Welcome to Year 3
Our general topic this term is the science led ‘Shine and Grow’ which will build on our learning about plants and trees at the end of Year 2 and in particular, find out more about light and its key role in growth. This will include a class trip to Harlow Carr. We will also be building on our work about Leeds, investigating its history in the period to 1485 and considering how its geography affected that development then and still today.
In maths we are initially focusing on Place Value and continually revising and regularly practising the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). This term, we will also be revising the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and learning the 3 times table. Extra practice of this and of maths passport targets at home helps consolidate the learning in school. We continue to have weekly maths passport tests in class.
This term we will be reading a range of texts as a whole class, in small groups and individually. We are reading ‘Fortunately the Milk’ by Neil Gaiman together to start our English work this term. Later this year we will also be studying other books by Dick King-Smith, by Roald Dahl, by Garry Kilworth and by other authors. 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 adventure stories, letters, recounts and explanation texts. Spellings will be set weekly, your child will bring these home in their spelling book and should practise them at least 3 times per week. The weekly spelling test will usually be on a Friday.
Our P.E. day in school this year is Wednesday for which your child will need a plain white T-shirt, dark shorts and trainers. Please send these into school at the start of term and they can stay in school until the end of term. In colder, wetter weather we will aim to still enjoy P.E. outdoors where possible and so children will be able to wear tracksuits as necessary. Everything should be clearly marked with your child’s name and kept in a bag in your child’s locker throughout the half-term.
On Friday afternoons all children will be swimming at Scott Hall Leisure Centre. As in Year 2, your child will need to come to school already wearing swimming costume under their school clothes and with a change of underwear and a towel in a large plastic bag. Please ensure for both P.E. and swimming that hair is tied back and earrings are removed before school.
Our weekly forest school sessions will take place on a Tuesday. 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 eventually visiting Woodhouse Ridge for forest school sessions. Initially sessions will take place in the school grounds. Forest school will take place in all weathers so your child will need to bring a forest school kit on a Tuesday consisting of:
Clothes to stay warm and dry which can get muddy (eg old trousers and t-shirt/jumper)
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.