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Year 3 Summer term letter

11 May 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Easter break and a big welcome back to a new and very busy term!  This term has already got off to a great start and we have lots to look forward to.

Maths

In Maths we will be continuing to work hard in all areas including number operations, fractions, geometry, statistics and measure. The children made great progress last term, so we will be looking to build on these strong foundations. You can support your child and the work we are doing in class by continuing to practice times tables at home and by talking about maths in everyday situations. For example, telling the time; taking measurements and estimates; weighing and calculating ingredients whilst cooking; looking at prices of items in shops and working out totals and change for £5 or £10 etc. Don’t forget to keep practising Maths skills by using Mathletics to compete against other children in the class, school or around the world!

Literacy

In Literacy this term we are focusing on building up the skills of writing focusing on writing in the style of a significant author, Ted Hughes, and creating diary recounts based on out UoI topic. We will also be building on the children’s spelling, grammar and punctuation skills. You can support your child by encouraging him/her to look for common patterns in the weekly spellings and helping them to write full sentences for some of the tricky words – remembering to use basic punctuation such as capital letters and full stops as well as experimenting with more adventurous punctuation too.

I would like to say a huge thank you for the effort being made to support the children with their homework and reading at home. This term we will be continuing to encourage the children to discuss the books they are reading to improve their comprehension skills during our Guided Reading sessions and focussed weekly reading comprehension practice. Discussions at home regarding the books they are reading will help your child improve their understanding further. Similarly, don’t forget to regularly read and change your school library books.

Unit of Inquiry

This half term we will be exploring a Unit of Inquiry that focuses on the central idea:

Societies have a clear hierarchy and social structure.

And we will explore these lines of inquiry:

• Objects, buildings and artworks provide us with information about how life was different;
• Comparison of lifestyles, beliefs and social structures.

Click here for the mind map.

During this exciting UoI the children will be going back in history and discovering what life was like in Ancient Egypt by exploring buildings and artworks and comparing the lifestyles, beliefs and social structures in Ancient Egypt to those of today’s society.

If you would like to work on these topics at home with your child, the British Museum is a great place to visit and the following websites are informative and support the work we will be doing in class:

Welcome to Ancient Egypt!
An introduction to Ancient Egypt
Birmingham Museums

P.E.

This term the class will have swimming lessons every Tuesday afternoon. Your child should bring his/her swimming kit in each week. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit for swimming – this includes a swimming hat for everyone and goggles if you have requested your child uses them. Please note that if your child does not bring the correct kit, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the swimming lessons. There will be no swimming on the 4 July – Sports day.

Homework

We will continue as last term, each Friday the children will receive either Maths, Literacy or UoI homework to be completed and handed in by the following Wednesday as well as their weekly spellings.

Diary Dates

• Class assembly: 16 June
• Class trip to Museum of London -  Wednesday 21 June
• PTSA Summer Fair – Thursday 22 June
• Sports Day – Tuesday 4 July
• Whole school photo – Wednesday 5 July
• Language Celebration Week:10-14 July
• Display Evening: Thursday 13 July
• Last day of Summer Term – Friday 21 July

On a final note I would like to say again how much I appreciate your on-going support. It is fantastic to see the progress that the children are making in different areas of the curriculum, and I look forward to the busy term ahead.

Yours faithfully

Miss P Grindrod
Y3: Class Teacher