Dragons (Year 3)

September 2017


Newsletter Autumn 1st half term

Dear Parents / Carers,

Welcome to Year 3! I hope you have had lovely summer and are ready for your first year in Key Stage Two.  We’ve got a fun-packed year ahead of us and I’m really excited about all the things we are going to learn.

In maths, we will be consolidating our understanding of place value in order to be able to confidently manipulate 3 digit numbers.  By spending a longer period on place value at the beginning of the year, children will then have a firm base on which to build their mathematical knowledge.  We will then continue extending our understanding of addition with children being able to master more complicated problems and puzzles.  Children will continue to learn their tables inside out (consolidate Year 2 learning of 2x, 5x, 10x tables) and will now learn the 3x, 6x and 8x tables.  Playing games on the internet and practising with you at home will really help to support their learning.

In English, we are going to spend the half term having lots of writing opportunities around some fantastic books.  Taking our class theme of dragons, we will start by investigating the beautiful picture books, Tell me a Dragon by Jackie Morris and The Egg by M.P. Robertson.  These will be the stimulus for lots of drama activities, newspaper reports about dragon sightings, persuasive letters to ask Mrs. Gunning to let us have a pet dragon and lots of other exciting tasks.  Along the way, children will be amazed by unusual WOW hooks which may happen in the classroom… Our class reading book, which we will read together in the afternoons, is How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. This book will be the stimulus for our final writing task about instructions when children will use all the grammar and language learning from the half term to write a set of instructions.

This half term, our topic learning has developed this year to give the children more responsibility for their learning.  We will look at the subject of ‘Buildings’ and investigate how they have changed throughout the ages.  Looking at the earliest dwellings (caves) and then going through the different periods of time, children will have a chronological understanding of the history of buildings and how people lived. This will enable children to look at how the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and other periods of British history.  The classroom has been designed to enable children to independently access resources with an art area, construction depot and lots of research materials.  Children will develop resilience and an ability to take responsibility for their new learning which will foster a love of learning.

Mrs Eccles will be teaching P.E., R.E., French and music to Year 3 every Thursday morning P.E. will be every Thursday morning, with an extra lesson on Wednesday afternoon taught by Mr. Carr.

Phonics, spellings and handwriting will be taught daily, along with daily morning reading sessions.  During these sessions, children’s reading and comprehension will be assessed by their teachers.  Children will read different types of books, whilst learning how to look deeper and use inference to understand more complicated texts.  Daily reading at home, of either their school reading book or any book which grabs their interest, will really help to boost their reading ability.  We would love to see you, or any other adult who brings your child to school, during our open reading sessions in the morning, just follow us into school.

In Year 3, homework consists of weekly spellings, which will be handed out in a spelling pack at the beginning of each half term and children will be tested on Friday mornings.  These are the words which are set through Government related expectations and children will be expected to practise writing their spellings by using the look, say, cover, write and check method at least five times a week.  I will be sending home a booklet which gives you lots of imaginative ideas to help your child remember the spelling rules.  We also ask that children read every evening and a comment be written to support their learning in their reading record book. Children will be given a project style homework activity which will be based on the children’s interests.  This will last for the whole half term. Children will also need to practise their times tables and learn it facts.

Tips to support your child’s reading and comprehension skills

  • Children should read every day if possible.
  • Before your child begins to read, discuss and predict what happens in the text.
  • Discuss features of the book i.e. the blurb, index etc.
  • Encourage your child to sound out more difficult words using their phonic knowledge.
  • Ask questions about the text to try to develop your child’s deeper understanding.
  • Probe their understanding by asking how and why questions.
  • Your child should look for clues in the text to answer your questions.
  • Encourage children to read anything and everything they are interested in e.g. Lego instructions or cookery books.

Please see me in the playground in the mornings or after school, if you have any concerns or messages.

Kind regards,

Mrs Cork  

Topic Learning