Welcome to the Badgers!
We are all here to help you:
Miss Ragg- Class Teacher
Mrs Shanley- Teaching Assistant Mrs Parker - Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Year 3! We are the Badgers, known for being hardworking and loyal! We have lots of exciting things happening this term, please scroll down to view what we are doing in Maths, English and Topic.
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.
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 plans on multiplication, division, fractions and measure. 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.
Topic: What makes the Earth angry?
Week 1: Where are the famous volcanoes in the World?
Where are volcanoes? For the first week of term we will be using our atlas skills to locate the most famous volcanoes around the World and plot them on our own map! The children will research different facts about the volcanoes, locate the ring of fire and learn about the importance of tectonic plates.
Week 2: How are volcanoes formed?
What is under our feet? During this week, we will be looking in greater depth at what is under the Earth's crust and how a volcano is formed. The children will continue learning about tectonic plates and how these aid the formation of of volcanoes. We will be labelling and sketching a cross-section diagram of a volcano and explain what happens using key vocabulary.
Week 3, 4 and 5: How are volcanoes formed? DT Project
For the next 3 weeks the children will be researching, planning, making and evaluating their own volcano model! Using teamwork and DT skills, the children will create a 3D volcano model which will erupt lava! We will evaluate the end product and assess what worked well and what we could do next time to make it even better.
Week 6: How can volcanoes affect people's lives?
Are volcanoes good or bad? In this lesson we will be discussing the pros and cons of living near a volcano and how it can affect lives. In particular, we are reading the story 'Escape from Pompeii' which helps us to understand what happened when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The children will be writing a diary entry to explain what it would have been like living there during that time.
Week 7: How are Earthquakes formed? How can we measure them?
For the final week we will be investigating why we have Earthquakes and how to measure them. Why do Earthquakes have different magnitudes? The children are going to be creating a poster on what to do if there is an Earthquake and how to stay safe when the Earth is angry.
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. Please see the top of the topic overview
Children will be given spellings on Friday and tested on the following Wednesday giving you a whole week to practice before the test! Please ensure that spellings books are in school for the Friday test.
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!
This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children's achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their 'Ambassador Award' comes under 4 headings:
Behaviour and conduct.
Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the working day and is important to recognise children's achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the success criteria identified. We are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves! Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through the 'Steps to Success' passport the Badgers will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!
Diary Dates for the new term
Monday 7th January 2019 - Back to school for the children.
Wednesday 9th January - Young Voices Concert in Sheffield
Thursday 10th January - Sports activity day in school
Thursday 7th February- Musical Performance run by the School Council
Thursday 14th February - School Ambassador Assembly at 10am
Friday 14th February - Break up for half term