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Welcome to Class 3 - Miss Barber

Class 3

PE Kits: PE will be on a Tuesday and Friday during this term. PE kits will be sent home to be washed at half term.  Kits and pumps should be named.   

Reading: Children should be listened to read out loud at least 3 times a week and this should be noted in the planner. Please work on asking the children questions about what they have read, how the characters may be feeling and author’s intent.

Homework: SPAG homework will be set on a Friday and is due the following Friday. Please also practise times tables and related division facts to improve rapid recall. The times tables Year 3 are expected to know are 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x, and 10x however this is not a limit. All children in Year 3 and 4 will be given an additional homework activity linked to our topic of the Ancient Egyptians. Please bring in any independent learning from this, week commencing the 9th December, to share.

Spelling: Children will be working on spelling patterns including suffixes, prefixes and silent letters as well as focusing on the Year 3 and 4 Spelling list. Please see the English page of the website for this information.

English: This term in English we are reading ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl and will then be reading texts such as ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ by Shirley Climo to link with our History topic of the Ancient Cvilisations. After half term we will be reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. We will be looking at the language the author uses and how they have developed characters and settings within all books. Whilst reading these texts, the children will be writing different genres including letters, diary entries, narrative and non-chronological reports. We will also look at some different types of poetry, write our own poems and have a go at performing some of our favourite poems. We will link in all relative grammar and punctuation throughout the term.

Maths: The children will be following their curriculum year workbook for Singapore Maths. Year 3 will focus on place value, calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and measures during the Autumn term.

Foundation: In Science, our first topic is ‘Plants’. The children will learn to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants. They will also investigate the way in which water is transported in plants and explore pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal in flowering plants. After half term our topic will be ‘Forces and Magnets’. The children will carry out various investigations to observe, compare and group materials which are attracted or repelled by magnets and compare how things move on different surfaces.  

Our History topic for the term is ‘Ancient Civilisations’. During the term, we will be learning about and comparing four of the oldest civilisations: Ancient Sumer, Shang Dynasty, Ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley. During the second half term we will be looking at Ancient Egypt in more detail and developing our historical enquiry skills through looking at artefacts.

In RE, the children will be learning about the sacredness of texts to different religions focussing on Christianity and Judaism. During the second half term, we will be learning about the Christmas story.

During Art / D&T lessons we will be learning skills and techniques to create healthy salads and thinking about the importance of having a varied diet. During the second half term, we will be looking at shell structures and making our own packaging.

For Music, the Year 3 children will be taught Gospel singing from an outside provider. You can look forward to some performances later in the year.

In Computing, our topics are ‘We are Internet sharp’ and ‘We are programmers’. The children will use various apps and online resources to improve their programming skills and they will also discuss the importance of e-safety throughout the topics.

In French, we will look at greetings, numbers and colours.

PE: One session per week is provided by an outside agency where the children will participate in invasion games as well as net/wall games. The second session is a focus on the key skills in games such as throwing and catching.

If you require to speak to me, please do not hesitate to call into school. I look forward to working with both you and your children.

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