Wolves Year 3
Wolves’ Curriculum Letter 2018/2019 Term 1
Welcome to Year 3, the Wolves’ class! For those who don’t already know me, I’m Miss Cressey and I am looking forward to getting to know you all. I hope you all had an enjoyable summer holiday and you are all feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to work your socks off this year.
Year 3 can be a big change as your child moves up the school into Key Stage 2, so I have included a brief outline of what we will be learning this term and some top tips for your child’s success.
English: Our main focus this term is broadening our vocabulary with a particular focus on descriptions of settings and a historical diary about waking up in the Stone Age.
Maths: This term, we will be securing our knowledge of place value including reasoning and fluency. Additionally, we will be learning about different methods of addition and subtraction as well as focussing on learning our times tables and related division facts.
History: We will be looking at The Stone Age through to The Iron Age and the changes that took place within this period.
Geography: Our cross- curriculum topic will be Italy. We will be discovering the delights of Italy and producing our own travel brochures about Rome.
Science: We will be learning about ‘Light’ and ‘Animals including humans’ with a focus on what it means to have a healthy balanced diet.
PE: We are lucky enough to have swimming lessons at Tides leisure centre we will also be looking at netball and basketball skills.
Art: We will be discussing, giving our opinions on and recreating artwork by artists such as Matisse and Kandinsky.
Computing: Our Computing topics this term will be ‘We are programmers’ and ‘We are debuggers’ which involve coding.
DT: Linking with our Science topic of ‘Light’ we will be designing, making and evaluating our own shadow puppets.
RE: Our exciting new curriculum means we will focus in depth on key questions such as ‘What is it like to follow God?’ We will also be learning about Sikhism and what is important to Sikhs.
Top tips for Success
I cannot encourage your child enough to practise their times tables regularly as this will increase their confidence and help them in other areas of Maths. Being fluent in times tables means achieving quick recall, not counting on fingers. You can use games such as ‘Hit the Button’ on www.topmarks.co.uk to help. A secure knowledge of times tables allows your child to have the time to grasp more difficult mathematical concepts.
Children should aim to read their reading books every evening or as much as possible (even if it is just a few pages). Please let us know how your child is doing by recording what they have read in their reading records, especially if they have made any interesting points or observations about their book which we would love to hear about. We like to encourage independence as your child enters Key Stage 2 so if they finish their book it is their responsibility to let an adult know so it can be changed.
We will have weekly Spellings and Mental Maths tests on a Friday morning. The children will be given a list of spellings and times tables to learn for each week. Homework will be given out on Friday and must be handed back in by Wednesday so it can be marked and given back out by Friday.
For your information, PE will be on Tuesday afternoons (and Wednesday afternoons on weeks we are not swimming). All children are encouraged to have a named weather- appropriate PE kit as we will be going outside, weather permitting. We are lucky enough to have swimming lessons this term too. Our first swimming session will be on Wednesday 12th September (Week 2) and will continue for 5 weeks on Wednesday mornings (there will be no session on 17th October 2018). After the half term break, we will continue to have swimming lessons for a further 5 weeks (starting on Wednesday 31st October until 28th November, which will be our last lesson). Please ensure you provide your child with a snack (either fruit or vegetables) as this will help their concentration later in the day.
Pencil cases – I will initially be allowing children to bring in their own pencil cases including Smiggle items, however if there are any problems the children will be asked to leave their pencil cases at home.
Finally, as we have only a limited time in class, extra work at home is always encouraged and celebrated. Whether this is research, story writing or recapping new methods learnt in class – every little helps and you may even earn extra team points.
If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to call in after school if I am available; otherwise please book an appointment at the office.
Thank you in advance for all your hard work and dedication and here’s to a good year.