Autumn term – USA
This term’s topic is the USA and we will be learning about the country as it is now and also about Native Americans. We have written poems based on the poetry of Shel Silverstein and are busy learning how to create our own non-chronological reports about New York. We will be using Native American stories to inspire our own narrative writing as well as researching the many States, sketching the New York skyline and building the Brooklyn Bridge.
Further details about Year 3
Throughout the year, we will be working closely with Year 4 in both our Topic and English lessons. Our guided reading book is Oliver and the Seawigs by Phillip Reeves and Sarah McIntyre, a rip-roaring adventure of a crazy family of explorers, rambling islands and a short-sighted mermaid! In Science, we are studying all things rocky – the children have learnt the names of the three types of rocks (please challenge them to tell you) and will be making fossils, researching the work of Mary Anning and finding out how fossils and soil are formed. Our RE topic is based upon how light is used as a symbol of celebration, particularly in the Hindu religion.
This term we can look forward to a trip to the theatre and to Science Oxford as well as all the usual Christmas activities and events. It promises to be a busy term!
You should have received a small laminated reminder card to help the children remember what they need to bring in to school each day. Here’s a copy in case it never made it home!
Monday – PE kit into school (PE lesson is on a Monday afternoon)
Tuesday – Swimming kit into school
Thursday – Spelling folder and Learning Log homework into school
– Spelling Test, after which new spellings will be issued and next week’s homework set.
Friday – PE kit home
Water bottles, reading books and reading records need to come in and out every day. As we try to help the children become more independent, please encourage them to be responsible for their belongings and for remembering what they need to bring to school.
In addition to the weekly spellings, every few weeks I will be testing the children on Year 2 Common Exception words (there is a list in their spelling folder) and on current topic words. Please take any opportunity you can to play practical spelling and maths games with your child. These will really support your child’s learning in school.
Finally, I would be very grateful if you would listen to your child read as often as possible. Whilst it is great if they want to read independently, it is still so important for them to read to you to develop fluency and expression and to be give the opportunity to talk about what they have read. Please use the questions in the front of their Reading Record as a guide.