Year 3

Our Literacy focus this term will be on stories with historical settings. We will be taking inspiration for our writing from a book involving a very mild-mannered troll who is faced with a difficult decision.

The class will continue to follow the ‘Literacy and Language’ programme focussing on reading, grammar, writing and editing skills. Our first unit looks at the genre of science fiction stories. Let’s hope it does not inspire the children to create another Frankenstein’s monster!

The children will continue to receive school reading books which will be changed when the children have mastered each text. It is important that you spend time listening to your child read and asking them questions about what they have read. It is also just as important that you read stories to your child as this provides them with a love of books and an understanding of language. Please make a note of all reading undertaken at home as this helps with assessment and progression. The children should be reading at home on at least five occasions each week.

In science this term we will be investigating states of matter in a chemistry focussed topic. I am hoping to arrange a visit to a local science museum to allow us to make a huge mess and further explore the subject. We also hope to have a visit from United Utilities to help us investigate the water cycle.

We are starting our new topic of ‘rivers’ and will be specifically looking at our local river system. Our learning will give us the opportunity for some cross-curricular links with literacy and art. If you have any books or objects to support this topic please send them in!

Following the letter sent home earlier this week. Year 3/4 will be taking part in a five week swimming course at Chester City Baths. The children will need to bring their swimming costumes and towels in every Monday this half term. P.E lessons will take place on Tuesday within school. Please make sure the children have their P.E. kit with them every day, just in case further opportunities arise.

In numeracy this term, we will continue with the topic of multiplication and division, looking at both mental and written strategies. We will be moving on to look at aspects of shape, space and measure which will allow us to explore our local environment.

Homework will be sent home each Friday. It will mainly consist of literacy and numeracy tasks to complement the work we are conducting in class, however on occasion, science or topic work may be set. Homework should be signed by a parent/carer (inside front cover of homework book) and returned to school no later than the following Wednesday. If the children are struggling to complete homework at home or do not have access to a computer or the internet, I will be running a homework club in school each Tuesday lunchtime. The children are welcome to come back to the classroom (after eating their lunch) to independently complete their homework. Laptops will be made available where necessary.

Behaviour Policy

We will be following the green card reward system. Green cards will be given for good work and good behaviour. At the end of the week the two children with the most green cards will receive the ‘Green Card Certificate’ in the Whole-School Assembly.

Water bottles and other pupil property

May we take this opportunity to remind parents that it is imperative that all pupils have a suitable water bottle in school. At this stage in our pupils’ school careers, we would expect our children to be taking responsibility for putting letters and homework into book bags, collecting water bottles and ensuring that all their clothes and property are taken home at the end of the school day. To help them with this, please make sure all personal items are well-labelled.

As time is limited at the start of the school day, if you would like to discuss your child’s learning, please contact Mrs Leslie in the office to arrange an appointment or telephone call.