An update on homework
Thank you so much to all of those children that have handed some homework in already.
I have loved seeing what you've been getting up to and the Stone Age shoe boxes are fab!
Just a quick note that any piece of homework can be handed in before the deadline (21.10.19).
I am more than happy to mark bits as and when as that will keep the enthusiasm for the different activities alive.
Watch this space for pics of fantastic pieces of homework completed so far.
I have set two more pieces of MyMaths homework this week. I will continue to set different pieces that match our learning in school. When new pieces of work have been set, I will update the class page and get the children to write it in their diaries.
Supporting your child documents
Thank you so much to the parents that were able to make our workshop this afternoon.
Hopefully you found it useful and informative. We really appreciate you coming and it was great to discuss the questions that you raised.
Please find attached the PowerPoint that we used.
If you were unable to make the event, please feel free to look through the PowerPoint and come and ask us any questions you have.
Please find below the Year 3 spellings for both classes. Children are taught the spelling pattern during their spelling sessions within school so please continue to support this by practising at home with your child. We assess the children's spellings every Friday.
As a reminder, spellings are sent home in a plastic wallet labelled with your child's name. To ensure spellings come home in one piece rather than a soggy lump, we ask that children place their new spellings into their wallet. (Mr. G is looking for a better, more reusable alternative!)
Spellings for this week
Unit 11 - 'wa' and 'qua'
Times tables knowledge: Year 3 expectations from the National Curriculum.
Year 3's need to know their x3, x4 and x8 tables by the end of the year and the division facts.
This will build on their skills in the x2, x5 and x10 tables.
How you can help your child: Hit the Button!
Reading is so important.
We strongly encourage parents / carers to read every day with their child.
Please write a note in the home-school diary about what you've read - a variety of good literature is great for a child!
Mathematics in Year 3
Within our maths sessions, we have been looking at Place Value (Hundreds, Tens and ones) as well as applying these to addition and subtraction questions, including adding and subtracting from 3 digit numbers. Additionally, we also have Times Table tests every Monday and an Arithmetic test every Friday. At the end of each term, we have an assessment of the unit we are studying to measure progress and plan future sessions or interventions.
In order to support your child at home, we encourage you to focus on methods of addition and subtraction to build confidence as well as frequently revisiting the 2x, 5x and 10x times tables as this will improve fluency and quick recall with number bonds knowledge. We encourage you to make use of Times Table Rockstars to help form a positive attitude towards mathematics and to help reduce maths anxiety as well as MyMaths to revisit any areas your child isn’t confident with. Any gaps you spot at home can be addressed in school so please feel free to raise these if they become apparent. If you have any issues with either MyMaths or Times Table Rockstars, please inform a member of the Year 3 Team and we can help sort it out for you.
You our can see our learnt methods below but we encourage children to learn and apply many to avoid pigeonholing themselves in the future.
Our focus this second half-term is to focus on our presentation and handwriting in all subjects. Children will be encouraged to improve their skills especially with homework tasks. There will be rewards for pupils showing a significant progress in this area.
I am hoping to give our at least 3 handwriting pen licenses by Christmas. So make sure you have consistently strong presentation and beautiful handwriting to increase your chances of receiving one before anyone else!
Autumn Term means Stone Age!
This term, Year 3 will be focused on the Stone Age! We will be learning all about how people lived during this period and looking at the various developments, artefacts, mysteries and way of life during the period. This topic will be taught as a cross-curricular subject, including our English lessons, as well as separate History lessons. We aim to allow the children to become immersed in our origins by investigating the topic in a variety of ways and through exploring the topic through links in other sessions.
In our Science lessons this term, we are investigating rocks. We are learning about the different types of rocks and their classifications (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) as well as differentiating rocks from minerals, fossils, crystals and gemstones. We are also thinking about the qualities of rocks and what they may be used for.
Useful links for children:
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9bbkqt
Natural History Museum website: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/collections/mineralogy-collections/rock-collection.html
Bill Nye the Science Guy - Rocks and Soils (YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34mquU3nBfY