Welcome Back Shark and Penguin Classes
A very warm welcome back, we hope your Easter break was a relaxing one. Summer term is shaping up to be an exciting end to this year! The children will be continuing with their guitar lessons on Tuesdays, which so far have been a huge success. We hope the children are well rested and ready to take on the challenge of all that is in store for them in their final term of Year 3.
English: We are starting this term by analysing a selection of poems based around landmarks, looking closely at how the authors use words in certain ways to create feeling and emotions in the reader. This will lead up to the children writing their own poem about Reading and its landmarks, using words and sentence structure to create whatever feeling they want from the reader! After this we will be moving onto using persuasive techniques to create a tourism booklet to tempt and convince people to visit Reading, describing key landmarks around the town centre and why people should come and visit them. We will also be reading parts of the novel ‘The Secret Garden’ alongside our topic of ‘Grand Designs’. We hope this will challenge their reading and inspire them to write creative pieces.
Maths: Maths this term begins with focusing on improving our mental strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems by using our partitioning and number bonds to help mental add and subtract numbers. For example: 554 + 8. 554 + 6 = 560; 6 + 2 = 8; 560 + 2 = 562 so 554 + 8 = 562. We will also continue to develop our multiplication and division skills by using multiples so help solve problems, as well as continuing to use the ‘grid method’ for multiplications and beginning to work with chunking to help with divisions. We will also be doing a lot of work around how to solve problems using the written and mental methods that we have been learning over the last year. We will be looking to improve our knowledge of fractions as well, looking at what a fraction is, how to add and subtract them and finding equivalent fractions. Time will also be a focus, so we would really appreciate the continued support towards helping with this at home!
Combined studies: This term our topic is ‘Grand Designs’. This will include looking at how buildings are made, how humans affect the natural environment of an area, and how changes in Reading have affected the way that we live our lives. Relating to our English topic, we will also be looking at what landmarks there are around Reading and why people should visit them. We hope that his will help the children get a greater appreciation for what makes their local area special and have a greater pride in our town. When we look at how buildings have changed over the years, both in this country and around the world. With the trip to Hampton Court, we will be looking at historical buildings in the UK as well as the differences between the rich and poor people’s houses. We will also be learning all about gardens and hope to design and work on a garden for Chimney Court. Please see our ‘Topic Overview’ to find out more.
Science: We have already started our ‘Light and Shadow’ topic in science and the children have loved looking at what is a light source and what is not. During this topic we will look at how we see using light, how to stay safe in the sun and investigating what patterns there are between shadows and how they are created. After half term we will move on to looking at plants, specifically what each part of the plant does, how water is transported through the plant and what is needed for the plants to grow healthy and strong.
Outdoor PE - Striking and Fielding + Athletics
Cricket - Throwing and catching, fielding position, batting, game practice
Athletics – (Sports Day Practice)
Rounders - Striking, positioning, fielding, game practice
PE for Sharks and Penguins will be on Thursdays.
Mrs Greggan and Mr Roscoe