Hello everyone and welcome to Class 3!
We are sure you all had a fantastic half term and are looking forward to continuing learning in Class 3! Myself, Mrs Davis and Mr Riley cannot wait to see all your smiling faces when you return to school! I also can't wait to hear all of the exciting stories about what you got up to over the holidays.
Our new topic
I am so excited about our next topic! This half term we are learning all about the Lancashire, as part of our continued London vs Lancashire topic which will run until Easter.
Over the next 6 weeks we will learn all about where we are within the world, and within the UK, some of the geographical features of Lancashire including it's landmarks and make a Lancastrian meal. We will also learn about some of the attractions London and Lancashire have to offer and even design our own! At the end of the topic we will be comparing the two locations.
In English, we will be learning all about Pocahontas, using the film as a guide and linking it to historical settings. We will also be writing a persuasive piece of work linking to our topic, aiming to persuade people to live in either London or Lancashire.
Our Maths focuses this half term are Area and Fractions. 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 'Fantastic Mr Fox' 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 Electricity. We will look at where electricity comes from, what we use is for, how it can be found naturally and we will even be making circuits of our own!
Our P.E. lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon. From the second week back, Year 3s will be taking part in swimming lessons again at Marl Pits. This will be for 5 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 3 pieces from the homework sheet over the half term. In addition to this, I expect as much home reading to be done as possible (minimum 3 times a week). 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 get to take home our very own tiger, Tarzan, who came back with us from Knowsley! Over the weekend it would be fantastic if you could take a selfie with Tarzan 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. 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.
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!