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Barnum Class - Year 3/4





A very warm welcome back to term 4! We hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable week.

The children in Barnum class ended term three brilliantly by sharing their designs and light inventions with Attenborough class. Click on the pictures link below to see some of the children in action, as well as other learning highlights from the term. For example, our art installation now hanging in the classroom, is a wonderful reminder of the topic 'What lights up our lives?' 


This term's topic question for term four is 

'When is rubbish, rubbish?'

The children have already considered an answer for this question to start their thinking about rubbish. In addition, they have asked a range of questions which they will explore throughout the topic including "How many countries recycle?" (Connor) "When did we start to recycle?" (Romany) The class will use the question 'When is rubbish, rubbish?' to regularly reflect on and use it to direct their own learning.

Our trip to the recycling plant is our main 'hook' to our topic and we cannot wait to hear the children's responses and reflections from our visit on Thursday.

This enquiry based learning approach will allow children to explore their questions in a range of ways and this will build to the children leading a campaign, which will effectively use their understanding and knowledge about rubbish.


English: We will start the term with reading poetry on a theme of recycling, identifying features and exploring the structure. In guided reading we will be exploring Ted Hughes'  'The Iron Man'. 



Maths: We will start the term by exploring fractions, developing our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. In addition, the children will continue to practise their times tables daily at school. Remember, Times Tables Rockstars can also be accessed online for home learning too!



This term PE will also be on a Monday and Thursday, so could you please ensure your child's PE kit is in school on those days.


As last term, the children will bring their homework home on a Friday and we ask that it be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Regular reading and talking about what your child is reading with them is an important part of home learning and we thank you for your support. 


It is wonderful to see that the children are already very excited about the term ahead!

If you have any questions or queries at any point, please don't hesitate to have a chat with us.


Kind regards

Mrs File, Mrs Lintott and Miss Foreman.