Welcome back to school and to Kangaroo Class
Mrs Katherine Johnson (Monday and Tuesday)
Mrs Julia Davis (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Mrs Sarah Robinson
Happy New Year! I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Thank you for our lovely messages, cards and presents. Mrs Johnson is improving slowly and she has managed to come into school to see the children. They have also sent her video messages, letters and cards.
Our topic this term is ‘Rainforests of the World’. Throughout this topic we will be considering where in the world rainforests exist; what plants exist there; what species of animals dwell in the rainforest and why this environment is endangered. In English, we will be continuing to develop story writing skills, writing reports and persuasive letters. The children will continue to studying poetry alongside the necessary elements of grammar, spelling and handwriting. In maths we will be introducing a unit on fractions and decimals alongside continuing work on multiplication and division. We will also start work on other areas of maths such as shape and area and perimeter. Within these topics we will also be developing the children’s problem solving and reasoning skills. This term’s Science focuses on Plants: what they need to survive; how they reproduce and the different ways they disperse their seeds. 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 Wednesday wherever possible and should be returned by the following Wednesday. 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 12x12. 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 looking forward to our visit to Youlbury in June 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.
Julia Davis and Katherine Johnson