Kingfishers 

11th January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Kingfisher class! I hope everyone enjoyed our Christmas performances and had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Once again, I am looking forward to seeing further progress and exploring more fascinating learning with year 3.

Our class rewards system worked really well last term and will be continuing. The class will work together to earn cubes in a jar by being ready to listen and learn and showing good behaviour both in the classroom and around school. Individuals will still earn prizes and house points for good attitudes to learning.

Break time - As the weather gets ever colder, please ensure children have a warm coat for break times. They may wish to bring a hat and gloves which should be kept safely on their pegs. All belonging will need to be named.

PE - PE kits and daps/trainers should be in school every day, every week, without fail: it is very difficult and sometimes dangerous to do gymnastics in a skirt or a button up shirt. Please ensure that the PE kit is complete – we have had quite a few children missing a shirt, or a pair of shorts, or sometimes a shoe. All kit must be named. 

Learning this term will include:

English - This term we will study the classic novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes which tells the story of a mysterious giant robot who appears on earth with no explanation. How will people react to his arrival? Are they friend or foe? We will be using Talk for Writing techniques to learn parts of the story off by heart, study its structure and grammar, and rewrite our own versions. We will focus particularly on writing exciting stories that use powerful words and ideas to build tension and make the reader want to find out more, while continuing to ensure basics like full stops and capital letters are consistently correct. Any help you can provide at home would be much appreciated.
I am very excited to get started with our class novel - Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman. It is a fantastic, funny story about the outrageous adventures Dad has when buying milk which I am sure the class will enjoy greatly.

Reading books - Please remember that all children should have a reading book in school everyday. Free readers may choose to bring books from home or borrow books from school. We will endeavor to hear all children read at least once a week at school, but children should be reading at home every day.

Book change days - Books are now being changed as and when children finished them and hand them in to be changed – there is not particular day for this. Most of them are reading books from home so please do make sure they are changing them regularly.

Maths - This term sees the start of a new and exciting maths scheme called Power Maths. Children will explore the maths curriculum through more practical and visual learning activities using text books and workbooks. Year 3 trialed these lessons last term and really enjoyed them so we are looking forward to exploring them further. MOT (maths on track) sessions will continue as before, whereby children will practice mental arithmetic skills and times tables. These are hugely important skills and underpin the rest of their mathematical understanding. Please continue to learn times tables at home and support with homework where and when you are able. Year 3 have practised 3s and 4s and will now learn 8s.

RE - We begin this term with a brief analysis of the role of the shepherds in the Christmas story before moving on to explore the revelation of Jesus as God’s son through events such as his baptism. Towards the end of the term we will look at Sikhism and compare its belief systems to our own.

Science - This term’s topic is rocks. Children will observe and experiment on different types of rocks and learn about how they are formed. I am excited to investigate the formation of fossils as well. This links with our geography topic outlined below.
Geography - Volcanoes! Year 3 will journey to the very centre of the earth to discover just what is beneath our feet and what happens when it explodes and oozes out of the cracks. What exactly is inside a volcano? How are the formed? Why do people choose to live nearby? Do talk to your children about volcanoes at home and see what they can explain to you!

Homework  - Please see the homework timetable below – it is slightly different to term 2. We will be looking together at homework and marking it as a class to ensure as much learning can be drawn from it as possible – it is doubly important that it be handed in on time so that all children can take part. Spelling tests will be sent home so that you can look together at how well your children are doing! The format for Maths homework will be changing and will be explained separately to you soon.

Stationery and toys - We were much better last term at leaving toys at home and only bringing useful stationery into class. Please help your children to be prepared for learning by bringing only the necessary items from home.

If you have any questions for us or there is anything you would like to clarify, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Kindest Regards

Mr Dawkins

 

YEAR 3 HOMEWORK

Term 3

 Monday

Grammar Punctuation and Spelling book

  

Due in on

Wednesday

Monday

Spellings

 

Children are expected to practise these at home during the week.

 

Tested on the following Monday

 Wednesday

TBC

TBC

 

Reading – as often as possible please.