Autumn term – Fire and Ice
To begin this exciting year, the children will be taken on a journey to the frozen north. We will investigate the physical geography of our world, including volcanoes and earthquakes and investigate climate change. We hope to visit The Science Oxford Centre to take part in an exciting workshop to enrich the science and technology of our topic. To inspire a curiosity and fascination with the world, our key text will be The Last Bear by Hannah Gold – a story absorbing animal adventure, subtle commentary on climate change and the plight of endangered species, demonstrating that no one is too young or insignificant to make a difference. We will use the text to inspire creativity in English, Geography and Art. We will research famous explorers and investigate their skills and knowledge needed to undertake such epic adventures. In Art, we will explore with a variety of different materials and techniques to create a volcano collage.
To supplement the learning of times tables in school, we would be pleased if you would support your child to practise times tables at home. All the children have access to Times Tables Rockstars; their login details can be found in their Learning Log. Rapid recall of times tables is fundamental to much of their Maths learning. Expectations are that the children will be fluent in their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 x-tables by the end of Year 3. Any others are a welcome bonus!
As previously, the spelling lists will be posted onto our school website within each class page every Friday, to be tested in their Spelling Books on the following Friday. We will be recording their scores in a table in the back of their learning log. When practising at home, please encourage them to put the words into context in a sentence.
The children can return their home reading books any day of the week. Please continue to read to your child and to listen to them read. Re-reading passages, discussing the text, highlighting interesting or unknown vocabulary, and talking around the subject are all integral to the development of your child’s reading.
If your child finds decoding tricky, then echo reading is a good strategy. This involves the adult reading a short piece of the text and the child repeating the same passage.
Homework will continue to be set on a weekly basis, usually on a Thursday. Please ask your child to explain the homework to you – it will be either My Maths or a Learning Log activity. It is important that all children complete the homework. Please email the office if your child is experiencing any particular difficulties with the completion of the homework.
Please make sure they have the correct kit for each session including spare socks for the girls if they are wearing tights. PE kit should be brought in every Monday and will be returned home on a Friday.
Please make sure your child brings in a named water bottle daily.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Brogan and Mr Jackson