Friday 1 March 2024

Year 3/4 Blogpost 1.3.24

Dear Parents,

We hope you all had a lovely holiday and are looking forward to lots of lovely learning at Down Hall this half term.

Cross Country
A big well done to all the children that were selected and took part in the Cross Country competition on Wednesday. You all did fantastic and were a real credit to the school. You definitely earned all of your dojos for the day!

WORLD BOOK DAY
This year, World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. To promote reading within our school community, for this day the children can bring in a favourite book from home which they can share with the other children in their class.
They can also bring in prop which serves as a clue to their favourite book/character or come dressed up as a favourite character too if they so wish. On this day all the children will also receive a £1 World Book Day voucher!


Year 3/4  Homework Tasks - Due Thursday 19th January
Homework Pages
Year 3 - English everybody Pg 80
Maths - everybody Pg 34
Year 4 - English everybody Pg 80
Maths everybody Pg 34

Spelling Frame
From this week, the children will now be set tests based on spelling rules. The rules that they will be focusing on can be found on Spelling Frame. Your child has their login details glued into their Reading Diaries. This week we would like the children to focus on: 
Spelling Rule 8- The suffix- ly
  • Reading: Remember 15-20 minutes at least 3 times a week is super important. You will have taken your Reading Record home for your parents to comment on. These will be collected by teachers and checked from time to time. Please make sure you bring your book back when you are finished and your teacher can change it for you. As soon as you are ready you can take a quiz at school. Remember that you need 3x 100% scores to move up a level.
  • Times table practice - this week we are looking at 7s
Can Do
  • Continue logging on to TTRS, Sumdog - your logins are stuck in the front cover of your Reading Records.
  • Please can you create a healthy plate as we are focusing on Healthy Me. What should your plate consist of? 
As always, we are available to speak to at the end of the school day. Just give us a nod and come down and see us!

Have a great weekend.
Lots of love from
Mrs Hurley, Miss Harvey & Mr Greenfield

Friday 16 February 2024

On Friday 9th February, Years 3 and 4  had a lovely time celebrating Chinese New Year.

We have been learning about China and the Ancient Shang Dynasty. As you can see, we have been super busy and have achieved a lot in a very short time. In English, we have been writing non-chronological reports on Chinese New Year. In art, we looked at the story of the Willow Pattern. The two doves are together forever and we thought it was a beautiful story. We coloured beautiful dragon pictures, made lovely lanterns and all the adults worked hard t help us make lovely pieces for our class displays. Finally, on Friday 9th February we marked Chinese New Year by participating in a number of activities. These included cooking in our classrooms, making Chinese lanterns, dressing in red clothes as red is a very lucky colour in Chinese culture. Miss Sharman bought us all fortune cookies so thank you to her for being so kind. We wrote our names in Chinese writing and coloured in masks.

On Friday afternoon, we invited our parents to come into school to taste our lovely food creations: egg fried rice, chicken chow mein and spring rolls. We also got to share some of our lovely learning.


We had an absolutely wonderful day!


  

 

   


                 World Book Day            

This year, World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. To promote reading within our school community, for this day the children can bring in a favourite book from home which they can share with the other children in their class.

They can also bring in props which serves as a clue to their favourite book/character or come dressed up as a favourite character too if they so wish. On this day all the children will also receive a £1 World Book Day voucher!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 16th February - Break for half term
Monday 26th February - Back to School
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

Year 3/4  Homework Tasks - Due Thursday 15th February
Must Do
  • Reading: Remember 15-20 minutes everyday is super important. The children will have taken their Reading record home for parents to comment in. These will be collected by teachers and checked regularly. Please bring your homework books back to school when you are finished so that we can check them. Thank you.
  • Spelling Frame
    This week the children will be set tests based on spelling rules. The rules that they will be focusing on can be found on Spelling Frame. Your child has their login details glued into their Reading diaries. This week we would like the children to focus on: 
    Spelling Rule 6
There is no homework set from the books
  • Accelerated Reader - when you have finished your book, you can take a quiz at school. Remember that you need 3 100% scores to move up a level
  • Times table practice - Please practice these on TTRS.

Can Do

  • Continue logging on to TTRS and Sumdog - your logins are stuck in the front cover of your Reading Records.
  • Maths - Year 4 will be completing their statutory Multiplication Tables Check in June this year. To this end, please can you ensure your child is regularly accessing and practicing these at: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
  • This activity exactly mirrors the 'Multiplication Tables Check' that will be given to children at the end of Year 4. They are tested on their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. There are twenty-five questions and children have six seconds to answer each question and three seconds between questions. The questions are generated randomly using the same rules as the 'Multiplication Tables Check'.
  • Continue your learning outside the classroom and find out more about The Shang Dynasty.

Mrs. Hurley, Mr. Greenfield & Miss Harvey 

Friday 9 February 2024

Year 3/4 Blogpost 09.02.24

Ni Hao,

We hope you had a wonderful week. We have had a very busy week in Year 3/4. In Maths, we have been looking at Perimeter and Length. Year 4 have been learning how to find the perimeter of polygons. It was a bit tricky at first but we persevered and got there in the end!
In English, we have been focusing on Performance Poetry. We will be learning more about this next week. Chinese New Year has been our major focus today and the children have had a fantastic time learning how to cook a selection of different Chinese food. It's wonderful to see how many children have already learned the important life skills of chopping, stirring and cooking. 
Thank you to our fantastic parents for coming to help us celebrate Chinese New Year. We will be updating the blog and newsletter next week in more detail.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday 14th February - PTA Coin Run
Friday 16th February - Break for half term
Monday 26th February - Back to School

Year 3/4  Homework Tasks - Due Thursday 15th February
Must Do
  • Reading: Remember 15-20 minutes everyday is super important. The children will have taken their Reading record home for parents to comment in. These will be collected by teachers and checked regularly. Please bring your homework books back to school when you are finished so that we can check them. Thank you.
  • Spelling Frame
    This week the children will be set tests based on spelling rules. The rules that they will be focusing on can be found on Spelling Frame. Your child has their login details glued into their Reading diaries. This week we would like the children to focus on: 
    Spelling Rule 6
HOMEWORK PAGES

Year 3
English 
Page 72-73
Maths 
Page 48-49

Year 4 
English 
Page 72-73

Maths 
Page 52-53

  • Accelerated Reader - when you are finished your book your teacher can change it for you. As soon as you are ready you can take a quiz at school. Remember that you need 3 100% scores to move up a level
  • Times table practice - next week we are learning our 11 times tables including division facts. Please practice these on TTRS.

Can Do

  • Continue logging on to TTRS and Sumdog - your logins are stuck in the front cover of your Reading Records.
  • Maths - Year 4 will be completing their statutory Multiplication Tables Check in June this year. To this end, please can you ensure your child is regularly accessing and practicing these at: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
  • This activity exactly mirrors the 'Multiplication Tables Check' that will be given to children at the end of Year 4. They are tested on their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. There are twenty-five questions and children have six seconds to answer each question and three seconds between questions. The questions are generated randomly using the same rules as the 'Multiplication Tables Check'.
  • Chinese New Year -  Mr Greenfield has added the recipes to Google for you to try at home. Please do let us know if you have cooked any of these dishes and feel free to share photos of this. If you are doing anything to mark Chinese New Year please let your class teacher know.
Xin nian kuai le  ζ–°εΉ΄εΏ«δΉ; πŸ₯³
Mrs Hurley, Mr Greenfield & Miss Harvey 







Friday 2 February 2024

Year 3/4 Blog 2.02.24

 Dear Parents,

We hope you had a wonderful week. The children have been working hard this week producing lots of excellent work. There has been a big focus on the build up to Chinese New Year this week and the children have been writing Non Chronological reports about the Chinese New Year. As well as this, in Art sessions the children have begun creating their own Willow Pattern plates. The detail the children have put in their work has been great to see this week.

Chinese New Year

As part of our learning about the Chinese New Year, we will be carrying out Chinese
cooking and art activities with the children on Friday 9th February.  This will include making different foods such as rice, spring rolls, chicken noodles and Chinese spices. We hope that by cooking more regularly in school, we will help the children to develop a love of cookery and a willingness to try new and different foods. As part of this we are asking that the children come to school wearing "lucky red" clothing.
Furthermore, we are inviting all parents to come into school to join us on Friday February 9th 2-3pm in celebrating Chinese New Year. You will be able to take part in tasting the children’s food as well as having the opportunity to look at the children’s art and a range of Chinese activities. 
The children are looking forward to sharing this great experience with you.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday 14th February - PTA Coin Run
Friday 16th February - Break for half term
Monday 26th February - Back to School

Year 3/4  Homework Tasks - Due Thursday 8th February
Must Do
  • Reading: Remember 15-20 minutes everyday is super important. The children will have taken their Reading record home for parents to comment in. These will be collected by teachers and checked regularly. Please bring your homework books back to school when you are finished so that we can check them. Thank you.
  • Spelling Frame
    This week the children will be set tests based on spelling rules. The rules that they will be focusing on can be found on Spelling Frame. Your child has their login details glued into their Reading diaries. This week we would like the children to focus on: 
    Spelling Rule 5 - Part 2 of looking at prefixes.
HOMEWORK PAGES

Year 3
English  - Page 70 
Maths  - Page 46


Year 4 
English - Page 70 
Maths  - Page 50

  • Accelerated Reader - when you have finished your book, you can take a quiz at school. Remember that you need 3 100% scores to move up a level
  • Times table practice - next week we are learning our 4 times tables including division facts. Please practice these on TTRS.

Can Do

  • Continue logging on to TTRS and Sumdog - your logins are stuck in the front cover of your Reading Records.
  • Maths - Year 4 will be completing their statutory Multiplication Tables Check in June this year. To this end, please can you ensure your child is regularly accessing and practicing these at: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
  • This activity exactly mirrors the 'Multiplication Tables Check' that will be given to children at the end of Year 4. They are tested on their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. There are twenty-five questions and children have six seconds to answer each question and three seconds between questions. The questions are generated randomly using the same rules as the 'Multiplication Tables Check'.
  • With Children's Mental Health week being celebrated next week, can you design a piece of artwork about all of the things that matter to you. Please click on the link below for a video giving you an idea of what to do for this task. 
What Matters To You- Children's Mental Health Week Activity

Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs. Hurley, Mr. Greenfield & Miss Harvey πŸ’š

Friday 26 January 2024

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a lovely week and we hope you are enjoying our new class pages in our fabulous newsletter. Year 4 children are continuing to work really hard on their multiplication and division lessons in maths and year 3 have started to learn all about length and perimeter. In English, we have been analysing non-chronological reports and will be writing our own about Chinese New Year. In guided reading, we kept to the theme of Ancient China and we read, discussed and compared two different stories from another culture. In art, we discovered all about Willow plates and designed our own.

As you may have noticed, we are taking part in cross country in PE. Next week, if your child would like to bring in a second pair of (old) trainers to change into, specifically for cross country then please feel free to send them in.  πŸƒ

Lots going on in the next few weeks!

Buy books, change lives
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Alongside that, we also know that the current funding crisis has resulted in
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Storytelling Week
Storytelling week runs from 27th January - 4th February and we will be taking part in various activities at school to celebrate this, including meeting up in our houses to share stories and listening to our adults share a story with us too. Please feel free to join in! It would be great to hear about stories you have been sharing at home. Also, feel free to share any photos of you reading in different places. 


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday 14th February - PTA Coin Run
Friday 16th February - Break for half term
Monday 26th February - Back to School

Year 3/4  Homework Tasks - Due Thursday 25th January
Must Do
  • Reading: Remember 15-20 minutes everyday is super important. The children will have taken their Reading record home for parents to comment in. These will be collected by teachers and checked regularly. Please bring your homework books back to school when you are finished so that we can check them. Thank you.
  • Spelling Frame
    This week the children will be set tests based on spelling rules. The rules that they will be focusing on can be found on Spelling Frame. Your child has their login details glued into their Reading diaries. This week we would like the children to focus on: 
    Spelling Rule 4 - Part 1 of looking at prefixes.
HOMEWORK PAGES

Year 3
English  - Page 28 + 29
Maths  - Page 14 + 15


Year 4 
English - Page 27
Maths  - Page 40 + 41

  • Accelerated Reader - when you have finished your book, you can take a quiz at school. Remember that you need 3 100% scores to move up a level
  • Times table practice - next week we are learning our 4 times tables including division facts. Please practice these on TTRS.

Can Do

  • Continue logging on to TTRS and Sumdog - your logins are stuck in the front cover of your Reading Records.
  • Maths - Year 4 will be completing their statutory Multiplication Tables Check in June this year. To this end, please can you ensure your child is regularly accessing and practicing these at: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
  • This activity exactly mirrors the 'Multiplication Tables Check' that will be given to children at the end of Year 4. They are tested on their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. There are twenty-five questions and children have six seconds to answer each question and three seconds between questions. The questions are generated randomly using the same rules as the 'Multiplication Tables Check'.
  • With Storytelling Week coming up, it would be great to hear about the stories you share at home. What is your favourite story and why? Who do you share these with? When do you share a story? Anywhere different?
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs. Hurley, Mr. Greenfield & Miss Harvey πŸ’š

Friday 19 January 2024

Year 3/4 Blogpost 19.01.24

Dear Parents,
We hope you had a wonderful week. It flew by! The children are continuing to work really hard on their multiplication and division lessons in maths. It is great to see all their hard work in learning their times tables now paying off. In English, we are writing our own Chinese creation myth based on Pan Gu. Ask your child to retell the story to you.

We find ourselves in very exciting times as a number of new things are being introduced to our school. Our re-vamped newsletter this week sees the inclusions of photos of what each class has been doing during the week.

As you may have noticed, we are taking part in Cross Country in PE. Next week, if your child would like to bring in a second pair of (old) trainers to change into, specifically for Cross Country then please feel free to send them in.  πŸƒ

Lots going on in the next few weeks!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Thursday 25th January 2:30 - Meet and Greet Mrs Wood
Wednesday 14th February - PTA Coin Run
Friday 16th February - Break for half term
Monday 26th February - Back to School

Year 3/4  Homework Tasks - Due Thursday 25th January
Must Do
  • Reading: Remember 15-20 minutes everyday is super important. The children will have taken their Reading record home for parents to comment in. These will be collected by teachers and checked regularly. Please bring your homework books back to school when you are finished so that we can check them. Thank you.
  • Spelling Frame
    This week the children will be set tests based on spelling rules. The rules that they will be focusing on can be found on Spelling Frame. Your child has their login details glued into their Reading diaries. This week we would like the children to focus on: 
    Spelling Rule 3 - The /ʌ/ sound spelt ou (e.g. couple, touch... etc.)
HOMEWORK PAGES

Year 3
English 
Page 34-35
Maths 
Page 8

Year 4 
English 
Page 28

Maths 
Page 29

  • Accelerated Reader - when you are finished your book your teacher can change it for you. As soon as you are ready you can take a quiz at school. Remember that you need 3 100% scores to move up a level
  • Times table practice - next week we are learning our 3 times tables including division facts. Please practice these on TTRS.

Can Do

  • Continue logging on to TTRS and Sumdog - your logins are stuck in the front cover of your Reading Records.
  • Maths - Year 4 will be completing their statutory Multiplication Tables Check in June this year. To this end, please can you ensure your child is regularly accessing and practicing these at: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
  • This activity exactly mirrors the 'Multiplication Tables Check' that will be given to children at the end of Year 4. They are tested on their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. There are twenty-five questions and children have six seconds to answer each question and three seconds between questions. The questions are generated randomly using the same rules as the 'Multiplication Tables Check'.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Hurley, Mr Greenfield & Miss Harvey πŸ’š

Friday 12 January 2024

Year 3/4 Blogpost 12.1.24

 Dear Parents,

Welcome to 2024 and a new term at Down Hall Primary School. We hope that you all had a wonderful festive break and are now ready to settle in to the Spring term.
This term, we are all looking forward to getting stuck in to our new project, The Shang Dynasty and China. We will be learning all about the history of the Shang Dynasty in China and what China looks like today.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check
Do you have a child in year 4 at primary school? If so, your child will be participating in the multiplication tables check (MTC) in June. The purpose of the check is to determine whether your child can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help your child’s school to identify if your child may need additional support. For more information, please click on the link below:

Spare Footwear for PE
This term in PE, the children will be doing Cross Country. As a result, we ask that if possible, your children bring in a spare set of trainers/football boots that they can wear during the Cross Country sessions.

Year 3/4  Homework Tasks - Due Thursday 19th January
Homework Pages
Year 3 - English everybody Pg 78
Maths - everybody Pg 18
Year 4 - English everybody Pg 78
Maths everybody Pg 18

Spelling Frame
From this week, the children will now be set tests based on spelling rules. The rules that they will be focusing on can be found on Spelling Frame. Your child has their login details glued into their Reading Diaries. This week we would like the children to focus on: 
Spelling Rule 2- The /Ιͺ/ sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of words (e.g. gym, myth... etc.)
  • Reading: Remember 15-20 minutes at least 3 times a week is super important. You will have taken your Reading Record home for your parents to comment on. These will be collected by teachers and checked from time to time. Please make sure you bring your book back when you are finished and your teacher can change it for you. As soon as you are ready you can take a quiz at school. Remember that you need 3x 100% scores to move up a level.
  • Times table practice - this week we are looking at 2s, 5s and 10s. Please practice these as we do in school.
Can Do
  • Continue logging on to TTRS, Sumdog - your logins are stuck in the front cover of your Reading Records.
  • Please can you practice telling the time on an analogue clock.
As always, we are available to speak to at the end of the school day. Just give us a nod and come down and see us!

Have a great weekend.
Lots of love from
Mrs Hurley, Miss Harvey & Mr Greenfield