Year 3

Autumn Term 2018

Important Dates (29/10/18 – 21/12/18)

29/10/18: Back to School

06/12/18: Christmas Panto – Cinderella

18/12/18: LKS2 (Year 3 & Year 4) Christmas Performance (2:15pm)

21/12/18: Party Day – School finishes at 2pm for the Christmas Holidays

07/01/18: Back to School

Class Messages

01/11/18: To ease congestion in the hall, we have decided to split KS2 for their Christmas performances. Year 3 & Year 4 will perform together on Tuesday 18th December at 2:15pm. We would love to see you all there!

08/10/18: Please can you ensure that you write your child’s name inside their jumpers or cardigans. We have a basket full of cardigans and jumpers with no names inside so we can’t give them back to their owners 🙁

01/10/18: Just a reminder that children must have trainers or PE pumps for their PE lesson on a Monday morning. PE kits are supplied by the school, but you may wish to bring in a pair of tracksuit bottoms or long sleeved t-shirt for colder weather.

Homework (Friday 9th November 2018)

All homework is due in by Wednesday 14th November 2018.

Maths Homework: Times Tables Practice.

Reading: Read your reading book and ask a parent/carer to sign it. If completed over the half term, you’ll gain extra class dojos! 🙂

Times Tables: Practice your 2’s, 5’s and 10’s before moving onto your 3’s and 4’s. You could even challenge yourself by moving onto 6’s and 8’s.

Picture Gallery

09/11/18: We spent today remembering those who died and fought in World War 1, World War 2 and other wars around the world. We also remembered those who are special to us and may no longer be with us. This morning, we sang a song during the school Remembrance Service. When we returned to class, we took it in turns to fill out Our Class Remembrance Book. During the afternoon, we spent time making our own poppies, poppy wreaths, medals and poems. We had lots of colouring pages to choose from too!

02/11/18: Today, we took part in a Shadow Experiment. We worked in partners or small groups, to draw around each other using chalk. We made sure we had plenty of space on the playground and that that our shadow could be seen on the floor. We found out that our shadows change position throughout the day depending on where the sun is positioned.

27/09/18: East Lancs. Railway

20/09/18: This afternoon, as part of our Science lesson, we created our very own shadow puppets. We had a range of cats, dogs, dinosaurs, crabs, parrots, turtles and spiders! We look forward to going into the hall to conduct our very first Science experiment! Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

12/09/18: Today we had a visitor who came in to discuss the importance and the benefits of recycling. We worked in groups to sort out where our rubbish should go. We discussed what went into grey bins, blue bins, brown bins and green bins. Quiz your children to see if they can remember where the items should go 🙂

Important Information

PE: Outdoor PE lessons take place on a Monday morning with our specialist Manchester City coach, Connor. Our indoor PE lessons take place on a Thursday afternoon with Miss Parr. Please ensure your child has a pair of trainers or PE pumps in school. PE kits including a pair of shorts and a t-shirt are supplied by the school. However, in colder weather, you may wish to supply a pair of jogging bottoms.

Homework: Homework is sent home on Fridays. All homework books are expected to be returned to school by the following Wednesday at the very latest. We also encourage children to have their reading book signed each night and change their reading book at least once a week.

Reading Books: Reading books must be signed and dated by a parent before they are changed by ourselves. Children should aim to read for 5 minutes a night. If your child’s reading book needs to be changed, we ask them to place it into a red basket as they enter the classroom each morning.

School Diaries: We ask that children bring in their school diary and reading book every day. Children are given the opportunity to read and use their diaries during the school day.

Water Bottles: Water bottles are supplied by the school. They are filled up each morning by our water bottle monitors and are washed and sterilised on a Friday afternoon.

Bug Club, Education City & Times Tables Rockstars: You can find the login details for these websites in the back of your child’s school diary. If you are having any trouble with passwords or logging on, please let us know and we’ll look into it for you.

This half term in Year 3:

English: Narrative

This half term, the children will be focusing on Narrative. The children will be learning about the different parts of the story, as well as how description can be used effectively.

Our first text this half term is Fox by Margaret Wild. This is a wonderful story about trust and friendship. Please ask your child to tell you all about the story.

Maths: Abacus Scheme of Work

The focus for this half term will be place value, mental strategies and beginning to use the written operations for addition and subtraction.

We will be following the Abacus scheme of work.

Children are encouraged to practice their times tables – especially their 2’s, 5’s and 10’s before moving onto 3’s and 4’s. You could help your child by encouraging them to rapidly recall these facts regularly.

PE: Indoor: Dance

Outdoor: We will be working with our specialist Manchester City coach, Connor, learning the skills for a number of invasion games and learning to be a good team player.

Please can you make sure that your child has a pair of trainers or PE pumps in school especially for Monday’s lesson.

Topic: World War II

We will begin our topic lessons by discussing what we already know about WW2 and what we would like to learn during this term.

We will learn what an evacuee is and what it was like to live during WW2, how people protected themselves and the effect war had on everyday life.

Towards the end of our topic, we will look at how people celebrated the end of the war.

We will be going on an Evacuee Experience at East Lancs Railway on Thursday 27th September 2018.

Science: Light & Shadows

In Science, we are learning about light and shadows. We will be exploring the differences between light sources and light reflectors and we will explore how shadows are formed and how they can be changed. We will look at why the sun is so important to us but we will also be identifying its dangers. During this unit we will set up experiments and even produce our own shadow puppets.

Geography: Geography will be taught through our World War II topic, in which we will locate the countries that were involved in the war.

We will research how Manchester was affected and discover more about our local environment.

Art & DT: This half term we will be:

  • Painting our very own “The Blitz” picture
  • Baking a WWII Egg-less Cake
  • Making a 3D Anderson Shelter model
  • Designing and creating a shadow puppet
RE: Called By God

We will focus on the Christian values of faith, service and courage. We will discuss what it means to be called by God, what sort of tasks does God call people to do and who/has been called by God.

The children will be looking at our class core value which is Trust and also write their very own prayers for our class prayer book.

Music: Recorders

In Music this term we will be learning how to play the recorder with our music teacher, Mrs Compston.

The children will be begin by learning a variety of notes and where they are positioned on the stave.

The children will learn how to play in unison and how to maintain their part within a round. They will also begin to read simple music from the stave.

We will also be following our school music syllabus, Charanga.

 PSHCE: My Happy Mind

This term all children will be provided with their own personal My Happy Mind booklet. Children will participate in a range of activities both within the booklet and online. (Logins to follow.)

The meet your brain module is all about how your brain works and how you can help it to be at its very best.

Computing: On Tuesday afternoons, we will be working with Miss Powell to develop our ICT skills. We will learn how to use a variety of software both on laptops and iPads.

This half term we are specifically focusing on using Scratch. The children will be learning the art of simple animation through this programme.

Children must ensure they have their school diaries everyday as they contain your child’s logins for some of the software we use.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Parr, Miss Pointon and Miss Kemp