Introduction


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Class Teachers  - Mrs Haycock and Mrs Kent 
Welcome to Cormorant Class
Cormorants is home to Year 3 and 4 children. Our amazing teaching assistant is Mrs Griffiths.  
Summer 1 In Cormorants Class
 
Our Summer term 1 topic is history focused,  'Ancient Egypt'. During this topic, we will look at where Egypt is on a world map. We will find out where ancient Egypt is on a history timeline as well as find out all about the ancient Egyptians. Why they built pyramids, what it was like in Egyptian times and lots more.
Our class novel will be 'Flat Stanley and the Great Egyptian Grave Robbery' and we are looking forward to reading this one!
 
In English we are going to be looking at an explanation text on how a monster trap works. We will be learning the model text 'How does a monster catching trap work'. We will be looking at understanding the text through comprehension, learning new words and drama activities.
 
In science we will be looking at 'forces and magnets'. We will compare how things move on different surfaces and observe how magnets attract and repel each other and attract some materials and not others.
 
In PE we have Penryn college PE department in teaching athletics. 
 
We will be continuing to cover a variety of subjects focusing on specific skills. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting and challenging. Subjects include History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology, PSHE, computing, Science, P.E, R.E and Spanish!
 
Online safety is incredibly important in todays world. We teach a separate unit every half term so children are regularly taught how to stay safe online, whilst improving their computer skills.
Other Information
 
  • PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
  • Please refer to the school uniform policy which outlines the school uniform and PE kit that the children need to wear.
  • Please name your child's clothes, bags etc
  • The school day starts at 8.45. The register is taken at 9am. The school ends at 3.15.
  • Children are welcome to bring in a healthy snack and a water bottle each day. 
Spellings
Spellings are an important part of your child’s homework. These will be given out in advance at the beginning of each half term. These are related to the Year 3/4 statutory list and focus on specific spelling patterns or word families. 
We have a new spelling website 'Spelling Shed'. The children all have log ins in their homework books. They need to log on at least 3 times a week to practice their spellings. There are lots of games on the website to help make the learning fun!

Reading
Please ensure your child is reading at least 4 times a week and that it is recorded in their reading diary. Your child is welcome to record it themselves but it must also be initialled by an adult. Here are some top reasons to read:

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading is no different.

2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading strengthens brains connections and builds new connections.

3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If children read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books, children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read, our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story, we are also imagining how a character is feeling.

7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children read, they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

8. Reading is fun.

A book doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere and can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.

Mathematics
We will be continuing with the white rose mastery approach when teaching math's, so the children have a broader understanding of mathematical concepts. The area being covered this term is:-
  • Fractions
Revisiting previous areas of math's is vital in ensuring that children don't forget what they have learnt previously . The children will be given regularly opportunities to revisit past learning, so if there are any areas that your child is finding challenging, they can be addressed as necessary.
 It is very important for your child to keep practicing and reciting their times tables regularly at home.