Doves is a mixed year 3 and year 4 class taught by Mr Honman and Mrs Mayhew.  Take a look at what Doves have been getting up to recently:

What will we be learning in Doves this half term?

In English, we will be reading ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ by Shirley Climo. We will revisit what makes a compound sentence before writing a detailed character description of Rhodopis – the lead character in the story. We will then move onto adverbs, adverbials and fronted adverbials.

In Maths, both year groups will on multiplication and division units. Year 3 will be working on their 3, 4 and 8 multiplication and division facts and Year 4 will be working on all multiplication and division facts up to x12. Please continue to use Numbots and Timestable Rockstars regularly at home to sharpen their multiplication skills.

In History, children will be learning all about the fascinating lives and culture of the Ancient Egyptians. They will be investigating the social structure of ancient Egyptian societies, the role and responsibilities of the pharaohs and they will discover what the pyramids were built for and explore what tomb paintings can tell us about life in ancient Egypt.

In Science, the children will cover the ‘Light’ strand of the Year 3 Science curriculum all through the context of ancient Egypt! They will explore dark tombs and consider why nothing can be seen without light, use mirrors to help soldiers guarding a pyramid to see around corners, compare ancient Egyptian beliefs in the sun god Ra to modern explanations of the Sun and find out how obelisks were used to tell the time!

During our DT lessons, we will be learning about Egyptian produce and comparing this to the types of foos grown in the UK. We will also be finding out about some of the traditional cuisine eaten in Egypt.

In Music lessons, the children will be putting their performance skills to good use as they rehearse traditional carols and Christmas songs ready for our Christmas Performance at the end of term.

In RSE, we will be learning about safe relationships – responding to hurtful behaviour, managing confidentiality and recognising risks online.

In RE lesson, we will start the half term finding out about the different religious festivals of light. We will explore Diwali, Advents and touch upon the symbolism of light in other world religions. The children will then learn more about Incarnation in the Bible.

In Computing, the children will be learning about keeping themselves safe online. This will involve them being introduced to the terms ‘digital footprint’, ‘spam’ and ‘plagiarism’.

For PE, the children will be thinking about how to use movement to explore and communicate ideas and issues, and their own feelings and thoughts. We will be visiting the community centre every Tuesday afternoon – remember to come to school in your PE kits!

In French, we will be learning how to count to 20 and talking about our favourite games.

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