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Welcome

Year 3 – 3NG & 3PA (Sept 2018)

Dear Parents

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and that the children have already begun to tell you some of the great things we have planned to do this term. We would like to thank you for your continued support.

Physical Education and Games

P.E days for year 3 will continue to be Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For both sessions the children will need to come into school in their PE kits. As they are coming into school in their PE kit, please ensure that they wear their tracksuit trousers over their shorts. Please can we remind you that for indoor PE, the children need black shorts and a plain white t-shirt. In the colder weather, dark coloured plain tracksuits/jogging bottoms are suitable for outdoor games and appropriate footwear is essential. Please make sure that children do not wear jewellery to school and that earrings are removed. Long hair should also be tied back on these days.

Reading and Library

As a school, we are continuing to have a focus on reading. Children are expected to read with an adult for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week. This needs to be evidenced in their reading records with a comment from you. Please make sure that a comment is written for every occasion. In addition to a reading book, children have the opportunity to visit the school library on a weekly basis to select a book of their own choice. We would like to remind you a fee will need to be paid to replace any lost books. Year 3 will be able to visit the library on Wednesday afternoons to choose or change their library books. The range of books available has continued to grow and we hope that this valuable resource will be used to its full potential. The school subscribes to a programme called Bug Club and each child has an individual login, which gives them access to books set at an appropriate level for them. This forms part of the weekly homework and it is important that your child take the opportunity to read these books.

Learning logs

Learning logs will be sent out on Friday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday. There will be at least two learning objectives to choose from and each child is only expected to choose one.

Spellings will be set on a Friday to be returned and tested the following Friday. As well as practising each spelling on a daily basis, children will need to write sentences to demonstrate their understanding of each word. This can be done on the back of the spelling sheet.

Times Tables are vital for fluency with number in mathematics and these will also be set on a Friday, to be learnt and tested the following Friday. All children will take part in the school’s 60/100 club, where children demonstrate their knowledge of times tables facts by answering a series of either 60 or 100 questions in a given time. Over the course of a number of weeks, as they improve, they receive recognition by receiving different badges. The whole of Key Stage 2 takes part in this activity.

Snacks

Children in year 3 have the option of bringing in a snack for a mid-morning ‘pit stop’. During this time we encourage children to eat fruit or vegetables whilst having the opportunity to watch BBC Newsround. Please only allow your children to bring in fruit or vegetables. No biscuit/cereal/cheese based snacks will be allowed. This is partially due to allergies and other factors. Thank you.

School visits

Year 3 will be visiting Dell Farm, the Oxford Natural History Museum and also the Safety Centre this year. Dates and costs for these visits will be confirmed as soon as possible. We know that all of these visits will prove very popular with the children.

Curriculum

Subject

Overview

English, Reading comprehension, spelling and grammar

In English, this term, we will be focusing on the following genres: Narrative and Story writing.

In Reading Comprehension we continue to focus on the skills of inference and deduction as well as increasing our vocabulary by looking at a wide range of texts. In Spelling, we will be focusing on specific spelling patterns as well as looking at prefixes and suffixes and how they change the root word. In Grammar, we will be increasing knowledge of punctuation, word classes, adverbial phrases and more!

Mathematics

In Maths, we will continue focus on securing the mental and written methods for the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will then look at applying this knowledge to help us solve word problems involving two or more steps. We will also continue to develop their understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. Aside from numbers, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes, identifying their properties and learning about their differing features.

Science

In Science, we will be investigating the life cycle of plants and looking at rocks and soils.

History

This term, in History, we will be finding out about Ancient Egypt. We will research their Gods, way of life and learning all about the importance of the River Nile and even how mummies were made!

Geography

In Geography, the main focus will be on Egypt and its primary features such as the River Nile and the ways in which this influenced people’s lives.

PE

In PE this term, we will be building on the skills required for invasion games along with throwing and catching. We will also be extending and developing skills with dance.

PSHE

We will be finding out more about growth mind set and how this can help us to become better learners. We will also be looking at creating a positive self-image and appreciating our own strengths.

Art

Art lessons are part of our overall topic, along with geography and history. As such, the main focus will be on Ancient Egypt and the amazing range of colours used.

Design Technology

Our DT topic will be part of the Ancient Egypt IPC topic. We will be looking at the construction of a sarcophagus and making our own mummy!

Religious Education

We will be looking into the deeper meanings of religious festivals and how people celebrate.

Music

Music will be taught by Mr. Cowburn who introduces the children to a range of different instruments and teaches them to play a piece of music as a class.

French

This term we will focus on greetings and common phrases, along with numbers and colours.

 

Your support is much appreciated and please remember that you can make an appointment with us should you have any concerns that you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely

Mr. Adams Mr Gowing

 

 

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