Thursday 11th September However, you can find this entire presentation on the Year 3 and Year 4 School Site on the Launch Pad (Demonstration of how to find class messages / homework through child’s log in) http://la.lp365.co.uk Other important information thorough http://www.littleaston.staffs.sch.uk/the School Website Children succeed when schools and parents work together! Parental support and input is crucial. Clear, open lines of communication between school and parents are essential. Lessons start at 9.05 am, so please ensure children are in school for registration from 8:45am-9am. There are morning to be completed by the children so it is important they are in school on time. Break is at 10.05 -10.20 Lunch is 12.30 to 1.30. The day ends at 3:30pm. A revised national curriculum from 2014 for all maintained schools No more assessment levels (except for Y2 & Y6) Each school is responsible for publishing its curriculum and assessment framework Year 3 and 4 will be working from this new curriculum. Is working towards… Has met the expected standard for year… Has exceeded… Rewards and Sanctions The Merit system Child of the Week Reading rewards Detention Exploring a range of texts Poetry, Non fiction and Fiction New interactive resource – exciting texts Reading Reading is absolutely vital! With so many other temptations, for example the lure of the X-Box or Playstation, it is easy for reading to be overlooked! Children will be provided with many opportunities to read in school. There will be focused, small group, weekly Guided Reading lessons and opportunities for shared reading. But reading in school alone is not enough! All children should be encouraged to read at home – preferably daily. All children in Y3 and Y4 have been provided with a reading journal. This should be filled in each time your child reads, with the date, title of the book, number of pages read and any comments you wish to make about your child’s reading performance (e.g. fluency, comprehension etc). While it is not absolutely necessary for a parent to hear your child read every single day in Y3 and Y4, it IS important that you check your child’s understanding of what they have read! We ask that you encourage your child to select books from a variety of genres and listen to them read at home whenever possible. In Y3 and Y4, children need to demonstrate an understanding of the text beyond the literal; the ability to sight read isn’t enough; they must be able to apply the skills of inference and deduction when reading. Wide range of e-books on Launch Pad RMBooks The early part of the Autumn term will be spent ensuring children understand the number system (place value) and then reinforcing and learning mental and written strategies for the four main methods of calculation (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication). We will cover the following units: * Counting, partitioning and calculating. * Securing number facts, understanding shape. * Statistics and measures. * Calculating, measuring and understanding shape. Maths It is vital that your child is able to recall all their times table facts as they provide the foundation of many aspects of their Numeracy syllabus. We will be carrying out weekly tables tests. Maths There is another fabulous website which is great for improving a child’s mental maths skills. It is www.tutpup.com – free to sign up and you take on children from all over the world to add an element of competitive fun! Also try: honorpoint.com mymaths learningtables.co.uk iamlearning acitvelearnprimary.co.uk Maths You can help your child without having to work too hard! In the car – ask them a few quick fire times table questions. Going shopping? Ask your child to add up the cost of different items in their head! How much change will we get if…..? Year 3 Rocks and soils Animals, including humans Forces & magnets Plants Light Year 4 Electricity Sound States of matter Living things & their habitats Humans and animals Year 3 Prehistoric Britain The Roman Empire Anglo-Saxon settlements Rocks and Soils in the local environment Mountains Comparison of GB & Italy Year 4 Egypt and the Egyptians Saxons & Vikings Settlements The Victorians The common wealth The 7 continents Y3 Religious Leaders The Beginnings of the World Religion in the Home Symbols in Worship Traditions of Special Foods Key Exploring Living by Rules Y4 Features and patterns of worship Thinking about God Hinduism Landmarks in Life Commitment: Lent Environment Exploring the 7 elements of music Listening to and appraising music from different composers and eras Responding to pieces of music through their own compositions with growing confidence Taking part in BBC Ten Pieces Singing as part of the KS2 production Learning how to play the recorder Opportunity to join school choir Learn basic, conversational French Explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes Speak with increasing confidence and fluency Develop their pronunciation Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources Begin to appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French PE Please ensure that the children have the appropriate kit with them on PE days. Year 3 – Monday and Tuesday Year 4- Tuesday and Friday They are required to have their kit in school everyday. They also require an outdoor kit and an indoor kit. Homework Homework will be set either to reinforce learning from the previous week or to research a topic coming up in the next week. It is set on a Friday for maths and literacy and is expected to be handed in on the following Friday. We will sometimes ask the children to complete a larger project for homework, which will be set over a period of weeks rather than days. They will have the opportunity to present their project in a variety of ways. Spellings Children in each year group follow a spelling programme. Children will be taught basic spelling patterns in short, focussed lessons of around 10-15 minutes. Spelling tests will take place on a Friday morning. Spellings to learn at home for next week’s test will be given out on Friday. Children should be encouraged to use the Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check method in order to learn them. Please check whether your child can write as well as say the spellings correctly (look out for letter reversals, e.g. b/ d). Check whether your child can use the spelling in context, e.g. in a grammatically correct sentence. This is particularly important when they are learning homophones and near homophones, e.g. to, two, too; where, were, we’re etc. E-safety As a school and as parents, we all have a responsibility to ensure our children are safe online… Why are we talking about e-safety? Cyberbullying in the news Incidents involving children at Little Aston As parents and teachers, we therefore have an important role to play in helping children and young people stay safe online and encouraging safe and responsible use of the technologies 17/07/2015 25 WHAT ARE THE DANGERS FOR OUR CHILDREN? New technologies offer tremendous opportunities for children however there are also risks including: cyberbullying grooming potential abuse by online predators exposure to inappropriate content including self-harm racism adult pornography. Some of these risks can be a continuation of the risks children and young people experience offline. However, they can be increased because many children and young people also fail to realise that the internet is a 17/07/2015 public place. 26 WHAT ARE THE DANGERS FOR OUR CHILDREN? • Biggest danger is the not knowing – – 26% of parents don’t know how to check website history – 65% of young people can clear internet history – 1% of parents thought their child blogged – 33% of children used blogs – 67% of parents didn’t know what a blog was – 33% of children have met a ‘friend’ online – 8% have had a face-to-face meeting with an online friend – 89% told someone they were doing so UK Children Go Online, 2005, 9-19 year olds • Usage 17/07/2015and experiences are often not reported to parents/teachers as they fear the withdrawal of access 27 • CEOP works across the UK and maximises international links • provides internet safety advice for parents and carers • report facility enabling anyone to report any inappropriate or potentially illegal activity with or towards a child online 17/07/2015 28 What are the key things we teach the children in school? keep your username (where possible) and password PRIVATE save any messages that have upset you so you can show them to someone who can help do not give out any personal details such as your full name, address etc. if you see anything on-line that concerns you tell a trusted adult 17/07/2015 29 What are the key things we teach the children in school? never send photographs or videos to people that you don’t know in the real world never arrange to meet anyone in real life that you have met on-line show respect to others on-line never open emails from people you don’t know 17/07/2015 30 17/07/2015 31 8-10 yr olds 17/07/2015 32 17/07/2015 33 17/07/2015 34 Safety Ideas FOR PARENTS • Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used. • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger id, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends—if your child publishes a picture or video online—anyone can change it or share it. 17/07/2015 35 Safety Ideas FOR PARENTS • If your child receives spam / junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. • It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film. 17/07/2015 36 SAFETY Safety IDEAS FOR PARENTS Ideas • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust. • Teach young people how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable. • There are people who can help. 17/07/2015 37 Where can parents go for help? ThinkuKnow www.staffsscb.org.uk www.wmnet.org.uk http://www.getnetwise.org/ http://www.childnet-int.org/ (Know it all) http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/ http://www.iwf.org.uk/ www.ceop.gov.uk 17/07/2015 38 and finally remember ‘..the risks do not merit a ‘However, the risks are nonetheless moral panic, and nor do they widespread, they are experienced by warrant seriously restricting many children as worrying or children’s internet use problematic, and they do warrant because this would deny serious intervention by government, them the many benefits of the educators, industry and parents.’ internet. Indeed, there are real costs to lacking internet access or sufficient skills to http://www.children-go-online.net/ use it.’ 17/07/2015 39 Parents morning On Friday 5th December parents are invited to come into the classroom and spend time with their children, look through books and chat to teachers. We are not planning to hold an ‘official’ parents evening this term. Both of us are usually available after school if you would like a brief chat. Or if you would like a longer appointment after school get in contact with either of us, or the office, and we happily arrange a date and time.