Homework, Reading and Spellings
In Class 3 we teach, encourage and expect children to become independent learners. We value commitment, hard work, enthusiasm and a positive 'have a go' attitude. We see mistakes as opportunities for learning, not something to fear. We help and encourage children to build on their learning and identify their own next steps. We value good manners and team work.
You can help your child in the following areas:
• being well organised for school with their own pencil case so that they don't need to rely on other children
• developing good home/school routines by completing homework to a high standard and handing it in on time
• setting aside time to read regularly at home and keeping a record of reading in the Reading Diary
• talking together about anything that interests your child and being aware of what is happening in the news and the wider world
Welcome to Class 3
Welcome back to the Summer Term
Our IPC topic this term is “Scavengers and Settlers- Early man to the Iron Age”
and our Science topics are Light and Sound.
During our topic we will be studying Early Man both in Britain and around the world. We will be exploring the skills our ancestors needed to survive and researching people such as Otzi (the Ice Man) and Cheddar Man.
We will be reading Stig of the Dump by Clive King and watching some clips from Walking with Cavemen (BBC)
There is a lot on the internet that will support your child’s learning so please encourage your child to read around the subject either online or using books form the library.
As you know we are going to the Children’s Farm and Country Show on April 19th.This is normally a very educational and enjoyable day, just cross your fingers for us that it doesn’t rain!!
Please keep an eye out for documentaries to suit our topic and encourage your child to research the topic either online or at the library.
Homework will be given out on Fridays to be handed in the following Thursday. Spellings will be given out on Friday. Each week the spellings will consist of 10 words which fit spelling patterns and extra words from the year 3/4 statutory words set by the government. Please ensure your child learns his/her words each week. We will be continuing the 'Spelling Bee' this year.
We learn times tables in a certain order. (Please feel free to come in and see our times tables display.) Everyone will start with 2s in September and then move up through the chosen order until they reach 'The Moon'. Children will be tested each week and will move up or be re-tested. Please practise times tables as much as possible over the holidays - car journeys are the perfect time.
Keep up with Mathletics - aim for 1000 points per week.
Please see below a copy of the letter from the children's reading diaries regarding reading.
Please listen to your child read as often as you can. Just ten minutes every night can really help your child to progress in their reading. (Even fluent readers may need help with difficult words.)
When you have listened to your child, please sign and date the pages read. Reading diaries will be checked weekly by Mrs Fleet and a raffle ticket will be awarded if your child has read three time or more in a week.
One of the important roles in Class 3 is to develop your child's independence. Being ready for lessons with the appropriate equipment in their own pencil case is all part of this.
Summer term timetable
Tuesday with Mrs Sturmey and swimming at Iswim in Clopton (starting on Tuesday 24th April)
Tuesday and Wednesday - P.E. with Mrs Sturmey
Wednesday - Computing with Mr Barlow
Outdoor learning - Wednesday - with Mrs Sturmey
Please make sure your child has weather appropriate clothing for outdoor learning and the correct P.E. kit in school on these days - including short white socks for those girls who wear tights to school.
Please make sure your child has:
1. A book bag/ folder to protect school library books and reading diaries.
2. Sports kit
Girls- one piece swimming costume and hat
Boys- swimming trunks and hat
3. When you buy new school uniform, please remember - navy trousers and skirts (not black or grey).
4. A pencil case with a selection of HB pencils for writing and drawing, a few coloured crayons, ruler, rubber, pencil sharpener etc. Please make sure that the pencil case is small enough to fit in your child's drawer in the classroom.
5. Labelled wellies.
Please make sure that all items or clothing are clearly labelled.
If you have any further queries please feel free to contact either of us.
Mrs C Townshend (Class 3 Teacher)
Mrs T Fleet (Class 3 Teaching Assistant)
The making of our class-o-raptor for the classroom display
Class 3 Trip to the Sedgwick Museum
Class 3 are having a basketball coach coming in this half term
Homework and Reading
Spellings - statutory requirements
All homework will be set on Fridays.
Maths and English homework will be set on alternate weeks to be handed in on the following Thursday.
Spellings/times tables will be tested on Fridays.
Please listen to your child read at least 3 times a week and make a note of it in their Reading Diary.
The purpose behind the selection of 6 keys books for each year group had its origins in some inspirational training our staff received from academics and authors at the British Library. They recommended that the best way to teach grammar, punctuation and the development of well-structured writing to children, was to use real books. The teachers chose the required readers as a basis for the teaching of writing across the school. This is not a list of books to race through to reach the top because THERE IS NO TOP. They are all excellent models of the type of writing we want to encourage and promote in every classroom. Your child has three options in order to access these books: 1 Read the book themselves.2 Read the book together with an adult.3 Listen to an audio version of the book. Your child needs to experience the wonder of beautiful stories, well told, with all the joy and excitement that entails. How else are we going to make them want to be writers?
Reading in Class 3
Yours child has selected a new school reading book from the library today. He/she has been given an Accelerated Reader band from which to start reading. We will review these bands as we go through the term.
As well as their individual reading books, your child will be learning and practising reading skills in a variety of ways:
Phonics sessions – these are an opportunity for children to learn and practise decoding skills, extend vocabulary and acquire a bank of words that they can spell accurately. Phonics sessions last half an hour and take place three times a week.
Guided Reading – a group of children or similar reading level working with a teacher or teaching assistant on a shared text. Children have individual copies of the text. Guided reading sessions give children an opportunity to discuss a story information book together, developing comprehension and inference skills and text awareness.
Reading throughout the curriculum – reading does, of course, take place throughout the day in other lessons. In science, for example, children will be reading/ learning new technical vocabulary and practising using it themselves. I our theme work we will be finding out about the rainforest and how it has been destroyed using research skills with both books and the internet.
Individual reading to teacher/ teaching assistant/ volunteer – this is just one part of the reading that your child will do at school.
Your child will benefit from as much practise as possible of the reading skills that are taught, so please hear your child read as often as you can. Children who read on three occasions at home during the week will be entered for a special class raffle to be drawn at the end of term.
Mrs Fleet (Teaching Assistant) will check Reading Diaries every Friday to find out which children need raffle tickets. Please make sure you date and sign the Reading Diary, indicating the title of the book and which pages have been read, when your child reads at home.
Please feel free to use the reading diary for general home/ school notes as well, but do ask your child to alert us to the fact if there is an important note as diaries are not checked every day!
Spellings will also be sent home in the spellings book on Fridays. Our spelling test will take place the following Friday.
Finally, reading, like everything we do at school, should be a home/ school partnership. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to speak to us after school. If any parent is able to come into school to hear readers or practise maths facts with pupils we would be really grateful.
This is the list of statutory words that the Government expect your child to know by the end of their year group. They will be included in your child's spellings each week.
Please practice them regularly at home to ensure your child feels confident with them.
Word list – years 3 and 4