Year 3 Learning Overview - Spring 1 2018
What are we learning?
Our topic for this half of the term is ‘Tribal Tales’.
As Historians, we will be immersing ourselves in the world of pre-historic Britain. We will be learning about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.
As Scientists, we will be learning about the function of different parts of flowering plants and exploring the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants. We will also be comparing different kinds of rocks, learning how fossils are formed in rocks and investigating the layers in the Earth’s soil.
In English we will studying the story ‘The First Drawing’, which is set in the Stone Age. We be writing a diary entry, character descriptions and a narrative developing a variety of writing techniques.
In Maths we will be reviewing fractions, counting in tenths and learning about mass and length.
In Mandarin we will be starting a unit called 'Chinese Kitchen' which will be all about Chinese food. We will be learning the names of foods.
In Philosophy for Children (P4C) we will focusing on how we listen and respond to other’s viewpoints.
In Music we will learning the violin.
Uniform: Children must be in the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt or polo shirt; purple school cardigan or jumper; white or grey socks or grey tights. Girls may also wear a purple and white school dress during the summer months. All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Hair longer than shoulder length should be tied back with a purple or black hair band.
P.E. Kit: Please make sure your children have shorts, a white t-shirt with the school logo, plimsolls and socks in a named P.E. bag in school. Children in Goldcrest class will have P.E on Tuesday and Friday, and children in Nightingale class will have P.E on Wednesday and Friday. P.E kits will be sent home on Friday and should return to school on Monday.
Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit. Please could you check your child’s kit as children have been doing quite a bit of growing over last term.
Violin Lessons: Violin lessons take place on Mondays; children will continue to take their violins home with them to enable them to practise during the week. We recommend that children practise every day for 10 minutes. Violins will be sent home on a Monday and must come back into school on Friday so that they can be tuned ready for the lesson on Monday.
Reading Books and Reading Records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags each day. Children should read daily and we ask that you record this in their reading record.
Overview of our home learning: Home learning will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned to school on a Tuesday.
There will also be one half-termly homework project. This Half Term it is ‘Tribal Tales’. Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 6th February 2018.
The home learning project is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the term, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that interests them.
Helping in the Classroom - We welcome parents to help and support in classrooms, so please contact us if you are interested in contributing to an activity: from listening to readers, DIY or art activities for example. Please be aware that volunteering places you in a position of trust due to the range of information you have access to about the school community. Therefore you will be required to sign a confidentiality and privacy agreement before helping out in a classroom. Please contact the school office to complete relevant documentation.
We encourage children to develop character attributes, traits and behaviours that we believe underpin success in school and beyond. We call these the ‘Keys to Success’. These are Determination, Curiosity, Community Spirit, Respect, Integrity, Self-control, Conscientiousness and Responsibility.
In school, we continue to use the rainbow ladder to encourage positive behaviour. In Year 3 children have the opportunity to earn recognition for demonstrating the school’s Keys to Success and will receive a special sticker once they have moved to a key. We encourage you to ask your child why they have received a special sticker and what Key to Success they followed. Children whose behaviour causes them to be on the thunder cloud will be given a note to take home explaining their behaviour.
Children will attend a celebration assembly every Tuesday morning where two children from each Year 3 class will be awarded a Powerful Learner Certificate in honour of showing one of the above attributes.
Butser Ancient Farm trip 25th January 2018 (details about this trip will be sent out when we return from the Christmas holiday).
Our Parent celebration will be on the 9th February 2018 at 1:30. This is a chance for the children to share their learning and projects with you.
Half Term 12th February 2018.