Marcham Primary School | Morland Road | Marcham | Abingdon | OX13 6PY
01865 391448

Welcome to Kangaroos

Kangaroos Newsletter Autumn Term 2017

Class teachers
Mrs Katherine Johnson (Monday & Tuesday)
Mrs Julia Davis (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Teaching Assistant
Miss Amy Metcalf

We hope you had a good half term break and enjoyed some time in the Autumn sunshine.

We are continuing our topic on dinosaurs and fossils this half-term and have a visit to the Natural History Museum in Oxford to look forward to.  Through this topic we will be considering what fossils are and how they have been formed over millions of years. The children will study the location of dinosaur fossils both in the UK and wider world. They will learn about the scientific work of Palaeologists and study in-depth the life of Victorian fossil hunter and Palaeologist, Mary Anning.  In literacy, we will be developing story writing skills, writing instructions and explanations, and studying poetry alongside the necessary elements of grammar, spelling and handwriting. Maths will continue with work on multiplication and division and an additional unit on shape.. We will also be developing the children’s problem solving and reasoning skills. This term’s Science is about Matter and Changing State where the children will learn about liquid, solids and gases and reversible and irreversible changes. In DT we are looking at pneumatic systems and will be designing and making a moving dinosaur. P.E will usually be on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, both inside and outside. Please make sure P.E kit, including trainers, is in school every day as we do have extra sessions and that children have warm clothing for outdoor sessions. If your child is unable to participate in P.E lessons, please send in a note.

Homework will be set every Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday. Homework will be set in maths, literacy or topic and will be an extension of the work in class. It will be in the form of worksheets, games or a project. Twice a term, (6 times a year) homework will in the form of a ‘Learning Log’ where children will be given an area to research, usually linked to work in class and they can present it in any way they wish over a double A4 spread. Children should spend between 20 to 30 minutes on their homework. Homework will always be explained in class. Please let us know if your child has no access to a laptop, or if you are experiencing problems with the internet and we will make alternative provision for you if the homework requires internet access. Spellings will be given out on Wednesday and the children will complete a dictation activity a week later. Reading is an important part of your child’s learning. Each child needs to read at home to an adult at least 4 times a week for about 15-20 mins. Please sign the reading record book each time your child has read and encourage your child to record their own reading.

Instant recall of times tables becomes more important as your child moves though the school. We aim, at the end of Year 4, for children to know all tables up to 12×12. So throughout year 3 and year 4, children will be given specific tables to work on and will be checked in class. Please support your child by revising their multiplication tables at home.

Following the highly successful residential visit to Youlbury by the Y3 and Y4 last year, we are planning another visit this year in May. We will give you more details of this later this term.

Year 3 children are enjoying their music lessons with Mr Levy and the year Y4s are learning to play the recorder.

If you have more specific questions please do not hesitate to catch us after school, email or telephone the school office and we will endeavour to see you as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to working alongside both you and your child. Thank you for all of your support.

Katherine Johnson & Julia Davis