Team Meerkat (Y3/4)
Welcome to Meerkat Class
Welcome to Team Meerkat's Class Page!
Mrs Arnott, Miss Sykes and Mrs Rawnsley are very much looking forward to the year ahead. Keep checking our page to find out what we've been learning about!
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Our topic for this term is 'Raging Rivers'. We are planning a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in late January that will support our geographical research and design technology lessons. It will also be used to inspire our writing and artwork and work towards some of our outdoor PE objectives. Tying in with the water theme, the children will also be learning about the water cycle in their science lessons.
In mathematics, the children have been studying multiplication and division. The children will begin with times tables before moving onto sharing and grouping (with concrete, pictorial and abstract resources), followed by written methods towards the end of the Spring term. Home learning tasks are set regularly on Mathletics to support class learning and printed homework is also sent home with the children on a regular basis.
The children will focus on the text 'Can you Catch a Mermaid?' at the start of this term and will use this text to inform and inspire their writing. We will be writing narratives, non-fiction texts (including explanations, instructions and reports) and poems during this half term.
Team Meerkat met real meerkats (and many other fascinating animals) at 'The Yorkshire Wildlife Park'! We all had a wonderful time on our visit. We learned about the natural habitats of the animals and we used classification keys to group animals in a variety of ways. The children then extended their learning by researching threats to habitats and created small world environments depicting these threats.
In mathematics, the children have been studying place value, column addition and column subtraction. We have been making use of dienes and place value counters, amongst other resources, to demonstrate exchanges (for example if the ones column adds to give a total of 18, we would exchange ten ones for one ten, leaving just 8 ones in the ones column). Home learning tasks are set regularly on Mathletics to support class learning.
We have recently finished reading our class text 'Beowulf' and are now looking forward to using a new wonderfully magical book. We use our reading books as inspiration for our writing - writing narratives, letters, diaries and instructions (to name just a few)! At home, we encourage the children to read daily.