Autumn 1 Welcome back after the summer holidays! We hope you had an enjoyable, restful break with your family and friends and you are ready for the academic year ahead. We would like to welcome your children into Year 3, as it is their first year in Key Stage 2. We will remind children of our school values of Respect, Good manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. Children will be rewarded for their hard work using our awards system called dojo points. Additionally, a star worker will be chosen every day of the week and a prize will be given to the five children on Fridays.
In English, we will be reading lots of different folktales using our Talk for Writing strategy of imitation, innovation and invention. As well as this we will be developing our skills in order to invent our very own folktale. We have adopted a Whole Class Reading approach, where we will be reading ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat.’ Children will be exposed to a wide range of vocabulary, therefore children must be encouraged to understand and apply the new vocabulary they have learned.
Children must learn all their timetables as they will undergo a Times Tables test next year which all Year 4’s will take nationally. Although there will be opportunities in class for children to practice these times tables, it is important that they are practising them at home on a daily basis. They will be given a username and password for times Tables Rockstar, which will encourage them to learn their times tables. This term we will be focussing on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction and Measurement and shape.
Our topic for this half term is called ‘There’s no place like home.’ Our Geography and History work will be based upon this theme. In science we will be learning about lights and shadows, where children will be working practically to investigate different objects that may be transparent, translucent or opaque. Children must learn their Science Knowledge Organisers, so they are aware of the key vocabulary that we will be using during our Science lessons. Homework Homework will be set on Fridays and is expected to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. Children will be given homework for spellings, reading, time tables, and maths on a weekly basis. Please ensure children complete their homework every week as parental support is very beneficial when helping children to read and complete their homework. We have introduced a new maths website in school, where each child will be given an individual username and password. Children must complete their online homework every week as it will be updated and checked weekly.
During this term, PE will be on a Thursday Afternoon. Please ensure children have the correct PE kit: A yellow PE shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps. If your child is wearing earrings, please ensure they have been removed, or covered by plasters on this day.