Spring Term 1 Newsletter Class 3LH/ZB
We would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that this coming year is a successful one for you and all the children in our class.
Our theme for the next two terms is Cavemen where we will be covering The Stone Age this term and Mountains next term. The children will work on history skills as they learn about the use of evidence of the past, chronological ordering of events, extending their use of historical language and learning new historical terminology. This will link into art, where they will understand the use of a sketchbook, design and evaluate their clay work, increase their attention to detail and use knowledge of the past to construct art and craft, for example, cave paintings, symbol writing, designing and making a Stone Age artefact. All of which will provide a stimulating and enriching environment for them to learn. We are continuing with informing children that an important part of their learning is taking pride in their work and showing this by improving their presentation of work across all subject areas.
MATHEMATICS – The term is focusing on measurement: the children will be accurately using a ruler, metric conversions, adding and subtracting with km, m, ml, g and cm. They will be reading a variety of scales, measuring perimeter of 2D shapes, word problems, learning about time and roman numerals.
ENGLISH – The class will start with the book The Stone Age Boy and use this to write their narrative about Stone Age. This includes a lot of drama, filming, art and writing. We then move on to using the book Ug – Boy Genius of the Stone Age and will use this text to create dialogue so the children are learning about inverted commas, where they are placed; the correct placement of punctuation in the speech. They will finish with producing their own comic strip which will be used to write a descriptive opening to their story.
GRAMMAR – we will be looking at noun phrases, use of apostrophes, time adverb, adverbial phrases and inverted commas.
HANDWRITING – children will continue to be taught to undertake small joins in words using Kinetic Letters. Children will move over to pen once they are ready.
SCIENCE – children will learn about animal and human bodies. They will learn about digestion, bones and muscles.
PE – children will be learning about skills around different competitive sports outside and will be learning about dance during inside PE.
MUSIC – children will be learning about and exploring the `History of Music` and singing of new hymns.
RE – children will be learning about Islam where they will be exploring the Five Pillars, why prayer is important, what Hajj means, why Muslims give to Charity, why they fast and about the guidance of using the Qur’an.
COMPUTING – children are being bug fixers. They will be using Scratch to develop strategies for finding errors in programs, recognising a number of common types of bug software. As is carried out every term, children will start with
PSHE – We are using `Go-Givers` to teach children about key values and becoming a good citizen within the community. Also, children are taught the importance of communicating effectively, knowing their own strengths and weaknesses and to form positive friendships and relationships. Alongside this, children are learning about Growth Mindset and how this can help them with their positive approach to life skills, learning and community.
FRENCH – We will learn the French version of the “head shoulders knees and toes” song and use it to help us describes fun alien characters. Children will start to build full sentences in French using the language they have learnt in term 1 and 2.
If you have any concerns or require further information about what your child is going to be doing in school, then please arrange a meeting with the office to see either of us.
Mrs. L. Humphries & Mrs. Z. Brown
Your child will come home a new list of spellings on a Monday which they need to practise each day. Please support your child with writing these spellings into their own sentences to check understanding and to practise them ready for the test on the following Monday.
Please support your child on a regular basis with learning their times tables. In year 3, children are expected to know the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables in random order. These will be tested weekly on a Thursday. One or two pieces of Mathematics homework will be set each week for those children who are behind in their x-tables learning. In addition to this, children will complete homework using Sumdog on a weekly basis.
Our plan is that an adult will listen to your child read at least once a week in school. To supplement this practise, please ensure you listen to your child read as often as possible during the week and note in their reading record that you have done so. It is recommended that your child is listened to at least 3 times a week. Encourage your child to talk about what they have read by asking them questions. If your child does not know the meaning of a word, please help them to use a dictionary to find it. Please ensure your child brings their reading book into school every day. There is also an expectation that your child completes the reading task set on SumDog.
PE is a core subject and every child is expected to take part in these lessons. Our lessons will take place twice a week on a Monday (outside) and Friday (inside). Please ensure your child has their PE kit: black or navy shorts, plain white or blue school t-shirt and plimsolls in school every day. Please ensure earrings have been removed as we are not allowed to remove them. Also, your child's name should be clearly written in each piece of PE kit, even the plimsoles!
Upcoming Dates for your Diary:
Trip to Methodist Church 12th January
Break up: 9th February
Term 4 starts: 19th February
Science Day: 16th March
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