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Miss Ragg- Class Teacher
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.
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 looking at writing familiar stories using Dick King Smiths' A Mouse called Wolf and writing an explanation text about animals that live in Shipley Park.
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 place value, the four operations and money in greater depth. Activities will include games, investigations and exercises.
We would ask parents to encourage their children to practice their x 3 x 4 and x8 tables.
Here is the homework for the next term
Week 1: Where is Derbyshire?
For the first week of term the children will be developing their atlas skills, we are learning how to locate the countries within the British Isles and the counties within the United Kingdom. By the end of this week we will be able to identify the different countries and counties, including Derbyshire!
Week 2: What information can we find out the different towns in Derbyshire?
This week we are exploring the different towns within Derbyshire, with a focus on Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock and Matlock Bath, Cromford and Denby. The children will be gathering information on what these towns have to offer in terms of attractions and local produce. There may even be some taste-testing involved!
Week 3: What information can we find out about the different towns in Derbyshire?
This week the children are going to be using their research gathered about the towns to create an information booklet to persuade people to visit their chosen town. Why should we go and visit Buxton/ Bakewell/ Matlock/ Matlock Bath/ Cromford/ Denby? What can we do there? What should we buy?
Week 4: What are the different landscapes around Derbyshire?
This week we are comparing the landscape of the beautiful Peak District town of Castleton to Heanor town. Using Google Maps, we will be looking at what the landscape is like in Castleton and then comparing the landscape to Heanor. What does Castleton and Heanor both have that are the same? What are the differences? This will involve the children using their observation skills by looking closely at map signs and symbols of both Castleton and Heanor.
Week 5: What makes Derbyshire a significant country?
Why do you think Derbyshire is significant? For this week the children will be looking at the county, using what they already know about the different towns to help them answer this question. In particular, we will be exploring the history of well dressings and why they play such a big part of Derbyshire history. Using our team work skills, we will be designing and making our very own well dressing made from natural materials that link to the Coppice emblem!
Week 6: What impact did the Miller Mundy family have in Heanor?
What do you know about the Miller Mundy family? For this week the children will go back in time to learn about this important family and how it had an impact on Heanor today. We are going to visit Shipley Hall and observe and sketch the ruins. The children are to use their archaeological skills to find out which room was the ballroom, bedrooms, kitchen and living room of this once majestic house.
It was great to see so many of Year 3 dress up for World Book day! We had some fantastic costumes. The book we had chosen was Gangsta Granny, we had some great ideas on how to steal the Crown Jewels!
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.
click here to see homework
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 4th June - Inset day
Tuesday 5th June - First day of the new term