Welcome to Year 3
Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely week.
This half term our theme is called ‘How can we make living here better for everyone?’ which has a mainly geographical focus. We will be exploring Binley Woods and the surrounding areas by using maps and conducting fieldwork to observe the human and physical features. With this in mind, we have decided to explore the current debates around the closure of the Coventry Speedway in nearby Brandon and will be inviting a visitor into school to help us with our research.
This half term will be starting our new unit called ‘Measure’; this unit will deepen the children’s understanding of mass and volume with lots of practical opportunities. We will then start our week long unit called ‘Securing Multiplication and Division’. This unit will deepen conceptual understanding and fluency with multiplication and division with a specific focus on the six and eight times tables. Finally we will end the year with our last unit ‘Exploring calculation strategies and place value’. The children need to continue to practise their multiplication and division facts for the 3x, 4x and 8x tables as these are the key ones for our year group.
We will be writing discussion texts whilst thinking about the arguments for and against keeping the Coventry Speedway open. We will be using a text called ‘Window’ by Jeannie Baker which is based on the changes in a geographical landscape to base our story writing on.
This half term our unit is called 'Amazing Bodies' where we will be thinking about how our bodies need the right nutrition. As well as this, we will be exploring how skeletons and muscles work.
Our Core Skills topic this term is ‘Speaking and Listening’ and the targets we have chosen link in nicely to the Geography work we are doing in relation to the Coventry Speedway and discussion texts in English.
P.E lessons will be on a Tuesday and Friday this term, please ensure that your child has their complete kit in school throughout the week as unforeseeable changes to the timetable may cause our P.E lesson to be on a different day.
The children will bring their reading homework (green book) home on Friday, this should be completed regularly over the half-term, there are 5 activities to complete this half-term. I will collect these books in on Monday 16th July 2018.
Please continue to read with your child at least 3 times a week. Please write a comment in your child’s reading record book when you have read with them.
The children will be given their new spellings on a Friday to learn for that week. Six spellings will be chosen from their spelling lessons and two from their English books. Please can spelling books be in school every Friday.
Your child must complete ‘Section A’ each week of their Schofield and Sims book, section B and C are optional. Please only complete the maximum of one test/page a week. The children will bring their booklets home on Friday ready to be completed by the following Wednesday. Please encourage your child to complete this work independently but if they do need support please tell them to come and see me and I will help them. Please make sure their booklet is in school every Wednesday ready to be marked.
If you have any queries or questions about any of this information please do not hesitate to come and see me. I look forward to an exciting term of learning and I hope your children are too.