Swan Class 2019 - 2020!
Homework is given on a Friday and due in on a Thursday. Don't forget P.E. kit in school everyday please, P.E. lessons on Tuesday and Friday.
Autumn term in Swan Class
Welcome back to Swan Class! I hope you have all had a lovely half-term break and are looking forward to coming back to school this week. I am looking forward to seeing the homework that you have been working on.
This term, our topic is Around the World. We will be learning about the globe and about a variety of countries and cultures from around the world.
In English we will be researching Sicily and learning to write non-fiction travel brochures about the country. Our class book is 'Explorer' by Katherine Rundell and we are excited to find out what adventures the children will go on in the Amazon rainforest.
In our Maths lessons, we are learning about Addition and Subtraction (both mental and written methods) and practicing using our addition and subtraction knowledge to solve problems.
The Science topic this half term is Light. We will be learning that dark is the absence of light, and that light is reflected from surfaces. We will also explore how shadows are formed and look for patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.
The children are all getting used to our Accelerated Reader scheme and are enjoying reading their library books and completing the quiz on the laptop afterwards. Please continue to encourage your children to read at home, either out loud, or to themselves.
Dates for your Diary
- Mon 4th - INSET day
- Tues 5th - First day of school
- Fri 8th - Mufti Day for Christmas Fayre
- Fri 22nd - Cake Bake
- Sun 24th - School Christmas Fayre
- Thurs 28th - Swan Class assembly - 9am.
- Fri 20th - End of term - Finish at 2pm
Any questions or comments please come and find us!
Class Teacher: Miss Tuck
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Donaldson
LSAs: Mrs Dunning, Mrs Thain, Miss Johnson.
PPA Cover Teacher: Mrs Connors
Intervention Teachers: Mrs Campbell
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 Friday and expected to be handed in the following Thursday. If it is not handed in on Thursday, 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 practice 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.