Welcome back, we hope you all had an enjoyable Easter holiday. I hope you agree that the children did a wonderful job at presenting the Easter Assembly and it was lovely that many of you were able to be there. It was also fantastic to have the opportunity to share the childrens' progress with so many of you at the parent - teacher meetings at the end of last term. If you were unable to make the meetings or have anything you wish to discuss with us please make an appointment or speak to us after school at any time.
The routines remain similar for this term and are outlined below. A few minor changes have been made to the timetable which is available on the Year 3 page.
Spelling Groups will be taught across the Key Stage with spelling lessons and tests every Wednesday. Mr Ward teaches PE on Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure the children have their kit in school every day in case of unexpected activities being scheduled at the last minute.
Lunchtimes start at 12:15, with Cafe Crunch offering fantastic, balanced meal choices. Lunches can be ordered online in advance.
At the end of the day, children will be dismissed from the door at the bottom of the Year 3 stairs.
Our Summer term topic is 'Castles'. We will be learning about why castles were built and when, who lived in them, and about the different jobs people living in and around a castle would have had. We are planning to have a 'Medieval Day' during the first few weeks of our topic to discover what life might have been like for boys and girls at this time in history. The children will be visiting Warwick Castle after the half term break to experience castle life for themselves.
In English lessons we are starting off by exploring and writing a range of poems with the theme of 'Dragons'and then we will be immersing ourselves in non-chronological reports as we learn all about castle life.
We are very fortunate to have another block of music lessons coming up, and this term the children will be drumming on Friday afternoons.
In Science this term we will be developing our skills of comparing, classifying, observing and predicting thoughout our topic of Forces & Magnets.
Children in Year 3 will typically have an English homework and a Maths homework each week. They will also have a talk homework to help them with their 'Big Write', and spellings and times tables to learn.
Spelling will be set every Wednesday by their spelling group teacher and will need to be learnt for the next Wednesday.
English homework will continue to take the form of either grammar practice or a reading comprehension and will now be given out on a Thursday, to be collected in the following Tuesday. Talk homework sheets will also come home on Tuesdays but need to be completed by Friday please.
Maths homework will be set either on ActiveLearnPrimary.co.uk or in their maths homework books. This will be set on a Thursday for the following Tuesday. Children shouldn't need to spend longer than half an hour on a homework, so please speak to us with any concerns.
In addition, children need to be able to confidently recall up to their 12 times table. As well as practise in the classroom, some children will need to practise their times tables at home. Where this is the case, those children will be sent home with a practise sheet on Friday for testing on the following Friday.
Children will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school, but should be still reading at home. The children need to be independent in putting their books in for changing when they need a new one. We ask that in year three the children aim for a minimum of three reads each week, signed by whoever hears them read. As children become free readers, it is important that they continue to note down the books they have read in their record book so that we can monitor the types of literature they are reading. If anyone is available to listen to children read in school then please let us know.
This year, we will be using ClassDoJo to support our behaviour policy. The children have already discussed the class rules and when they believe they should receive ClassDoJo points. Parents and carers, who register on ClassDoJo, will receive a weekly summary of the points that their child has earned plus any comments made by teachers. The points will count towards class and personal awards and rewards.
If you require any further information about the forthcoming term, then please do not hesitate to ask.
Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Roff
Our Castle Reports - May 2017
In English, we have been investigating how information texts are designed to appeal to children. We researched castle defences and wrote our own report, which we then presented as an interactive poster. We chose to use 'lift-the-flaps', pictures, games and fact-boxes on the page to make it interesting. We shared our finished reports with the year 2 classes, and they gave them a big thumbs up!