Welcome to Swan Class 2018-2019!
Please remember you need your P.E. kit in school every day. Swimming starts on Thursday 20th September.
On behalf of the Swan Class team...
Thank you for all the wonderful gifts that we received in July! We hope that everyone has a very restful and enjoyable summer holidays and see you all in September!
Welcome to the new parents and children who are checking out our page for next year! We hope that you find some useful starting information. Below are some useful dates for the first term along with information about our first few weeks of learning. If you should have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact one of us.
Dates for your Diary
- Tuesday 4th September - INSET Day
- Wednesday 5th September - First day of school
- Monday 17th September - Swan Class Curriculum Meeting
- Wednesday 19th September - Lifebus here for 2 days
- Thursday 20th September - Swimming starts
- Tuesday 2nd October - Flu vaccinations
- W/C Monday 8th October - The Big Draw
- Tuesday 16th October - Parents Evening
- Thursday 18th October - Parents Evening
- Monday 22nd October - Half Term
- Monday 29th October - INSET Day
- Tuesday 30th October - Back to School
Topic: Around the World in 80 Days
To start off with in Year Three, we will be recapping lots of geography work that we did in Key Stage 1. We will begin by revising the names of the oceans and continents and their locations. As the term progresses, children will choose their own countries to research and learn more about and gain stamps in their very own passport as we go! We will intertwine our topic into lots of other subjects as well. This will be a great topic to allow children to discuss different cultures, languages and countries that they have experienced.
English: Poetry from Around the World
In English, we will start off looking at poets from around the world and studying their poems. We will also try writing our very own poems! Through poetry and independent lessons, we will be focusing on different word classes. Children will be taught all about nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions - many of which they will remember from Year 2.
Maths: Place Value
To get started, we will be practising place value of 2- and 3-digit numbers. Children will order numbers based on their size and develop their number facts, such as number bonds to 10 and 20, to help them increase their speed and accuracy with mental place-value sums.
As always, we will continue practising our times tables daily. Whilst we encourage children to learn all their times tables, it is essential that children know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 times tables by the end of Year 3 to be ready for their learning in Year 4. To help with this, I recommend children logging onto https://ttrockstars.com/login with their own username and password.
Use your unique ActiveLearn logon to practise some of our Maths: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/
Our first Science topic will be looking at plants. We will be growing our own variety of plants and also conducting experiments to see what plants need to grow and why. We will discuss pollination and seed dispersal and the importance of pollinating bees and insects. We will use lots of outdoor learning to help us during this topic!
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!
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.
September's value is...
Our Golden Rules
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.
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: Ms Ehlers
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...
- Swimming permission slips
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 Wednesday, 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.
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.