Spring Term 2019

This term we are focusing on Mountains and Volcanoes. We have looked at how the earth is formed and how mountains are created and made a fabulous world map to show the different mountain ranges across the globe.

This half term we will be focusing on volcanoes, where they are, how they are created, and no doubt having a go at making one erupt.

There is a fantastic website you can use at home to show your children more about volcanoes and to have a go at making one erupt. Have a look at https://www.cosmeo.com/braingames/virutal_volcano/index.cfm?title=Virtual%20Volcano if it has sparked your child's interest!

 

PE during the second half-term will be dance in the school hall on a Monday afternoon. Please make sure they have their indoor kit for this, but it would be useful to have it in school all week in case there are any changes.

 

English

Children should be reading either independently or with someone at home every day. They all now have our new Guided Reading books which we are looking at every day and will soon be doing some special competition activities which will be entered into our whole school Book Awards.

We will continue to use 'Read, Write, Inc.' as our spelling scheme.  Children will be taking part in fun, interactive spelling lessons for 20 minutes 4 times a week.   All children now have a 'book' of spellings for the half term. Spellings are tested every Friday morning.

Handwriting and presentation are continuing to be a focus for Year 3, who are all working so hard towards their pen licences. I'm so impressed with their determination!

Homework continues to be set on a Friday and should be back in school by Tuesday. 

Maths

We continue to use the 'Teaching for Mastery' approach as our foundation for learning and this half term we will be focusing on angles, time and multiplication and division.

Children should also be learning their times tables so any support you can give them for this would be useful. By the end of Year 3 they are expected to know multiplication and division facts for 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x and 8x tables. We will be launching Times Tables Rockstars in school to help children to improve their times tables and to battle their friends! More details will be coming back with your children at the beginning of this half term to show you how to log in at home.

Science

We have now finished Rocks and Soils, which saw us identify lots of rocks and make some wonderful wormeries. Thank you all for your help in sending in what we need to help with this topic.

This half term we will be looking at Light and Shadow, now that the lighter evenings and longer days are creeping back in.

Computing

We continue to use cross curriculum work to give the children plenty of opportunity to research different subjects in a safe environment online. The class have also been talking about how to stay safe online. please make sure their signed Acceptable Use Policy is brought back into class.

 

PSHE

The whole school theme of Honesty will be a focus for the children this term, based loosely around the story The Honest Woodcutter.

 

RE

In RE we will be linking in our learning about humans, and discovering what it is that makes us all different and special in our own way.

Music

 

 

DT

 

French

French is taught weekly and integrated into class routines.  We will be learning the vocabulary for body parts and colours, through songs and games.  

 

Please do not hesitate to come in and ask any questions you have.

Many thanks for your support,

 

Mrs Curtis