Maple Class - Year 3
Welcome back everybody!
I hope you have enjoyed your time off with your friends and family.
As you know our topic; Lancashire vs London is running over two half terms.
Last half term we focused on Lancashire and we will start this term looking at Lancashire further but specifically at out local area. We have an exciting trip booked to Helmshore Textile Museum where will look at the effects the Industrial Revolution had on the landscapes of Lancashire. We will then begin to compare and contrast Lancashire with London.
In English, we will be starting the term with a non-fiction unit. We will be writing a non-chronological report about our favourite sport. We will look very closely at the features of a non-chronological report. The children will take ownership of their report and research areas of the sport they want to write about.
In Maths this half term, we will be looking at Statistics, the unit allows children to look and interpret data in a variety of ways and also builds on prior learning of addition and subtraction. After this unit, we will move on to Length.
We are continuing to use Doodle Maths and TT Rockstars in school and at home so please ensure all children are logging in a practising at home.
Guided Reading will continue to be done using a whole class approach and this half term we will continue reading ‘Charlotte’s Web’ The children will read out loud and answer questions in their Guided Reading books using inference, explanation and summarising skills.
Everybody is expected 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.
Reading done in class does not count towards the expected 3 times per week.
I believe it is extremely important that children develop a love for reading. I would like children to challenge themselves further with their reading and instead of reading a certain amount of pages, children should set a time limit in which they are going to read and see how many pages they can read in that time. An appropriate time to set is 10-15 minutes, children can then aim to read more than the previous night.
Our Science focus for this half term is Plants. We will learn about the different parts of a plant and the role it has, what plants need to grow, the transportation of water to a plant and pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
Our P.E. lesson this half term will continue to be on a Tuesday Morning. Please could you ensure that children are wearing the correct P.E. kits.
For homework, you are expected to complete 2 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.
If you would like to buy a healthy snack it is £1 per week, this can be payable each Monday or you can pay £6 for the half term.
Spellings will continue to be completed every Friday - the spellings are updated weekly on Spelling Shed and put into Class Dojo.
Times Table Quizzes
Alongside spellings children will be quizzed on their times tables in preparation for the statutory test at the end of year 4. Children are expected to know all of their times tables by then. We will work through the times tables each week.
Our door is always open
I am always available and will help you in any way I can. If you ever have any queries, worries or would like anything explaining, please don't hesitate to contact me. Please feel free to contact me through the Dojo system or at the end of the school day, and I will respond to your query or set up a time to speak in person.
I am extremely excited to start the year with you all, hear about all the wonderful things you have been doing during the holidays and teach you all of the fantastic things we have to learn this half term.