Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, I hope you all had a super Christmas and relaxing New Year.

Here are some reminders of dates and topics for this coming half term;
P.E.                 Monday and Thursday afternoons, children will need indoor kits and suitable footwear e.g. trainers or pumps.
Spellings         New spellings will be given every Monday and tests will be on the Friday afternoon of the same week, the spellings given are a focus on particular word rules e.g. suffixes, prefixes, singular, plural rather than the actual words. So when practicing them please emphasise the rule e.g. adding -ing.
Homework     Homework is the learning logs, a new learning target will be put into the books every fortnight and your child will have 2 weeks to fill the 2 pages with anything they think relates to the learning target, the deadline date will be at the bottom of the target.

I am also going to be introducing Learn By Heart, this is a Maths initiative, I set a Maths challenge (e.g. learn 3 times tables) for the children to learn over a 2 week period, at the end of the fortnight a short test will be given. The Learn By Heart challenge will be stapled into your child’s learning log, this is just for reference and can be removed.
I would be very grateful if you could encourage your child to complete every piece of homework and to hand it in on time. It is essential for your child to get into a routine before they start high school.
          Please make sure your child reads their school reading book at home. I would like them to read everyday, and if you could please write a small comment about what they have read and sign it in their reading journal. We will aim to listen to your child read at school once a week so please ensure your child brings their book and reading record on their designated reading day.

This term our class theme is Celebrity Chefs, so all our subjects will be related to this. During this theme, as a class we will choose a country or countries and research local food and customs from there, with this information we will plan and write a menu which includes information about the place.

Here are some of the activities we will be doing this half term;
Stories with a familiar setting (related to food, kitchens etc) and instructions.

As a school we follow the DCFS Mathematics framework and during this half term we will be covering the blocks unit 2 and also relating Maths work to the theme, i.e. weights, measures and money.

Teeth and healthy eating.

Information Communication Technology (I.C.T.)
Research of food, cultures and customs etc of the country chosen by the children.

Location and information of the country chosen by the children.

Design Technology (D.T.).
Design and write a menu.

Design and make a place setting and table decoration.

R.E./Personal, Social, Health and Cultural Education
Muslim stories and Going for goals.

Physical Education

Songs and music related to the country chosen by the children and the theme i.e.; food and cooking.

Mrs Pound and Mrs Kendrick will be teaching Thursday afternoons, to cover my PPA time.

Also don’t forget our Year 3 blog which can be found on the homepage of the school website, get blogging!

I am aware that there is a lot of information included in this letter! If any of the information is unclear, or if you have any further queries regarding your child, please do not hesitate to see me.

Kind regards,

Mrs M L Quinn
Year 3 Class teacher

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