School Start/Finish Times
During Term 5 we will continue to operate under staggered start and end times. For Year 3 this means a start time of 8:50 and a pickup time of 3:10. The pickup time on Friday will be 1:10.
During Term 5 PE will be every Tuesday and Thursday. Please come to school in your PE kit. These lessons will take place outside wherever possible.
Homework is an important part of learning in Year 3 and will be set every Wednesday on Teams using the assignments feature. To allow the children an opportunity to reflect on the week's learning they will be provided with answer sheets for certain pieces of homework, this will allow them to self-mark and identify any green for growths. Please return marked homework via Teams or Class Dojo's portfolio page 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. Spellings will be tested every Tuesday. You may also receive a research task that is linked to our topic. All necessary login details will 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. Please bring your reading record to school every Tuesday so I can stay updated with what you are reading at home. We will have opportunities for independent reading each week to encourage a love of reading within our classroom, during this time children can read any book they choose. A book can be brought from home but please do ensure it has the child's name written in it. This book must also stay in the child's draw when not in use. Miss Baker will keep a list of the books read during this independent reading time and encourage discussion about the texts and if/why we are enjoying or not enjoying what we are reading. We also have Reading VIPERS and Book Talk Sessions each week. These sessions provide an opportunity to develop our reading comprehension skills. We will continue to read The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd during these sessions.
April 27th/29th - KS2 Parents evening.
April 28th - Class Photos
Each term we will promote one of the 6 Rs – being ready, responsible, resilient, reflective, resourceful and respectful. Our focus in Term 5 is on being resourceful.
In English, we will be using Jane Considine's three zones of writing to explore and write a setting description based on stories from other cultures. We will be focusing on Mexican culture whilst we sentence stack which will link to our self-portrait artwork inspired by Frida Kahlo. When we begin to independent write we will draw inspiration from what is around us, our Science unit on plants and our whole class read. We will also take some time this term to revisit poetry and explore Haikus and Cinquains as alternative styles of poetry. For our class read, the Kestrels will read The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
In Maths, we will be continuing with the Power Maths scheme. We will continue to learn about length and begin to learn about fractions. The Kestrels will also continue to work on becoming Times Table Rockstars!
This term in Geography the children will undertake a UK study. They will learn all about the physical and human features of the UK and expand their locational knowledge.
In Science, we will be exploring plants. We will examine the different parts of plants and what they require to live.
This term in Art, we will be using plants as our inspiration. We will be creating self-portraits on clay tiles inspired by the artwork of Frida Kahlo.
In ICT we will begin to learn about how search engines function and rank their searches. We will also have the opportunity to explore how technology allows us to communicate and connect.
In RE the Kestrels will learn all about the deeper meanings of festivals and reflect on the knowledge gained in previously taught units.