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Year 3

Autumn 2:

Welcome back one and all. Our new topic is Healthy Humans. We will be looking at how humans fit into the rest of the animal kingdom and what humans need to do and eat to be healthy and thrive. We will be designing and making our own picnic that displays what we have learnt about being healthy. This half term we will also be performing a class assembly – watch out for letters and texts for the date and time of the performance.

In English we are looking at fables and we will be creating our own based on one of Aesop’s fables. We will also be looking at letter writing (just in time for those thank you letters at Christmas!) and shape poems later on in the half term. When the children are reading, we have been focusing on how we can tell/work out how characters are feeling or what they might be thinking. In Maths the children have been doing amazingly well at the new scheme of work called Maths No Problem. They have shown a really deep understanding of important aspects of maths so far, and we are currently looking at subtracting.

PE is on Tuesday and we are looking at how we can use our bodies to perform gymnastics routines. Please make sure your child has their PE kit for these days. Swimming is still on a Friday when Mrs Noakes looks after the class. Thank you for helping to remind your children to bring in their kits on these days.

Well done to all the children who achieved their reading challenge last half term. This will continue this half term. I would appreciate your help in ensuring that reading records are updated at home so we know which children are reading regularly. Thank you for your continued help with this.

Last half term there were some wonderful creative homework pieces like castles, maps, posters, witches and many more. With this newsletter there are some more creative homework ideas. All creative homework will be welcome in the last two weeks of half term and I am looking forward to seeing their brilliant creations.

Autumn 1:

Your children have settled in brilliantly to Green Class and you should be really proud of how sensible they’ve been. There have been a lot of changes for them to get used to now they’re in Key Stage 2 and they have done brilliantly at working to what we expect of year 3 children. Our topic this half term is ‘There’s no place like home’ where we will be looking at the county of Lancashire, what towns, cities and famous people it has and how it has changed over the years. We also have a separate science topic called ‘Light and Shadows’ where we will be investigating how we see and how light works.

In English we have started looking at biographies as we are going to be writing our own biography of the England football team because so many are from the north of England. As Lancashire has lots of farmland, this half term our class read will be The Sheep Pig by Dick-King Smith. Later on in the half term we will look at some Lancashire folk tales and then use these to create our own.

In Maths, the children have been excellent at demonstrating and explaining their understanding and reasoning when we have looked at place value within our new Maths No Problem approach. We will continue to look at place value for the next couple of weeks and then we will use this knowledge to help deepen their understanding of addition and subtraction. The children are also doing a times table test every Friday where they have 5 minutes to answer as many questions as they can.

PE is on Tuesday and most children have already brought their kit in – thank you this. We will be looking at another sport that our county is famous for – Cricket! We will use the current Lancashire Cricket hero Jimmy Anderson as our inspiration. Mrs Noakes will be taking the class for swimming every Friday morning, and the first swimming session will be on 14th September. Please ensure they have their swimming kit on Fridays.

We are a ‘Reading School’ and view reading as very important. In Green Class there are two challenges, one in class is about reading different types of books and the other is for reading at home, where children have to read 3 or 4 times a week to build towards a reward. Please help your child to read as much as possible at home and record it in their reading record, thank you.