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Fun in the sun!

 

We have been making the most of the sunshine in the past few days by using the forest as inspiration for our poetry and our playground for our measuring work in maths!

Summer Term Information Letter

 

 

Here is an overview of some of the things we will be learning this term and key bits of information to help it all run smoothly!

 

Our topic this term is ‘The Great Outdoors’. There is so much that we can learn from being outside and enjoying the world around us, both in our local community and further afield. Much of our learning will come from the big questions that we ask; who, what, where, how, when and why?

 

Our use of maps will be key, as we learn together about scale, co-ordinates, directions and route following, much of which will also help us with our maths work. Maths will cover a range of topics, starting with shape and space. We will continue the work on fractions that we began last term, as well as covering topics on time, money and data analysis.

 

In history we will study the fascinating changes that occurred between the Stone and Iron Age, then compare them to life in 21st century Great Britain. Our particular focus will be on their development of both tools and farming.

 

Our geographical and historical learning will lead directly into our artwork as we sketch and then paint local landscapes, experiment with printing using a variety of different materials and create images in the style of Stone Age cave paintings.

 

All of this work will help our writing as we draft, write and edit stories, letters and reports based on our learning across all subjects.

 

On top of all this learning occurring in school we have a couple of exciting trips planned – the first being a Stone Age experience day coming up in just a few weeks’ time…

 

This topic will enable the children to engage with so many areas of the curriculum – I am excited about the learning that we will do together…

 

 

Housekeeping

Homework

In addition to their daily reading, the children will be set homework tasks that support, extend and reinforce their learning across the curriculum. Some tasks will be completed in their school books, while others may be project or research based. On average children at years 3 and 4, should be completing 30 minutes of homework each night, but there will be times that no homework is given, or projects are set to be completed over a period of time – so please be flexible. Also, knowing how enthusiastic some children can be, they may spend longer than the expected time on tasks, which is fine – but please, if your child is truly burning the midnight oil – then stop them!

 

Mrs. Mahony and I sent a separate letter before Christmas outlining how we will approach spelling in years 3 and 4 and I would like to reinforce the fact that the objective here is to improve and develop strategies in order to engage in the lexical study of words, look at meaning (dictionary work) in greater detail and find synonyms and antonyms, which will broaden vocabulary. The accuracy and vocabulary choice will inevitably improve their writing.

 

Once again, practice certainly makes perfect when it comes to learning number facts. By the end of year 3 the expectation is that children know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. Children continue to work on times table tests weekly, with the aim of progressing through the times tables as they become both competent and confident with each. Children should know which times tables they are practicing at any given time. It is really important that children find a way of learning that suits them, whether it’s: reciting, writing, chanting, looking for patterns or racing against the clock or even against mum and dad! Anything goes…

 

The children’s Mental Arithmetic books are also on-going, and may be sent home for the children to continue working on, when appropriate. These books are challenging with concepts that the children may not have been taught, with calculations or methods that they may be unsure about or have forgotten, so please don’t panic – this is expected, and any issues or difficulties will be picked up with the individual in class.

 

This term I will be sending home some more regular maths activities, similar in style to those that the children worked on over the Easter break. When children bring in their answers the real proof of their understanding of the process is if they can explain to the class how they arrived at the solution – and do so with enthusiasm! So, if your child worries that they can’t do it, please encourage them to have a go… and even have a go yourself!

 

Each child has a Reading Journal in school, which is gradually being filled with book reviews that the children have completed. In order to develop comprehension skills and encourage children to read, interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of fiction and non-fiction texts we will be using these both at home and in school. They may be given questions to answer linked to our class reading book (Stig of the Dump, by Clive King), but they will also be expected to respond to books and texts they read independently. A positive attitude and genuine love of literature can often be hard to instil, so the Reading Journal provides a real insight into reading habits and preferences that, as teachers and parents, we can use to support children in broadening their literary horizons!

 

 

P.E

Fitness is an incredibly important part of developing a ‘healthy child’. Our indoor PE session will usually be on a Friday and the games lesson will continue to be a Tuesday afternoon. If PE kit is required on other days I will be sure to give you sufficient warning! All children will be expected to participate in sport lessons, but if your child is unable to take part in ‘active’ sport due to injury, they will still need to change into kit, but will be given a role/responsibility within the lesson, so they can still access the teaching and learning.

 

I cannot underestimate how important having a full and correct kit is. Without it children will not be able to take part.

Correct kit should include:

 

Yellow PE top

Navy shorts and navy joggers

Trainers

Spare pair of socks

Sweatshirt (not a school one)

Waterproof top (optional but advisable)

 

You may also consider it useful to have a second T-shirt and shorts/joggers to ensure your child is fully equipped. With all the sporting activity throughout the week and in an attempt to minimise our ever-over-flowing lost property bin and ‘ripe’ smelling lockers - PE kits will be sent home each Friday! Thank you…

 

Our swimming sessions will continue each Monday morning this term, so please remember to send your child to school with the correct kit (including swimming hat).

 

Home Link Book

The ‘Pink Books’ are an essential tool for communication. As you know the mornings are always hectic, but I do appreciate that there may be times that you need to see me. It is imperative, therefore - that any messages, questions, or requests to see me, are noted in the book, so I can arrange appointments and value comments. Books should also be signed each night by you to confirm they have read or completed a homework task. If the book is not signed and there is no evidence of the child having read, or had a go at homework, then they will be expected to make this time up.

 

Arrival

In light of safeguarding requirements and health & safety standards, the procedure for children’s arrival in the morning, across Key Stage 2 remains the same. The children will be expected to wait, supervised by a parent or carer, on the playground until 8.45am. At this time the bell will be rung and the children will line up, in designated areas, ready to be collected by their class teachers and led into school. Children who miss the bell should come to the side door beside the kitchen where they will be met at the door by a teaching assistant. Any child who arrives after 8.55am, will have to be accompanied into school through the main entrance and signed in, as teaching will have begun and exterior doors, locked.  Please note that any school play equipment (including the ropes course) is not to be used.

 

 

A busy term…

 

The summer term is always a busy one, with lots of exciting opportunities for the children both inside and outside the classroom. As always, I expect the children to show me their best at all times, both in their behaviour and work. As we learn together, we will have fun, work hard and succeed!

Together with my assistants, Mrs. Fernandez-Pozas and Mrs. Keyte, I am looking forward immensely to teaching and learning with the class this term!

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

 

Kind Regards,

 

 

 

Steve Brown

'In the Footsteps' - Our RE afternoon at Kingham Church

Year 3 go 3-legged for Comic Relief!

World Book Week Dance Workshop

 

Spring Term Information Letter

 

Here is an overview of some of the things we will be learning this term and key bits of information to help it all run smoothly!

 

Our topic this term is ‘Authors and Illustrators’. We will start by looking at perhaps the most famous children’s author of them all… Roald Dahl. Some of the wonderful stories he has written will inspire us as we produce our own works of creative writing and enjoy thinking together about playscripts. Throughout his writing Dahl created some very unique and memorable characters, so we will learn from him in attempting to mirror this in our own writing.

 

His partnership with Quentin Blake was one of the reasons he was as successful as he was. Our focus on his style of illustration will help us with our observational drawings in art, as well as drawing out key information from the texts that we will be reading.

 

Later in the term we will look at the creative and humorous work of Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This couple’s range of work, including their excellent poetry, will inspire us as we write our own ‘language play’ poems.

 

Our maths this term will begin with multiplication and division, before moving onto work on fractions. This will all be underpinned by the work on number and place value that we completed before Christmas.

 

Quentin Blake’s use of light boxes in his illustrations will lead us into our science work of light and shadows. We will answer questions including ‘What is light?’. ‘How are shadows formed?’ and ‘Why does light reflect?’. I have no doubt that the results of our scientific investigations will be truly enlightening (sorry!).

 

This topic will enable the children to engage with so many areas of the curriculum – I am excited about the learning that we will do together…

 

Housekeeping

 

Homework

In addition to their daily reading, the children will be set homework tasks that support, extend and reinforce their learning across the curriculum. Some tasks will be completed in their school books, while others may be project or research based. On average children at years 3 and 4, should be completing 30 minutes of homework each night, but there will be times that no homework is given, or projects are set to be completed over a period of time – so please be flexible. Also, knowing how enthusiastic some children can be, they may spend longer than the expected time on tasks, which is fine – but please, if your child is truly burning the midnight oil – then stop them!

 

Mrs. Mahony and I have already sent a separate letter outlining how we will approach spelling in years 3 and 4 and I would like to reinforce the fact that the objective here is to improve and develop strategies in order to engage in the lexical study of words, look at meaning (dictionary work) in greater detail and find synonyms and antonyms, which will broaden vocabulary. The accuracy and vocabulary choice will inevitably improve their writing.

 

Once again, practice certainly makes perfect when it comes to learning number facts. By the end of year 3 the expectation is that children know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. Children are now working on times table tests weekly, with the aim of progressing through the times tables as they become both competent and confident with each. Children should know which times tables they are practicing at any given time. It is really important that children find a way of learning that suits them, whether it’s: reciting, writing, chanting, looking for patterns or racing against the clock or even against mum and dad! Anything goes…

 

The children’s Mental Arithmetic books are also on-going, and may be sent home for the children to continue working on, when appropriate. These books are challenging with concepts that the children may not have been taught, with calculations or methods that they may be unsure about or have forgotten, so please don’t panic – this is expected, and any issues or difficulties will be picked up with the individual in class.

 

This term I will be sending home some more regular maths activities, similar in style to those that the children worked on over the Christmas break. When children bring in their answers the real proof of their understanding of the process is if they can explain to the class how they arrived at the solution – and do so with enthusiasm! So, if your child worries that they can’t do it, please encourage them to have a go… and even have a go yourself!

 

In keeping with our topic of Authors and Illustrators each child now has a Reading Journal in school, the first entry of which was completed over Christmas. In order to develop comprehension skills and encourage children to read, interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of fiction and non-fiction texts we will be using these both at home and in school. They may be given questions to answer linked to our class reading book (The Witches by Roald Dahl), but they will also be expected to respond to books and texts they read independently. A positive attitude and genuine love of literature can often be hard to instil, so the Reading Journal provides a real insight into reading habits and preferences that, as teachers and parents, we can use to support children in broadening their literary horizons!

 

P.E

Fitness is an incredibly important part of developing a ‘healthy child’. Our indoor PE session will usually be on a Friday and the games lesson will continue to be a Tuesday afternoon. If PE kit is required on other days I will be sure to give you sufficient warning! All children will be expected to participate in sport lessons, but if your child is unable to take part in ‘active’ sport due to injury, they will still need to change into kit, but will be given a role/responsibility within the lesson, so they can still access the teaching and learning.

 

I cannot underestimate how important having a full and correct kit it. Without it children will not be able to take part.

Correct kit should include:

 

Yellow PE top

Navy shorts and navy joggers

Trainers

Spare pair of socks

Sweatshirt (not a school one)

Waterproof top (optional but advisable)

 

You may also consider it useful to have a second T-shirt and shorts/joggers to ensure your child is fully equipped. With all the sporting activity throughout the week and in an attempt to minimise our ever-over-flowing lost property bin and ‘ripe’ smelling lockers - PE kits will be sent home each Friday! Thank you…

 

Home Link Book

The ‘Pink Books’ are an essential tool for communication. As you know the mornings are always hectic, but I do appreciate that there may be times that you need to see me. It is imperative, therefore - that any messages, questions, or requests to see me, are noted in the book, so I can arrange appointments and value comments. Books should also be signed each night by you to confirm they have read or completed a homework task. If the book is not signed and there is no evidence of the child having read, or had a go at homework, then they will be expected to make this time up.

 

Arrival

In light of safeguarding requirements and health & safety standards, the procedure for children’s arrival in the morning, across Key Stage 2 remains the same. The children will be expected to wait, supervised by a parent or carer, on the playground until 8.45am. At this time the bell will be rung and the children will line up, in designated areas, ready to be collected by their class teachers and led into school. Children who miss the bell should come to the side door beside the kitchen where they will be met at the door by a teaching assistant. Any child who arrives after 8.55am, will have to be accompanied into school through the main entrance and signed in, as teaching will have begun and exterior doors, locked.  Please note that any school play equipment (including the ropes course) is not to be used.

 

Parents Evenings

Our Spring Parents Evening is already on the school calendar, 24th February (3:15-5:30) and 25th February (4:00-6:30). Should there be any issues or concerns from you (or me), however, these should be communicated and appointments made so they can be address promptly.

 

Performances

Our production is diarized for 17th March at 6:00pm. No details just yet, but suffice to say if promises to be a very exciting project… so watch this space.

We have now set a revised date for our Sharing Assembly, which will be on Friday 26th June at 9.10 am. I do hope you will be able to join us.

 

My continuing Year 3 Expectation

I was delighted with the way that the children made the significant transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 last term. As we strive to progress further and learn more, I have no doubt that the children will continue to show me their development into mature, committed and well-behaved young people.

I have no doubt that this will continue to be a great year with lots of fun, hard work, success and surprises - and I look forward to them all!

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Kind Regards,

 

 

Steve Brown

 

 


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