What to expect in Beech Class (Year 3&4)
At Badgemore, Our Beech Class is a mixed year 3 and 4 class
- Miss Rayner
Increasing Independence and Empathy
Welcome to Beech Class: the start of a fun two years for our pupils. At Badgemore, our year 3 and 4 class is mixed for most lessons.
These are the years in which teachers nurture and encourage the feelings of independent thinking, learning and decision making.
What will my child do in Year 3 and 4?
Increase focus on spelling
In English, our pupils will continue to work on the spelling patterns they have begun in previous years, but this year there is less of a focus on phonics and more emphasis on understanding and learning the spelling rules, as well as attention to prefixes and suffixes.
There are statutory spelling lists for Year 3 and 4 with teachers adding additional topic-linked words or words they feel their class needs to practise.
Spelling word list for Years 3 and 4
How many of these 100 words can you spell?
Develop writing skills
In writing, our pupils focus on creativity and writing styles; looking at settings, language style, and character within their writing. Our pupils will also study different genres of writing such as poetry and play scripts.
Maths in Year 3 has more of a times tables focus. Quick recall of the required 3, 4, 8, and 50 times-tables (as well as the 2, 5, and 10 times-tables they’ve already learned in Year 1 and 2) is important as they form the foundation for a large majority of the work the pupils will cover within the year.
Our pupils begin to use column addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers this year, as well as learning about multiplication and division, and using — and applying — their times tables knowledge. They will also cover fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions, angles, parallel and perpendicular lines, area, perimeter, and shape.
The national curriculum ‘mastery’ style of teaching concentrates on breadth of knowledge, and children will be encouraged to use their understanding of the new concepts to solve challenges to deepen their understanding.
In maths and English in Year 4, the teachers will be aiming to ensure that our pupils know and understands particular key skills. Apostrophes, commas, times tables, and key spellings are just some of the things children in Year 4 are expected to use accurately
Science is engaging and fun. Our pupils will learn about life processes, rocks, light, forces and magnets, and animals (including humans). How to work scientifically and write up their investigations in a more formal way — using predictions, methods, results and conclusions — is also a key part of this year’s science curriculum.
How can I help my child in Beech Class?
As a parent or guardian there are many ways to help your child through their Year 3 and 4 years at Badgemore. Please see below our guidance over a range of topics.
Year 3 and 4 can be a fun and rewarding year. Children develop and mature at this stage, becoming increasingly independent and more empathetic towards others. Enjoy watching your child grow and have a great two years!
Practise weekly spellings
You can support your child at home by helping them to learn their all-important weekly spellings — these are usually tested once a week.
Reading is key this year and there are plenty of ways you can help. It is still important to listen to your child read regularly. Ask questions about what they’re reading. This will encourage your child to think deeply about their reading, whether they’re reading aloud or independently.
Reading to your child is still important at this age too. Listening to your intonation helps children with their own expression, and also enhances their writing. A fun way to encourage expression is to use silly voices – and even to make the occasional deliberate mistake. Allowing your child to correct you helps them to see why certain punctuation changes the way we read aloud.
You can extend this to their own writing: encourage them to read their writing back to themselves and make punctuation choices based on their expression.
Give your child access to as many different styles of writing as you can. This will assist with their reading fluency and expand their vocabulary and knowledge.
If you have concerns about your child’s reading or writing then talk to the class teacher. It is at this age when difficulties such as dyslexia are more likely to be diagnosed. Keeping an open dialogue about your child and any concern you have is hugely important.
In maths, you can support your child at home by practising the relevant times-tables (3, 4, and 8 times-tables – as well as the 2, 5, and 10 times-tables from Year 1 and 2) regularly. This can be done in many ways and different children respond to different styles.