Class 3 - Years 2 & 3
Teacher - Miss Wallace and Mrs Jenkins (Wednesday - PPA)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Chance and Mrs Cole
Welcome back everyone. Hope you had a great Easter and didn’t eat too much chocolate. The children have returned refreshed and ready for the summer term.
Our text for this term is Esio Trot by Roald Dahl. We will be using this text to develop different styles of writing, as well as looking at related non-fiction. Children will also be undertaking a weekly comprehension and a Big Write session. This is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence.
Afternoon topics are taught separately. In science we will be exploring plants and will be investigating different aspects of this theme (Mrs Jenkins). Our history topic is the Romans. Geographical skills will be studied and we will be looking at the countries Russia and Brazil. PSHE concentrates on relationships and changes. Why do people pray is the focus question in RE. We will be developing the skills of drawing and painting, through the medium of various famous artists, architects and designers for Art and DT will relate to seasonal food. We are continuing to learn Spanish, including basic words and phrases, as well as being able to hold short conversations (Mrs Jenkins - see link at the bottom of the page). Music focuses on exploring sound colours and singing games (Mrs Jenkins). And in PE we will be concentrating on swimming, tennis, multi skills, athletics and rounders.
Our literacy targets for reading focus on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts, identifying and explaining key aspects of texts such as characters, events, titles and information (retrieval), identifying and explaining the sequences of events in texts, making inferences from the text, making comparisons, summarising and predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far. In writing we will be looking at a range of different spelling, grammar and punctuation including the use of apostrophes, co coordinating conjunctions, subordinating conjunctions, inverted commas, contractions, suffixes, prepositions and other aspects used in writing. We are encouraging children to include these in their writing to improve what they have written. Joined up handwriting is also a whole school focus.
Our numeracy targets continue to focus on times tables and problem solving. In year 2 children will be learning to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including counting to and from numbers over 100. Year 3 will be moving on to counting in 3s and 4s and then 8s, as well as the relating times tables. It would be great if you could help your child to practice these at home. Problem solving will be looking at using all of the operations to solve single step and multi-step problems. Children will be expected to choose sensible methods and ways of solving these as well as be able to explain how they solved the problem. This also involves word problems and practical problems and being able to solve these using different techniques strategies.
Some children will be given spellings every Friday to be tested the following Friday. These will contain tricky/common exception words and sounds they have looked at that week in their phonics groups (a useful phonics link can be found at the bottom of the page). Please help your child to learn these at home and ensure they have their spelling books every Friday, ready for their new spelling lists.
In year 3 children are given weekly homework tasks for both English and Maths. These tend to be related to work covered in class that week. Homework will be given out every Friday, to be completed and handed in by the following Friday.
Reading for meaning will be undertaken daily in class, where the whole class reads the text we are studying and we discuss the story in depth. Individual reading is also conducted regularly in class. We encourage you to hear your child read as often as possible. As well as assisting your child to become a fluent and accurate reader, talking about what they have read and asking your child questions about their books will also help them to understand. Please sign your child’s reading diary if they have read at home.
P.E. is now every Monday and Tuesday (swimming) with Miss Wallace and our sport’s coach. Children will need their full indoor and outdoor kit each week. Please provide kit that is appropriate for the weather. For swimming children will need a towel, swimming hat (if hair is below shoulder length), goggles (optional) and a swimsuit. For girls it must be a swimming costume (no bikinis) and for boys fitted, swim shorts that are above the knee. Children with hair below shoulder length must have it tied up. Getting changed for P.E. and swimming can be very busy and clothes can often get mixed up so please ensure that all kit, including footwear is clearly named.
Please note that year 3 children are not entitled to free fruit, so you may wish to supply your child with a snack for morning break.
As always if you have any concerns or questions I am available before or after school if you wish to discuss anything.