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.
Spring term in Swan Class
Welcome back to Swan Class! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break! We have had a good start to the new term starting both our new class novel, "Leon and the space between", and our new topic!
This term, our topic is Ancient Egypt. Firstly we will look at the geography of Egypt now and understand its key geographical features. We will then be looking carefully at the achievements the Ancient Egyptians made and how their achievements have contributed to our lives.
In English we will be exploring a class novel "Leon and the place between". We are excited to find out what adventures Leon and his friends will undertake. This text is imaginatively rich and will stimulate the children's creative writing. We will also be researching news paper articles, studying journalistic styles, and producing our own news paper reports.
In our Maths lessons, we have continued work on multiplication and division, applying different strategies to help us solve more tricky calculations. We are learning to recognise the link between multiplication and division, and secure our knowledge and ability to recall the facts of the times tables.
The Science topic this half term is Rocks. We will be investigating different types of rocks, comparing and grouping rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple properties. We will also be learning how rocks and fossils are formed.
We are reading everyday in class. The children are enjoying choosing from a range of 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 6th - INSET day
- Tues 7th - First day of school
- Mon 14th - Mid-term break
- 25th - Back to school
- Fri 3rd - End of term 2pm finish.
- 20th - Back to school - Summer Term
Any questions or comments please come and find us!
Class Teacher: Miss Marsh
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.