Year 3 & 4
Class Unity, Equality & Humility
Year 3 and 4 are collectively known as Mile Post 2. We have 3 parallel classes where Year 3s learn with year 4s. Our experienced staff deliver a curriculum of English and Maths in the morning that is differentiated to cater for the different abilities in the same class. The rest of the curriculum is delivered on a two-year programme so that all children cover the whole curriculum over their time in Mile Post 2.
In Milepost 2 we continue to develop the children’s learning as well as supporting them in growing in their confidence and independence when approaching tasks.
Spring PE Days
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In Mile Post Two, most children will still be on the school’s levelled ‘reading scheme’. This is to ensure your child continues to have a broad breadth of reading experiences where they’re exposed to age appropriate themes, ambitious vocabulary and a range of different genres.
Each week, your child will be working towards a five-star reader reward. They will achieve this reward by reading five times a week, over five weeks (this does not have to be five consecutive weeks although it is preferable).
To earn this reward your child will need to read at least five times each week at home. However, at Blue Coat we strongly believe that all children should have the opportunity to read for pleasure by choosing their own text to read whether it’s a magazine, comic, recipe or even a set of instructions.
Therefore, we suggest that your child reads the levelled reading scheme book three times a week and a text of their choice twice a week. They will need to record their reading into their reading records in order to earn their five-star reader reward.
Here is a list of recommended reading books for Year 3 and Year 4:
In Mile Post Two, the children are given a weekly focus phoneme (sound) to learn along with the different ways in which it can be spelt (grapheme). They are exposed to this phoneme-grapheme correspondence within roughly ten separate words. We teach spellings through this approach to ensure the children learn when and why we spell the same phonemes in different ways.
In class, the children have daily spelling activities linked to their focus phoneme: for example, identifying the different graphemes used to write the focus phoneme, conducting word studies or creating sentences in order to contextualise the words.
We believe it is important for our pupils to participate in learning which develops their understanding of vocabulary and spellings through carefully crafted activities rather than learning spellings by rote. This enables them to apply their understanding of phoneme-grapheme correspondence in all aspects of their learning.
Therefore, the spelling homework focuses on a variety of skills to improve the reading, writing and spelling process: for example, skimming and scanning practise, handwriting or word studies. The children are given weekly spelling homework and will be tested on their focus phoneme on a Friday in class.
Year 3 Spelling Homework Spring Term 2
In Mile Post Two, the children need to be able to fluently recall and apply their multiplication tables. Therefore, it is important that your child(ren) designates roughly 10 minutes per day to learning and practising their multiplication tables at home. To support your child(ren) at home, they can log into their TT Rockstars account which is a fun and engaging way to practise their multiplications tables.
Link to TT Rockstars: TT Rockstars