Key Stage 2 - Otter Class (Year 3/ Year 4) 2021 - 2022

Mrs Edwards

Mrs Healey

Miss Horton

Miss Day

Welcome to Otter Class               

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We will be reading 'When the giant stirred' this half term. It is a very exciting and imaginative book that will support us learning about apostrophes, different sentence types, paragraphing and how to use a wider range of conjunctions. We will also be practising our noun and adverbial phrases to make our writing more interesting for the reader. 



For Spring Half Term One we will be practising our multiplication and division skills, estimating and using inverse operations. We will then move on to money and area; learning some new methods and using lots of practical activities to help us.

Times Tables

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Year 3 pupils will learn their 4's and 8's and practise 2's, 3's, 5's and 10's.

Year 4 will learn their 6's, 7's, 9's, 11's and 12's and practise the rest. In the summer term of Year 4 the children will be speed tested on their times tables knowledge. 

Please practise daily using the Times Tables RockStars game on your IPads.



Each Monday we will hand out ten spellings for your child to practise at home. We also practise them regularly in the classroom but every little helps. The children will be tested on Friday and awarded dojos if they achieve 10 out of 10.

This is a great website for practising spellings on your tablets at home. I have attached the Year One and Two and the Year Three and Four spelling lists as well if you want some extra practise. Weekly spellings will be placed on the class dojo every Monday. If you need a paper copy please just ask. 



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This half term we will be having extra PE lessons on a Monday morning so please send your child in thier full PE kit. Make sure they have a clearly labelled water bottle. As it is the winter months please ensure your child brings their fleece into school. 

This year our PE lesson is on a Friday afternoon. This half term we will be learning about possession and defence and the game of hockey.  PE kit is navy shorts, joggers or skort and a pale blue TShirt. Kit is available from school. Please contact the office if you would like to order some.


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This half term we will be covering geography objectives through the topic 'Beneath our Feet'. We will be looking at human and physical features, using maps, aeiral veiws, google earth and atalses and exploring volcanoes and salt mining. Topic will link to our science learning this half term which is Rocks and Soils. There will also be lots of writing opportunities in English too. 


Homework will be handed out on a Thursday and returned on a Monday. It will alternate between English and Maths. Over half term holidays we will offer optional topic and theme based practical activity homeworks. 



Year4: topic for the autumn half term is 'States of Matter'

Year 3: topic for the autumn half term is 'Rocks and Soils'

In both topics we be learning through experiments, investigations and research.



We have a new challenge. Pick one of these activites a week, or more if you like and you will earn 5 reading stamps for your worm. 36 stamps and you get a free book from the vending machine. Only one rule - send a picture to your dojo portfolio and have fun!

'Mug and a Mag' - fill a mug with your favourite drink and find a cosy spot to have a quiet read.

'Tues your favourite' - Choose your favourite book and re-read it . There are always parts you don't remember of missed last time.

'Website Wednesday' - Have read online,use your phone, laptop, Ipad, or kindle and have read of some facts, maybe even a newspaper!

'Thumb through Thursday' - When you've read a really good book write a little review for your friends at school.

'Flashlight Friday' - Make a den and curl up with a torch and your favourite book.


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All children are making super progress in reading. For those doing whole class shared reading we will be learning a whole range of new reading skills using 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. If your child is on the RWI reading scheme you will notice they are now bringing home the next coloured band from the scheme. Please read the books they bring home from the scheme and also ones of their personal choice. Talk to your child about their book to improve their  comprehension skills. It's great to see that so many of you have logged onto the new GoRead app and are busy logging all the books that you've read. We'll soon be awarding some beautiful new books from our very own book vending machine. 

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All daily and weekly information will be added to the class dojo so please have a quick look every day to make sure you and your child are kept informed and don't miss out. You can also message using the dojo if there is anything you are concerned about or need any more information. We are all looking forward to another great term of learning. 


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Contact Us: Darnhall Primary School Sandyhill Road, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1JL

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