Class 3 is a mixed Year 3/4 class. Children work in ability groups for Literacy and Numeracy, which enables children to access appropriate, challenging and differentiated work. The children learn in mixed ability groups for topic work to allow them to work with everyone in the class.
Throughout each lesson there is a wide range of learning styles used to ensure each learner is engaged, enthused and motivated. Practical, hands on activities are used as much as possible, as well as a mixture of individual work, group work and partner work. Year 3/4 regularly use self and peer assessment to address what they have done really well in their work and their next learning steps. This supports them in becoming independent learners.
Throughout numeracy, problem solving is taught through using real life situations to enable the children to become confident in using and applying their skills. Our Year 3/4 classroom has a very welcoming reading corner, an author of the term display, a class reading book and weekly guided reading sessions, which all add to the children’s enjoyment of reading. The children are encouraged to have their favourite authors and genres but are also encouraged to read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. In our Literacy sessions we love using drama and hot-seating to stimulate the children’s imagination. We have two whole school programmes called Phonics and CLIC (Count its, Learn it’s, It’s nothing new, Calculation) where all individuals work at their own individual next steps of learning.This enables each child to be challenged at the appropriate level.
In the summer term Year 3/4 go on an exciting residential trip to Robin Woods in Alston. This is a superb activity centre, ran by extremely well-trained staff that lead the children through a variety of activities, such as caving, canoeing, wall climbing etc. The children gain a great deal of confidence from this and a great sense of achievement. The objectives of the trip are to build up team work skills, problem solving skills, communication and raise self-esteem. Year 3/4 and the staff look forward to going each year!
Overall in Year 3/4 we aim for each child to achieve their best, to welcome a challenge and to understand that it is ok to get things ‘wrong’, as they can learn from their mistakes. Year 4 children leave Swarland First School as confident, polite, enagaged learners ready for Middle School.