We certainly had an action-packed Term 1 and everyone has seemed to settle quite well and smoothly into Year 3 and Key Stage 2. The children have been excited by our swimming sessions as well as the trip to Cheddar Gorge where we all engaged with the lifestyle of the Stone Age, through handling different artefacts and walking through the caves. The term finished majestically with our Ten Pieces creative work based on “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky that featured gymnastics, dance, artwork, our own musical compositions and more poetry! Our History-based topic for Term 2 continues to explore how our ancient ancestors lived and came to settle around the world. We will continue to explore the Stone Age and then concentrate on Iron Age hill forts, farming, art and culture. We will then compare this to modern day societies and look at the similarities and differences between prehistory and today. In English, we will be focusing upon the following genres: describing settings and persuasive writing. In Maths our focus will be Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and division, Measurement and statistics. For the first time, we are also incorporating some of our Science objectives about rocks and fossils into Term 2 as this ties in so well with the Stone Age, pre-history and what we learnt at Cheddar Gorge. In Computing, we will look at creativity, this will involve building our very own Iron Age Hill fort containing the features we find out about during our topic work. We will then also be creating our own settlement using the program local studies.
The accompanying Topic Web also covers Term 2 and shows in more detail what we will be learning in other subjects. Please ensure that your child has their named PE kit in school for Fridays, when we will be developing our gymnastic skills and core strength! Children will continue to need their swimming costumes and named school uniform on Mondays. As a reminder, our last swimming session for this term is Monday 26th November. Our turn for using the all-weather track is on Thursday mornings so children will need to have their daps or trainers with them in a plastic bag, please, so they can build up their fitness and healthy lifestyles! We would also be grateful if snack pots, lunch boxes and water bottles are all clearly labelled with your child’s name, so we can return these items quickly if they are left in a different place from normal! Please encourage your child to take these home every evening to be cleaned and re-stocked!! Homework will continue to be sent home on a Friday to be handed in by the following Wednesday and will usually consist of Maths and English or Topic work. Spellings will usually be sent home on Tuesdays in their thin red spelling books. We would be grateful if they could be returned the following Monday for the children to be tested and new spellings to be given out. If you are able to offer any help/expertise in our different curriculum areas, please speak to a member of the Year 3 team! We look forward to another busy and exciting term with your continued support and just to let you know on the first day of Term 2, Monday 5th November, it’s only 50 days ‘til Christmas Day..…!! Yippee!
The Year 3 Team Miss Dixon, Mr Stowe, Mrs Swift and Mrs Jacobs