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Year 3 - Eagle Class

Welcome to Eagles Class!

 

Eagles Class is taught by Mr Lack and Mrs Green.

 

Here you will find information about what your child is learning in school and also be able to see photographs of what they have been getting up to.

Remember to regularly check our Class Dojo page too - this is where you will find the most up to date information and news, as well as helpful learning links.

There is a useful 'messenger' function on Class Dojo, so you can communicate easily with us.

You will also get notifications when your child is awarded Dojo points!

 

 

Children in Eagles Class are starting their journey into Key Stage 2. As well as continuing to develop academically, they will be encouraged to take greater ownership of their learning and work more independently.

 

You can help develop their independence at home by encouraging your child to get ready for school on their own, giving them some responsibilities such as feeding/taking care of pets and tidying up or organising their belongings more independently. 

 

 

 

Reading

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.

 

English

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.

 

Maths

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

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2

 

Can you make a toy move by magic?

 

This half term, we are investigating forces and magnetism.

We will be looking at the forces acting upon us when we use playpark equipment, and finding out why we are able to sit still on our chair (if we choose to).

 

In Geography lessons, we will look at how a directional compass works, and why it moves to point North. We will continue with direction and location by sharpening our map skills.

Later in the half term, we will be introducing a little Geology by answering questions such as 'What are rocks?', 'What are they made from?', 'How old are they?' and, 'Where would you find them?'.

 

In English, we will start by writing letters of complaint and also learn how to correctly include dialogue in our narrative writing. We will continue to focus on good sentence structure and correct use of punctuation. It goes without saying that writing properly structured and punctuated sentences comes naturally to children who read regularly - so please encourage your child to read at home.

 

In RE we will be looking at Islam and a Muslim's relationship with Allah.

 

There will of course be plenty going on in the build up to Christmas and there will be many opportunities for crafting and practicing songs in the run-up to our Christmas performances.

Eagle Class Autumn Term 2 Newsletter

Autumn Term 1

 

 

How does your food compare to Stone Age food?

This half term, we are looking at how early humans lived and how society developed in the thousands of years leading up to the Bronze Age.

We will be investigating how early humans developed tools to help them survive as they migrated across Europe and into Britain after the last major ice age.

 

In History lessons, we will investigate questions such as 'How long have humans been around?' and 'Would a human ever have met a dinosaur?'. We will also investigate the sort of places early humans would have lived and how early societies would have developed.

 

In Science we will be looking at the topic of 'Light' and investigating the properties of light and how it interacts with other materials.

 

In RE we will be looking at Christian belief and how Christians value the act of reconciliation with God.

 

In Art we will be investigating how we can use mixed media to recreate ancient cave paintings, before moving on to develop our use of shading and tone to show light and dark.

Autumn 1 Eagle Class Newsletter

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