Dear Parents and carers,
I wish you a warm welcome back after the half term holidays and hope that you had a restful break with your families. We will continue to remind children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will use our reward system 'Brookhouse Monsters University' to recognise good behaviour and attitudes. If your child is in the winning University team, they will be given a reward at the end of the term.
At the top of this page you will find Year 3’s previous and current homework grids, which heavily focuses on reading, spelling and times table practice. You will also find Year 3’s previous and current knowledge organisers, which will prepare your child for topic quizzes and will take place every week. We will have a quiz of quizzes at the end of the term to celebrate all the learning taken place across the whole curriculum so far.
Our topic for this term is ' There's No Place Like Home'.
Please encourage your child to complete their homework each week. Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday. As well as completing the homework on the homework grid, your child will be given a list of words to explore on a weekly basis for our Whole Class Reading sessions. It is really important that your child completes this work so that they are ready to access the text that we will be reading the following week.
All children are familiar with using the online learning platforms such as Reading Plus, Purple Mash, Spag.com and TTRS, therefore your child should be able to login and complete any tasks assigned independently. You may feel your child is a fluent reader, however it is still crucial that you read with your child as much as possible at home to support their phonics and comprehension of different texts.
Our focus for English this term will be 'Fables'. We will look at various fables, exploring the themes, morals and characters in them. We will look at the features that are used in fables so that we can understand how they are structured. The children will be innovating a well known fable and then go to plan and write their own independent fables using the skills that they have acquired throughout this unit.
Whole Class Reading will continue to take place every day, through which we encourage children to focus on new vocabulary in the text and the comprehension of the text.
The school has purchased a three year subscription with an online reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupils' reading age but it does rely on the children using this resource on a regular basis. Please make sure they are using it at home. Please support your children in their reading of school books, at home for ten minutes every day. We will continue to encourage children to improve their Oracy skills through participating in the project Voice 21.
Our Maths lessons will provide pupils with the opportunity to learn using concrete, pictorial and abstract models. They will then learn to apply this knowledge to reasoning and problem solving - QUACK (Please ask your children what this means). This term we will be looking at multiplication and division, focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. The children will be looking at the relationships between multiplication and division before moving on to solving word problems using bar models. Please encourage your children to practice their times tables regularly.
There will also be an opportunity for online learning via Purple Mash. Please encourage your child to practice their timetables at home. It is really important that your child learns their times tables, in order to aid them with this, your child can use the online program 'Times Table Rock Stars'.
Our topic for this term is 'Light and Shadows' Year 3 will work scientifically to understand what light is and how we see things. They will carry out various investigations to understand that we need light to see, how light is reflected and how shadows are formed and . At the beginning of each session we will deliver a quiz to test key learning, your child can prepare themselves by revising the Science Knowledge Organiser.
This term we are going to explore the American sculptor Claes Oldenburg. We are going to look at his work, focusing on his sculptures of food. We will work in collaboration to replicate some of his work before planning and creating our own textile sculpture.
PE will take place on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day. The correct PE uniform must also be worn: Yellow PE shirt, black PE shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps.
In Geography, children will be looking at the counties, cities and towns that surround Blackburn. They will be identifying the key features of their locality as well as the surrounding villages. There will be an opportunity to carry out some field work whereby the children will sketch a key feature in Blackburn. Finally they will compare the key features of their local town to that of a small rural village.
Children will have the opportunity to share and discuss any concerns or worries. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the beginning or end of the school day. Alternatively, you can arrange an appointment through the school office. We will be focusing on Economics and transition this term.
As always, we all hope you stay healthy, safe and most importantly stay happy!
From all the Year 3 Team,
Ms Begum (Class Teacher)
Mrs Khonat (HLTA)
Miss Read (SSA)