Welcome to Wharton's Year 3...

We've reached the final week of the first half term. They have all worked so hard and we are really impressed with their attitudes towards their learning. We hope that this is something that we will continue to see throughout the year.

Autumn Term 2...
What will be happening in November and December?

School day: 8:30am – 2:30pm

English – writing and speaking

During the second half term, we will be beginning by looking at texts linked to our history topic 'The Stone Age'. We will be learning all about 'The Stone Age Boy' using S. Kitamura's great text and also exploring 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth'! Throughout, all of these we will be thinking carefully about creating sentences with correct punctuation, adding description and extending our use of precise vocabulary. Following this, we will then start thinking about some Christmas fun! Lots to look forward to as we get back into the swing of writing.

As always, we will aim to produce neatly presented final drafts, which have been carefully edited to check spelling and punctuation and improve our vocabulary choices. Please ensure that your child is practising their handwriting over the half term. It is important that they are using cursive handwriting.

English – reading

Every day in school is a reading day. The children will be reading independently, within whole-class guided sessions, during  topic lessons and join in as we read our current class texts. 

The expectation in Year 3 is to read at home or at least 10 minutes each night and to bring in reading records that are signed with a record of which pages were read. This is to help us support your child’s reading and to know when a book will need changing. We also ask that you discuss the book with your child by discussing what they have read to support their reading comprehension and to check if there were any words that they did not understand or not know how to say.

If you need any recommendations of other books to read alongside your child's reading book, please ask. Lovereading4kids.co.uk is a wonderful website for recommendations but we have a vast selection in school. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency so we have attached some suggested questions to discuss with your child. Just because they can read alone, doesn’t always mean they should. It is so important that each and every child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! 

www.booksfortopics.com is a great website for recommendations (for all Year groups and topics)

www.grammar-monster.com is fantastic for all of your grammar queries! Also, BBC Bitesize has many interactive ideas to review key concepts.

Mathematics

Lessons in Autumn 2 will begin with addition and subtraction, before moving on to multiplication and division. Year 3 will all be calculation masters by Christmas! To support this, we ask that all children practise their number bonds to 10, within 10, to 20 and within 20. You could use Hit the Button to practise this.

Please practise the 2’s, 5’s, 10’s timestables at home over the half term (Mr Holden’s class also practise 3’s,4’s and 8’s). This will support their learning in maths and will help them to grow in confidence as we move onto different mathematical concepts. TT Rock Stars will help massively with this – ask for their login details if they don’t already know it. They can always challenge a teacher to a battle if they’re getting confident!

Here are some useful websites:

https://ttrockstars.com
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/pm-home/maths

History

Our next history topic of the year, which we will begin in Autumn 2, will be 'The Stone Age’. This is a study of a pre-Roman Britain; a period in time from over 2.5 million years ago! The children will discover all about Stone Age life, look at chronology, how they survived and hunted and how we know about them. 

Science lessons will focus on 'Forces', while also exploring a few STEM projects. Within computing lessons, we will be starting to type and look at spreadsheets, while RE will get us thinking about why the Bible is so important to Christians. 

P.E. (with Coach Nick) is every Tuesday so don't forget to bring the correct kit, ready for this day. This is a white T-Shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps. It would be ideal if this kit was clearly labelled and kept securely in a labelled P.E. bag, so that any misplaced items can be returned quickly. Have a pair of track pants and something warmer available as we will be outside as often as possible.

Computing

This half term, we have been learning how to code. To support this learning, we have set a task that will need to be completed based over the half term. We have also set a challenge task! It would be great to see your child having a go at the challenge.

Homework

Reading will be the children's main activity that is expected outside of the classroom. If the right book is found, this should not seem like hard work! Please ensure your child practises their spellings each week ready for their test on Fridays.

Of course, any additional research or work is richly encouraged and will only benefit your child's progress throughout the year. Suggestions are attached, but really, any rehearsal of skills outside of school is beneficial: times tables games/apps (Times Table Game, Duolingo, Dragon Box, Quick maths, Science 360, Spelling stage, crossword puzzles etc…), grammar monster, research about our topics/science. Pobble 365 has some wonderful pictures and activities to stimulate writing and thought.

Other Information

• Thank you to all of the parents who spoke with us over the phone. It was lovely to update you about your child's progress.
• A class Facebook page is also in the works so we will provide information as soon as we have it.
• Please read the attached letter ‘Moving to Year 3’ for more information.

If you have any questions or queries, come and speak with us. We are available from 8:15 every day and after school (apart from Tuesdays) for informal chats but if you feel you require a longer conversation then please arrange this via the school office. We very much look forward to working with you and your children this year.

Mr. Holden, Miss Martin-Chambers and the Year 3 Team :)