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                                                                                                                        Autumn Term 2021

Welcome back!

I hope that you and your families had an enjoyable summer break! It has been really lovely to see the children come back with such positivity and a readiness to learn. They are already used to our classroom routines so we have been able to ‘hit the ground running’! I have included a link to our Autumn Term Topic web so that you can see the key areas of learning that we will be covering this term.

Here are a few reminders and some additional information that I hope you will find useful in supporting your child over the coming year:

English:

Reading regularly at home can make a huge difference to children’s confidence and progress. Please aim to read with your child (or, if they are a free reader, for them to read independently) for 15 minutes, five times a week. Please make sure that this is recorded in your child’s reading record, and that these are in school every day so that I can keep track of the range of books your child is reading and can offer support where necessary. Some of the children are writing in their own reading records, and including their responses to their current book. This is something I would like to actively encourage, to develop a sense of ownership of their growth as readers.

Please also support your child in learning their weekly spellings. These are sent out every Monday and we have an informal test every Friday. You will also find the Year 3/4 statutory spelling list on the class page.

 

Maths:

Knowing the times tables and being able to recall them rapidly (without having to work them out) underpins a great deal of the Maths curriculum and can impact progress significantly. The key curriculum objectives for each year group are as follows: 

Year 3

Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.  Recall and use all doubles to 10 and corresponding halves.

Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers.

Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.

Year 4

Recall and use multiplication and division facts for all times tables up to 12x12

In the Summer term, year 4 children will complete the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTC), which has been introduced by the Department for Education. This a formal test using an on-screen check (on a computer or a tablet), where the children will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock. The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and the children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. You may find the information regarding this test helpful:

https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-school-times-tables-tests-explained

To support both year groups in their times tables practise, we use https://ttrockstars.com/  in school. The children have personal logins and are used to signing in and using this website. Ideally, they should be practising at least 3 times a week. You may also find the following websites helpful:

https://www.timestables.co.uk 

Maths Games for KS2: designed by a teacher for teachers - Mathsframe

https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/. (Y4 This gives the children a set of 25 questions with a time limit of 6 seconds to answer each question)

 

PE

Our PE afternoon with District Sports continues to take place on a Wednesday. Please send your child to school in their PE kit and make sure that jewellery and earrings have been removed.

Homework expectations 

As outlined above, we expect the children to be reading at home 5 times a week and recording this in their reading record books, as well practising their weekly spellings and their times tables. Occasionally, if your child needs to consolidate a specific skill, I may send home short activities that you may like to complete with them. Should this be the case, I will aim to discuss this with you at home time, where possible.

 

Finally, thank you sincerely for your continued support in helping your child achieve their very best. Should you have any questions or concerns at any point during the year, or should you wish to let me know something pertaining to your child, please contact me at wdf.houndtor@stcmat.org

I am very much looking forward to another year with the wonderful Hound Tor class!

With kind regards,

 

 

Miss Donna Harris

 

Hound Tor Autumn Term Topic Web

Alternatively you can use the maths PowerPoint downloadable each day.

Autumn Term 2020
We’re looking forward to a busy term, please find the new term letter and topic web below:

Spring Term 2020

 

Welcome to the Spring Term! Here are the plans for this coming term, plus a homework grid and some other useful information.

Autumn Term 2019

Welcome to the Autumn Term. Please have a look below for the topic web for the term and homework plan.

Summer Term 2019

Welcome to the final term of the school year. Please have a look at the topic web for the term and the homework plan and let me know if you’d like anything adding.

Spring Term 2019

Pancake Day

Please read some of the Year 4 recounts of our Pancake Day races.

We’re looking forward to a busy term, starting with the unearthing of the time capsule on Friday 11th January. Please join us at 2pm and afterwards for a cup of tea!

Autumn Term 2018

Welcome to Hound Tor’s page.
I’ve put the homework topics and curriculum outline on here plus a letter explaining about PE, spellings and what happens on a Friday.
Our topic this term is ‘Rivers’ and we are going on our first walk on Thursday 20th September.
If you have any questions at all, please pop in and see me after school.

Spring Term 2018 

We’ve had another busy term including a fabulous day out in Exeter. Despite the weather, we managed to walk around the Roman City Walls and found out more about Exeter Cathedral.

Autumn Term 2017 

We’ve had a very busy start to the new school year, from finding out about Snaily House when we went on our walk around Bellever, to searching out the Bronze Age settlements near our school. We’ve packed a lot in and here are a few pictures for you to enjoy:

Year 3 have also had the chance to try out some new skills in Tavistock at their multi-skills event.

Spring Term

 

The term ended with a very enjoyable Easter Service at St. Mary’s. Well done to all the children who took part. The singing was beautiful and Hound Tor did a fabulous job of re-telling the Easter story. It was clear that the children had put in a lot of hard work to learn their lines and speak slowly and clearly, and the audience appreciated the huge effort they made.

We’ve had two cricket coaching sessions from Alex and we look forward to continuing that in the summer term. Our batting and fielding skills have definitely improved.

 

Hound Tor Paignton Zoo Trip
We had a fabulous day out on Tuesday 8th March when we joined Mr Parkin’s class from Meavy and spent the day at Paignton Zoo. There was so much to see and do, we had no difficulty filling the five hours we were there.

The drizzle and grey skies failed to dampen our enthusiasm and we have such fantastic memories of the day, whether we were jumping out of our skin when the saltwater crocodile lunged at us, gazing up at the roaring lion or being entertained by the delightful orangutan mother and baby.

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Joy, Respect, Wisdom, Love, Hope

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Every child matters to God and every child matters to us

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