Year 3 - Owls
Welcome to our class page and to a new school year!
Mrs Wilson, Mr Bowen and Mrs Dodds will use this space to keep you informed about some of the things that Owl Class will be doing during this term. If there is anything that you need to know or would like to ask us, please come and speak to us in the playground, before or after school, or send us a message via the Contact Book, in a separate note or by emailing the office.
Poetry Day last week went very well with Owl Class creating a very long (literally) class poem, which they recited in assembly. Talking of assemblies, good luck everyone for our class assembly this Friday (11th).
Curriculum Topics for the Autumn Term
All of our English topics will include aspects of reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. They will each culminate in an extended piece of writing, using the various elements targeted. The various genres covered will be: Fairy tales from around the world; Poetry; Adventure stories; Persuasive writing; Instructions.
Our Maths this term is dominated by understanding the number system and calculating. We have units on Place Value, Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division and Measurement (length, including perimeter).
The science topic this term are: 'Animals including humans', which includes aspects of food, nutrition, skeletons and muscles; and 'Light', which considers sight, reflections and shadows.
The coding program 'Scratch' will be our main focus, using it to create animations and think about fixing "bugs" in programs.
Geography will be our main topic area this term and we shall learn about 'Countries of the World', including thinking about the continents and identifying major cities. We shall also work on 'Earning a living' by looking at the different jobs that people may do.
Art & Design
Our work in art this term will include studying the collages of Arcimboldo and the sculptures of Giacometti. Please ensure that your child has a named art apron/shirt in school at all times.
As part of the topic relating to food and cooking, we shall visit 'Pizza Express' in Cheam on Wednesday 25th September.
We have a new opportunity this year in Year 3 as we shall be having class Ukulele lessons on Monday afternoons.
We shall be using the Real PE scheme for some of our lessons, which works on all the fundamental movement skills. We shall also be doing Games and Gym during the term. Our P.E. lessons are timetabled for Tuesday and Wednesday this term. Generally, P.E. kits should stay in school and then go home at half-term for washing. Please ensure that any child with hair long enough to go into her or his face, has sufficient hair-ties and, if girls wear tights to school, they should have socks in their P.E kit. As the weather becomes colder, children can wear tracksuit bottoms but they should always have shorts for use indoors.
We shall include studies on Hinduism (Diwali) and Christianity (Christmas) this term.
Our topics are 'Being me in my world' and 'Celebrating differences'.
Our French work will include the vocabulary of greetings, classroom instructions and colours.
As part of our work in English, and linked to our geography topic, we would like you to do some brief research into a given country - see the lists below to find out which one. Using the table on the back of the sheet that has been sent home,collect some information, which you will then share with others who have researched the same country, so that you have some ideas to use when writing your persuasive advertisement over the coming week. Remember, aim to think about reasons why someone would wish to visit the country. For example, if you were doing Spain, you might mention the lovely holiday beaches or some of the interesting places to visit in Barcelona or Madrid. Please do as much as possible over the weekend and bring your sheet in on Thursday, although you could still add some extra ideas early next week.
The learning that children do at home is hugely important and is, of course, an ongoing thing. There are many ways that the work that we do at school can be complemented by various learning tasks at home. Regular reading is vital and, particularly at this age, reading aloud to an adult. Please record this reading in the Contact Book.
The maths 'Fluency Booklets' are for daily practice of basic skills. We will regularly go over some of the activities in the booklets so they should come to school each day but please also talk to the children about the tasks.
Each week we will set activities from the Mathletics website to be completed. Please let us know if you are unable to access the site.
Spellings will usually be given out on Monday. The usual procedure will be that we will test the children on a group of spellings, usually with a theme to them. They will then take home the list (that will show which ones they got correct and which ones they got wrong) and work on them over the next fortnight, when they will be tested again. We will obviously also look at them in class and aim to use them in context where possible. We will also send home a sheet with all the words for the term so that parents can see what is coming up. This will also get over the problem of any lost sheets on Mondays!
This week's Spellings (w.b. 07/10/19)
These words use different ways for making the "long a" sound. Note that 'height' uses the 'eigh' string but this, of course, does not make the "long a" sound. Please discuss the meanings of these words at home. We shall also work on these in class.