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Summer Term 1

 

Welcome back to our final term. Our topic this term is based on the question: Would you survive the Stone Age?

If you would like to support your child with this interesting topic please have a look online where there are lots of fun websites and film clips which help to set the scene. BBC clips have the History of Britain Stone Age which contains lots of useful information.

 

As part of our outdoor learning this term we will be exploring Stone Age survival and habitats with Mr Goodburn. We have planned some exciting activities which include, shelter building, cooking, weaving and gardening.

We will be taking part on Tuesday afternoons, rain or shine. It is essential that children are appropriately dressed for the weather. We will be outside all afternoon, every Tuesday afternoon so please send a change of clothes and shoes including sun cream, hats, waterproofs and sturdy shoes.

 

Please see above for this terms mind map.

We started the term off with a WOW Day!

 

To start off this busy half term we had our WOW Day. If you’re wondering what happened to the junk we collected. We made our very own junk Iron Man (have a look at the photographs below).

 

In art we used pastel to create our images of the Iron Man. We also learnt about and used a variety of paint techniques to create backgrounds for our Iron Man silhouettes.

 

In English we wrote our story openings about our giant monster in the style of Ted Hughes the author of The Iron Man. We confidently used descriptive and figurative language in our writing – we will share our work with you on Parents’ Evening.

 

As you can see we have been very busy.

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History Visitors from the University of Nottingham

 

This half term we are lucky to have some visitors from the university to teach the children a glimpse of life in Ancient Greece and Rome. This week we learnt how to write our names using the Greek alphabet.

 

This collaboration is an initiative to encourage more children to take advantage of the opportunities that arise from a university education.

Have a look at our lighthouses!

 

Last term, as part of our topic, we read the story of Grace Darling the light house keeper’s daughter. This story inspired us to do some fantastic writing.

 

As part of our DT project we designed and made our very own mini lighthouses.  

 

Our finished lighthouses.

 

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Spring term 1 Mind Map and Letter

To start this Spring Term we had a WOW Day.

 

We had a sing along with Mr Thompson who taught the children a sea shanty and we continued this later in the afternoon with Miss Fletcher who taught the children further sea shanties. In the morning we made shadow puppets in order to tell a story. In groups we performed our stories to the rest of the class.

Have a look at some of the fun activities we completed last term.

 

We used a variety of spelling strategies to learn our new spelling rules. In maths we used our knowledge of 2d and 3d shapes to make models. PE last term was indoors and we focussed our gymnastic skills and finally, we celebrated the end of term with a party.

 

Not to forget the PANTO! A super day out at the theatre with superbly behaviour children. A credit to you all!

What a great Autumn half term we have had, the children have settled into year 3 and are now working confidently.

 

A big thank you to you all, we really enjoyed meeting you at the recent parents’ evenings.

 

Just a reminder that on Tuesday 13th December Year 3 will be going to the PANTO – last year we all went to watch Puss in Boots which was brilliant, enjoyed by children and adults alike. We are looking forward to this year’s panto – Aladdin.

 

Half term homework – Our topic next term is our own Horrible Histories topic called ‘Barmy Beeston.’ We will be looking at the history of Beeston and in particular John Clifford School. We would like the children to find out about what life would have been like for a Victorian school child. They can present this in any way they wish, e.g. poster, powerpoint etc. They should bring it back on the first day of term.

Information about homework.

This week in English we have been looking at instructional texts – recipes.

Together we followed instructions to make a cauliflower and potato curry and we all had a taste.

Have a look at our photographs below.

This half term we are completing a whole school cross-curricular topic called Continent to Continent with a Year 3 focus on Asia. We will be introducing the children to life in Key Stage Two including new routines and a bit more independence. Please see the mind map below more information about what your child will be learning about across the whole curriculum this half term. R.E. will be based in a big question and we will be thinking about worship and Diwali.

 

We hope you will encourage all the children to engage with the topic and that we can learn a lot from those of you who have any family links with Asia. Please come and see us if you have any interesting information or objects from Asia which we could show the children.

 

We will be celebrating Roald Dahl Day next week and the work of this author as a special focus while the children are in Year 3.

 

PE sessions for Year 3 will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please ensure your child has full kit in school at all times. Please provide indoor and outdoor kit including; shorts and t-shirt, socks if the girls are wearing tights and warm outdoor kit with a long sleeved top and bottoms. Trainers or suitable outdoor sports shoes will be needed. It is essential that all kit is clearly named.  We want the children to be comfortable when taking part in sports so please make sure PE bags are filled and in school as soon as possible. Ear rings and other jewelry are not allowed during P.E. so please remove these on a Tuesday morning. Long hair must be tied back.

 

We hope that you will support us in the homework tasks we set the children. We aim to enhance their learning from class and to tackle the lengthy spelling requirements for Year 3. Remember little and often is important when learning new spelling or multiplication tables. Online games and activities are fun and can help motive children who are more reluctant to engage with homework.

 

Can we take this opportunity to remind you that we don’t allow toys or cards for children to play with at school. They should only bring personal items for school for Show and Tell.

 

Please come and speak to us anytime, and we hope to continue to see many of you at Parents’ Reading Morning on Fridays.


Many thanks for your support,

 

Mrs Pacey, Mrs Argent, Miss Langham & Miss Kinsey (Raccoon Class)

 

Miss Fletcher and Mrs Day (Meerkat Class)

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

Useful websites to support phonics

 

 

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