Class 3 - Years 2 & 3
Teacher - Miss Wallace and Mrs Jenkins (Wednesday - PPA)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Chance and Mrs Cole
Welcome back everyone. Hope you had a fantastic summer holiday and had lots of fun. The children have returned refreshed and ready to learn.
Our text this term is The Firework Maker’s Daughter. We will be using this text to develop different styles of writing, as well as looking at related non-fiction. Children will also be undertaking a weekly comprehension and a Big Write session. This is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence.
Afternoon topics are taught separately. In science we will be investigating animals including humans and eating healthy, as well as light and shadows (Mrs Jenkins). Geographical skills will be studied, looking at maps, map reading, surveys and different locations around the world. PSHE concentrates on new beginnings, getting on and falling out as well as saying no to bullying. The questions 'what does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today' and 'what do different people believe about God' are the focus in RE. We will be developing the skills of construction, drawing and painting, through the medium of various famous artists for Art and DT, including the work of van Gogh. Music focuses on exploring descriptive sounds and rhymical patterns (Mrs Jenkins). And in PE we will be concentrating on gymnastics and outdoor ball games. The language of spanish will also be taught and the children we learn an array of different phrases and vocabulary (Mrs Jenkins).
Our literacy targets for reading focus on deduction, inference and interpretation, which include making predictions, comparing events and settings and the different language used by the author. In writing the focus is on sentence structure and punctuation including commas, speech, marks, time connectives and adverbs. We are encouraging children to use these in their writing to improve what they have written. Joined up handwriting is also a whole school focus.
Our numeracy targets focus on times tables and place value. Children will be learning to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including counting to and from numbers over 100. We will be moving on to counting in 3s and 4s. It would be great if you could help your child to practice these at home. Place value will also be a focus. We will be securing the identification of place value in 2 digit numbers and understanding that the position a digit is placed in a number, determines its value.
Children will be given spellings every Friday to be tested the following Friday. These will contain the tricky words and sounds they have looked at that week in their phonics groups (a useful phonics link can be found at the bottom of the page). Please help your child to learn these at home and ensure they have their spelling books every Friday, ready for their new spelling lists.
In year 3 children are given weekly homework tasks for both English and Maths. These tend to be related to work covered in class that week. Homework will be given out every Friday, to be completed and handed in on the following Friday.
Reading for meaning will be undertaken daily in class, where the whole class reads the text we are studying and completes associated activities. Individual reading is also conducted regularly in class. We encourage you to hear your child read as often as possible. As well as assisting your child to become a fluent and accurate reader, talking about what they have read and asking your child questions about their books will also help them to understand. Please sign your child’s reading diary if they have read at home.
P.E. will be every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, with Miss Wallace. Children will need their full indoor and outdoor kit each week. Please provide kit that is appropriate for the weather.
Getting changed for P.E. can be very busy and clothes can often get mixed up so please ensure that all kit, including footwear is clearly named.
Please note that year 3 children are not entitled to free fruit, so you may wish to supply your child with a snack for morning break.
As always if you have any concerns or questions I am available before or after school if you wish to discuss anything.