Oke Tor - Year Three and Four

Oke Tor is our Year Three and Four class and is taught by Mr Payton.
We are ever so lucky to have Miss Prynne, Mrs Lane and Mrs Broadbridge supporting us with our learning.
A warm welcome to all. Please frequently check our class page to see what learning is taking place in Oke Tor. 
In Oke Tor, we aim to make our learning as enjoyable as possible, whilst providing the necessary challenge to ensure all children progress. We set really high expectations of all children and provide them with the platform to become successful lifelong learners through our learning dispositions.
If you need to speak to me with regards to your child's learning, please contact me via Dojo or contact the office to arrange a time after school to speak to me. I am not able to check Dojo messages during teaching time, so will not always respond to messages straight away.
Please see below for details of what we are learning this year.
Our current focus for English is narrative writing, with the final objective being to write our own narratives of our text.
So far, the children have gained an understanding of the text and identified the structure and the emotions of the text. We will be identifying the specific grammar that could be included within the text and how these impact the reader.
Guided reading
Our guided reading focuses around the inference map shown below. Throughout the year, we will use a wide range of texts and genres. This will allow the children to gain a deeper understanding of the different styles of text and identify similarities and differences.
As well as our daily Read Write Inc. spelling scheme, we are also thinking about the statutory spellings for Years 3 and 4. The children need to be able to spell these within their writing. Can you please support your children with their spellings at home by encouraging them to practise their spellings and by quizzing them regularly. Thank you.
We have adopted a mastery approach in our Maths learning. This approach allows the children the opportunity to master different methods, which they apply to their reasoning and problem solving activities, as well as across the curriculum. The children use concrete resources to aid their learning, before moving on to pictorial and abstract methods.
Our current area of learning in Maths is Place Value. 
It is vital that all children have a secure knowledge of their times tables to aid their learning across other areas of the curriculum.
Physical Education
Our scheduled PE days are Wednesday and Friday. It's essential that your child comes to school in their PE kits on these days. Our current focuses for PE are football and handball. This will develop our learning of skills to succeed in a range of invasion games and tactics.
We are extremely lucky to have the opportunities to attend a variety of clubs throughout the week.
Theme learning
In Oke Tor, we take real pride in our History and Geography Theme Learning. 
Our current theme is Geography based and is all about our counties and cities.
We will be broadening our geographic knowledge and identifying where we are in the country and looking at similarities and differences between geographical locations of the UK. 
We are getting our scientific heads on every week through our current theme of 'States of Matter' and Explorify sessions. 
Please find all of our knowledge organisers and word mats below.
Knowledge Organisers
Home Learning
As well as learning in school, it is essential that children also participate in home learning too. The expectation is that all children read regularly by themselves and with an adult. The focus is on both decoding words and comprehension.
Children are also expected to access Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed, with specific tasks set by the class teacher. This should be a minimum of five games on Spelling Shed and 10 games on TTRS, with three games being on the Studio platform. We are currently embedding our KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) home learning. This is best practised little and often to support them with learning and remembering more. Please find this half term's knowledge organisers and KIRFs below.