Welcome to Year 3 and to 3F!
Spring Term 1 2019
I hope you all had a fantastic break and are ready for the spring term.
We have had lots of ‘Handwriters of the Week’ and 3F ‘Star Pupils’ in the autumn term – there are many more to come so keep up the good work.
During the spring term we will be doing: Science – Forces and Magnets, Art – printing, Geography – Rivers and the Water Cycle, DT – Levers and Linkages, Computing – coding and Emails, RE – Buddhism and Christianity (Easter) ’, PE –Real PE (Cognitive Skills with a physical focus on Dynamic Balance) and Tag Rugby and MFL: animals, colours, likes and dislikes.
This term we are starting our learning and understanding of Ancient Civilisations with a focus on the Ancient Egyptians. Our core text in English will be The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. We will be looking at forces and magnets in Science. In Geography, we will be studying rivers, finding out about how they are formed and the water cycle. In D&T, we will be focusing on levers and linkages.
During the term, we will be looking at both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as spending some time studying poetry. Our text level work will focus on different writing genres as well as sentence level work linked to our National Curriculum objectives.
As usual, the children will be provided with the writing equipment that they need in school and we will give them their own pencil case to keep their equipment safe. We ask that children do not bring in their own pencil cases. However, if there are specific pens that your child uses (eg as a left handed writer) please come and speak to us, although this will be agreed in special circumstances only and where there is an identified need.
Your child will be provided with a school reading book which is banded according to their assessed level. It is important that they read this book at home because it allows us to carefully track their progress through carefully banded levels. However, we also encourage children to read other books/materials for their enjoyment and to further develop their skills and experiences of reading a wide range of books.
We expect everyone to read from their school reading book regularly- a minimum of three times per week. Any reading carried out at home, must be signed by an adult. Children are expected to record the amount of times they have read every Friday on our class Reading Chart. Each week the children get the opportunity to win a prize for their reading efforts during our ‘Reading Raffle’. Thank you for your support with this.
In order to develop your child’s understanding of their reading, it is advised that children are asked questions about their book. In the back of their planners (p129) is a list of questions that you can ask your child when they have finished a book. If you require any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Maths is taught in sets across Year 3 and homework is set by your child’s maths teacher. This term, we will be covering certain aspects of place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. If you would like a copy of the National Curriculum coverage for the year in maths, please ask your child’s class teacher. This document outlines all the objectives we aim to cover across the year and is helpful when supporting your child at home.
In Y3, we will continue the regular focus on the four operations (+, -, ÷ and x) during our ‘4 a Day’ morning maths activities that the children complete when they enter class. Our reasoning and problem solving skills will be continually reinforced too through our ‘Maths in Minutes’ daily activities. It is expected that children complete these activities and bring them into school the next day. Thank you for your continued support with this – it is having a very positive impact on the children’s ability to apply their mathematical skills in problem solving and reasoning contexts. Please ensure that your child continues to regularly practise their times tables – they are vitally important for fluency in all areas of mathematics.
We will spend time with the children, at the end of each week, reflecting on what they have achieved and setting a new target for the following week. Planners are to be signed weekly by parents or carers and should be taken home and returned to school each day. If you wish to send a message, please put this in the planner and ask your child to let the class teacher know.
Homework is set on a weekly basis and will usually alternate between English and Maths. Sometimes it will be from another subject area and linked to our topic theme. It will be set on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday. Spellings and spelling homework will also be sent out and we expect children to write a sentence for each spelling so that we can ensure that they understand how to use the particular word that they are learning to spell; these will be tested on Fridays. Children will be given detailed verbal and written instructions which will allow you to assist them where required. Homework will also be noted in the planner.
P.E. will take place twice a week and although the class is allocated specific slots, changes do occur. For this reason, children should bring full correct indoor and outdoor kit (labelled) into school on Monday and leave it in school until Friday when they can take it home if necessary. P.E. is part of the National Curriculum and children should take part. However, if a child is unable to take part, they must bring in a signed letter from home.
Adult helpers are always welcome. If you would like to assist our class on a regular basis, especially if you would like to listen to children read as one of our Better Reading Partners, please let me know.
If at anytime you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Miss. S Forrester