Summer Term 1 Newsletter Class: 3LH/HS
We would like to welcome you back with our new topic of: Ancient Greeks. This will be a study of Greek life and achievements; myths and legends; the democracy linked to Sparta and Athens; Greek warfare and the belief of the Ancient Greeks. The children will get to make an Ancient Greek piece of pottery and experience sculpting using soap as a new medium. Both of which will be challenging and great fun for all!
MATHEMATICS – In number work, children are counting and estimating; 10 more/10 less, patterns of number, round to nearest 10/100; multiplication and division with partitioning using 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 x tables; addition and subtraction of 3/4-digit numbers using mental, estimation and column method. In geometry, children will be exploring horizontal, vertical and curved lines and the angles associated to them.
ENGLISH – This term we are using a short film called `How a Robot Dog Works` for the children to write an explanation text. They will also be using an Ancient Greek book called `Greek Myths` by Marcia Williams for the children to write their own Ancient Greek Myth.
GRAMMAR – Children will be reviewing the grammar work we have done so far this year and we will be adding to this knowledge by teaching your children about prefix and suffix words, expanded noun phrases and expanded adjective phrases. Grammar will be imbedded in the English learning with all their lessons.
HANDWRITING – children will be taught to use cursive lettering in readiness for joining. Pen and pencil grip will also be monitored.
SCIENCE – children will be learning about circuits and will have the opportunity to explore
PE – children will be learning athletics and the skills required to take part in the different disciplines; along side this, the class will be learning about Ancient Greece Olympic games and have a go with a tournament at the end of term to find the winning team.
MUSIC – children will learn that music, pictures, can describe images and moods; relate sounds to visual images, select appropriate instruments and learn how sounds can be combined to make textures. They will know how mood and emotion can be illustrated in music, how pitched sounds can be combined, how rhythmic sounds can be combined and how sounds can be used expressively. Along with this, they will continue to learn new songs and hymns during Collective Worship.
RE – children will be learning about Hinduism, focusing on the question: `What can we learn from some aspects of the Hindu religion?` They will learn about Hindu beliefs in their God, about the gods and goddesses, the shrine in the home, why puja is important and why worship in a Mandir is important.
COMPUTING – children will understand some elements of survey design; understand some ethical and legal aspects of online data collection. They will use the web to facilitate data collection; gain skills in using charts to analyse data and gain skills in interpreting results. E-safety: legal and ethical requirements for designing online surveys and processing of the data, use of appropriate information and correct application and attitude of online safety will be covered in detail.
PSHE – This term children will be covering the following topics as a whole class: how our world is connected, relationships, freedom, peer pressure and E-safety.
FRENCH – children will be furthering their skill and knowledge around colours and numbers, adding to this animals.
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 to see either myself or Mrs White, through the main office. Thank you.
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 Friday.
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. In addition to learning their times tables, children will complete homework using Sumdog (computer based learning) on a weekly basis.
Theme (Learning Logs)
Your child will be studying different themes throughout the year. The children have learning logs that we set questions or tasks twice a term to be complete at home. Tasks may also be things that can be made (3D) which we will display in class.
We are continuing with the reading programme called `Book Talk` to support children’s comprehension of texts. They will also be reading daily in class through different subjects. In addition to this, an adult will listen to your child read at least once a week. 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. Encourage your child to talk about what they have read by asking them questions. Please refer to their reading targets as given and discussed during Parents Evening. 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. In addition to this, your child will now need to complete English reading tasks on the Sumdog website; along with the Mathematical ones.
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. (We are not allowed to remove them) and that your child's name is clearly written in each piece of PE kit, even the shoes!
Upcoming Dates for your Diary:
Friday 5th May – Class Worship
Thursday 4th May – School closed for Polling
Monday 8th May – KS2 SATs week
Wednesday 24th May – KS2 Sports Day
Thursday 25th May – KS1 Sports Day
St Mary's Church of England VA Primary Academy
8:45am - 4pm
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