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Snowy Owls (Year 3/4)


14th January 2019

Dear Parents,

Year 3 / 4 Snowy Owls

Welcome back! It’s so lovely to be teaching the delightful ‘Snowy Owls’. The details of the topic can be found on the curriculum area of the website and is called ‘Crowns and Castles’.



The main focus of the topic is the Tudor period of history and children will place the Tudors on the timeline. They will explore the family tree of the Tudors and find out all about the lives of the different Tudor people including the rich and the poor families. The impact of Shakespeare will be a big part of this topic.


Most writing and guided reading this term will be based on the story of ‘The Boy and the Globe’ by Tony Bradman. This is a story about a young boy in Tudor times and the relationship he develops with William Shakespeare. The children will therefore learn about Shakespeare and his impact on literature today. There will be a continued focus on correctly joined neat handwriting, punctuation and the development of greater complexities in the children’s writing.


Speaking and Listening Children will continue you to participate more widely in discussions and express their ideas coherently. Children are welcome to bring things into school to talk about so long as it is related to the topic or something we have been learning about.


Topics covered this term include

  • Application of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • The ‘standard’ method for division.
  • Properties of 3D shapes
  • Co-ordinates (related to maps)
  • Symmetry

Please see your child’s homework for the week’s main learning intentions with suggestions for ways you can support your child in their learning.



Sound and its links to music- recorders, violins, guitars

Experiments with sound

Making cup telephones



What did the Tudors know of the world at that time? Tudor sailors and their travels.

Investigate Tudor buildings and the characteristics of these.


Design and Technology

Children will make either a Tudor House or a Tudor Crown and will apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.



Children will explore why Tudors had portraits painted and recreate a portrait. They will also discover what coats of arms are and why they were used before designing  and creating their own family coat of arms. They will also create a Tudor Rose out of clay.



Children will continue with recorders if they choose. The recorder was a key instrument in Tudor times so we will find opportunity for performance. Children will all learn familiar songs from Tudor times and sing in ‘rounds’.



Children will use Espresso Coding or Purple Mash to undertake coding activities.


PE & Games
Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school including suitable outdoor trainers every day. Long hair should be tied up and earrings should not be worn. The focus this term will be on Tudor dance.



This is taught by Mrs Harris on a Friday and the theme this term is ‘Goals’


Circle of Spellings

The children take home 15 words each week to learn which includes 5 from the week’s spelling rule (e.g. adding ed or ing,) 5 common exception (tricky) words and 5 topic words either from their own spelling errors or chosen from a word bank. The children write these words inside a circle at school (hence the name) but they copy them into their Reading Records to take home each week. Some children find the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ method most helpful for learning spellings but I am happy to see creative writing such as a short story, poem or even rainbow writing as practise. Spellings must be in best handwriting (not rushed) to encourage a good muscle memory of the words. House points awarded for at least 10/15 words spelled correctly each week.

Please listen to your child read at least 5 times per week. This should be during a quiet time at home where ‘book talk’ can take place. Please sign your child’s reading record each time they read so that they can be allowed to change their book. House points awarded for regular reading evidence in reading records!

Suggested maths activities will be sent home each week which include a Learning Intention, quick assessment of where your child is, a main activity and opportunities to extend to greater depth learning if they are ready. Sometimes this will be a replica of one of the lessons they have had during the week and therefore an opportunity for recapping, over-learning and securing a maths concept. It is designed for you to do as much as you feel necessary to comfortably support your child. Some children will spend 15 minutes on the main activity and this will be enough to consolidate their learning. Others will move on quickly and feel enthusiastic to extend their learning. Please write a short comment to let me know what your child managed. If homework has not been signed by a parent, they will be expected to complete it in school. Challenge: House points awarded for a term of complete homework handed in on-time!

I will encourage children to use the DoodleMaths app at home to support their learning in Maths as well as confidence in IT. Just 10 minutes a day is enough to help your child make additional progress.

Finally, please do make sure your child empties their book bag each day after school and gives you any letters so that you stay well informed of what’s going on in school.

Please do not hesitate to come for a chat if you have any questions.


Kindest regards,

Nicola Winchester