Wolves Year 3
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 and relaxed, 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 Topic crossed with our English will be learning about 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 basic netball and Basketball skills.
Art: We will be discussing and attempting to recreate artwork by artists such as Matisse and Kandinsky.
Computing: We are looking at becoming programmers and animating our own characters.
DT: We will be making shadow puppets as a cross curricula link with our Light topic in Science.
RE: Our exciting new curriculum means we will focus in depth on key questions such as ‘What is it like to follow God?’ In addition, we will be looking at other religions such as Sikhism.
As a teacher, I feel times tables are an essential part of Maths. A secure knowledge of these allows your child to have the time to grasp more difficult mathematical concepts. So 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.
In addition, children should aim to read their reading books every evening or as much as possible. 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 children are asked to do at least one task a week. Homework must be handed back in on Wednesday so it can be marked and given back out by Friday.
For your information, PE will be on Monday afternoons and all children are encouraged to have 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 Thursday 14th September 2017 and will continue for 5 weeks on Thursday mornings (there will be no session on 19th October 2017). After the holidays we will continue to have swimming lessons for a further 5 weeks (starting Thursday 2nd November until 30th November which will be our last lesson). Please arrive promptly at school as we will be leaving at 9.00 am.
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.