We hope that you have had a restful holiday and that your family has continued to remain safe and well through these very strange times. We hope you had a wonderful summer break and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine we had! We both are so glad to be back to a routine and doing what we both love; we are pretty sure the children feel the same way too! This term is always an exciting term with plenty of new topics and themes to explore. Our main focus will be on nurture, and helping our children through these difficult times.
We are looking forward to meeting new parents and saying hello to parents of children we have both taught in previous years. Please feel free to introduce yourselves to us and say hello on the gate in the mornings.
Miss Leslie will be teaching Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Miss Coggins will be teaching on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs Collier will be supporting in class, Monday to Friday. Mr Roberts will be teaching P.E. on a Wednesday afternoon and Miss Connell will teach music. We are also very lucky to have Mr Perris with us this year. He is completing his teaching qualification and will be learning on the job with us.
In our English lessons this term, we will be exploring the novel “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes. The story tells the tale of a gigantic metal robot who appears out of nowhere, crashing onto the beach and shattering into many parts. He is discovered by Hogarth, a young boy. The Iron Man proceeds to devour farm machinery, until the farmers rise up against him. we know the children are going to love it. We will explore a variety of text types as we progress through the book and the children will have the chance to respond to the novel through the use of journalistic writing, diary entries, biographical writing and writing in narrative style.
This term in Maths the children will:
• Focusing on Place Value-comparing and ordering numbers.
• Adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers
• Multiplying and dividing by 3, 4 and 8.
• Problem solving.
Our first topic this term is Stone Age to Iron Age. The children will be finding out about:
• Survival skills
• Skara Brae
• Bronze age
For the first half term, the topic we will be covering is Rocks and Soil. We will be looking at different rocks and categorizing them, as well as being able to identify them. We will investigate the rocks’ hardness, and how this effects their use. After the break, we will begin our topic on “Light” and will look at how light travels and how we see.
This term your child will be having PE on a and on a Monday with Miss Leslie and Wednesday with Sport 4 All. Your child should come to school dressed in their full PE kit on these days (Black shorts and red t-shirt under black tracksuit). Please note that leggings are not part of the PE uniform. Trainers are essential. Initially, both PE lessons will be outside until the weather changes.
After the half term break, we will begin our geography topic, “The Uk”. We will look at our changing nation, counties and cities, rivers and mountains.
The children will be starting with the topic of Communion, and its importance for Christians.
We will look at online safety to begin with, and then coding.
We are currently awaiting guidance on school visits, so will update you accordingly.
Homework will be set online, using purple mash and Mathletics. Please let us know if you need a reminder of your child’s login details. The children will have a weekly piece of homework English and maths which will be set on a Friday and due in on the following Wednesday. Children will have one day’s grace to complete late homework, after that, they will be asked to complete it during their lunchtime. It is expected that the children spend about 30mins on their homework task.
We are currently testing the children and once we have assigned groups we will update you with what format the children will be receiving / tested on spellings.
The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. This may for some weeks form part of the Maths homework. We will establish which times tables children need to work on early in the term and then set them targets to achieve a certain set of times tables half-termly. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.
The children are expected to continue reading at home. We will also be setting online reading with associated tasks on purple mash.
Remember to read the school’s newsletter and check the school’s website regularly to find out what is happening in school.
Behaviour & Rewards
In Year 3, we will continue to have whole school rewards for the children to earn. These are: Proud Cloud (for effort and achievement), Roundwood Rainbow (for kindness and good manners) and Pots of Gold (for going ’above and beyond’ linked to the school values.) There will also be individual class awards.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. For the time being, we will provide all children with the equipment they need at school for lessons so that children do not have to bring in pencil case.
If you want to find out more about staying safe online, or if you need to report anything harmful or worrying to the police please follow the link below.
For phonics and spelling games
Times tables songs that the children love.