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Lower Key Stage 2

Welcome to the LKS2 homepage. Here you will find information for our  Year 3 and Year 4 classes.

​​LKS2 News

We are now over half way through the school year and have already had many interesting and exciting  learning opportuniites. There are many more to come during the last term in Years 3 and 4. 

 

Our lessons will continue to be based on our topic themes. There is a new topic theme each half-term. These topics will have either a science, history or geography theme. We upload our topic plans each half-term.

 

Each half-term we will send a newsletter home and don't forget we update our Twitter page most weeks and send messages and links to newsletter etc via our school communication app - MySchoolApp.

Homework

Each week, as well as reading homework, we ask the children to complete a homework task. This is usually completed in their blue homework books but on occasions we may send additional maths or English activities.

We have also provided all children in years 3 and 4 with a log-in account for Times Table Rock Stars.  This website allows children time to practice their times table facts. We would ask that children log-in and complete the online activities at least once a week. For those children who do not have access to the internet at home, we offer our homework club which takes place after school on a Tuesday. . Children can come along and use the school computers to log-in to their account or simply get help from one of our staff in completing their homework tasks.

The shortcut below will take you to the log-in page.

https://play.ttrockstars.com/login/22287

 

Year 3 - Mr Linaker and Mrs Adamson

Our topic this half term is called ‘The Iron Man’.  It will be linked to our English reading book of the same name. We will also develop our writing of explanations using Wallace and Gromit’s inventions.  During the topic we will be finding out about robots and creating books with moving parts. We will be looking at the history of robot design and how things might change in the future. We will also look at films that have robots as their main characters.


In maths we will continue our work on fractions, concentrating on equivalent fractions. We will work out how to recognise equivalent fractions shown in pictures and numbers. We will also use our knowledge of fractions to compare and order fractions displayed in different ways. We will then learn how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.


In science, children will observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. They will compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials. They will attempt to predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing. Through investigations, the children will see if magnetic forces can act at a distance.


Remember, further details of all our topic work can be found in our half-termly planning documents which can be found on our website.

Year 3 Topic Planning

Year 4 - Mrs Dryhust and Mr Ellis

We are excited to begin the year in Year Four, on our topic of ‘Water, Water’. This topic will have a lead focus on Geography and will highlight the subject and its links with other areas. The children will be learning more about the River Mersey, using a variety of maps to plot its course and spot its features. We will do field work investigations on water around school and have an exciting project on creating our own model streams, to investigate.

 

In English, we will be begin with a narrative unit on story settings using the water linked story ‘Storm’. Children will develop their use of fronted adverbials to add detail to writing and improve their accuracy with the use of speech punctuation. Our second book is ‘The Mousehole Cat’ – a story linked to the sea, from which the children will focus on letter writing skills, extending their vocabulary through ambitious word choices and employing a range of punctuation and further clause types, such as relative clauses. Children will continue to develop comprehension skills in Guided Reading sessions and they should be encouraged to discuss what they read at home.

 

Our focus in Mathematics will begin on number and place value work, practising Roman Numerals, rounding numbers, working with thousands, comparing and ordering numbers and learning about negative numbers. We will be applying these skills in problems. Next, we will be furthering our calculating knowledge with addition and subtraction work on 4 digit numbers and selecting efficient methods to calculate.

 

Science work will link closely with our water topic, exploring states of matter and changes around these. These will be linked to the water cycle and our work on rivers. Computing work will develop children’s use of search tools, researching water linked artists and discussing safe usage. We will then use computer programs to present information children have found out. Art will continue by using the water linked artists we have researched, but we will be exploring their techniques and trying some ourselves. Following on with the water theme, will be our Music work, where we will create and use instruments using water. This should be fun and maybe a bit wet! Our PE this half term will be taught by external judo specialists. The children always enjoy these sessions.

 

We will keep you posted on any additions or changes.

Year 4 Topic Planning

Homework

All children are provided with a reading book and a Reading Record book. We expect all children to read and have their Reading Record Books signed at least 3 times a week. We aim to recognise those pupils who read regularly and reward their efforts. Reading books and record books should be returned to school each day.

We also set weekly homework tasks for children to complete. These tasks will be sent home on a Friday and should be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Tasks could include, English, maths, science or topic activities. A range of activities will be provided that cater for the differing learning styles of our children.

We hope to see all our children returning their homework books to school each week and will reward them accordingly. Some children clearly put a lot of effort into their work and produce some work that they are proud of. You may spot some of these pieces of work on our Twitter page.

As part of our reviewed Reward System, only those children completing all their homework and reading tasks will be able to gain their full 30 minutes of Golden Time on a Friday afternoon.

Please help your child by ensuring they complete tasks to a satisfactory standard and return them on time. We may ask children to complete some tasks at break/lunchtimes if they are not completed at home. School offers an after school homework club for children in Years 3 and  4 on a Tuesday from 3:15 - 3:45pm.

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