Autumn Term 1 Newsletter Class 3LH/ZB
We would like to welcome you to the start of an exciting new academic year at St Mary's CEVA Primary and am hoping that your child is ready to start learning after their restful (perhaps not so restful for you) holiday. We are fortunate that Mrs Low has been able to join us as our Class Teaching Assistant for mornings.
This term we will be starting off with “European Neighbours.” Through this theme, the children will work on geographical skills as they learn about the countries in Europe, their capitals, language spoken, differing temperatures and population. They get a chance to explore reading a globe, atlas and map. When discussing this first term's topic with the class on transfer day, there was another area of Europe they wanted to learn about and that was to explore foods from other countries too which we will cover in DT lessons; along with sewing flags to show needle, thread and fabric joining skills; the making of fruit salad flags to learn about seasonal fruits, making textured flags using cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. Throughout their learning process; children will have the chance to self and peer assess their work.
MATHEMATICS – In number work, we will be reading, writing and ordering numbers to 1000 and above, counting and estimating, learning our number facts to 20. 50 and 100, add and subtract 2 digit numbers, and learning multiplication and division facts for 2,3 , 5 and 10 times tables. In measurement children will be learning to accurately measure and draw lines and in geometry, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shape names and properties.
ENGLISH – To start us off; children are going to be looking at the life of Roald Dahl and producing a scrapbook biography page about him. This will then follow with children exploring the text "The Happy Prince" to write their own story and exploring information texts about Sicily to write their own Holiday Brochure pages. English is taught using `The Write Way` approach.
GRAMMAR – We will start our grammar work by focusing on word families, prefixes and suffixes.
HANDWRITING – Children will continue to use `Kinetic Letters` taught in year 2 and will be developed to encourage joining to increase fluidity and speed with their writing.
SCIENCE – We will study plants and their growth. Children will have the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments and measure their findings. They should gain an understanding of the composition of plants and the factors which help them grow.
PE – Children are very fortunate to have a Taekwondo coach as one of the PE lessons and the other is to teach skills which include balance, ball control and stamina.
MUSIC – Our theme is `Mood and Movies` where children will learn about the different musical elements of: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and silence. Also how it can be organised within musical structures and used to communicate different moods and effects.
RE – Children will consolidate their understanding of Christian values and their impact on the lives of Christians.
COMPUTING – `We are Programmers` is the first unit and children will learn about the importance of e-safety before any learning is undertaken. Once this has been understood, they will have the opportunity to create an algorithm for an animated scene in the form of a storyboard; write a program in Scratch to create the animation. They will also need to correct mistakes in their animation programs. The most fabulous thing of all is that your child will be able to access the Scratch programme from home on our School website for them to practise and play with.
PSHE – We will be looking at e-safety, class and school rules, and friendships; growing and changing.
FRENCH – Through songs games and repetition we will learn numbers and months to say when our birthday is and recognise other people’s birthdays.
Below please find our Class timetable for this first term.
Expectations for Year 3:
* If you do not have access to a computer at home; your child can do this learning in School.
If you find you have some free time and want to learn more about what your child is doing; we are happy to have volunteers to help with readers, art, science, DT, etc. An extra pair of eyes and hands is always useful! Please contact the office with your interest and come and have a go.
Dates for your Diary:
26th September, European Day of Languages, your child will have the opportunity to learn and use some key words in a European language during the day. They will also be a challenge to create a display to make a presentation about the country their class has been allocated.
Tuesday 10th October Late Parent's Evening
Wednesday 11th October Early Parent's evening
Thursday 19th October New intake sessions 2-3pm and 6-7pm.
Friday 20th October Open Day
If you have any questions regarding your child's first term, please arrange an appointment through the office to meet with one of us.
With kind regards,
Mrs L Humphries & Mrs Z Brown
Year 3 Class Teachers
St Mary's Church of England VA Primary Academy
8:45am - 4pm
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