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
- Monday 30th April - Class Photos
- Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday
- Thursday 10th May - ZooLab visiting
- Tuesday 22nd May - Trip to The Lightbox (Local History Trip)
- Tuesday 22nd May - Yr 3 and 4 Spelling Bee Finals
- Friday 25th May - INSET Day
- Monday 28th May - Half Term
- Monday 4th June - Back to School
- Wednesday 6th June - Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day
- Tuesday 19th June - Trip to the WWF
Please remember a water bottle, sun hat and sun cream in the warm weather!
Topic: Deadly 60!
For the first half of the summer term, we will be learning all about different deadly animals, using lots of videos and resources made by Steve Backshall for his TV show, Deadly 60! We will learn about where different animals come from and what makes them deadly. In Science, we will be comparing animal skeletons and muscles with that of our own.
This topic will also feature an exciting visit from ZooLab, who will be presenting a workshop to us about Dangerous and Deadly animals! We will be lucky enough to meet and handle six deadly animals brought straight to our school!
English: Animal Poetry
We will start off Summer Term by reading and writing a variety of poems all about different animals. We will be looking in depth at rhyming poems with a specific rhyme scheme, as well as free verse poems, haikus and calligrams! The children will be brainstorming, sharing and using a wide range of powerful vocabulary in their poems, which will then help them in their writing later in this term.
Maths: Statistics & Fractions
After Easter, we will start Maths by continuing our work on bar charts and pictograms - but this time we will collect our own raw data about deadly animals!
We will then move on to practise fractions for 2 weeks. Following Fractions Month in January, I hope that these two weeks will be a good refresher and reminder of fractions for all children to full embed their knowledge and understanding and apply it in complex problems later in this term.
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/
Science: Miraculous Movement
For the Summer Term, we will be focusing on Animals including Humans for our Science topic. In this first half term, we will be looking at the human skeleton and our muscles. We will be learning about different types of muscles and joints and bones and how they all work together to give us smooth movement. We will compare our own bodies and skeletons with other animals too!
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.
April'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: Mrs 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...
- Yr 3 & 4 Spelling Bee
- Summer Term Curriculum Overview (see below)
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.
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.