Each day, we show our planners with our books. The teachers then look at what we have done, address any aspects of our learning that need to be improved or ‘sign off’ the activities we have completed on our planner. Any unfinished tasks are transferred to our new planner if still uncompleted.
Spellings: We are given new spellings every week on a Friday to learn by the following Friday. In the Middle Team we learn new spelling strategies, rules and patterns to help in our writing as well as words from the National Curriculum Year 3/4 list. As well as learning the spellings, we complete a challenge using the words or spelling pattern from that week. It is important that we use these words meaningfully in our everyday writing.
Reading: To support our reading at school, we need to read aloud to an adult at home most evenings, to practise expression and help our understanding of the text. Please comment in the pink reading record at least 3 times a week as you read to and with your child. It is very important to discuss vocabulary meanings and stories in depth at this stage in their reading so that comprehension grows.
We can take up to four books out of the school library at any one time and can change our books before or after school, or during reading sessions. Parents are welcome to change books with their child after school.
Maths Challenges: We need to practise number skills and facts to help us with our calculations in mathematics. We use number bonds to help us with addition and subtraction and we learn all of the times tables to secure our learning of multiplication and division facts. We can use ‘Times Table Rockstars’ and other websites and games to help us learn our times tables and we will be quizzed on our mental maths every week at school. Our aim is to build up strategies for quick recall of number facts. Parents can support their child’s maths learning by referring to the Calculation Policy on our website and our MT guide.
Projects: Every term the Middle Team are given a major home learning project based on the topic we are studying. We have the chance to explore the topic in our own way. It is expected that the work will be completed at home, with optional help from family members.
Specific details will be sent home each term with plenty of ideas and suggestions. Members of staff are always available for advice or support. To celebrate our home learning, we invite families and the other teams to share our completed projects with us.