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Our aim in Year 3 is to integrate your child into an engaging and stimulating learning environment, where we focus on encouraging independent learning and thinking. Our lessons are well structured and aim to provide as many learning opportunities as possible. Much of what we teach, is taught through a cross curricular approach which enhances your child’s understanding of many key topics (including the Romans, Sport Then and Now and Chocolate) and aims to integrate the skills from all subject areas. Team work is also highly encouraged and we often participate in activities which involve working as a team. Collaborative learning is a key part of a child’s education and here in Year 3 it is highly valued and encouraged on a daily basis.
SO WHAT’S NEW?
The transition from Year 2 to 3 is significant in developing the maturity and independence of your child. They are moving from KS1 to KS2 where expectations are high in relation to the maturing of your child. We introduce independent homework diaries, they learn about the four Houses and how their hard work can impact the results of the House competition (which is run from Years 3-6). There is also a greater emphasis on independent reading at home, where the children are expected to develop their comprehension and use their phonic understanding to create unknown/unfamiliar words. All of these changes impact positively and benefit your child immensely, as they move through their educational years. We place a greater onus on the children to think for themselves and carry out day to day tasks with little or no assistance.
Writing is a key focus within our Year Group. Your child will be taught how to write in a variety of styles and genres, right from adventure stories to writing an informal letter. We also place emphasis on writing grammatically sound sentences which often incorporate a wide variety of interesting vocabulary. Reading is carried out a daily basis, where we develop not only your child’s ability to read, but also their comprehensive understanding of fiction and non-fiction texts. Speaking and listening skills are developed all day, every day. Partner and group work encourage interaction and children become more aware of the need to listen to other ideas as well as impart their own.
We continue to develop their basic number skills and build on the knowledge they acquired during Year 2. We focus on mental maths problems, as well as 2/3 digit problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There is a big focus on Time, where the children learn how to add and subtract amounts of time, learn how to read and use a digital and analogue clock in the 12 and 24 hour format, and be able to read timetables and understand why they are important in day to day life. Shape and Data Handling are also covered during the Year. We carry out weekly Mental Maths tests/exercises in order to improve your child’s mental arithmetic ability. Learning their multiplication tables will give the single most beneficial effect on their mental maths ability.
We cover the following topics in Science:
- Movement and Growth
- Light and Shadow
- Magnets and Springs
- Materials and their Properties
Group work is actively covered during our Science lessons as the children are responsible for planning and carrying out investigations and experiments in order to enhance their learning experiences. It is designed to give the children ‘hands on’ learning experiences.
All these subjects are taught by specialist teachers. Your children will have 2 lessons in each of these subjects every week. Here at GES, we are fortunate enough to have our own Swimming Pool. So swimming is part of our P.E programme. In all 3 subjects, a variety of different activities are included in the curriculum for the year.
We look forward to welcoming all of our children and their parents respectively into our department!
In Year 4 at Gulf English School we aim to provide the children we teach with interesting and engaging lessons and learning opportunities, which help them to develop academically and socially. Lots of the lessons we teach are cross curricular. This means we aim to incorporate a range of subjects into one lesson. We feel this helps us deliver a rich curriculum, which builds on children’s previous learning, as well as preparing the children for their studies in the years ahead. We endeavourer to help the children we teach to become independent thinkers and learners. We also place great importance on providing opportunities to help children enhance their skills of working effectively as a team. By giving the children the chance to learn collaboratively, we hope that they can really enhance their skills of working effectively with others.
The children are taught how to write in a variety of styles: stories, reports, diaries, instructions, recounts and letters. At the end of each month the children’s writing is formally assessed by his or her teacher, using the same leveling criteria as used in England. Children will complete grammar and punctuation exercises on a regular basis to help them improve their writing structure and orgainsation. The school uses and teaches the children handwriting in accordance with the Nelson Handwriting Scheme.
The children will be expected to read and comprehend a wide variety of texts over the year.
The children will be expected to be reading books from The Oxford Reading Tree scheme and the Junior Library. The children are also expected to read at home each day.
Speaking and Listening Skills
The children are expected to listen carefully to their teachers and each other. They are also expected to contribute to discussions in lessons.
Mathematics is taught in accordance with the English National Curriculum. Children will complete a range of oral work in the classroom, textbook activities and problem solving tasks. Support and extension work is provided for those children who require it. We aim to use a range of techniques to improve children’s understanding and ability to apply mathematics.
The man areas which the children cover in Year 4 are:
- Place Value
- Four Number Operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing)
- Number Patterns
SHAPE & MEASURE
- 2D Shape/3D Shape
The Science curriculum has been designed to introduce students to the core elements of the subject. Integrated into every unit is ‘Experimental and Investigative Science,’ where students are encouraged to question the world around them and they are able to plan, predict, carry out and record investigations. The units of study are as follows:
- Moving and Growing
- Solids, liquids and how they can be separated
- Keeping Warm
- Circuits and Conductors
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY/PYISICAL SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCTION
Lots of the work we do in Topic lessons is cross curricular, where children have the opportunity to not only develop their general knowledge but also improve their skills in a number of aspects, using an interesting context as the starting point for a lesson. The topics studied through the year are:
- Respect, Responsibility and Relationships – The topic deals with getting on well with others, bullying and how to solve issues with other people in a calm and sensible manner.
- Flight – A study of the history of flight and how flight (human and animal) has developed over time.
- The Titanic – A look at how the ship was made, the passengers and the events which led to its sinking.
- Water – This topic includes knowledge of the water cycle, the importance of water, its main uses and a fundraising project for a water charity.
- Ancient Egypt – Key events from this era will be studied and children will have the opportunity to conduct their own research.
MUSIC/INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY/ART/PHYSICAL EDUCTAION
- In music classes the children are engaged in a course of listening, appreciation, composing and performance.
- The children use a wide range of ICT tools and information sources to support their work in other subjects. The children will become increasingly familiar with common applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
- The children use drawing, painting, printing, collage and 3 dimensional work in Art lessons to produce a range of interesting pieces.
- In Physical Education lessons the children are actively encouraged to develop their skills in a range of different sports. Team building games form a large part of lessons and the children also have the chance to improve their swimming ability.
In Year 4 children will be given approximately 40 minutes English or Maths homework, as well as 20 minutes Reading homework to support the learning completed in the classroom.
WHAT YOUR CHILD NEEDS IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY
Pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, a 30cm ruler, a pair of scissors, a glue stick, a set of highlighter pens and two A4 size plastic holders for homework books and library books. We look forward to welcoming your child to Year 4. We also look forward to meeting you, our parents, as we aim to establish an effective partnership between the home and the school, which we believe is crucial to the continued academic, personal and social development of your child.
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