Spotlight on: Year 3 & Year 4
Our Year 3 and Year 4 teachers on their year group's activities this term
Year 3 – Mrs Fiona McWilliam
It hardly seems possible that we are now completing week five of the Autumn Term. Just a few months ago the girls were enjoying the delights of the Pre-prep Coach House and now they are thriving in Acton House. I have been so impressed by the way the Year 3 girls have seamlessly transitioned through the school and I am delighted with the progress that everyone is making. The girls have a settled routine and appear at home right next door to Mr O’Reilly, who frequently pops in, and is equally delighted with all that is going on.
We have recently celebrated National Poetry Day and there has been a certain buzz about the girls writing their own poems; some rhyming, others descriptive, some frank, and all original! Girija’s poem, named ‘Our Head’, is now displayed above Mr O’Reilly’s desk and everyone has a poem, which they have typed up, now on display - please come and see them!
Mr Andrew Severy, Computer Science co-ordinator, continues to inspire and teach the girls computer skills and coding, and we now use the iPads more regularly. Everyone is becoming more independent and confident over the tasks set.
Our school day is incredibly busy with excitement and learning, and everyone has a favourite lesson or time of day Amongst other things, some of the girls have highlighted netball and the thrill of playing ‘team games’. I am delighted with the enthusiasm for sport and look forward to a very successful season!
Year 4 – Mr Daniel Taylor and Miss Elise Hickey
During the first part of the Autumn Term Year 4 pupils have been reading Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and linking elements of the book to other subjects, such as STEM, Art and our topic work – on the origins of chocolate.
Year 4 pupils have been using the Abacus scheme in Mathematics lessons; a valuable tool to support the teaching of the subject. Abacus houses many different resources we use daily to teach mathematical concepts, and it is packed with fun games and activities that help reinforce what Year 4 is learning.