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Welcome to Swan Class 2017-2018!

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

 

Dates for your Diary

October

  • Monday 23rd October - Half Term
  • Monday 30th October - INSET Day
  • Tuesday 31st October - Back to school

November

  • Friday 10th November - Non-uniform Day (PTA raising money - bring a bottle or £1)
  • Monday 13th November - Anti Bullying Week
  • Tuesday 14th November - KS2 Anti-Bullying Carousel 
  • Friday 16th November - Children in Need (bring £1 for non-uniform)
  • Thursday 23rd November - Swan Class Assembly
  • Sunday 26th November - PTA Christmas Fayre at Old Woking Community Centre

December

  • Monday 11th December - Christmas Jumper day
  • Friday 15th December - KS2 Christmas Rehearsal at St Peter's Church
  • Tuesday 19th December - KS2 Christmas Service at St Peter's Church
  • Wednesday 20th December - last day of term, 2pm finish

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Topic:  Around the World in 80 Days

Our very first topic is brand new and is bound to be exciting!  We will be learning about the seven different continents by spending two weeks studying each one.  This will include learning about the different cultures and physical geography of different countries and comparing them to the United Kingdom.  By the end of the topic, the children will be expected to know about the seven continents and the five major oceans in greater detail.  They will also understand the significance and position of the Equator, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circles and begin to understand the difference in time zones, including night and day.  We will also look in closer detail at volcanoes and earthquakes.  It is undoubtedly going to be an adventurous topic!

English:  Persuasive Writing - Travel Brochures

For the next few weeks, we will be learning about Sicily!  The children will be researching and then persuading others to visit Sicily.  They will make posters, role-play travelling to Sicily and eating their food.  They will make a brochure using a range of persuasive techniques, including rhetorical questions, enticing vocabulary, and making their brochure look aesthetically pleasing. 

Maths:  Time & Geometry

October: for the last week of October we will practise doubling and halving before moving onto an introduction to fractions in Year 3. 

November: throughout November, we will be learning about money, using the correct £.p notation and applying our number knowledge to handling money.  We will then look at shape and measures, including drawing and measuring lines and perimeter.  Throughout November we will continue to revise our times tables, specifically focusing this Half Term on revising our 2, 5 and 10 and learning our 3 and 4.  Next term we will challenge ourselves with our 6 and 8 times tables!

December: just before Christmas, we will do some Christmas Maths!  This will include statistics - looking at the class's favourite Christmas food and Christmas films, as well as solving some challenging problems that Rudolph needs our help to fix!

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

Science:  Light

This Half Term, we will be learning about Light.  We will start off thinking about where light comes from and recapping on remembering to stay safe from the sun - even in the winter!  Afterwards, we will study how the earth, moon and sun rotate on an axis which is different to the equator - which gives us days and years and seasons.  We will then investigate how shadows change depending on the type of light source, angle and distance the light is from the object, and whether the object is transparent, translucent or opaque.  We will complete a few investigations - including looking at how our shadows change over the course of a day!

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. 

October's value is...

Equality

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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


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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.