We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas break and although things are still a little different, we’ve had a great start to the new school year. We are looking forward to a wonderful term, which promises to be exciting and eventful. We have a very busy term planned for the year 3 children and hopefully they can continue to embrace the challenges of the juniors.
Our topic for this half term is ‘Twisted Tales!’ It is a wonderful topic which explores a range of traditional tales, myths, legends and fables. Our Literacy tree books for this half term are ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ and ‘Cinderella and of Nile’. Our Geography unit will focus on The UK and continue to develop the children’s geographical knowledge of countries and cities across the UK.
Our science unit this half term is Plants. Children will learn to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants, explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and investigate the way in which water is transported within plant.
After the February half term our topic is ‘Stone age man rocks!’ It is a fantastic topic which delves into the history of the stone age to the iron age and allows children to develop an understanding of the beginning of human history. We will be engaging in a wide range of stone age related test, including: ‘The First Drawing’, ‘Stone Age boy’ and one of my absolute favourites ‘Stig of the Dump’.
Our science unit will be Rocks and Soils. Children will learn to identify the three main rock types, compare and group rocks and explain how fossils are formed.
Every child will have access to ‘Reading Eggs’ which is an online reading program that has been used across school in order to improve children’s reading skills, vocabulary and comprehension. Children will be assigned tasks on reading eggs as homework and are expected to complete in the time frame, they are given. Please support your child as much as possible at home to access this wonderful resource. If there is an issue at home accessing the internet please let us know so we can send home a reading book and record so your child is not missing out.
Homework will be put on class dojo every week, alternative weeks for English and Maths. A photograph of the completed work will need to be uploaded onto classdojo. Homework is an important part of your child’s education and it would be much appreciated if you could fully support school with this.
Spellings will be placed onto classdojo every Friday and need to be learnt for our spelling test the following Friday. Anyone who cannot access classdojo will be given a paper copy that does not need to be returned to school.
Our PE sessions will be every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Children can wear their full PE kit (white and blue Sylvester t-shirt, shorts/joggers and black pumps/trainers) for school on these days.
We will also have the times table club to ensure children are practising and applying their multiplication knowledge. Children will have 5 minutes to answer 30 questions for their 2, 5 and 10 timetables. As the children pass each club they will progress onto the next.
If you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to contact me via classdojo or telephone school. Obviously during the school day, it is very difficult to respond to queries, but between 3.30pm-5.30pm I will try my best.
The children have really settled well into the juniors and are all making good progress. We hope they continue to try their best as the year progresses and grow as learners and individuals.