Welcome to the Badgers!
We are all here to help you:
Miss Ragg- Class Teacher
Mrs Thorpe Mr Moreton
Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant
P.E. for Year 3 this half term is Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit on those days. Please also make sure that all items are clearly marked with your child's name. This half term we are learning how to ply hockey and use our gymnastic skills.
For the whole of Autumn term Badger class (Year 3) have been split into two groups so all children in the class come to Forest Schools for an afternoon each week. The children are loving this experience and can’t wait for our weekly sessions. So far we have made Forest School bracelets, explored the Forest School site and begun to learn about our boundaries, used sticks to spell our names and to make different structures in the forest as well as learning some circle time games. Oh and we have explored mud! We looked like mud monsters a couple of weeks ago when we discovered mud and huge puddles which of course we had to jump in! If you can’t do this in Forest Schools when can you do it???!!! All of the Badger class have created their own Forest School names so ask a member of Badger class to find out what their name is! My name is Miss Hedgehog Harrison! A little bit of an alliteration challenge was set to the children and they amazed me!
Badger class will continue Forest Schools after the holidays and we will be exploring how to make shelters (in the winter we will need them!), use knots for a range of purpose, making tree faces and going on a nature hunt. We are inviting parents and carers from Badger class to come and join us for a session in Forest Schools. This will be either 20th November or 21st November depending which day your child comes to Forest Schools! Make sure you come prepared and dressed for wet and cold weather. We will treat you to a warming hot chocolate at the end of the session!
Please look at the literacy non-negotiables to see what is expected in Year 3
This term the children will continue to develop their comprehension skills and also have lots of opportunities to enjoy reading independently, in small groups and as a whole class. Our focus will be on improving the children's knowledge and understanding of grammar and punctuation skills to ensure children continue to make large steps forward in line with the Government's requirements. As writers we will be developing our fiction and non fiction through a variety of genres and using technology to support. We will be learning how to be a film director (looking at how Tim Burton made Roald Dahl 's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory come to life) using the Ipads Imovie and writing a film narrative based on this film. Through this we will be developing our sentence structure by using a range of sentence starters, descriptive words and phrases. The children will also be learning about play scripts and how to write a play script; using drafting and editing to improve our writing.
Information for parents- http://www.croft.notts.sch.uk/Numeracy%20Targets%20Year%203.htm
Please look at the maths non-negotiables to see what is expected in Year 3
The children will access daily lessons including place value, data handling, shape and measure. Activities will include games, investigations and exercises. The children will use the four operations addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and will learn how to apply them to worded 'everyday life' problems choosing the appropriate math in each situation.
We would ask parents to encourage their children to practice their x 2 x 5 and x10 tables. In year 3 we will be learning more about the x 3 x 4 x 6 and x8 tables.
Chocolate and the Maya Civilisation!
This half term we are learning about the Maya people and its connection to chocolate. Throughout this term we will be looking into the history of the Mayas and chocolate; including how it was made via a visit by a chocolatier. We will be making chocolate and designing our very own chocolate pizza!
Please have a look at the homework set for this half term, please bring in your learning logs and any models on the last Thursday. After the fantastic homework last half term I can't wait to see what you bring in!
Week 1: Where in the World did the Maya live?
For the first week of term we will be using our Atlas skills to locate the countries within Central America and compare these countries to Ancient Mesoamerica. The children will be annotating maps to find the Ancient cities.
Week 2: What do we know about the Maya Gods?
This week we are learning about all the different Maya Gods and their religion. We are going to be discussing the Maya beliefs and why they chose to worship certain Gods.
Week 3: What did the Maya eat?
Aside from chocolate, the Maya had a well balanced diet! In this lesson we will be looking at how the Maya used corn to make various dishes. We will be following a Maya recipe to make Maya tortillas!
Week 4: How did the Maya count?
The Maya used a completely different counting system to what we use today. This week we will be comparing the counting methods and have a go at using Maya counting!
Week 5: What do we know about Chocolate?
This week we have the chocolatier visit! During this visit the children will be learning how chocolate is made and how it is traded across the World, we may even have the opportunity to design and make our very own chocolate pizza! Through this visit we will also be making the connection as to how the Maya made their chocolate. More details are to follow later on in the term.
Week 6: What can we learn from their buildings in Chichen Itza?
For the last week of term we will be using our research skills to find out about the ancient buildings the Maya left behind and how this has helped us to understand their civilisation today. The children are to present their findings to the rest of the class.
At the end of the first term the children have produced some fantastic homework and a lot of time and effort has gone into it - I couldn't be more proud!
Look at our gallery below to see all the exciting activities we have done in Year 3 so far.
Every half term the children will choose one or more activities from the homework sheet to complete in their learning log. These will be due in at the end of the term where we will showcase the children's amazing work to our peers.
Children will be given spellings on Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday giving you a whole week to practice before the test! Please ensure that spellings books are in school on Monday.
Mymaths numeracy homework will be set on a Wednesday and should be handed in on the following Wednesday. Your username are the first four letters of your first name and the first four letters of your surname. The password for Year 3 is pig.
Reading as much as possible will really help your child’s progress at school. For their learning passport they must have read twice a week all term. Please remember to use the Bug Club site where there are a number of books geared to your child's needs and fun activities.
Purple mash is a fun and an educational site that will help your child's progress in all areas of the curriculum. Please remember to use your child's individual username and password which will be stuck into their reading records. We will be delving into purple mash starting from September!
Diary Dates for the new term
Monday 30th October - INSET day. School closed to the children
Tuesday 31st October – First day of the school term!
Tuesday 31st October - Forest School sessions start for all of Year 3.
Friday 3rd November - Trip to New Walk Museum in Leicester
Tuesday 7th November - Parents evening until 7pm
Wednesday 8th November - Parents evening until 6.30pm
Thursday 9th November - Individual and family photographs
Friday 10th November - Bring and buy sale 3pm - 4pm
Monday 13th November - Anti bullying week!
Friday 17th November - Children in Need dress up day for £1
Tuesday 5th December - Christmas Fayre in the afternoon.
Thursday 14th December - Christmas carol concert in Church at 10.00am
Thursday 14th December - Christmas dinner for the children
Friday 15th December - Christmas carol concert in school at 9.15am
Monday 18th December - Pantomime in school
Tuesday 19th December - Ambassador awards assembly for children who have achieved their Bronze award (you will receive a letter to tell you if your child is receiving their award!)
Friday 22nd December - Party day and break up for Christmas!
Friday 5th January 2018 - INSET day. School closed to the children
Monday 8th January 2018 - First day back!