Welcome to the wonderful world of Juniors.
This term we will settle nicely into Year 3 with a topic on The Stone Age. Read on to find out more about our Topics.
This half term we will be working with Number and Place Value
We will be taught to:
We will read a book called The Stone Age Boy and use his adventures to plan our work.
We will focus on Handwriting, Noun phrases, Preposition, Verbs and sentence structure, ready to write some amazing pieces such as letters, diaries and instructions.
Spellings, Handwriting and The Reading Challenge
The reading challenge will be re set this year with the chance to receive Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards. We have updated our reading books so all children will move to the selection outside Year 3, the books start at Level 8 and supply a range of texts to read which improve understanding and inference. There are questions in the front of the book for parents to ask children after they have finished reading - doing this gives your child great extra learning that only takes a few minutes.
It is highly important that children still read with their parents frequently and that parents read to them.
As a reminder - If you read 5 times within a week then you will earn a stamp in your reading record. If you earn 10 stamps then you will receive a bronze certificate in celebration assembly. You will need to collect a further 10 stars to get a silver and then a gold certificate. Please make sure you bring your reading record and book into school every day in order to keep track of your reading and make sure somebody signs your diary.
We will have handwriting every morning in Year 3 to allow the maximum chance to achieve a pen licence. There isn’t a rush for pens so you shouldn’t worry if you do not receive your pen licence yet, I will be noticing how hard you are working in your books and praise will be given. Spellings will also be given out every week to be learnt at home and tested the week later.
Science this term will look at Rocks and Soils
We explore, describe, and group rocks, on the basis of appearance and properties. We will learn simply and explain how fossils are formed as well as recognising and experimenting with soil.
We will move along a timeline from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, passing the Bronze age on the way.
We will explore the differences between the three, look at their way of life and gather information about how they impacted our lives today.
Our big question in RE will ask "Why is the Church an important post of Christian faith?"
We will visit the United Reformed Church and then make our own Church museum to explain what we have learnt.
This term we have PE on a Tuesday with Mr Hall and on a Wednesday with Mr Kelly.
Please come to school in your PE kit on a Tuesday and Wednesday with your uniform in a bag.
Looking at the stories and meanings behind Stone Age Art, we will explore into caves and make our own examples, describing our own story in a Stone Age painting. We will use wax and pastels, making some of our own paint like they would have done.
An important part of Juniors is learning to look after ourselves. This is why our first topic is Keeping Clean and Keeping Organised. We will spend time looking at ourselves and what we need to do to make ourselves clean and organised as we grow.
We begin computing with Online Safety, We will learn in Hector's world with the other fish of the ocean, learning and discussing how to be safe online.
We will look at Music Composition with the Carnival of the Animals. This is always a great unit which allows expression and adventure!
Homework and Spellings
Maths and English homework will be given to you every Wednesday, to return to school the following Monday. Your spellings will be recorded in your log book to take home every day. they should also come back into school every morning so they can be used in lessons. There is a homework and spellings tab on the Year 3 web page where you can find your homework electronically.
Maths homework will be through the My Maths website which you should already have log in details for. I have a spare copy if needed.
If you are finding any homework difficult and you would like guidance or extra practice then please make me aware by writing in your homework book or talking to me at the beginning or end of class.
I am really excited for a new journey in Year 3, I hope you are too!