Dear Year 3 parents,
Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely summer break.
This term, the children will be taught on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by Mrs Chialoufas (previously Miss Kelly), and on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by Mrs Brogan.
We will continue to use The Write Stuff as the basis for our teaching of writing. This term, the children will write adventure narratives and diary entries based on ‘The Last Bear’ by Hannah Gold and poetry relating to the wonderful book, The Lost Words. The Last Bear will also be our class novel and used in Guided Reading lessons. Some children in the class will revisit previous phonics learning and all children will receive direct teaching of spelling and have the opportunity to practise their handwriting.
The children will continue to have the opportunity to take a book from the school library. They will take part in a variety of different lessons designed to teach specific comprehension skills, to promote a love of reading for pleasure and use reading as a key tool to support all their learning.
Please support your child with the rapid recall of times table facts, both multiplication and division. All the children have access to Times Tables Rockstars and their login details can be found in their Reading Record. Maths topics this term are Place Value and Addition and Subtraction.
There will be a weekly spelling homework on the Spelling Shed website. Again, the children have their log-in details in their Reading Record. Please encourage them to login and practise. There will be a half-termly test of twenty words taken at random from the previous six weeks’ lists. The children will be encouraged to revise the previous term’s spellings and to focus on high frequency words that are being misspelled.
Art, Geography, French and RE
Our topic is Fire and Ice and we will be learning about volcanoes, earthquakes and the reasons for climate change. In RE, we will focus on Hinduism and how Hindus express their beliefs about God. In French, the children will be learning how to talk about themselves and their family.
Reading at Home
The children will continue to be able to change their reading book as necessary. We will check to ensure that the books they are choosing are sufficiently challenging and cover a variety of genres. Please continue to read to your child and to listen to them read as often as possible and complete the Reading Record. Re-reading passages, discussing the text, highlighting interesting or unknown vocabulary, and talking around the subject are all very worthwhile activities.
Homework will be weekly spellings, a Maths task and reading and at various points in the year, a specific one-off Learning Log homework linked to an annual or national event such as World Book Day. It is important that all children complete the homework. Please email us if your child is experiencing any particular difficulties with the completion of homework.
PE will be on a Thursday, but is subject to change with weather etc. Please send the kit into school every Monday and it will come home on Friday.
Swimming will be on a Wednesday, please send swimming kit in on a Wednesday. Please make sure your child has a sun hat, a rain coat and a water bottle in school every day.
Thank you for your support. Mrs Brogan and Mrs Chialuofas