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Year 3: November Parent Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Have you seen the new Ash Green website that went live last week? Look out in the Year Three section for our blog posts.

With our wonderful trip to Poole’s Cavern last week, the new half term is truly under way.

 Our learning challenge question continues to be ‘what makes the earth angry?’ It has been fascinating exploring natural disasters. This half term we are focusing on looking at the cause and effect of extreme weather in the UK, focusing on famous earthquakes and tsunamis that have happened in the children’s lifetime and what we can do to help make the earth happy, with a focus on conservation, pollution and charity work.

Here are our learning challenge questions:

·         LC1 What causes a volcano to erupt?

·         LC2 What would it be like to live near to a volcanic eruption?

·         LC3 What causes an earthquake/tsunami? How are they measured?

·         LC4 What are the effects of extreme weather in the UK?

·         LC5 Are all rocks the same?

·         LC6 Which countries have experienced earthquakes and tsunami’s in your lifetime?

·         LC7 How can we make the world happy?

 

English

Our class text continues to be ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. The children have shown a real enjoyment of the story so far and they can’t wait to see what will happen next. It was very complex last week, Lila entered Razvani’s grotto where he said ‘the only thing that lasts is change itself… everything outside the fire is an illusion’. The children have and continue to respond so thoughtfully and maturely to this complex book. This half term we will be focusing on different forms of poetry and writing our own ending to the story.

 

Mathematics

Mental sessions will focus on speedily working out addition and subtraction for larger numbers and recalling multiplication and division facts for the x3, x4 and x8 tables. Having not covered any shape, space and measure yet, this half term we will focus on these skills starting with fractions. We are excited to see what the children can do! The children are all doing well with their times tables tests each Thursday, the practise that they are doing at home clearly shows.

 

P.E.

Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school and that each item is clearly labelled. This half term Year 3 will have dance every Tuesday. It would also be helpful to label all items of your child’s school uniform so that any lost items can easily be returned. Remember that we continue to do swimming on Fridays and it is important that they don’t forget their kits!

 

How can you support your child at home?

Children should be reading at home a minimum of 4 times each week and their diaries need to be signed each time by an adult. We encourage the children to discuss what they have read, so asking questions along the way such as ‘how do you think that character feels?’ and ‘why do you think this?’ is very helpful for their comprehension skills. We test spellings on a Thursday and would encourage you to dictate sentences for your child so that they are practising the spellings in context. In Year Three maths, it is important to learn times tables and the related division facts. The children need to become increasingly speedy at this. In Year Three the children need to be working on their 3s, 4s and 8s but we’re also covering the Year Two times tables of 2s, 5s and 10s. We are keen not to stop there though because by the end of Year 4 the children need to know all of their times tables and the related division facts.

 

Class Assemblies

3KB will be doing their class assembly on Monday 27th November at 2:40pm. It will then be the turn of 3DL on Monday 4th December. We hope that you are as excited about this as we are!

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 Mrs Lloyd and Miss Shacklady