Welcome to Year 3
Our general topic this term is the science led ‘Humans and other animals’ (focusing in particular on body parts and their functions, food chains, habitats and classification). Later this half term, we will also be enjoying a mini local history topic. We will continue to learn outdoors regularly, including during each week's Forest School session.
In Maths, we will be continuing working on our Maths Passport targets, which aim to set secure foundations in arithmetic. We work towards these every day and our aim is to complete ten questions for each target in 30 seconds! It really helps if we can practise them at home for ten minutes every day. Each child has specific targets to which they are working and these can be found on the laminated target sheet previously sent home with each child. If you are unsure of these, please ask and we can send home new copies. Equally if you would like any supporting materials or games which you think might help your child at home, please see me.
We are also working on using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in different situations and contexts. This might involve using money and giving change, deciding on appropriate ways to solve word problems, exploring patterns of number or using more than one operation at a time when solving problems (amongst other things). Please continue to support your child by including Maths in everyday conversations and interactions with your child.
Our topics will feature throughout our writing, as will our class book. Our class book for this half term is ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith. We will continue to focus on ensuring we have varied and interesting sentences that make sense and are appropriate for the audience and purpose. This will include extending our sentences with connectives, using a variety of sentence openers and appropriate use of detailed language, whether more precise or more descriptive. We will continue to develop strategies for checking, editing and improving our first draft writing independently.
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.