Kangaroos Newsletter Summer Term 2018
Welcome back to school and to Kangaroo Class
Mrs Katherine Johnson (Monday and Tuesday)
Mrs Julia Davis (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
We hope you all have had a lovely Easter and enjoyed time with your family and friends.
This term, the children will begin to start the Epic Egyptian topic where they will learn about: the location of Egypt and the importance of the river Nile; Egyptian Gods and Goddesses; their beliefs about the afterlife and Tutankhamun. In literacy, we will be continuing to develop our explanation texts, write a diary entry (linked to Youlbury), instructions linked to DT. The children will also continue to study the necessary elements of grammar, spelling and handwriting. In maths we will be introducing units on decimals and time, alongside continuing work on multiplication and division. We will also continue work on other areas of maths such as area and perimeter. Throughout these topics we will also be developing the children’s problem solving and reasoning skills. In Science this term, the children will continue to work on the Human body with the main focus being the digestive system and teeth. P.E will usually be on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, both inside and outside. Please make sure P.E kit, including trainers, is in school every day as we do have extra sessions. If your child is unable to participate in P.E lessons, please send in a note.
Homework will be set every Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday. Homework will be set in maths, literacy or topic and will be an extension of the work in class. It will be in the form of worksheets, games or a project. Twice a term, (6 times a year) homework will in the form of a ‘Learning Log’ where children will be given an area to research, usually linked to work in class and they can present it in any way they wish over a double A4 spread. Children should spend between 20 to 30 minutes on their homework. Homework will always be explained in class. Please let us know if your child has no access to a laptop, or if you are experiencing problems with the internet and we will make alternative provision for you if the homework requires internet access. Spellings will be given out on Wednesday and the children will complete a dictation activity a week later. Reading is an important part of your child’s learning.
Each child needs to read at home to an adult at least 4 times a week for about 15-20 mins. Please sign the reading record book each time your child has read as well as encouraging your child to record their own reading.
Instant recall of times tables becomes more important as your child moves though the school. We aim, at the end of Year 4, for children to know all tables up to 12×12. So throughout year 3 and year 4, children will be given specific tables to work on and will be checked in class. Please support your child by revising their multiplication tables at home.
We are also looking forward to our visit to Youlbury in May where the children will have the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting and challenging outdoor activities.
Year 3 children have the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument, violin, ‘cello or double bass. The lessons are on Wednesday morning and this year will be taught by Mr Mark Levy from the County Music Service. These lessons are paid for by the school and the children will be playing on school instruments. If your child has a preference for which instrument they learn, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.
If you have more specific questions please do not hesitate to catch us after school, email or telephone the school office and we will endeavour to see you as soon as possible.
We are looking forward to working alongside both you and your child. Thank you for all of your support.
Katherine Johnson Julia Davis