Welcome to Rowington, Ferncumbe's Year 3 Class. We are taught by Mrs Foss on a Monday to Wednesday and Mrs MacKintosh on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs Reid is our Learning Support Assistant and other adults who support our children are Mr Day and Miss Purcell. We are very lucky to also have Ben teach us PE on a Wednesday afternoon.
Our Summer Term in Year 3 is full of exciting learning and focused curriculum events. Enrichment, continues to take place on a Thursday afternoon. This enriched curriculum provides opportunity to work with other children across the school and to take part in activities such as: Art, Steel Pans, Sewing, Mindfulness and Yoga, Fitness Frenzy, Ready, Steady, Cook and Photography. We are sure your children will really enjoy this each week!
Things to remember:
Please can all children bring a named apron into school to be left in the classroom that will be used for art, design and sometimes Science. This could be an old shirt or a painting apron.
All children should also have a coat, water bottle and their PE kit in school every day.
Please ensure reading diaries are signed and in school every day. See below for how reading works in year 3.
Week Beginning 29th April 2019 - Forest Schools Group 1 (Tuesday afternoons - please see separate email)
Week Beginning 10th June 2019 - Forest Schools Group 2 (Tuesday afternoons - please see separate email)
Thursday 13th June 2019 - Attending ‘Day of the African Child’ at All Saints’ Junior School, Warwick as part of our School’s involvement in One World Link - more information to follow
Monday 1st July 2019 - Whole School visit to Coventry Cathedral - Arts Focus Week
During the Summer Term, we will be continuing to consolidate learning from this year so far as well as learning some new arithmetic and written methods focusing on:
Multiplication and Division (quick recall of multiplication and division facts for 3, 4 and 8 times tables, Measurement (length, perimeter, time and mass and capacity), Fractions and Geometry (properties of shapes). The children will be encouraged to explain taught methods as well as exploring reasoning and problem solving in more depth.
In Big Maths, our problem solving focus will link to the above curriculum and gives the children the opportunity to explore, reason, explain and justify their ideas as they work together to investigate.
M Factor will continue regularly to practise our quick recall and arithmetic skills. Please support your child with learning multiplication and division facts for 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables.
Literacy for Year 3 term is linked to our Science topic, Plants and Flowers. We will be using The Flower by John Light, A Child’s Garden - a story of hope by Michael Foreman and ‘What is Pink?’ a poem by Christina Rossetti. Our writing will have direct links to continue building sentences using grammatical structures such as: time adverbials, conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and inverted commas for dialogue. We will also look at how we use forms of the past tense and headings, sub-headings and paragraphs to organise our non-fiction writing. We will regularly re-visit some of the non-negotiables in our writing such as: capital letters, full stops, commas for lists and exclamation and questions marks.
Once a fortnight, children will take part in an independent big writing session. This may or may not link to the class texts and will give children the opportunity to continue to develop their independent planning, drafting, editing and polishing skills learnt during literacy lessons.
We will be continuing to use the No-Nonsense spelling program and incorporating this into our everyday learning as well as teaching and practising 3 times per week in class. We will be exploring irregular spelling patterns and working through the Year 3/4 Statutory spelling list. If you need a new copy of the spelling list, please ask one of the adults in the Year 3 team.
Handwriting practise will take place 3 times per week and will also be incorporated into our every day writing as practise.
This half term, we will be asking the question: Why do people pray? We will explore what happens in Islamic, Christian and Hindu prayer both at home and in places of worship. We will consider the similarities and differences in prayer. After half term, we will begin to answer: ‘What is it like to follow god?’ This will focus on People of God from our Big Frieze.
Our themes for Collective Worship this term are Courage and Compassion.
This half term, we will be building on our computing and computer skills. We will be learning how to type using 2Type on PurpleMash. Challenge each other to beat your scores on the typing games!
In Science, we will be learning all about plants. We will be exploring the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant. We will learn about the names and functions of each part of the plant, as well as plant life cycles.
In the Summer Term, we will be exploring the question: “Why do so many people go to the Mediterranean for their holidays?” We will discuss geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of where we live and the Mediterranean.
Art and Design Technology
In Art, we will be learning about artists of the Mediterranean and what we can learn from them.
Gym and Dance will be taught by Ben on a Wednesday and Real PE will take place on a Tuesday morning.
During our Enrichment hour on a Thursday afternoon all KS2 children will have another 6 week taster of mini steel pans. As part of our topic, we will also consider famous musicians of Europe and listen to their works. This will range from Liverpool’s Beatles to the Viennese waltzes!
French will be taught once per week on a Wednesday afternoon. Learning will often be linked to our termly topics as well as covering the basics as french is new to many of the children. We have a French word or phrase which is displayed around school, which we encourage children to use throughout the week. Please ask your child what this is each week!
Homework is set on a Wednesday and is to be returned no later than the following Monday. Please regularly check your child's homework folder and journal to check for homework.
The homework tasks will alternate between a creative task and a grammar task with an online maths task each week.
As a school, we expect that the work completed in the homework journal should be of the same high standard that is acceptable of work completed in school. Children should be encouraged to write clearly, neatly and cursively and should only write in pencil. We encourage children to ask questions about homework if they are unsure before it is due in on the Monday.
Occasionally, additional homework may be sent home to support your child's individual learning.
At this age, reading is of huge importance for your child and they should be encouraged to read for enjoyment daily. Whatever they read, whether it be a reading book from school or home, road signs to menus or shopping lists will help to improve your child’s spelling and vocabulary. Any reading undertaken should be recorded in their reading records, either by an adult, older sibling or by the child themselves. This reading record should then be returned to school each day, with their Reading Passport books.
At home, please continue supporting your child with their reading by encouraging them, sharing this time with them and discussing their views and opinions about the books.
In school, reading activities across the week will include: guided reading in small groups, individual reading and whole class shared reading. Children will each have the opportunity to change their reading books during the week.
If you or your child have any questions during Year 3, please come and speak to one of the Year 3 team or make an appointment at the school office. We will always be happy to see you and support your child in any way we can.
Mrs Foss, Mrs MacKintosh and the Year 3 team.
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Recommended reading list
It’s important for children to read as much as possible; to enjoy reading; to want to share what they have read with someone else and to challenge themselves to read different authors from different periods of time. In this way the children will build a rich vocabulary and greater understanding of the techniques authors use in their work to be able to apply this in their own writing. Have a look at the document linked below for a list of recommended books for your child’s age group!