A belated Happy New Year to you all!
The pupils have started 2019 well. They have shown a great attitude and this is reflected in the work they have produced. We are looking forward to everyone making as much progress as possible through hard work and determination. We encourage everyone to try their best at all times and develop stamina in their approach to learning. We provide a caring, creative environment for all pupils to learn and become more responsible, whether they are working independently, in pairs, in a group or as a class.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to catch me at the end of the day, contact school and make an appointment or message me via the Dojo system.
Miss C. Marshall (teacher) and Mrs Evans (teaching assistant).
During the first half of the Spring Term, the children will focus on two texts, The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman and The Stick Book.
Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman
This story tells how Lila goes on a dangerous quest to discover the secrets only a Firework Maker should know. Along the way she has to overcome many challenges.
Using this text, the children will develop their understanding of how and why characters act as they do and the structure and organisation of stories. The pupils will write their own story based on their understanding of Philip Pullman's characters.
The Stick Book
This non-fiction text looks at instructional writing and how it is organised. We will investigate how instructions are written and evaluate sets of instructions for clarity. Each pupil will write their own set of instructions based upon the class text.
Within our literacy, we will continue to develop skills in spelling, phonics, handwriting, punctuation and grammar. The children will develop their understanding of how to use inverted commas, the apostrophe for contraction and the apostrophe to show singular possession. The pupils will learn how to improve the quality of their sentences by adding more varied fronted adverbials, conjunctions and prepositions.
The Accelerated Reading Scheme is working very well in Year 3. Each child is reading a book at a specific level, then taking a quiz on it to assess the level of understanding. This has encouraged the children to develop their reading stamina and interest in books, both fiction and non-fiction. Although we don't send the accelerated reading books home, we would love you to share ‘real’ books with your child, so they can develop an enthusiasm for reading. This could be stories, poems, comics or factual books to name but a few.
The children will also develop their reading comprehension skills and understanding in response to a range of new texts. This could be as a class, in small groups or on an individual level
In Mathematics we will be learning about aspects of: place value, mental addition and subtraction, fractions, measurement (length, mass and volume) and multiplication and division.
Being able to calculate mentally is a vital skill for all pupils. To encourage the development of this mental agility, we focus daily on number bonds and times tables. If you would like to practise these skills at home, please contact me for more details.