Welcome to Year 3
Our topic this term is science led Shine and Grow. We will be learning all about plants and about light. After half term we will be doing a mini topic on local history. We will be looking at Early Leeds history and finding out where the name Leeds comes from. In geography we will be looking at the characteristics of different settlements.
We will be following the White Rose maths scheme and starting the year by developing knowledge around place value. Later in the term we will move on to addition, subtraction and multiplication. Alongside daily maths lessons we will be practising maths facts through our maths passports as well as learning times tables. Year 3 times tables targets are 3s, 4s and 8s. Extra practice at home of maths passport targets and times tables helps to consolidate the learning in school. I recommend spending 10 minutes on these 3 times a week. If you are not sure of your child’s maths passport target please let me know.
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, starting with writing our own silly stories inspired by the book “Fortunately, the milk”.
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. Sessions will initially take place in the school grounds and later in the term we will use local outdoor areas such as Woodhouse Ridge.
It is important that we work together to ensure that your child is happy and reaching their full potential. We appreciate your support with this. Please talk to us at the start or end of the day if you have any questions or concerns.
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.