Spring has sprung!
Well so they tell me anyway. There's snow on the ground outside. In April.
Anyway we do have cause to celebrate as we move into our summer term because it now looks very much like we'll all be able to spend the full summer term together in school!
A new term of course means a new topic. This term year 3 are going back in time to learn some Tribal Tales as we discover prehistoric Britain. Over the term we will learn how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years, from the Stone Age to the Roman invasion.
Our accompanying text for Trial Tales is Stig of the Dump by Clive King. We will be using our topic in English where we will be practicing writing descriptive texts and fact files.
In Science we will complete our work on animals including humans and then start our work on forces and magnets.
It’s a big term in Maths as we tackle the twin challenges of fractions and time. We started fractions before the Easter break but now we will be looking to add and subtractions.
In computing we will use word processing and presentation software to show what we have learned in topic.
We will be looking to learn the days of the week and months of the year in French as well as learning about our families.
If you have any questions about anything at all please make an appointment through the office. (Covid rules sorry!)
Mr Matthews & Mrs O'Leary
Homework will be set each week. The homework policy is available in Key Information.
Every other week maths homework will take the form of an Assertive Mentoring paper. This paper will always contain questions the children find difficult and at times will cover things they have not covered yet. I do take time to explain to the children that it is absolutely fine that they do not know things yet and they should not worry if that is the case. Please reinforce this message at home. We will be covering everything in time and we only learn by trying things we find difficult at first.
Wherever possible I will set homework through Seesaw 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 written homework the school has invested in a number of additional IT based solutions to aid with both in school and home learning. Login's and passwords for these are inside the back cover of each child's 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.
Swimming and PE
We do hope to be able to go swimming at some point but unfortunately the current situation in the country does not allow this. If and when we have any changes to the situation these will be communicated through the normal channels.
Swimming will take place each Monday afternoon at Fenton Manor. The children will be split into groups depending on ability and qualified swimming teachers will take the lessons. It is natural that the children feel nervous, however swimming is the only sport that can take save your child's life and is a very important life skill, so please encourage and reassure any nerves.
Swimming costume (girls)
Tight swim shorts - any length (boys)
Swim cap (girls)
Goggles, if needed, must be accompanied by a letter from parent
Please ensure children with shoulder length or longer hair, have it tied up.
If children need to be covered for religious reasons please speak to a member of staff.
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)