Teachers: Ms Harrison & Mrs Rozhdestvenskaya
LSAs: Miss Vick, Miss Jones, Mrs Green, Mrs Pascoe
Topic - Tribal Tales!
Take a moment to step outside and stand quietly still. Turn off all Technology and try to forget the modern world. Imagine this place 5000 years ago, What would you see?
Head back to prehistoric times (it’s a long time ago) to gather berries or hunt down dinner. Unearth ancient objects and visit astonishing mystical monuments that reveal the secrets of ancient times.
Learn how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years, from the stone age to the Roman invasion.
Together we will become a tribe, build tribal monuments to celebrate the coming of Spring and create our own tribal tales.
Our focus for the half term is going to be on Multiplication and Division. By the end of year 3, all children are expected to know their 2, 3, 4, 5 & 10 times tables and division facts, so for this half term our learning will centre around the 3 & 4 times tables together with strategies for solving problems.
We will be linking our English learning to our Tribal Tales topic. We will be using the book ‘Stone Age boy’ to help us with our learning and then writing our own adventure stories, fact files and instructions from this.
In Science, we will be learning about forces and Magnets. We will be comparing how things move on different surfaces, discover whether there needs to be contact between objects for forces to have an effect, observing magnets and learning about their properties. As part of our learning, we have also arranged a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) – a letter will be sent home nearer the time.
During this term we will be using the laptops to develop our research skills by using child-friendly websites about rivers and the water cycle. We will be collecting information to use in our documents which will be saved and edited using our own Year 3 Google Docs folder.
We will be learning how to use different features of Word Processing applications, such as text alignment, capitalisation, punctuation, etc. to help us edit, improve and publish our own work.
PE will take place on Tuesday and Thursday (both classes). Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school and that all items are clearly labelled. PE kits will be taken home at the end of every half term to be washed. The PE kit is compulsory, pupils will need: A pair of pumps - preferably slip on ones, a white plain t-shirt, blue, black or white shorts. A reminder that PE Kit with the school logo is also available from the school office.
Homework is sent out each Wednesday to be handed in the following Wednesday. Each week a task is set linked to our learning for the forthcoming week. Each task will have a different focus and style of activity to keep the children’s learning interesting. We ask parents to support us with reading with their child every week and completing spelling and times tables tasks sent out.
Reading at home
Reading is brilliant and we want to encourage children to do it as much as possible. We are going to be reading books together as a class but we would also like the children to read regularly at home. They will have a reading folder to take home and a reading log to record any reading they do. We would like them to read at least 4 times during the week – this can be anything that they are interested in reading, not just books, but useful information that they need, such as (appropriate) websites, television guides, menus, magazines,… the list is endless! The reading logs will be checked regularly. Prizes will be given out for those children that read the most.
Please take time to help your child learn their spellings each week by doing the activities on spellingframe.co.uk and practising keywords from the list attached.
If you have any questions or queries we are always around at the end of the day to have a quick chat or feel free to contact the office to make an appointment!