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Welcome to Swan Class 2017-2018!

Remember your Swimming kit on Thursdays!                   Please remember you need your P.E. kit in school every day.

Dates for your Diary

February

  • Monday 12th February - Half Term
  • Monday 19th February - Back to School
  • Monday 26th February - Book Week begins (authors visiting all week)

March

  • Friday 2nd March - dress up as a book character day
  • Tuesday 13th March - Parents Evening
  • Wednesday 14th March - Class trip to Haslemere Museum (note: all children will need to bring a small teddy/doll no bigger than 20cm to mummify!)
  • Thursday 15th March - Parents Evening
  • Wednesday 21st March - Ancient Egyptian Day (come dressed up in Ancient Egyptian costume!)  
  • Thursday 22nd March - last swimming session 
  • Wednesday 28th March - Music Concert
  • Thursday 29th March - Last day of term, 2pm finish

April

  • Monday 16th April - Back to School

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Topic:  Tomb Raiders

During Spring Term, we will be venturing back in time to the Ancient Egyptians!  We will be learning in great detail about how the Ancient Egyptians lived and how they have impacted our society today.  By the end of the topic, children will know about the physical geography of Egypt and why the River Nile was so important.  They will also know about the importance of the Afterlife and mummification, looking in depth at the pyramids and Valley of the Kings.  We will study the famous pharaoh Tutankhamun and his discovery by Howard Carter and look briefly at Cleopatra and her importance as a female pharaoh.  

This topic also includes a very exciting trip to the Haslemere Museum!  On this trip, children will continue to learn more about the Afterlife and will even get to mummify their very own toy!  Details of the trip will be given nearer the time. 

English:  Adventure Stories

This Half Term we will go back to writing stories - only this time we will be writing adventure stories!  We will be focusing on our descriptive writing to help us create exciting, brave characters who go exploring an old Ancient Egyptian pyramid.  We will continue focusing on improving our writing through understanding our SPaG, focusing specifically on paragraphs, different types of sentence openers, writing for a specific audience and using inverted commas correctly. 

Maths:  Fractions

Over the next Half Term, most of our Maths lessons will be focusing on revising our number and place value facts and practising our mental addition and subtraction skills.  This will then prepare us for learning expanded and short column addition and grid method multiplication at the end of the Spring Term.  We will be applying our knowledge into a range of areas, including measures and money.  We will also spend more time learning how to read analogue and digital clocks (pardon the pun!) to the nearest minute.  

Use your unique ActiveLearn logon to practise some of our Maths: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/ 

Science:  Forces and Magnets

This Half Term, we will be learning about Forces and Magnets.  Children will start off learning about friction and conduct their own experiment to work out which surfaces have more friction.  We will focus on our Scientific writing skills by writing detailed hypotheses and conclusions as well as doing more data handling by interpreting our results.  We will also learn about magnets and how compasses use magnetic fields and poles to show us direction.  We will also experiment with what materials magnets attract or repel and investigate which magnets are strongest. 

If you would like additional support or information about how to help your child with their learning, please speak to Miss Humphreys.  

Are you an expert in anything we are learning about?  Is there something you can show the children to help us?  Have you any stories or experiences in our topics?  Feel free to speak to Miss Humphreys and offer your expertise! 

 

Our Values 

In Swan Class, we know how important our values are.  Through Class Worship, assemblies and cross-curricular lessons, our values will be embedded into all aspects of our day-to-day learning, helping us to become the best that we can be. 

March's value is...

Courage

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 Our Golden Rules

We respect

We take care

We take pride.

 

The 5 Rs

To encourage children to become independent and effective learners, we will be thinking about ways to show the 5Rs - resourcefulness, reflective thinking, reasoning, resilience and responsibility. 

 

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Each child has an individual username and password to the website www.activelearnprimary.co.uk.  The website is regularly updated with Maths games, books to read with HotSpot questions and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar games.  Please do allow your child some time regularly each week to go on this website and help them improve in school!  

Any questions or comments please come and find us!

Please remember that Miss Humphreys is unavailable in the mornings.  Please leave a message with the adults on duty or the office or speak to her at the end of the day. Thank you!

Class Teacher: Miss Humphreys

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Connors

LSAs:  Mrs Ehlers             
             Mrs Osbourne
             Mrs M


Recent Letters

Please ask the office for another copy of the letter if you have misplaced it.
By the end of the term, you should have received...

  • Haslemere Museum School Trip

Homework

The expectation in Year 3 is that the children...

  • Practise their weekly spelling list and the Year 3/4 Statutory spelling list regularly.
  • Practise their times tables regularly.
  • Read every day and record this in their Reading Records.
  • Complete one piece of homework a week, spending a minimum of 20 minutes concentrated time. 

One piece of homework will be given to the children on a Thursday and expected to be handed in the following Wednesday.  If it is not handed in on Tuesday, then they will have one day's grace and it will be due the following day.  If it is not submitted that day, children will be required to complete the missing homework during their break or lunch time.

Homework rotates between a topic-related piece of writing, a times tables activity, a spelling activity, and maths comprehension.  The children will have weekly spellings which they would benefit from working on at home.  Some longer pieces of homework may also be given, which is good practise for the children to manage their time and ensure good quality work is handed in.  House points are given!

Homework Tasks aim to:

  • · enable pupils to make maximum progress in their academic development;
  • · help pupils develop as independent learners;
  • · promote a dialogue between home and school in supporting each child‛s learning;
  • · enable the curriculum to be covered in sufficient depth and breadth;
  • · provide educational experiences in addition to those available in school;
  • · practice skills, consolidate and reinforce learning taught in school;
  • · help children develop good work habits for the future.

 

P.E. & Swimming

Swimming and P.E. lessons are outlined in the National Curriculum and are statutory lessons.  All children must participate in all lessons.  

Regarding swimming, the National Curriculum states that pupils should be able to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25 metres. 
  • use a range of swimming strokes effectively
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

 

Library Days

Children are able to change their library books daily upon request first thing in the morning.  Once a week, they are given time during a Guided Reading session to change their books.  We expect children to have a book to read during Silent Reading sessions.