Welcome to Year 3
Meet the Team
English – in English this half term we are looking at the book ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl. We will be reading the story every afternoon and the children have really enjoyed listening to the BFG’s funny way of speaking! By the end of the unit, we will have written our own dream story, just like the BFG. Later on in the term, we will be looking at persuasive writing.
Please ensure that you hear your child read every night. Children who have opportunities to read with an adult grow to really love reading and are much more likely to make excellent progress. If you need any support with this, please do not hesitate to speak to us at school.
Maths – it is really important for children to keep on learning their maths facts at home and they should be bringing their maths passport sheets home every week. Children can take as much of it as they want to enter into our prize draw!
In our maths lessons this half term we will finish our work on addition and subtraction. Then we will be looking at multiplying and dividing. We will be focusing on the 3x, 4x and 8x table. We will be practicing these frequently at school but the more the children can practice at home, the better!
Talk in the classroom – this term we will be working hard with your child to teach them to listen carefully to others and to discuss ideas in a well-mannered and learning-focused manner. Hopefully, they will come home and say ‘I agree’ or ‘I disagree’ and other wonderfully polite ways of talking about interesting issues. We will be working on this in all of our lessons as group and pair discussion is an integral part of our classroom.
Topic – this half-term, we will be looking at North America.The children will learn all about Christopher Columbus and his voyage to America, as well as how the USA has changed over time. Then, we will look at the different countries and capital cities in North America. To celebrate all our hard work, we will be having a Thanksgiving party with Year 4!
Art- linking to our Topic work we will be looking at Native American art.
RE – In RE this half term we will be learning all about light and Christianity. We will look at how candles are used in Churches during advent and light in the Christmas story.
PE – we will be doing PE on a Monday. Please ensure your child has a full indoor and outdoor PE kit in school for Monday. This half term we will be practicing our throwing and catching skills and learning how to play bench ball.
Homework – we will be having weekly spelling tests on a Friday with new spellings sent out on Friday afternoon. Children will also receive weekly maths homework on a Friday which will be due the following Friday. This maths homework will be linked to the children’s maths passports or what we have been doing in class. Every half term a homework sheet will be sent out which links to our topic. It is expected that the children will bring a piece of homework into school each week. If you have any questions about homework or how to support your child’s learning at home, please do not hesitate to ask.
On alternate Tuesdays the children will also have the opportunity to go gardening at school with Steve our gardener. This is a fantastic opportunity which I know the children will gain lots from. Please can you ensure that the children have suitable outdoor footwear and coats for this.
I hope by reading the above information that you feel confident that your child is getting a rounded, varied and engaging curriculum. We will be highly driven in setting and achieving targets and our whole class ethos will be around celebrating our many successes.
If you need to ask any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Miss Bevan either before 8.50am or after school. May we just take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and also say how fantastic your children have been? We love teaching them and we know we will have a year to remember for all the right reasons.
From Miss Bevan