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Year 3/4 - Mr Naughton

Dear parents, welcome to the St Mary's Year 3/4 class pages. Let me begin by saying that your children are a delight to teach. They are so good - obedient, helpful and hard-working. Please keep an eye out for the termly summary that will give you an overview of the work we are covering this term. Thank you all for being so kind and so warm in your greetings. Please do make sure to have a word with me any day after school. And do pray for the class and the school - Miss Pluckrose and the teachers and all the families. Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, pray for us.

Dear parents, welcome to the St Mary's Year 3/4 class pages. Let me begin by saying that your children are a delight to teach. They are so good - obedient, helpful and hard-working. Please keep an eye out for the termly summary that will give you an overview of the work we are covering this term. Thank you all for being so kind and so warm in your greetings. Please do make sure to have a word with me any day after school. And do pray for the class and the school - Miss Pluckrose and the teachers and all the families. Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, pray for us.  1 Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, pray for us.
Dear parents, welcome to the St Mary's Year 3/4 class pages. Let me begin by saying that your children are a delight to teach. They are so good - obedient, helpful and hard-working. Please keep an eye out for the termly summary that will give you an overview of the work we are covering this term. Thank you all for being so kind and so warm in your greetings. Please do make sure to have a word with me any day after school. And do pray for the class and the school - Miss Pluckrose and the teachers and all the families. Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, pray for us.  2 Saint Julie Billiart, pray for us.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Autumn begins with Our Lady of Sorrows and other great feasts follow including the Triumph of the Cross, the Archangels, All Saints and the great feast of Christ the King at the end of the Church Year. In addition to observing these key dates, we will lead the children to a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith by teaching some of the great prayers including The Rosary, The Angelus and the prayers of the Mass: we will be going to the 12.30pm Mass at the church from time to time. Our ‘Come and See’ topics are: Homes, Promises and Visitors. The term ends with the great season of Advent and our preparation for Christmas. Our studies are grounded in the five great themes of our Faith: The Most Holy Trinity, The Incarnation, The Paschal Mystery, The Church and The Dignity of the Human Person. Our other faith is Judaism.

 

Prayer and spiritual reading

Prayer and spiritual reading 1
Prayer and spiritual reading 2
Prayer and spiritual reading 3
Prayer and spiritual reading 4
ENLGISH

“We become like that which we love. If we love  what is base, we become base; but if we love  what is noble, we become noble. Looking  into a sunset, the face takes on a golden glow.” (The Venerable Fulton Sheen). Choosing good books that lift the heart and the mind, and delight the soul is an essential duty of the parent  and the teacher. I do not need to tell you that much of the current reading material directed at our children tends to be degrading. We all know that just because a book or an author is popular, it does not mean that the material is suitable for your child. Below are some of the books that we are reading this year...

 

This term we will be reading some of the great classic stories and poems including the Greek myths, traditional tales and extracts from favourites like Black Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and A Child’s Garden of Verses. Our reading material will reflect other areas of the curriculum including science and history. Pupils will develop their comprehension and also develop fluency and vocabulary. They will learn how to write clear, intelligent answers.

Pupils will write stories and other compositions, developing their ability to describe, to explain and to write dialogue using correct grammar and punctuation.

Pupils will continue to enrich their vocabulary and so become more precise in their use of language. The correct use of paragraphing will also be taught.

Pupils will perfect their understanding of letters and sounds and so improve both reading and spelling. They will also learn the rules of spelling and harder words.

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald   1 The Princess and the Goblin is beloved children's classic written by George MacDonald. C. S. Lewis sites Macdonald as one of his inspirations. This gentle story takes us to a simpler time and place where Princess Irene and her best friend Curdie must save the kingdom from a evil Goblin plot. Join them as they outwit the Goblins and save the day.
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald   2

The Greeks are at the the foundation of our civilisation. The myths and legends and fables are essential reading for all boys and girls - and indeed all mothers and fathers.

The Greeks are at the the foundation of our civilisation. The myths and legends and fables are essential reading for all boys and girls - and indeed all mothers and fathers.  1
The Greeks are at the the foundation of our civilisation. The myths and legends and fables are essential reading for all boys and girls - and indeed all mothers and fathers.  2

Fairy tales - our great treasure

 

'These tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water.’

                                                          GK Chesterton  (Othodoxy – The Ethics of Elfland)

 

 

Classic children's novels that we will dip into.

Classic children's novels that we will dip into.   1
Classic children's novels that we will dip into.   2
Classic children's novels that we will dip into.   3

Some classic anthologies for children of all ages.

Some classic anthologies for children of all ages. 1 https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/stevenson/collections/childs_garden_of_verses.html
Some classic anthologies for children of all ages. 2

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics gives us a glimpse of God’s perfection – His beauty, infinity, truth and power. Mathematics empowers mankind to discover the rational intelligibility of the world and to appreciate the order, the beauty, the magnitude and the mystery of God’s creation and thus of God Himself. Hence, mathematics derives its purpose, meaning, and value from God. In accordance with our mission to promote academic excellence, mathematics is at the heart of the curriculum. 

As always, we will continue to have a daily maths lesson, developing the pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of this subject. The key areas of study include:

  • Number & place value including the fundamental theorem of arithmetic
  • The 4 operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Algebra
  • Measurement – length, perimeter, area, angles, time and money
  • Geometry - properties of shapes and calculating length, perimeter and area
  • measuring angles and deriving angles from the rules of geometery
  • Statistics: Venn diagrams, graphs and data tables

 

Learning the times tables up to 12x12 by heart is essential. Any other help that you can give at home with measuring and telling the time will be much appreciated.

 

This is an excellent site for learning how to use the protrator:

http://www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/protractor.html

 

 

Practice makes perfect.

 

 

SCIENCE

The pupils will develop their capacity to work scientifically with a particular focus on the topic of ‘Living things and their habitats’. Pupils will learn to identify and names common plants and animals from the local and the wider environment and how these are classified.

Pupils will also study sound, developing the vocabulary to explain the nature of sound and aspects including pitch and volume.

Learning names and definitions is highly recommended as well as the habit of close observation.

What a wonderful and simple homage to the plenitude of God it is to marvel at the beauty of even one leaf. ART

As well as developing our basic artistic skills, children will work on portraits with a particular focus on drawing the human face. The pupils will admire great art, and respond using some of the key vocabulary. They will illustrate their work across the curriculum.

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