Welcome to Maple Class!
Welcome back Year 3!
I hope you have all had a lovely half term break and are ready for a busy Autumn 2.
We will be continuing with Class Dojo. This program allows teachers to reward children in different areas e.g, helping others, persistence and teamwork. It can also be used as a fantastic communication tool. The benefits to connecting with parents are:
Topic, Science and PE
This half term we are going to be learning about the being healthy in our Topic and Science lessons. In Geography we will be using world maps to find out where our food comes from and what different types of food people in these different countries eat. In Science, we will be investigating what is in our food and how it affects our bodies. We will be observing the skeleton and how our bodies are able to move. In PE, we will be using all of this information that we have collected to investigate the impact of exercise in different forms.
In Design and Technology, we will be researching, designing and creating our own healthy picnic to share with others.
During our Computing lessons we will be using the Scratch program to create simple algorithms and debugging programs.
This half term we will be doing dance on a Monday afternoon - PE kits should be in school everyday.
This half term, in our English lessons, we will be looking at Aesop's Fables, poems and persuasive letters.
Aesop's Fables are short stories that are usually about animals and try to teach us a lesson, or moral. The children will be exploring the different fables and then creating their own based on a moral of their choosing.
This half term we will be looking at shape poems and focusing on the the children's performance of these.
To finish off this term we will be using all the information we have learnt about staying healthy to write a persuasive letter to the Year 2's, trying to convince them to eat healthily.
We will be doing 2 spellings sessions a week, where the children are learning, practising and applying the new words. During these sessions, the children will be focusing on Year 3 words and spelling rules. I will also be sending home weekly spellings, these may come from rules taught in Year 1 and Year 2, we will have spelling tests weekly.
We will also be incorporating grammar lessons into our English when we are writing.
We will begin the half term by learning about addition and subtraction. We will then move on to multiplication and division, focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
We will do this learning through practical, concrete and abstract learning, where the children will use a range of objects, mental strategies, jottings and formal written methods.
It is really important that children are confident with addition and subtraction as this will support their learning in all other areas of maths. Any adding and subtracting they can do at home will help e.g. shopping lists, ingredients and playing games.
We will also be focusing on learning times tables. It is really important to be practising these at home, children can do it orally, write it down or there are lots of good games online.
The children have access to the Time Tables Rockstars website. This focuses on the children's recall of their times table facts, but in a fun and interactive way.
At Sacred Heart, Religious Education is at the core of the curriculum. This half term our Topic is Mary the Mother of God and Advent. We will be looking at the importance of be chosen how we can be loving during the time of advent.
Questions to think about:
Today a Saviour is born!
In the stillness of the night God enters human history
through the birth of his only Son.
He is our peace and hope.
In him we praise God for his
goodness to us in giving us so great a gift.
General class information
If you have any queries or want to chat about your child’s progress, feel free to catch me after school on the playground or make an appointment with Mrs Thompson in the school office.