Our topic this term is Across stormy seas. Using the stunning pictures in The Arrival and the picture book, The Matchbox Diary, we will consider ‘big questions’ such as what drives people to leave their country of birth and travel across the world to set up home elsewhere. The children will use drama to imagine the thoughts and feelings of a migrant/refugee arriving in an unknown land and write poetry inspired by this learning. We will study diary writing and have the opportunity to write our own fictional narratives. In our topic work, we will consider the geographical similarities and differences between the UK and a Caribbean locality linking the learning to Windrush.
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!
Spellings will be posted at the beginning of each half term and contain the 6 weeks’ worth of spellings and spelling rule that we will cover in class. At the end of the half term the children will be tested on a random selection of words from the list that they will have practiced throughout the half term. Please continue to practice the spellings at home.
The children can return their home reading books on a Monday and a Thursday. The children will also get to change their library books on a Thursday. 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 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 Mrs Wilde