

Class webpage

We will continue to update this regularly and will also include links to home learning tasks as needed. Please check below for work if you are self-isolating or unable to be in school at this time. This will be updated on a weekly basis. You can email any completed tasks to us at info@longrow.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Mrs Z-B & Mrs Deegan

 

Here is our timetable for Autumn Term 2 (subject to change as needed):

Work for those self-isolating or unable to be in school at this time

We will aim to provide work as closely linked to that of the work we are doing in class, however we are not able to provide all resources online.  In these instances, where possible, we will include links to appropriate websites that do have supporting resources available.

Week beginning Monday 16th November 2020

Maths

For our main Maths lessons it is the last week of our Addition and Subtraction work.   

The focus for our fluency work on Friday is number bonds and we have included the main task below:

Times Tables

https://play.ttrockstars.com/  Remember that user names and passwords are in the front of Home/School diaries, or you can email us and we can send them to you.

 

Remember that in Year 3 your focus tables are 3x, 4x and 8x but it would also be useful to keep working on your 2x, 5x and 10x too.  For Year 4, we are continuing to work on becoming secure on our Year 3 target tables, whilst also challenging ourselves to become more familiar with all our tables up to 12 x 12.

 

English

This week we are continuing to look at narrative.   

Reading

The focus text for this week is the non-fiction text ‘Remembrance Day’.

Spellings

The focus for this week is words with the /ʃ/ sound spelt ‘ch’.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ is also a great resource for the spelling rules as we continue to develop our knowledge of the Year 3 and 4 words.  You do not need an account to access the Spelling Tiles and Spelling Practice/Test parts of the site.

Remember that you should also be secure in spelling the Year 1 and 2 words, so you can always remind yourselves of these by accessing the Year 1 and 2 words too.

 

PSHE (Anti-Bullying Week)

Today sees the start of Anti-Bullying Week 2020.  The theme for this year is ‘United Against Bullying’.  We are starting the week with our Odd Socks Day to raise awareness of what makes us unique.  What do you understand by the word unique?

Can you design a pair of odd socks? What patterns, pictures, colours or words would you include on your socks?  Draw your own or you could use a template from Twinkl. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2566713-design-a-pair-of-odd-socks-activity-sheet

We would also like you to make an anti-bullying poster or a poster with the message ‘United Against Bullying’.  You can send these to us using the info@longrow.derbyshire.sch.uk email address.

For more information about Anti-Bullying Week please visit the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.  We will be using various resources from this site during our PSHE work this week.  You may like to look at these but please ensure you are using the resources for Primary Schools.  There is also a link to Andy and the Odd Socks

Week beginning Monday 9th November 2020

Maths

For our main Maths lessons we are continuing our Addition and Subtraction work.   

The focus for our fluency work on Friday is number bonds and we have included the main task below:

Times Tables

https://play.ttrockstars.com/  Remember that user names and passwords are in the front of Home/School diaries, or you can email us and we can send them to you.

 

Remember that in Year 3 your focus tables are 3x, 4x and 8x but it would also be useful to keep working on your 2x, 5x and 10x too.  For Year 4, we are continuing to work on becoming secure on our Year 3 target tables, whilst also challenging ourselves to become more familiar with all our tables up to 12 x 12.

 

English

This week we are looking at character descriptions and narrative.   

On Thursday, we will have a SPAG lesson focussing on Determiners.

Reading

The focus text for this week is ‘Nail Soup’.

Spellings

The focus for this week is words with the // sound spelt ‘ei’, ‘eigh’ or ‘ey’. 

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ is also a great resource for the spelling rules as we continue to develop our knowledge of the Year 3 and 4 words.  You do not need an account to access the Spelling Tiles and Spelling Practice/Test parts of the site.

Remember that you should also be secure in spelling the Year 1 and 2 words, so you can always remind yourselves of these by accessing the Year 1 and 2 words too.

 

PSHE (Diversity and Difference)

 

We are starting our new unit of work, ‘Diversity and Difference’, this week.  Please take a look at the PSHE page on the website to see what we will be covering this term. 

 

For our first lesson, please watch the author David McKee reading his book ‘Elmer’.

Time for Storytime: David McKee reads Elmer

Afterwards, discuss why Elmer decides to make himself like all the other elephants.  Explore the fact that it is Elmer himself that feels different.  His elephant family have always welcomed him and loved him for being him.

Discuss how we know that his elephant family love him.  Why might feeling different affect Elmer’s life?  Draw the outline of an elephant or use the template below.  On the inside, write down how Elmer might be feeling.  On the outside, write down how this may affect his life.  If you were Elmer’s friend how could you be a friend and make a difference?  Suggest 3 ideas.  

Week beginning Monday 2nd November 2020

Maths

For our main Maths lessons, this week is the second week of our new block of learning – Addition and Subtraction.

The focus for our fluency work on Friday is number bonds and we have included the main task below:

Times Tables

https://play.ttrockstars.com/  Remember that user names and passwords are in the front of Home/School diaries, or you can email us and we can send them to you.

 

Remember that in Year 3 your focus tables are 3x, 4x and 8x but it would also be useful to keep working on your 2x, 5x and 10x too.  For Year 4, we are continuing to work on becoming secure on our Year 3 target tables, whilst also challenging ourselves to become more familiar with all our tables up to 12 x 12.

 

English

This week we are looking at character descriptions.

Reading

The focus text for this week is ‘Guy Fawkes: Factfile’

Here is the link for the text: Please download and open the first piece of text (* star)

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-t-816-guy-fawkes-ks2-differentiated-reading-comprehension-activity

 

Spellings

The focus for this week is prefixes.  We are looking at in-, il-, im- and ir-.

There is also an assignment linked to this on our Teams page that has the due date of Monday 9th November.  Mrs Deegan has explained this in class.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ is also a great resource for the spelling rules as we continue to develop our knowledge of the Year 3 and 4 words.  You do not need an account to access the Spelling Tiles and Spelling Practice/Test parts of the site.

Remember that you should also be secure in spelling the Year 1 and 2 words, so you can always remind yourselves of these by accessing the Year 1 and 2 words too.

 

PSHE (Keeping Safe)

We are going to continue the ‘Keeping Safe’ work that we started last term.  This week we will be exploring why people might not listen, and why it is important to have a trusted adult who will listen if we have a worry, feel frightened or feel anxious about anything.

We will be using the book ‘Not Now Bernard’ by David McKee to support our learning. 

There is a YouTube video of the story you can watch at home. 

As part of our classwork we will look at strategies we use when we need to tell someone something.  We will also consider how we can be better listeners and set ourselves the challenge of trying to listen more actively.

Week beginning Monday 19th October 2020  (Friday 23rd October is an INSET day)

Maths

For our main Maths lessons, this week is the first week of our new block of learning – Addition and Subtraction.   

For our catch-up Maths in the afternoons, we are continuing to look at Fractions.  You may like to have a look at these:

White Rose Home Learning Summer Archive (Week 1, Week 2 , w/c 20th April and w/c 27th April all contain content linked to Fractions)  Click on the picture to go to the White Rose site.

Twinkl Finding Fractions of a Set of Objects 

Twinkl Adding Fractions 

Twinkl Subtracting Fractions 

Twinkl Fractions – Learning from Home Activity Booklet 

 

Times Tables

https://play.ttrockstars.com/  Remember that user names and passwords are in the front of Home/School diaries, or you can email us and we can send them to you.

 

Remember that in Year 3 your focus tables are 3x, 4x and 8x but it would also be useful to keep working on your 2x, 5x and 10x too.  For Year 4, we are continuing to work on becoming secure on our Year 3 target tables, whilst also challenging ourselves to become more familiar with all our tables up to 12 x 12.

 

English

The focus genre for this week is Instructions.  You will need to watch ‘The Lantern’ as part of your work.  

Reading

The focus text for this week is ‘Ozma and the Little Wizard’

Here is a link for Twinkl resource - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t2-e-4867-lks2-60-second-reads-bumper-activity-pack

 

Spellings

The focus for this week is Proof Reading.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ is also a great resource for the spelling rules as we continue to develop our knowledge of the Year 3 and 4 words.  You do not need an account to access the Spelling Tiles and Spelling Practice/Test parts of the site.

Remember that you should also be secure in spelling the Year 1 and 2 words, so you can always remind yourselves of these by accessing the Year 1 and 2 words too.

 

PSHE / Afternoon sessions

We are continuing with our work based on the book The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros.

If you would like to listen to the story again, we have left the links to the YouTube videos of the author reading his book and explaining his artwork process from last week’s work below.

 

This week we are going to complete our cup and saucer artwork and also look at the fonts used in the story. What do you understand about fonts?  Look in your own reading book and any written materials around our home.  Is everything written in the same way?  What happens if the font is a distraction?  In a picture book, is the text more important than the image?

 

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros played about with the fonts he wanted to use: 

 

“We discussed hand-inking all the text but again, it was a distraction, drawing attention away from the illustrations and the story so we went with a very nice, clean, serif typeface that Nia suggested and I loved.  

We also all agreed that there should be no playfulness in the typography – no size-variations, bolds or italics, words on a curve or at an angle. The story ought to tell itself without those tricks, even if they can be effective in other kinds of story."

(From https://nosycrow.com/blog/unpacking-the-suitcase-a-guest-post-by-chris-naylor-ballesteros/ )

 

Look at the examples of lettering that the author made. 

 

Choose a word, it could be suitcase, your name, anything and explore creating it in different lettering.  This is also used as a creative way to help learn how to spell new words as it requires repeated writing of the same word.  Mrs Z-B did some on her computer: 

 

Week beginning Monday 12th October 2020

Maths

For our main Maths lessons, this week is the last week of our Place Value work.   

You may also find this BBC Bitesize Topic helpful too as a recap on the work we have done so far this term.  

 

For our catch-up Maths in the afternoons, we are continuing to look at Fractions.  You may like to have a look at these:

White Rose Home Learning Summer Archive  (Week 1, Week 2 , w/c 20th April and w/c 27th April all contain content linked to Fractions) Click on the picture to go to the White Rose site.

Twinkl Tenths as Decimals  

Twinkl Tenths as Fractions  

 

Times Tables

https://play.ttrockstars.com/  Remember that user names and passwords are in the front of Home/School diaries, or you can email us and we can send them to you.

 

Remember that in Year 3 your focus tables are 3x, 4x and 8x but it would also be useful to keep working on your 2x, 5x and 10x too.  For Year 4, we are continuing to work on becoming secure on our Year 3 target tables, whilst also challenging ourselves to become more familiar with all our tables up to 12 x 12.

 

English

The focus genre for this week is Instructions.

Reading

The focus text for this week is ‘Treasure Island’

Here is a link for Twinkl resource:  https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/lks2-treasure-island-differentiated-reading-comprehension-activity-t-e-2550478

 

Spellings

The focus for this week is Homophones.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ is also a great resource for the spelling rules as we continue to develop our knowledge of the Year 3 and 4 words.  You do not need an account to access the Spelling Tiles and Spelling Practice/Test parts of the site.

Remember that you should also be secure in spelling the Year 1 and 2 words, so you can always remind yourselves of these by accessing the Year 1 and 2 words too.

 

PSHE / Afternoon sessions

We are continuing with our work based on the book The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros.

If you would like to listen to the story again, we have attached links to the YouTube videos of the author reading his book and explaining his artwork process below.

This week we are focusing on the cup and saucer.  Why do you think that the character carried a cup and saucer in the suitcase?  What do you understand by ‘home comforts’?  Do you have a favourite cup or glass to drink from at home?  Design your own cup and saucer.  Explore different design ideas before completing a finished piece – you may want to think about shape, pattern and colour.  You can send us a picture of your finished artwork via email so that we can include it in our class display.   Please use the info@longrow.derbyshire.sch.uk address.

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros reads The Suitcase

Watch Chris Naylor-Ballesteros reading The Suitcase, a powerful new picture book full of heart and humanity.

Chris Naylor-Ballesteros drawing characters from The Suitcase

Watch as Chris Naylor-Ballesteros draws the cast of characters from The Suitcase, a powerful new picture book full of heart and humanity.

Welcome to Year 3 and Year 4!

Firstly, we would like to thank you for being so sensible, helpful and enthusiastic on your return to school. It’s wonderful to have you back in school.

The start of any new year can be a little daunting and is especially so this year, as schools adapt to follow new guidelines. We hope the following information is helpful to you and your parents/carers as you settle back in the new school routine. 

 

Arriving at and leaving school

Our class drop-off time is between 8:55 and 9:05am and you will need to enter through the main playground gate.

Our class pick-up time is 3:05pm from the main playground gate.

Should you arrive late in the morning, or if your parent/carer is late to collect you, then they will need to go to the middle gate on Long Row and buzz through to the office.

 

PE

This term we will have PE on a Wednesday and you will need to come to school wearing your PE kit.  We suggest joggers, t-shirt, sweatshirt and trainers as PE will be taught outside wherever possible.  Coats can be worn as needed.

All jewellery has to be removed for PE, and long hair needs to be tied back.

 

Homework

A home learning task will usually be set on a Friday, to be completed by the following Wednesday.  This may be a short Maths or English task, or occasionally some Topic based work.  Please ask if you are unsure about any home learning task.

 

Spellings

Spelling word lists will be sent home regularly.  You will also get spelling activities to complete at home.

 

Reading

Please make sure you have your school reading book in school every day.  It is really important that you read as often as you can at home too, and record this in your Home/School diary.  Books will be changed on Monday and Thursday.

 

Times Tables Rockstars

You now have access to your individual Rockstar account and we hope you enjoy this fun way to help master your times tables! Please remember to log on and complete a session as often as you can – each session only takes a few minutes!

 

Named Pencil cases

Your pencil case should be a small zip up style case with a pencil, ruler, a few crayons, pencil sharpener and glue stick.  These will only be used by you and we will replace items when they run out.  Please do not bring anything else from home.

 

Named Water bottles and snack

It is really important to bring a named water bottle to school each day.  You may also want to bring a small snack, such as a piece of fruit or plain biscuit, for morning break. You will keep these in your table baskets.

 

Class webpage

This will be updated regularly with information and photos of what we have been doing in school.   We will also include links to home learning tasks as needed.

 

Mrs Z-B & Mrs Deegan

Here is our timetable for Autumn Term 1 (subject to change as needed):

Friday 24th July 2020 CLASSROOM UPDATE  

Good morning Stunning Starfish.  We hope you have had a fun start to the school holidays?  This week we have been busy preparing our new classroom.  The school and classrooms will look a little different to normal, but we hope that these photos will help you to get a better idea of what to expect when you return in September.

 

Our class will be using the main playground gate on Long Row and a member of staff will greet you at the gate each morning. The playground looks a little different as it has been split into different ‘zones’ – we will explain these to you when you are back in school.  There are markings on the floor and signs to remind us all about social distancing expectations and which way to walk.

        

 

We will be using this external door to enter the building. 

Our classroom is upstairs - remember to keep to the left and turn left at the top of the stairs!

 

We are lucky to have a cloakroom area for bags and coats in the entrance to our room. (The display above the pegs is of work you have sent us during ‘lockdown’.)  You all have a named peg and it is really important to keep this area neat and tidy.  Remember that you should only be bringing in a flat book bag style bag or a carrier bag as they can be stored more easily – please do not bring rucksacks.  Bags should go on the bottom peg and coats on the top peg.

 

We have two sinks in the classroom and this will be where you will wash your hands on arrival in school.  You will also use these sinks for handwashing at other regular times during the day.  We are looking forward to you filling these colourful frames with pictures!

 

This board will have the meal choices for the day and any other important information, such as birthdays!  Happy Birthday to those of you who are celebrating your birthday over the summer holidays.

Our PE day is a Wednesday.  You will need to come to school in your PE kit.  As PE will be outside whenever possible it is important that you wear joggers, t-shirt, trainers and a sweatshirt.   You will also need to ensure that any earrings are removed before coming to school on PE days and that long hair is tied back.

    

 

This is the main part of our classroom.  As you will see, the tables are all in rows facing the front.  A name label will be on your table ready for September so that you know where to sit.  You will need to keep your pencil case and water bottle on your table.  It is really important that you bring both to school every day and that they are named!  Your pencil case should be a small zip up style case with a pencil, ruler, a few crayons, pencil sharpener and glue stick.  These will only be used by you and we will replace items when they run out.  You can also bring a healthy snack for break.  Please do not bring anything else from home.

        

 

We also have a book area and resource shelves.  This board has our visual timetable on for the day.  We will all work together as we get used to our new times for the start of the day, break, lunch and the end of the day!  We will be organising your new reading books over the first couple of weeks of term.  If you do have any school reading books at home please return these on the first day back.

 

What a view!   We are lucky to have views of Long Row, Bridge Street and across to the East Mill.  We can also see and hear the peregrine falcons at the Mill! 

We hope you all have a lovely summer and we look forward to welcoming you back to school in September.

Mrs Z-B and Mrs Deegan smiley

 

 

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