Welcome to Swan Class 2017-2018!
Swimming stars on Thursday 21st September. Please remember you need your P.E. kit in school every day.
Swan Class Adults 2017 - 2018
Teacher: Miss Humphreys
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Connors
LSAs: Mrs Ehlers & Mrs Osbourne
Dates for your Diary
- Monday 25th September - Recycling Week
- Wednesday 4th October - Yr 3/4 Maths Morning
- Monday 9th October - Big Draw
- Thursday 12th October - Woking Diwali Parade at 5pm (meet outside Woking Civic Offices)
- Tuesday 17th October - Parent Teacher Evening
- Thursday 19th October - Individual Photographs
- Thursday 19th October - Parent Teacher Evening
- Friday 20th October - Wear it Wild Day
- Monday 23rd October - Half Term
- Monday 30th October - INSET Day
- Tuesday 31st October - Back to school
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!
We are reading poems from different poets around the world. We are looking at how they use rhyme and rhythm to create something enjoyable to read. We will discuss and use a wide range of poetic devices to write our own exciting poetry. We will finish our topic by writing poems in preparation to share during our Harvest Assembly.
Next week, we will begin revising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will then start looking at our 3, 4, 8 and maybe even 6 times tables! We will think of ways to learn them and begin looking at how multiplication and division are linked.
Use your unique ActiveLearn logon to practise some of our Maths: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/
To kickstart Year Three we will be looking in more detail at plants, building upon the children's foundation knowledge from Key Stage One. We will look closely at the functions of the different parts of a plant and label it in detail. We also be learning about how plants reproduce through pollination. Lastly, we will also run a long-term investigation to learn about how light can affect a plant's health and growth.
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: Mrs Ehlers
Please ask the office for another copy of the letter if you have misplaced it.
- Swimming forms
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.