Year 3 and 4 2018 - 2019

Mrs Lord

Mrs Findler

Mr Evans


I hope everyone has enjoyed a brilliant Easter break; recharging batteries and sharing lots of chocolate and fun times together. The children all worked really hard last term and should be proud of their learning and achievements. The spring term ended on an amazing high with our fantastic residential that saw children challenged and thrilled in equal measure. All the children were a credit to both school and parents and it was a genuine (and exhausting!) pleasure to take them. As we prepare for the next few weeks, please remember that P.E. days are now Tuesday and Friday. Also, whilst the timetable will not change for the next 5 weeks,  Y3 & 4 will now register in the 5/6 classroom with Ms. Challenor before starting their day with a Literacy lesson. Their cloakroom will remain outside Mrs. Lord's classroom.

Our  history topic this term is The Tudors. The children will be learning about this fascinating period of history including of course the infamous King Henry VIII and his 6 wives!

Literacy will be taught by Ms Challenor this term and will continue to be linked to our topic where possible,  focusing on spelling, sentence structures and using a wider range of puctuation through a wide variety of text genres. The children will continue with  daily differentiated phonics and spelling sesions which aim to improve essential reading and spelling skills whole school, as the indications from progress assessments are positive! Work will be based on the exciting and entertaining Shakespeare play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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In maths we will be working with increasingly large numbers. We will be learning new skills through real life problem solving which will be linked to our topic wherever possible, and will include regular outdoor maths sessions.  Later in the term we will investigate more complex fractions and work with shape and space. I will be asking all the children to continue to work hard at home to learn key number facts - times tables up to 12 x 12 and number bonds to 20. This is something parents can really help with! Maths tests will take place every Friday morning... The introduction af daily 'Active Maths' sessions for all pupils that combine practice of maths skills and physical excercise seems to be paying off with good progress whole school with mental maths skills. Remember: your child will need to have either PE pumps or trainers in school every day in order to ensure they don't miss out!! In addition this term we are introducing a daily times tables challenge slot to  allow for further key skills practice resulting in even better Castle mathematicians!!!

Our topic in science this half term is Plante. We will be learning about plant structures, growth and life cycles. When possible, our investigations will be linked to our topic work.

In RE, we will be studying 'Meaning, Purpose and Truth' this term, which will involve considering responses to suffering, hardship and death through our focus on Christianity and Buddhism.

What do we need to remember to bring to school?

Our PE days this term are Tuesday & Friday. Please make sure you bring your kit (T-shirt, shorts / jogging bottoms and  trainers). All long hair should be tied back and under no circumstances should jewellery be worn. 

Spellings and homework tasks will be given out every Friday. Homework is due in the following Thursday and spelling and times tables/maths skills tests will take place every Friday morning. This year we are trialling new reading/homework diaries that hopefully will help parents to support children with completing set tasks! Don't forget...part of your homework is to read every night at home...

Please remember to bring your reading book every day in order to read in class and to an adult if necessary. If you need to change your book, remember to put it next to the black book box and Mrs. Findler will make it happen!

Golden Afternoon activities on a Friday will now be a session after PE and will be led by Mr Evans. The children will stay together as a class for this activity.


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Castle Academy

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218

Contact the School

Castle Primary School

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent

Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218