Welcome to Class 3!
Welcome back from your Christmas holiday, Class 3! We are going to be very busy this term working hard on our Writing and Maths targets, exploring our new topic of 'Romans', making sure we give our best in every thing we do and of course having lots of fun!
In English, we will be learning about:
Biographies and Autobiographies.
To use a wide variety of punctuation in all pieces of writing accurately. If we forget the first time, check our work over with a purple polishing punctuation pen because editing our work is very important.
Use prefixes and suffixes in my writing.
Spell homophones correctly.
Using apostrophes to show contraction, possession and plural possession.
Grammar, spelling and handwriting practice.
World Book Day
In Maths, we will be looking at:
Adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers mentally.
Adding and subtracting numbers with 3-digits, using formal written methods.
Estimating answers to calculations and use inverse operations to check answers.
Recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5, 10 and the 3, 4 and 8 tables.
Multiplying and dividing 2-digit numbers and 1-digit numbers, using mental and formal written methods.
Solving problems that include all of the skills taught.
In Science, we will be learning about Forces and Magnets, which includes:
Comparing surfaces and materials.
Observing how magnets attract and repel.
Explore both poles of a magnet.
Describe and predict within investigations.
Our new Topic for the Spring term will be Romans, which will be exciting and informative. During this topic, we will look at who the Romans were, the invasions that took place, roman roads, Boudiccas Rebellion, Hadrian's Wall, Gods and Goddesses, Roman baths and lots more.
In Music, we will be having weekly lessons with the very talented Mrs West and Miss Sheerwood and having the fantastic opportunity to play the Tin Whistle.
During our PE lessons, we will have a variety of sport more with our fantastic Superstar PE specialist.
Class 3 have the fantastic opportunity of having swimming sessions this term. Please remember swimming costumes, swimming hats and towels every Monday!
For more information, please see Topic Web below.
In order to help with the new routines, please encourage your child to remember to bring their full PE kit (including outdoor wear) into school each Monday. This can be taken home at the end of school on Friday and should be returned after each weekend.
Each morning, your child should bring their small blue Homework Diary into class. Reading at home is very important. Please encourage your child to read aloud and / or independently each evening and discuss what they have read. When your child reads aloud at home, please add a brief note (in the small blue book) detailing the date and the page they have reached. As an extra incentive to regularly immerse themselves in a range of texts, children will earn an individual reward (called a 'dojo') when they have shown that they have read at home.
In Class 3, homework is set each Thursday and should be returned the following Monday. Homework may be a consolidation of tricky topics covered in class throughout the week, a research task to prepare for new concepts or a personalised activity to help your child in achieving their targets. Please encourage your child to attempt their homework and please feel free to add a note if your child found the task difficult (and required your support) or if you noticed they were particularly confident with the topic.
In addition to the weekly homework task, Class 3 pupils must also work on their multiplication facts (times tables) and spellings at home. A short list of spellings will also be sent home to learn - and your child should apply the correct spelling of these words during independent writing. Common (high frequency) words should be spelt correctly during class tasks and also during writing assessments (which enable us to assess which writing features your child can use independently).
If you have anything that you wish to ask or discuss, please come and find me in Class 3.
With many thanks,