Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope you had a great break and are well rested for the new year.
Our topics this term are Our Changing Planet and Ancient Britain which will give lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning including History, Geography, Art, Science and Design & Technology. Our learning about will be supported by a trip to the Natural History Museum on Monday 25th March.
In English we will be focusing on story writing using narrative and non-fiction texts. There will be lots of focus on speaking and listening to help develop reading and writing. The children have daily reading activities and read to us during Guided Reading sessions. There are also daily spelling lessons which help the children to develop spelling and reading strategies. We will continue to focus on developing handwriting.
In Maths, we will build on key maths skills and strategies with a strong emphasis on daily arithmetic. Learning will be developed through the use of concrete equipment and picture representations as well as abstract numbers. We appreciate your continued support in practising number bonds to100, times tables and related division facts, as well as real life examples of maths that can be discussed at home such as money and telling the time. Mathletics homework will help you know what the children are learning in Year 3.
Science topics this term are ‘Forces’ and ‘Rocks’. Within their learning, the children will have the opportunity to investigate scientific ideas.
PE and swimming this term will take place on Wednesday afternoons. Children will need appropriate PE and swimming kits and footwear on this day. Dornfell’s last swimming session will be Wednesday 6th February and Ravenshaw will begin on Wednesday 13th February.
The children change their reading books during reading time independently. It is important for the children to read to you and/or talk about their books. Each child has a Reading Record book for you or the children’s comments. Your child will change their books when they have finished reading. They also have bookmarks to encourage children to read books weekly with a book prize. Children also continue to complete weekly spellings homework. Maths homework will continue online using Mathletics. The children should be aiming for 1000 points each week to receive a certificate and get sufficient practise for quick, efficient maths calculations. If you have difficulties accessing Mathletics please ask for our help. If you do not have computer access at home, there will be opportunities for children to complete homework at school.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that school is open from 8.50 and lessons start at 9 o’clock. Thank you for your support in ensuring school uniform is worn consistently, including dark, plain footwear. Jewellery, with the exception of stud earrings and a watch, is not allowed.
As a healthy school, packed lunches should promote healthy eating habits and not include sweets or fizzy drinks.
Thank you for your fantastic continued support.
Anna Middleton, Nazmin Nessa and Daria Hass
Year Three teaching team