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 wonderful Christmas and had lots of fun. The children have returned refreshed and ready to learn.
Our texts for this term are The Iron Man and Stone Age Boy. We will be using these texts 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 exploring rocks, forces and magnets, and will be investigating different aspects of these themes (Mrs Jenkins). Our history topic is Britain – Stone Age to Iron Age. Geographical skills will be studied and we will be looking at volcanoes and earthquakes. PSHE concentrates on going for goals and good to be me. Why is the Bible important to Christians is the focus question in RE. We will be developing the skills of textiles, printing and drawing and painting, through the medium of various famous artists, architects and designers for Art and DT. We are continuing to learn Spanish, including basic words and phrases, as well as being able to hold short conversations (Mrs Jenkins - see link at the bottom of the page). Music focuses on exploring arrangements and pentatonic scales (Mrs Jenkins). And in PE we will be concentrating on health related exercise, dance and football.
Our literacy targets for reading focus on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts, identifying and explaining key aspects of texts such as characters, events, titles and information (retrieval), identifying and explaining the sequences of events in texts, making inferences from the text, making comparisons, summarising and predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far. In writing we will be looking at a range of different spelling, grammar and punctuation including the use of apostrophes, co ordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, inverted commas, contractions, suffixes, prepositions and other aspects used in writing. We are encouraging children to include 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 fractions. In year 2 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. Year 3 will be moving on to counting in 3s and 4s and then 8s. It would be great if you could help your child to practice these at home. Fractions will also be a focus, starting with securing the identification of halves and quarters of shapes and amounts. We will be finding, recognising ad writing fractions for 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a shape, length, set of objects and quantity. Year 3 will move on to adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator within one whole and comparing and ordering fractions.
Some children will be given spellings every Friday to be tested the following Friday. These will contain tricky/common exception 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 by 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 and is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
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.