Autumn is upon us again!
It's a new school year! New class, new things to learn and new teachers to meet.
In Year 3 this year I am joined my Mrs Edwards. We are getting to know the children now and everything is settling down nicely.
This half term term year 3 are looking at the make up of our planet and looking in detail at volcanoes. Over the term we will learn about the layers of the earth, how continental drift created the seperate continents and how the movement of tectonic plates can lead to the formation of volcanoes.
Our accompanying text for the half term is The firework maker's daughter by Philip Pulman. We will be using our topic in English where we will be practicing writing descriptive texts and fact files.
In Science we will be looking at rocks and fossils hoping to answer the questions: What types of rocks are there and how are they formed? What is a fossil and how are they formed? And who is Mary Anning?
In computing we are going to start looking at creating simple programmes using simple coding commands.
Any concerns or questions please come and speak to me at the end of the day or arrange a meeting through the office.
Mr Matthews & Mrs Edwards
Homework will be set each week. The homework policy is available in Key Information.
Wherever possible I will set homework through Seesaw or Purple Mash with paper copies available for those who prefer.
Homework should take no longer than 30 minutes and should consolidate learning in school, please let me know if you have any concerns or problems.
In addition to set home work I encourage all the children to engage with the below apps / websites. We use these in school and from my point of view it isn't possible for the children to practice on them too much or too often. They have individual log ins in their reading record.
Times Table Rock Stars
Year 3 LOVE Times Table Rock Stars and it really helps with learning their times tables. We use TTR in school regularly and any additional practice at home is a real help.
The system is available as an app both on iOS and Android and as a website here.
Numbots is a maths app from the creators of Times Table Rock Stars but focusing on addition and subtraction. Numbots works on understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, helping children move from counting to calculating
Numbots is available as an app both on iOS and Android and as a website here.
During year 3 children start to progress from the reading scheme onto accelerated reader where they choose their own books and then will complete a quiz on the book. This may take the children a while to get their heads round so please be patient with them and us. The children will start by completing an online reading test that will determine the level books they should be reading. The children can then lend books from the school library or books from home. Once they have completed the book they will take a quiz to check their understanding. The quiz typically has 5 questions and the pass rate is 90%.
Children can quiz at home or at school and an app is available. Our school log in can be found here.
This term we have PE on Friday so all pupils will need to come into school wearing a P.E. kit. Please remember that earrings should not be worn on P.E. days.
PE top (OLCA logo)