Selling C of E Primary School

Pilgrims Way Primary
Village Acedemy

Class 3

A Message from the Class Teacher, Miss Lawson

 

2016-17 Term 3 - Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Happy 2017! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and you are enjoying the New Year so far! The following information outlines our topics in Year 3 this term:

 Maths

We will start the term by revising Place Value from Term 1. We will then move on to addition and subtraction, focussing on formal written methods and more complex word problems and problem solving. Following that, we will revise our methods for multiplication and division and learn to use inverses to solve, and check, more complicated problems.

English

This term, we will be mainly concentrating on non-fiction work based on our Topic of Italy, specifically Pompeii. First, we will learn about information texts and create fact files on Pompeii. Following that, we will move on to adverts – both paper and digital based, focussing on persuasive and descriptive language.

Topic

Our topic this term is ‘Italia’. We will be learning about Pompeii and the eruption of Mt Vesuvius alongside general facts about volcanoes. We will explore evidence sources that give us an insight in to the past and evaluating their value.

Science

We will be learning about ‘Forces and Magnets’ this term, which will involve many practical experiments and hands-on learning. In particular we will cover: what forces are, how to measure forces, how magnets attract and repel each other and the effects of air and water resistance.

R.E

Christianity will continue to be our focus this term. We will be looking at the parables and making links between teachings of the parables and our everyday lives. We will discuss the ways that the parables are still relevant to Christians, and have a go at writing our own parables.

P.E

We will continue having P.E sessions with Mr Booker on Mondays, so please ensure that P.E kits are in school at all times.

Other subjects

Weekly music lessons with Mrs Willmott will continue this term.

Homework

Maths and English homework will be set on alternate weeks on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. Please remember that homework is optional.

Week ahead sheets will continue to be sent home every Friday detailing our learning for the following week, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me if you have any queries or concerns at any point.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Lawson. 

 

2016-17 Term 2 - Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you had an enjoyable, and well-rested, half term break and are ready for the busy term ahead! Term 1 went incredibly quickly and I’m sure that Term 2 will fly by at the same speed with the build up to Christmas! The following information outlines our topics in Year 3 this term:

Maths

We will start the term by continuing learning methods for multiplication and division, more specifically using known times table facts to work out more complicated calculations. Following that, we will be focussing on time and clock work (both analogue and digital) before moving on to properties of shape.

English

This term, we will firstly focus on non-fiction explanation texts, using Wallace and Gromits Cracking Contraptions as a stimulus. We will then use ‘The day the crayons quit’ by Drew Daywalt as our class book to develop our story-writing skills, with particular focus on including direct, as well as reported, speech. We will then use the text to help us learn how to write formal and informal letters, before doing some Christmas poetry leading up to the festive holidays.

Topic

Our second topic is ‘Me on the Map’, which will allow children to develop their map reading skills, locate world countries, locate continents, learn to identify features that define a city, town and village, and look more closely at Kent, Canterbury and Selling. We will use compasses to follow a set of simple instructions, and children will create their own maps of the local area.

Science

We will be learning about ‘Animals including humans’ this term, which will involve learning about nutrition, food groups, what makes a balanced diet, types of skeletons, naming bones, and learning about how muscles work.

R.E

Following on from Judaism last term, we will be learning about Christianity with a focus on the New Commandment and Jesus’ teachings through the Sermon on the Mount. Leading up to Christmas, we will be exploring the word ‘Emmanuel’ and how the term might makes Christians feel.

P.E

We will continue having P.E sessions with Mr Booker on Mondays and this term we will be going to the village hall on Wednesdays for dance, so please ensure that warm, winter P.E kits are in school at all times.

Other subjects

Weekly music lessons with Mrs Willmott and weekly french lessons with Mrs Allen will continue this term.

Homework

Just as term 1, Maths and English homework will be set on alternate weeks on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.  

Week ahead sheets will continue to be sent home every Friday detailing our learning for the following week, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me if you have any queries or concerns at any point.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Lawson.

 

 

2016-17 Term 1 - Curriculum Newsletter 

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the year ahead. The following information outlines our topics in Year 3 this term:

 Maths

We will be starting the year by learning about Place Value, followed by looking at numbers in depth. We will revise our methods for addition and subtraction, and learn new strategies to solve number problems.

English

This term, the class will read a selection of books based around our topic on the Stone Age. We will begin with reading Stone Age Boy, by Satoshi Kitamura, which will form the foundation for most of our English this term. We will start the year focusing on descriptive language and build up to writing our own story set across two settings, a theme from Stone Age Boy.

Topic

Our first topic is the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will be comparing and contrasting the types of homes that prehistoric people lived in, how people hunted for food, explore cave art and study the archaeological dig at Skara Brae.

Science

To tie in with our topic work, our focus in science will be rocks and soils. The children will learn about the rock cycle, different types of rocks and their uses, as well as explore the effects of erosion.

R.E

In our first term, the class will be focusing on the faith of Judaism. We will learn about Moses and the Ten Commandments and reflect on the importance of rules in our current society. The children will also learn about the Ten Plagues and the importance of Passover in the Jewish faith.

P.E

We will continue having P.E sessions with Mr Booker, so please ensure that P.E kits are in school at all times.

Other subjects

We are lucky to have a weekly Music lesson with Mrs Willmott and a weekly French lesson with Mrs Allen.

Homework

Maths and English homework will be set on alternate weeks on a Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.  If, for any reason, you cannot complete your homework, then please inform myself, Mrs Baker or Mrs Best the day before it is due in at the very latest.

Week ahead sheets will be sent home every Friday detailing our learning for the following week, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me if you have any queries or concerns at any point. Thank you for your continued support,

 

Miss Lawson.