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Welcome to Yellow Class


Thank you for al your fantastic support during last terms learning. The Second World War topic delivered many exciting opportunities for the children and you have contributed to this learning through the loan of lots of wonderful artefacts and books.



This term we begin an exciting new topic! 'The Active Planet'. The children will use the topic 'The Active Planet - Volcanoes and Earthquakes' to write persuasive texts and debate issues, they will also produce posters and leaflets. ICT will link to the active planet theme for this term with the children using the internet to research topic based activities, conduct questionnaires and construct pie charts. Role play will provide opportunities for writing and independent research. Science will also link to our topic work and focus on rocks and soils and separating mixtures and materials. Maths will link through using and applying investigative sessions.

If the children have any books or artefacts that they would like to bring in then this would be very much appreciated. I have created an area that can be used as a Geology Science lab and I have started to stock it with various rocks and other minerals, any contributions would be most welcome.

Home Learning

The children will be expected to do their homework each week. This will consist of maths, a spelling test and a piece of written work based on their reading book to help with comprehension skills.


They will also need to be responsible for regularly changing their own reading book each week and quizzing once they have completed a book. We still expect our parents and carers to be listening to their child read regularly. I will be arranging for parent readers to come into school and listen to the children read each week. I will hear your child read during teacher led guided reading sessions. A reading diary will be sent home each day which needs to be signed every time your child reads. Please can you make sure that your child’s reading book and reading diary is in their book bag ready for school the next day. Five house points will be awarded each day when a parent’s signature is present with a date of when you have heard your child read. 

On a Monday, the children will be given a reading comprehension task to write into their book. They will need to answer this question using their current reading book. The question will be set on a Monday and work will need to be handed in on a Friday morning. Homework will begin on Monday, Week 2 of the autumn term.


For Maths the children will be working through Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic books. The teachers in KS2 will be marking all the books with the children on a Thursday morning so that we can address any misconceptions that may have arisen. This will be a 15 – 20 minute session and the children will then be set the next test ready for the following Thursday.


Year 3 children will be having their spelling test on a Tuesday and Year 4 will have their test on a Wednesday. New spellings will be sent home in their Spelling Book. The children should use the Read Cover Write method to help them learn their spellings. They will need to bring their spelling book back to school on the day of their test so we can stick in the new spellings for the following week.



All the children must have a complete P.E. Kit. As a reminder the kit is as follows:


Red Shorts, white polo shirt, ankle socks (if wearing tights), pumps for indoors and trainers for outdoors.


Red Shorts, white polo shirt, pumps for indoors and trainers for outdoors.



All children in both years 3 and 4 will start the year writing in pencil. When I am happy that their handwriting is meeting a consistently high standard and they are joining letters I will award pen licences. Reading books need to come to school in the children’s book bags.

I am more than happy to talk through any concerns or queries that you might have about your child, for both years 3 and 4, so please do not hesitate to come and talk to me. If you wish to book appointments for after school then Mondays and Thursdays are the best days. I am also available every morning from 8.30am – 8.50am.

For this half term I would like the children to produce a piece of homework on our 'Active Planet' topic. reading Journal work will continue during this time; I will still be setting weekly spellings and maths and signing reading diaries.

The children will need to pick an active earth event that they would like to research further and then present to the class. They may wish to choose from the following list:


Volcanic Eruptions







The children can present their work in any way they wish (Powerpoint, posters, models, film) but they must include the following headings in their studies.

  • an introduction to their active earth event
  • an example/s of the event with human and environmental impacts

E.g Nepal Earthquake 2015

A 7.8-magnitude quake struck Nepal on Saturday April 25 2015, flattening large parts of the capital Kathmandu and causing devastation across the improverished Himalayan nation.

Human Impact:

6,204 people are known to have died in Naepal alone

More than 14,000 have been injured across the country.

18 climbers died at Mount Everest base camp when the quake sparked an avalanche.

75 people were killed in India.

The United Nations estimates that 8 million people have been affected.

Environmental Impact:

In Nepal this included Surface faults (cracks) major landslides, avalanches and flooding.

  • maps and charts to show where in the world this event took place
  • advice on how you should prepare for or survive the event
  • a conclusion

The internet is a great place for the children to research their chosen event but please make sure that they are supervised at all times as the nature of this research can sometimes uncover unpleasant images of the after-effects. We also have many books at school which the children are more than welcome to use.

The homework will need to be in school for the final week before half term, Monday 12th February 2018.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Best Wishes

Mr Wild



We are delighted that our daughter has settled so well into school life. She is thoroughly enjoying both the social and academic aspects of her time at Dunnington. We are thrilled with the care and support she has received. - Reception Parent