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Welcome to Swan Class 2018-2019!

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

Dates for your Diary 

January

  • Monday 7th January - Back to School!

February

  • Monday 18th February - Half Term

March

  • Wednesday 27th March - Class trip to Haslemere Museum

April

  • Monday 1st April - Ancient Egyptian Day
  • Monday 1st April - Swans Class Assembly
  • Tuesday 2nd April - Parents Evening
  • Thursday 4th April - Parents Evening
  • Friday 5th April - Last Day of Term, 2pm finish 

Topic:  Tomb Raiders

One of our favourite Year Three topics is Tomb Raiders!! We will be learning all about the Ancient Egyptians. We will look at how different people in Ancient Egypt lived, from the poor peasants to the fantastic pharaohs! We will begin to explore why death and the Afterlife were so important to the Ancient Egyptians as well. We will link it across the curriculum, such as making Egyptian-style self-portraits! We will also have an in-depth case study about Tutankhamun and Howard Carter and why this Pharaoh was so amazing to mankind's history. 

English:  Michael Rosen Poetry Study

In English, we will be studying the poet Michael Rosen. We will be looking at some of his most famous poems, what influences him as a poet and writing our own poetry. We will even rewrite We're Going on a Bear Hunt into We're Going to Find a Mummy!

Maths:  Fraction Month

For the month of January, we will be only be looking at fractions! We will start off by revising what a fraction is and what it can look like. We'll use bar models to help us find fractions of amounts and solve some tricky problem solving and reasoning challenges about fractions too!

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

Science:  Rocks

This Half Term, we will be studying what is right beneath our feet... rock! We will look at the different types of rocks and how they are formed and how we can use rock to teach us about Ancient History - like the Egyptians!! We will also be looking at how fossils are made and creating our own Fossil Stories!

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. 

January's value is...

Optimism

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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:  Ms Ehlers             
             Mrs Osbourne
             Miss Burton


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 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.

 

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.