Hello everyone and welcome to Class 3!
We are sure you all had a fantastic half term break and are looking forward to continuing learning in Class 3! Myself, Mrs Cole and Mr Riley cannot wait to see all your smiling faces when you return to school! We also welcome back Miss Artuner, who was with us two days a week last half term. In the lead up to Christmas, she will be with us every day, teaching you some fantastic lessons alongside me!
Our new topic
I am so excited about our next topic! This half term we are learning all about the Rainforests. Over the next 8 weeks we will learn all about where rainforests are in the world, what a rainforest actually is and why we have rainforests. We will also learn about what animals life in the rainforest and what the weather and climate is like there. We will all become nature artists, capturing scenes from the rainforest using sketching techniques and collage!
In addition to all of these fun activities in school, you will get to visit a real safari park, called Knowsley Safari Park, where we will get to see lots of animals and learn even more about rainforests from wildlife experts.
In English, we will be learning all about some very funny poetry all about school. We will also be looking at stories from other cultures, including the story of Lila and the Secret of Rain. Lastly, we will use all the knowledge we have built in our topic to write an informative text on rainforests, to help teach others lots of interesting facts.
Our Maths focus this half term is addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also continue using Doodle Maths and TT Rockstars to help us improve.
Every two weeks, you will complete a Mental Arithmetic quiz, using a number of skills to answer the questions. Just like last half term, you will receive a sticker if you score full marks, or improve on your previous quiz score.
We will be continuing using a whole class teaching approach to Guided Reading, and everyone will be reading 'Charlotte's Web' together. Through this we will read out loud, answer questions and work in our Guided Reading books to use retrieval and inference skills.
We also expect everyone to be reading at home most nights, whether this is independently or with an adult. Please can you ensure that your reading records are signed when you read and returned to school in order to be checked. These are checked daily so you can read as many books as possible. The minimum expected is 3 times per week, but praise and prizes are given out if you read 5 or more times a week.
In Science this half term, our focus will be on light. We will look at what use light has for us, how light works, different sources of light and what shadows and reflections are.
Our P.E. lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon. From the second week back, Year 3s will be taking part in swimming lessons at Marl Pits. This will be for 6 weeks over this half term and will be every Thursday afternoon. Please can everyone ensure they have:
Swimming costume or swimming trunks (not baggy swimming shorts please), a towel, swimming caps for anyone who has shoulder length or longer hair, a brush if needed.
We would like everyone to attend school on a Thursday in their PE kit,as we will be teaching Maths and English in an active way. Please can everyone ensure you have:
White T-shirt, blue shorts and black pumps for when children are indoors. Hoodie, longer tracksuit pants and trainers for outdoor use only. Can you please ensure that you are able to remove their own earrings for safety reasons for those lessons.
For homework, you are expected to complete as much home reading as possible. You are also expected to complete work on TT Rockstars and Doodle Maths. Lastly, spellings will be completed every Tuesday- the spellings are updated weekly on Spelling Shed and stuck in your home spelling books for the following week. That week's spelling score will also be written in, and you will receive a sticker for gaining full marks.
We will continue using the class reward system Dojo. You will collect points for a number of things, including participating, hard work and helping others. Each week the winner of the dojo points will ge to take home our very own Gruffulo! Over the weekend it would be fantastic if you could take a selfie with the Gruffulo in an exciting place and be creative with what you do with him.
A last note for parents...
The door is always open in Class 3. If you ever have any queries, worries or would like anything explaining, please don't hesitate to come in. I am always available and will help you in any way I can. Mrs Cole is in Wednesday to Friday and Mr Riley is also in everyday with the children, and will also be of help if needed. Miss Artuner is also in every day so please speak to her as well if I am unavailable. If you would prefer to speak directly to me, please feel free to contact me through the Dojo system, and I will respond to your query or set up a time to speak in person.
A reminder that Parent's Evening is on the first Monday and Tuesday back after half term, please check your time slots. There will be a strict 10 minute time slot due to the number of pupils in our class, however if you do need more time, I will be more than happy to arrange extra during the meeting.
I can't wait to see you all, hear all the fantastic things you have done over the holidays and teach you all of the exciting things we have to learn this half term!