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Miss Ragg- Class Teacher Miss Harrison - covering PPA time on a Wednesday
Mrs Thorpe Mr Moreton Miss Panayiota
Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant
P.E. for Year 3 this half term is Monday. 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 playing learning how to hockey.
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. We will be creating our own information books about the aspects of Ancient Egypt and develop our sentence structure by using a range of sentece starters, descriptive words and phrases. We will also learn how to draft and edit work to improve our writing.
As part of our topic we will be looking at oral stories that have been passed down as myths and legends and how they developed in ancient times from tomb paintings to hieroglyphs. We are also looking at the mummification process and how someone can be turned into a Mummy!
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.
Raging Rivers and Fantastic Pharoahs!
This half term we are looking both at History - Ancient Egypt and Geography - Raging Rivers. During the time of the Ancient Egyptians a great civilisation arose in South Africa and has fascinated people ever since. Who were the Pharaohs? How did the Egyptians build their vast empire? What happened in every day life? To link our History to Geography we are going to be looking at the many rivers that are in the UK and around the world, including the River Nile which the Egyptians relied so heavily on. Why was this river so important? What part did the Nile play in Egypt?
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: How do we find out about long periods of History?
For the first week of term we are going to be archeologists and discover a tomb! The children will be discovering ancient artefacts and solving the puzzles of hieroglyphs that may have been inside. We are going to use these clues to gather information on who the person may have been and learn how information can lead to us understanding what happened so long ago.
Week 2: What are the important rivers in the World?
This week the children are looking at the major rivers around the World using an atlas and plot them on a World map. We are going to be learning geographic skills and new vocabulary.
Week 3: What is a Sarcophagus and how were they made?
This week the children are looking at the importance of a Sarcophagus and what they were made from. In this lesson we are going to be looking at the intricate designs and making our very own Sarcophagus made from clay! When they are dry we are going to paint them in the traditional style - making them look as authentic as possible!
Week 4: Where was Ancient Egypt and were there any other civilisations?
This week the children will look at where ancient civilisations happened in the world and think about why they happened. They will research the different civilisations of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, the Shang Civilisation and Ancient Egypt. We will then work out when these civilisations occurred and what happened.
Week 5: Where does a river begin and end?
This week the children will be using their atlas skills by finding the rivers in and around the UK and following them to see where they lead. We will be learning the many different features of a river such as meander, tributary, confluence and source where we will be using these to draw and label a river.
Week 6: What was the importance of the River Nile?
The River Nile was extremely important for the Egyptians. This week we will be researching what the Nile provided for the people and show our findings in an information booklet using Purple Mash.
Week 7: What was daily life like in Ancient Egypt?
This week we will look at the different jobs children may have done in Ancient Egypt. The children will be looking through the perspective of an Ancient Egyptian child and write a diary entry of what they may have done throughout the day - remember there were no electronics to play with in your spare time!
Week 8: What is a Pyramid and what were they used for?
This week we are looking at the site of the Pyramids of Giza. The children will research the discovery of the site, what has already been discovered and why it could have been built.
Week 9: How can we learn about the past?
This week the children are going on their trip to New Walk Museum! We will be finding out lots of information about how they lived, what artefacts have been found and see a real mummy in a sarcophagus!
Week 10: What are Hieroglyphics?
This week the children are going to go on an archaelogical dig and discover hieroglyphics! The children will learn how to translate hieroglyphics and write their own hidden messages!
Week 11: What is the Water Cycle?
The water cycle is an important system and the children will learn the different stages and how it can help our planet. We will be drawing and labelling the water cycle using new vocabulary and even learning the water rap song!
Week 12: What was mummification for?
The Egyptians had religious beliefs that would help them travel to the afterlife. This week the children will be learning the mummification process and having a go at acting out the different stages - we may even have some of the children turning into mummies!
Week 13: What can we do to help our river environment?
Pollution is a continuing problem and we will be learn how we can do our bit the save the planet - especially our rivers!
Week 14: What type of Jewellery did the Egyptians wear?
The Egyptians wore some exquisite jewellery, this week we will be learning what difference pieces of jewellery represented and what they were made from.
Week 15: How is water brought into our homes?
This week the children will look at how water reaches our homes and compare it to other homes across the World.
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!