Year 3 - Eagle Class
Welcome to Eagles Class!
Dear Eagle parents,
Most of you will either already know me or seen me around. For those of you who I haven’t met with yet, my name is Chloe McLoughlin and I have overseen those children with additional needs within Southtown School for nearly 3 years.
I began teaching in 1995 in Poplar, Tower Hamlets. I took a career break to bring up my 3 children who are currently all teenagers, and have been a SENDCo since returning to teaching in 2014.
I really look forward to meeting you all and working with you to give your children an exciting and fruitful Summer Term. Chloe McLoughlin
The most supportive learning that you can do with your child at home is reading and helping them learn times tables.
Reading: Create a rich environment for reading at home with a variety of reading activities: listen to your child read, read a book together playing around with different character voices, read to your child. It is also useful to talk to your child about what they have read: what do you think different characters might do in different situations, would you be friends with a certain character and why, have you learnt any new words whilst reading this book.
Times Tables: At the end of year 3 children should know 2, 5, and 10 times tables. By the end of Year 3 they should also have learnt 3, 4 and 8 times tables. You can support them by encouraging them to use the app:
Words: I will also supply word lists for the different subjects. If these words could be used at home, it would help your child access the learning more easily.
Dates for your diary
Monday 1st May – May Day Bank Holiday
Monday 8th May – Bank Holiday for the Coronation of King Charles III
Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June – Half Term Break
Monday 5th June – First Day of Summer Term
Trip linked to the Roman topic to be arranged
Learning for this Half Term
In English we will be writing an animal narrative with our focus on third person pronouns, continuing using similes and metaphors, learning regular and irregular verbs and extended noun phrases. We will then look at formal letter writing to make a complaint.
For the first 2 weeks in Maths, we will be learning division strategies, we will then consolidate previous learning alongside the division by highlighting links with multiplication and fractions. We will complete the half term with learning about time.
In Science we will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants such as roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers, explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and how they vary from plant to plant. We will also investigate the way in which water is transported within plants and explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
The impact of the Roman Empire on Britain and the differences in Britain from the Iron Age will be our History studies.
For the first half term in RE we will be studying what Christians mean when they talk about the kingdom of God.
In Art we will be developing an understanding of shading and drawing techniques to create botanical inspired drawings.
For Music we will be learning about ragtime style music, Dixieland music and scat singing. Children create a jazz motif using a swing rhythm be
In PSHE we will be asking children to present their feelings and views with sensitivity to the feelings and views of others and reflect on what they have learnt about themselves
Please remember PE is TUESDAY and THURSDAY
Year 3 learners will continue to develop their reading skills, making full use of the resources available to them. These include: library books, MyOn and our Accelerated Reader programme, which allows children to select and read books at an appropriate level of challenge.
Year 3 children will read and understand a greater range of vocabulary and will learn the words from the 'Year 3 and 4 Spelling List'. Children in Year three will read to an adult at least once a week and will work on improving their reading speed and comprehension.
Being confident to read and understand a variety of text genres is the best learning tool your child can gain.
It is vitally important that you engage with your child daily in a reading task - this does not have to be a long process, and can take many different forms. Ideas include: Taking turns reading pages from a children's book, listening to your child reading an easier book which they feel confident with (encourage them to add expression), reading to them from a more challenging book, or even trying to memorise a short poem or story over the course of a few days or weeks.
Your child will become familiar with a wider range of writing genres including the preparation and performance of poetry, as well as writing for a number of specific practical purposes. We look at how to improve the structure of our writing and add depth, description and emotion to our stories. We will continue to deepen our understanding of grammar and work on improving the consistency of our handwriting.
Children will be challenged to infer meaning, information and emotions from texts, as well as being asked to make predictions based on what they already know about a story, as well as what they can infer.
You can help develop this skill by asking your child to predict what might be about to happen in a story, or how they think a character might be feeling.
Your child will continue to learn their times tables, which will help them with almost all other aspects of their maths. They will practice formal methods of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. We will look at fractions of quantities and will dive a little deeper into finding out what fractions are, and what they mean. We will look at the properties of shapes, angles and sets of lines too.
Any opportunity to use maths in a real-life context is really useful. For example, ask them to help you pay for items or predict totals when shopping. This will help to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Learning to tell the time, especially to five minutes, is another great way to support your child's learning at home; this also links neatly to their counting in 5s in the 5 times-table.
Perhaps most importantly for maths, you can help your child at home by practising their times tables regularly.
There are many different ways you can do this, but it helps if your child can use and apply this knowledge — for example, not just knowing that 10 x 2 is 20, but also realising that 20 divided by 2 is 10. You could use journey time to school to give your child fun times table challenges. You can also make up word problems relating times-tables facts to real life