Welcome To Year 3 and 4
Hello and Welcome to Year 3 and 4. On this page you will find information relating to your child’s year group. We will update this information regularly with what we have all been doing in Year 3 and 4.
The Teaching Staff in year 3 and 4 are:
Mr Bennett – Year 3/4 Team Leader and Y4 Class teacher
Mr McLoughlin Y3 Teacher
Miss Dunlop – Year 3 Teacher
Mrs Brearley – Support Staff
Miss Porritt – Support Staff
Last term, the Year 3 children had the chance to learn about the Romans. They spent time gathering information on their settlements, the society and their army.
Within Geography, the children explored the River Ganges in India. They found out all about the river’s importance and how the geographical zone is affected by monsoons.
English lessons have given the children the chance to read and enjoy a range of myths and legends. This has allowed the children to use their creative writing skills to produce some wonderful pieces.
Finally, DT and Art sessions has taken the theme of India and brought it alive. The children have used different watercolours and drawing techniques to paint the Taj Mahal. In small groups, they also had the chance to build a model of the infamous structure.
In Year 4, the children have engaged in many different subjects this term. They became detectives in History and researched about the Vikings. The children completed hot seating activities and debates to explain who their favourite King was and why. They have continued to play the recorder on a Friday afternoon too. The children have loved learning different music with Mrs Forde.
During careers week, the children were extremely lucky to have amazing visitors speak to them. Neil Maddison, Network Rail and SOFIA Wind spoke to the children about their careers and the different jobs available in their fields of work.
In DT, the children analysed existing juggling balls, designed a juggling ball and created their very own juggling ball. This required them to use their sewing skills!
Finally, the children used data loggers to collect data. They were able to use this data and answer the relevant questions. Throughout the computer sessions, the children were able to discuss why they were finding the specific data.
It has been a busy and productive term. The children have been extremely resilient and produced some amazing work. We look forward to seeing the fantastic work the children produce in the summer term.
Start Time – 8:50am Finish Time – 3:15pm
The children are able to wear their sports clothes to school on PE days. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing for outdoor PE sessions, as we will be utilising the outdoor space as much as we possibly can. Our PE sessions will take place with Mr Sidgwick on the following days:
Wednesday – Year 4 PE Tuesday – Year 3 PE
Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)
The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for primary schools in the 2022/23 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. The test will take place in June for all pupils in Year 4, and will test their ability to recall their times tables (12X12). Although the children will be working hard within school to prepare for the test, we would always appreciate any additional practice at home throughout the year. Our interactive TT Rockstars software is great tool for this. Additionally, the children will practice weekly using the following mock test link (also posted to Seesaw) – https://urbrainy.com/mtc
Children will continue to have access to our specialised online learning platforms at home such as TT Rockstars, AR, PurpleMash and Espresso. We will remind all children of all their login details in school if required.
Homework and Reading
All pupils will receive English/Maths (including spellings) homework weekly and it is very important that all children take responsibility for their own homework, completing it to the best of their ability and returning it on time. We will continue setting homework remotely on Seesaw rather than giving the children paper copies. This is to support the children in managing their homework effectively and to avoid lost worksheets/books etc. As teachers, we are able to quickly see all homework tasks as they are completed. This worked extremely well last year, and we found that teachers could more effectively mark homework in class with the children. If your child is struggling with a device or finding homework particularly challenging, please let the class teacher know.
During school time, teachers run homework clubs at playtimes to support children with their homework. Some children find completing homework during this time with their teacher there to support more beneficial.
All homework must be completed on Seesaw by Thursday. It is important that homework is returned on time as it will then be reviewed in the lesson with the children the following day so that any misconceptions can be clarified. Homework for other subjects may be given from time to time if it is appropriate.
Reading Books and Home Reading
The children will be provided with a yellow home reading record and an AR book on a Monday and are asked to return their reading record and book on a Friday. During the week, we ask that children record the pages read in their reading record. We encourage all children to read at home at least three times per week.
Once your child has completed their book, we ask that they complete an AR quiz at home to test their comprehension. The children are familiar with this process and they can test by accessing the following link (also posted on Seesaw) – https://ukhosted87.renlearn.co.uk/2234217
We aim to develop a love of reading at Bankfields and we give our children lots of opportunities to read both at school and at home.Reading is also a core skill, and regular practice not only develops fluency but also a deeper understanding of what has been read.
Take a look at what we have been up to!
“I want to be an engineer!” one of our Year 4 pupils told his teacher during the Energy Academy workshop funded by Redcar and Cleveland college.
The children had so many highlights from the morning that we almost ran out of time! They included: becoming a wind farm engineer and building a working model of a wind farm, hearing about all the future jobs and careers in renewable energy in our area, and racing the hydrogen-powered cars in the ‘Hydrogen Grand Prix.’
Using the process of water electrolysis, separating hydrogen from water, and then recombining these elements, they created power to drive their hydrogen-powered cars before racing them in the Hydrogen Grand Prix! Emerging victorious in joint first position were the cars named after Leonardo Da Vinci and Nikola Tesla.
Looking ahead, they even considered the use of hydrogen as a fuel of the future! The children worked together as teams very efficiently and we have definitely worked with some young engineers of the future today!
Amazing Year 4!