Welcome to Year 3
Year 3 Newsletter
Term 5 & Term 6 2018
Our topic this term is Rainforests; we recommend you and your child take a look at the internet where there is a wealth of information.
We will locate the equator, tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the rainforests on the world map. We will study the climate, structure of rainforests and monsoons. We will also learn about deforestation and look at trees, plants and animals, and the impact deforestation has on these.
Additionally, the children will learn about the tribes in the Amazon – their homes, food and daily life.
There is a trip planned for our Rainforest topic. We shall be visiting Cadbury’s World on Wednesday 23rd May and are requesting full payment for this trip to be paid at the school office by 18th May 2018.
Fiction – Stories with the same settings; fantasy stories; poetry
Non-fiction – non chronological reports and creating fact files
Maths – our learning this term will include: fractions; data; measurement; time. We shall continue with times tables, addition and subtraction, including mental methods, formal written methods and learning to solve a range of one and two step problems using these
Science – Plants and Habitats
Computing – Switched on Computing - We are Communicators; We are Opinion Pollsters
Design and Technology – Jungle Art; making dye from natural ingredients to dye cloth; create ‘Mola’ art on dyed cloth
Art – Jungle Art – we will study Henri Rousseau’s rainforest paintings and create our own painting in Rousseau’s style
Music – our recorder skills will continue to be developed - please remember recorders and books need to be in school every Friday; African drumming and soundscapes of the rainforest
RE – Christianity in Action
PSHE – the children will learn about school values and the themes; Relationships; Sun Safety; Changes
P.E. – Athletics; Field Games; Dance
PE will be on Mondays and Fridays but it is helpful to have PE kits in school at all times. Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands; no clips please. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings they will be excluded from PE for health and safety reasons. PE kit will be sent home regularly for washing. Please ensure all clothing (particularly sweatshirts and cardigans), PE kits and footwear is clearly labelled.
Library: Our library time is every Thursday. Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.
Water bottles: May we request that you provide your child with a water bottle to use in class at all times.
Homework: Please make sure your child’s reading book and record are at school every day for quiet reading sessions and reading to adult helpers. We continually review the levels the children are reading at.
Each week the children will bring home a Maths activity and a Reading or Writing activity. This will be sent home in their homework book on Thursdays and to be returned on Tuesdays. They will also receive extra times table practice at various times in the year. Please sign their homework sheet and make a comment if necessary.
Spelling: The children will continue to bring home a spelling journal and they will work on a new list each week. They will be tested every Wednesday and they will bring their journals home again every Thursday.
Reading: Children will be expected to read and change their school reading book regularly, recording their reading in their diaries. The children should take two books at a time - one fiction and one non-fiction.
Celebration Assemblies will continue to be held on Thursdays at 3pm, and Singing Assemblies are every other Friday at 9.00am. Parents/Carers are welcome to attend these assemblies, please refer to our school website for more information.
I would like to invite you to an Open Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 11th July 2018. Here you will have the opportunity to look at your child’s work for the year and reflect on all of their achievements.
All Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to bring in a piece of fruit/vegetable for their morning break as this helps towards their ‘5-a-day’. Our school is proud to be an Enhanced Healthy School and thank parents/carers for supporting us with this.
Mrs Middleton & Mrs Gray
Year 3 Class Teachers