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Year 3

Autumn 1:

Welcome to Key Stage 2 and to Green Class! The Green Class teachers are me (Mr Piper) Miss Newton and Mr Miller (who teaches the class on Fridays). The children have adapted brilliantly to being in the juniors; their behaviour and attitude to learning has been fantastic. Our topic this half term is called ‘Oh the places you’ll go.’ Using the Dr Seuss book of the same title as inspiration, the children will be looking at the North West and what jobs they could do. We will focus particularly on the Lake District, looking at the human and physical features of the region. In science we are looking at plants and particularly how their seeds, fruits and nuts are dispersed.

Key vocabulary this half term for science is: stem, petals, roots, pollen, pollinate, nutrients, oxygen, transport, attract, disperse, life-cycle and require. For geography it is settlement, land-use, physical, human, effect and tourism. Please discuss these with your child as it will help develop their understanding the more they come across these words.

In English we are working towards writing a biography. As it’s been a wonderful summer for cricket and cricket is important to Lancashire, we will be creating a biography of a local cricketing hero, Ben Stokes, who spent his teenage years in the Lake District. We will then be looking at some local folk tales in order to create our own. Reading is absolutely vital to helping your child learn so, as well as guided reading sessions and hearing individual readers, we will be conducting a reading challenge. If your child can read at least 3 times a week, every week for the whole half-term, they will be able to vote for their reading reward at the end of the half term. Please make sure you encourage your child to read at home. Listening to your child read and making sure they understand what they are reading will also really help them improve. In year 3, children are allowed to write in their own reading record, but if your child wants to do this, please make sure you remind them to write in their reading record. We love seeing any comments from you in their reading records, so continue to do this if you wish. We look in these every day to check who has been reading at home, so any messages you want to write in will also been seen by us.

In Maths we have started looking at place value to build a strong foundation for further work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division later this term. Keep a look out for numbers, especially 3 digit numbers when you’re out and about. We are also working on our times tables every Friday. At the moment all the class are working on their bronze award which has multiplication and division questions for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

PE is on Tuesday and Swimming is on a Friday. In PE we are working on batting, fielding and bowling skills to help us play mini-games of cricket. Thank you for helping to remind your children to bring in their kits on these days.

I look forward to meeting you all at parents evening later this term, but if you wish to discuss anything about your child’s learning or see how they’re getting on, you are very welcome to come and speak to me.