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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 3

Autumn Term 


Hello and a very warm welcome to Year 3!

My name is Miss Hull and I am really looking forward to getting to know your child and helping them learn and achieve during their time with me in Year 3.  I will be working alongside our teaching assistant Mrs Peaker to make sure your child is settled into the juniors and feels happy and safe within our year group bubble.

We have some exciting topics and texts to cover during this term!  We will also be revising and recapping prior learning to make sure that any gaps in knowledge are filled and to build on what the children already know.


English


For writing this term, we will be focusing on writing persuasive letters and fairytale narrative writing…with a twist!  We are using the story of Jack and The Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson as our vehicle text.

This unit of work will also help us to recap and revising some Year 2 spelling patterns and grammar objectives.  There will be plenty of opportunities to practice our punctuation skills and cursive handwriting.

In our shared and guided reading sessions, we will look at new and interesting vocabulary, how authors organise and structure their writing and the devices they use to punctuate their work.


Maths


We will be covering place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be following the White Rose Maths scheme and supplementing this with other resources to give a deep and broad spectrum of activities to ensure mastery. 

 

Each of these units of work has built in opportunities to cover objectives from the previous year group to ensure that the foundations are there to build on.  We follow a concrete > pictorial > abstract (CPA) approach to maths learning and giving children resources to explore questions and investigate for themselves gives them a deeper understanding of difficult concepts.  

Science


Our first unit in science will be rocks and soils.  This topic links nicely to our Stone Age topic.  We will compare and group together different kinds of rocks, describe how fossils are formed and recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.  Children will work scientifically using a variety of observations, experiments and investigations.


RE


Our RE lessons follow the locally agreed syllabus but are supported by a scheme of learning from the Diocese of Chester.  Our lessons are based around one ‘big question’ that invites curiosity and exploration of a religion. This term these questions include:

·         How do Christians use symbols to explain what God is like?
·         How do Christians use words, prayers, songs or hymns to describe God as ‘three in one’?

History/Geography

Our topic time term is Stone Age to Iron Age – a vast amount of history that covers a lot of human achievement.  The children will develop their chronological understanding, generate historically valid questions and use a variety of sources to investigate and explore this fascinating period in our history. We will also recap some of the history and geography objectives from Key Stage 1 where appropriate.


Reading


Guided reading is an opportunity for your child to learn reading techniques explicitly from the adult working with them.  This session will include skills such as retrieval, sequencing, inference, prediction and understanding new vocabulary in context.  It is expected that your child will be accessing reading at least 3 times a week in class.  Research has shown that just 20 minutes of reading every day could give your child access to over a million more words over the course of a year!it is important that they read every night at home with you.

We are very lucky that we have access to Bug Club if your child is on a reading book band.  This allows us to accurately track and assess children’s progress as there are comprehension quizzes to complete at the end of each book.


My Happy Mind


The mental health and wellbeing of your child is of paramount importance to us and, as a school, we follow the My Happy Mind programme.  These sessions support your child in their understanding of how their brain and mind work and offers practical strategies such as happy breathing and dealing with anxieties, which is especially important during the current pandemic and lockdown.


Homework


Homework will be set on a Friday and it is due to be completed by the following Tuesday. This year we will be setting our homework electronically using SeeSaw.  Spellings may be tested but this is only to identify where support is needed.  They should also ensure that they are accessing Times Table Rockstars to aid their fluency and accuracy for multiplication recall.


P.E


Our PE session is on Thursday between break and lunch.  Children should arrive at school on this day already in their PE kit. They will also need a waterproof jacket for this session


Forest School


Our Forest School sessions with Mr Ellinson are every other Friday morning.  Water-proof clothing is essential – especially in the winter months!

I’m really looking forward to working with you over the course of this year.

Thank you,

Miss Hull and Mrs Peaker



The staff at Willaston C of E Primary School are missing their pupils and the entire School community, so here are some little messages from them all.

Easter message from Mrs Chambers
Mrs Lamb's 
Easter Story 
Message from Mr Graham
Miss Hughes reading 
Monkey Puzzle.
Mr Ellinson's Forest School At Home 
virtual bunch of flowers, rainbow of hope,  recycled bird feederThe Happy Tree

Mrs Chambers 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 
'Compassion' Assembly.
Miss Bell (and Buddy) reading There's A Snake In My School by David Walliams
Just a few words to say 'hello' and we are thinking of you all
Miss Hull's Challenge
Value Ambassadors 'Perseverance' Assembly
Miss Chapman reading a story about a Rainbow
Revd Bazely's 'Creation' Assembly
Miss Hull's 'Service' Assembly
'Possible' read by Mrs Robinson
Mr Graham's 'Respect' Assembly
Mrs Lamb's 'Compassion' Assembly
Mrs Chambers 'Perseverance' Assembly
House Captain's 'Creation' Assembly
'Service' Assembly by Miss Hughes & Miss Garcia
Mrs Edge reading 'Meerkat Mail'

Home Learning w/c March 202020th April27th April4th May, 11th May, 18th May, 1st June, 8th June,15th June, 22nd June, 29th June, 6th July, 13th July

Sending best wishes to everyone.

Take care and keep safe.








HELP YOUR CHILD WITH...

Autumn Newsletter - Year 3 2020 (1).pdf (PDF 406.6KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 3 and 4, including word lists.pdf (PDF 69.2KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 3.pdf (PDF 63.9KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 3.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)