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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 

October

  • Monday 22nd October - Half Term
  • Monday 29th October - INSET Day
  • Tuesday 30th October - Back to School

November

  • Wednesday 7th November - Yr 4 & 4 Maths Morning for Parents
  • Thursday 8th November - Diwali Parade
  • Friday 16th November - Mufti Day for Christmas Fayre
  • Sunday 25th November - Christmas Fayre

December

  • Tuesday 4th December - Pantomime in school for children
  • Wednesday 19th December - Last Day of term, 2pm finish

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:  Noah Barleywater Runs Away

In English, we are currently reading the book Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne. We are looking at writing letters, character descriptions, setting descriptions and our own stories all based upon this text, which offers many opportunities for rich discussion, exposure to sophisticated language and plenty of time for children to develop their comprehension and inference skills.

Maths:  Telling the Time & Shape

We will now be looking at telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and reading and understanding calendars. After this, we will look at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

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:  Light

In the second half of Autumn Term, we will be learning about light. We will study how light travels and how the earth and moon rotate around the sun to give us days and years and lunar months. We will look at how different materials affect the way light travels, by distorting it or by blocking it completely! We will investigate how the length of our shadows change during the day and depending on how close or far and at what angle a light source is at.

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:  Ms Ehlers             
             Mrs Osbourne
             Miss Peters


Recent Letters

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
  • Diwali letters

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.