Welcome to Year 3
Our topic this term is Rock Stars. We have already started finding out how the Earth is made of different layers. This will be followed by learning about volcanoes – how, why and where they occur and the impact that they have on the environment. In science we will be looking at different types of rock, how rock is formed and also how fossils are formed. After half term we will be learning about changes to Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. This will include a visit to Herd Farm in Leeds for a Stone Age experience.
We will continue to follow the White Rose maths scheme, beginning the term by continuing work on multiplication and division. We will then move on to money, statistics and fractions. As well as continuing to consolidate 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables our focus times table this term is the 4 times table. Children will also regularly practise their maths passport for a weekly test in school. This helps children to learn a variety of maths facts. I recommend practising maths passport/times tables for 10 minutes 3 times a week at home in order to support their learning in school.
Throughout this term we will be reading a range of texts as a whole class, in small groups and individually. Children will continue to be given reading books and reading records, which should be brought into school every day. As children reach the end of the school reading scheme they will be given a library book to replace the school reading book. We will have a weekly library session in which all children will be able to choose a book from the school library. To continue to develop their reading children should read at home with an adult for about ten minutes 3-4 times per week.
Writing skills will be applied to a variety of text types. This term our writing will include volcano shape poems, an information report about extreme weather, a diary entry of volcano survivor and a biography of Mary Anning.
Spellings will be set weekly, your child will bring these home in their spelling book and should practise them 3 times per week.
Our weekly forest school sessions will take place on a Thursday. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills as well as applying knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom to an outdoor context. We make the most of the local environment by visiting Woodhouse Ridge for forest school sessions. Sessions will sometimes take place in the school grounds or in other local parks. Forest school will take place in all weathers so your child will need to bring a forest school kit on a Thursday consisting of:
Clothes to stay warm and dry which can get muddy (eg old trousers and t-shirt/jumper)
School uniform is fine to wear but may get muddy!
Sturdy shoes with a good grip eg trainers, wellies, walking boots.
At Shire Oak we encourage creative, project-based homework to allow children to explore wider aspects of a topic and follow their own interests and ideas.