Welcome to the Kestrels!
Hello and welcome to the Kestrels! We are a Year 3 class of 28 children. Miss Baker is our class teacher and our teaching assistants are Mrs Roberts and Mrs Neal.
We are so excited to welcome you back! We have such a fun-packed year ahead of us and we can't wait to continue on our EPIC learning journey.
This year you can stay updated by following us on Classdojo where we will be posting regularly to our page! We will also be using Teams this year.
During Term 2 P.E. will be every Tuesday and Thursday. Please come to school in your P.E. kit. Make sure you have warm clothing as these lessons will take place outside wherever possible.
Homework is an important part of learning in Year 3 and will be given out every Wednesday. It is expected that homework is returned by the following Tuesday. The work set will be based on topics we have covered during the week. You can expect to receive a maths task, a grammar task, a spelling task and a set of spellings each week. You may also receive a research task which is linked to our topic that covers the span of a few weeks or the entire term. All necessary login details will also be sent home in the children's homework books.
In Kestrels we need to read our reading books at home every night. Books will be changed once a week from a selection of books within the classroom. We also have Book Talk Sessions each week. These sessions provide an opportunity to develop our reading comprehension skills.
Each term we will promote one of the 6 Rs – being ready, responsible, resilient, reflective, resourceful and respectful. Our focus in Term 2 is on being respectful.
In English, we will be using Jane Considine's three zones of writing to explore and write poetry. The poetry we produce will be linked to out Geography topic which focuses on the Polar Regions. Our aim is to be able to perform this poetry by the end of the term. For our class read, the Kestrels will use Jane Considine's Reading Rainbow to explore Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone.
In Maths, we will be continuing with the Power Maths scheme. We will continue to learn about addition and subtraction. The Kestrels will also have the opportunity to become Times Table Rockstars this year which will help to develop our multiplication and division skills!
In Geography, we will explore the Polar Regions. We will develop an enquiry on the Polar Region of Antarctica focusing on Shackleton's Endurance Expedition. Throughout this term, children will learn about Antarctica's place on Earth, the physical and human geography of Antarctica, climate zones and they will learn about longitude and latitude.
In Science, we will be exploring forces and magnets. We will examine how items move on different surfaces, magnetic and non-magnetic materials, magnetic bonds, how magnetic forces act at a distance and attraction and repulsion. We will aim to create our own game using magnets by the end of the term and produce an informative poster on what we have learned with links to our Geography topic.
This term in Art, we will be using the Aurora Australis as our inspirations. We will work towards producing an oil pastel drawing of the aurora by the end of the term.
In ICT, we will be learning about algorithms and turning real life situations into algorithms.
In Design and Technology we will learn about shell structures and use this knowledge to create a gift box.
In RE the Kestrels will learn all about Christmas around the world. They will learn about traditions and celebrations in different cultures and religions.
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