Welcome back after the half term holidays! We hope you had an enjoyable, restful break with your family and friends and you are ready for the busy term ahead. 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.
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 Tuesday 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. In January, Year 3 will start swimming. Children will need to have a swimming suit and a swimming hat. More information will be available closer to the time.
In English, we will be reading lots of different persuasive adverts and fables, 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 persuasive advert. We have adopted a Whole Class Reading approach, where we will be reading ‘Letter to Pluto’ 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 sequences, multiplication and division, time and 3D shapes.
In science we will be learning about Healthy Humans, where children will be working practically to investigate different foods and identifying the food group they are from and their sugar content. We will then move on to learning about skeletons. Children must learn their Science Knowledge Organisers, so they are aware of the key vocabulary that we will be using during our Science lessons.
Children will be learning how to cope with different feelings and emotions. Children will be encouraged to talk about their emotions and learn how to cope in different situations. This term we are focussing on new beginnings and how to make a positive contribution. Year 3 will be having a class assembly on Wednesday the 13th of November. Our assembly will be focussing on Filling a bucket, which is one of our topics that we will cover in PSHE. Parents are more than welcome to come and watch the assembly. The assembly will start at approximately 8:50 and finish at 9:10. I look forward to seeing you.