Welcome back after the Christmas break and happy new year! Our new topic is Volcanoes! We will be learning all about volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks and fossils. We are excited to learn about what causes volcanoes to erupt and we’re even going to be making some of our own out of paper mache!
In our writing and guided reading lessons this half-term we will be focussing on Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit. We’ll be creating our own character and retelling the story using fronted adverbials, subordinate conjunctions and onomatopoeia. We will be focussing on developing the children’s vocabulary and choosing appropriate language based on the purpose of the piece of writing. The children will also have daily spellings lessons and weekly handwriting sessions, to improve their spelling and presentation of their work.
In our maths work this half-term, we will continue focussing on 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication and division using formal and mental methods. We will then be moving on to solving calculations involving money, and recording data using statistics. We will be recalling multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables, as well as using formal methods to solve calculations and word problems.
In our PSHE work we will be working with Miss Mallalieu to learn about respect, what it means to others, and how we show it. We will be asking questions such as, what is diversity and why is it important?
Over the year, children will take turns in going to weekly Forest school with Mrs Schofield. Groups of six children will be chosen every half-term. This term we will be den building, fire building, exploring nature and playing team games during PSHE.
PE will be held on Wednesdays this term and swimming will be held on Tuesdays. Please make sure that your child has the correct PE and swimming kit on these days.
Homework is handed out on Fridays and needs to be completed and returned by Wednesday at the latest. Home learning includes completing one of the topic related activities each week.
Early morning reading and home reading books
We ask that you support your child at home by listening to them read whenever possible. Year Three offers an early morning reading program. This session starts at 8:30am and runs until school starts at 9.00 am. It is important that all children attend early morning readers at least once a week.