WELCOME FIR, PINE AND CHESTNUT CLASS!
A huge warm welcome to the start of a new term.
This term, the children will continue to have a soft start. The doors will be open from 8:40 every morning until 8:55 am. Each day children should bring with them a ruck-sack or bag, a water bottle (which can be re-filled from the water dispenser in school) and if possible, some fruit as a mid-morning snack, and their packed lunch if they are not opting to have a school dinner. Please ensure that your child wears correct school uniform, which can be found under policies on this website.
Children need to have their P.E. kit in school on a Monday morning and they can take it home on Friday for washing. The P.E. kit consists of: a pair of navy shorts, a white polo T-shirt, plimsolls and navy track-suit for cold weather. Trainers may be worn for outdoor games. Please ensure that all items belonging to your child fit them and are labelled with their name.
Children should be reading their books every day at home. Reading records must be signed every night and brought to school the next day to be checked. The children can change their book in school when they are finished and are not expected to read whole chapter books in one day. Children who have not read for a minimum of three times a week at home will need to join a Friday reading club during lunchtime play. Whilst your child is reading, ask them questions about the text, such as asking them to tell you what they are reading about.
Homework is set on Friday and is to be returned on the following Tuesday. Each child has access to Google Classroom where weekly homework for English and Maths will be set. Homework is linked to work being studied in lessons and is explained to the class before going home. Children are expected to complete their homework to a high standard and submitting by the deadline on Tuesday. Homework that has not been submitted or is incomplete will be done during lunchtime. Additionally, weekly spelling words (set on Mondays) and times tables should be practised every day for a test on Friday.
Year 3 is an exciting year for your child. They will continue to grow their learning independence and build upon existing knowledge.
In English, we use a scheme called the Power of Reading. We study books in depth and the children develop fundamental comprehension skills that will benefit them in the future. This half term we will be reading The Promise by Nicola Davis and Laura Carlin and Leon and the Place Between by Andrew MacAllister. Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be integrated into our English lessons.
Our Maths curriculum covers all areas of maths, including number and place value, operations, fractions, measurement (including time), statistics and geometry. Our focus this half term will be on place value, addition and subtraction. The maths lessons consist of short, speedy activities that cover a range of topics, including Fluent in 5 (a short 5 minute arithmetic activity), Big Maths (a speedy times table test in 90 seconds) and various starters related to previously taught objectives.
This half term, for our Foundation Subjects, your child will study:
In this topic, children will work as ‘Rock Detectives’ establishing core knowledge and understanding of rocks, their relationship to soils and how fossils have formed over time. In learning about rocks children will identify and name rocks, describing and comparing their observable properties and sorting them using a key. They will identify ways in which rocks are used in the local environment and suggest why the properties of certain rocks make them suitable for particular purposes. They will consider how rocks are affected by weathering over time and work scientifically to carry out tests to establish the hardness and permeability of different kinds of rocks.
Stone Age - Iron Age Britain
Exploring the Stone Age through to the Iron Age is an exciting period of history for children to learn. They will discover when the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age begins and ends, the differences between the three eras, how the hunter-gatherer societies were different to the early farming societies and changes in civilisation due to technological development.
Settlements in the UK
Christianity and Islam: Key Religious Leaders
This unit is about stories of key religious leaders; some key Christian and Muslim beliefs and practices.
Children will observe and draw leaves, shells, fossils, Stonehenge and their own self portraits, focusing on textures, patterns, finer details and perspective. They will complete a colour wheel, focusing on secondary colours and brush technique/discipline.
Design and Technology
Moving Monsters (Control, Mechanisms and Pneumatics)
Children develop their understanding of control through investigating simple pneumatic systems that use air to make them work. They design, make and evaluate a model of a monster that has moving parts controlled by pneumatics (plastic syringe, tube and balloon).
Let your Spirit Fly
Children will learn to listen, appraise and sing along to this R&B song for children.
Basic pronunciation in the first steps to developing a French accent.
I’m Learning French
Basic greetings, classroom instructions and sentence structures.
This half term our focuses are ball skills and netball.
A positive partnership between home and school is vital in helping your child achieve to the best of their ability. If you have any questions, please contact your class teacher or the Year Lead by calling the school office or emailing: email@example.com
We are looking forward to finishing the year as great as we started.
Thank you for your support with your child’s learning.
Mrs Le Tissier (Year Lead) & Mrs Kelly (Fir Class)
Miss Lusted & Miss Hussein (Pine Class)
Miss Muhumed, Ms. Judd (Chestnut Class).