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Term 1 & 2 Newsletter – Class 3

Dear all,

Hello and welcome back to school! I hope you all had a lovely summer break and are settling back into the school routine. My name is Miss Reis and I am going to be your child’s teacher for this year. I am delighted to be with them all this year and we have already had a lovely couple of days together.


In term 1 we will be looking at the book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker and ‘How to be a Roman Solider’ by Fiona McDonald in term 2. Journey is a beautifully illustrated picture book and provides lots of opportunities for some creating thinking and writing and fits within the adventure and fantasy genre. How to be a Roman Solider fits with our theme of Romans and provides opportunities for instructional and report writing. We will also be focusing on working on children’s handwriting, using joined up writing and how to make our sentences more exciting, such as by using expanded noun phrases.

Our whole class reading text for term 1 and 2 will be Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine.


Our science topic for both term 1 and term 2 will be Light. We will be looking at shadows, mirrors and conducting our own experiments on the importance of light and the effect of its absence.


Our RE topic for term 1 is around the big question of ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation story?’ Term 2 will include two big questions – ‘What different things do people believe about how the world began’ and ‘How do artists help us to understand Christmas?’


Children will have their weekly singing lessons on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Bayman. We will also be looking the piece of music ‘O Fortuna’ which ties into our Roman topic, where children will have the opportunity to create their own pieces of music and learn musical language.


Our geography topic starts with a recap of the UK counties and cities, using an online mapping tool called Digimaps to explore the United Kingdom before looking at two case studies in the UK with strong ties to a Roman past.


In computing this term will be looking at improving our proficiency using Microsoft Word and our typing. In term 2 will be exploring and building on our knowledge of algorithms and debugging as well as looking at the negative effects of the use of digital resources for too long.


We will be spending terms 1 and 2 looking at the Romans and their impact on Britain. We will explore the different ways in which Romans impacted Britain (including roads and hygiene) as well as looking at the tensions that arose with their invasion.


In Maths we start the year by looking at place value, with numbers up to 1000 before moving onto addition and subtraction, including adding and subtracting three-digit numbers. In term 2 we will carry on with addition and subtraction before moving onto multiplication and division and looking at the 3, 4- and 8-times tables as new learning in Year 3.


PE will take place on a Tuesday morning with All Star Soccer Academy and on Thursday afternoons with Mrs Hall who will be focusing on striking and fielding games in term 1 and gymnastics in term 2.


For PHSE in term 1 we will be exploring what it means to be ‘Me’ in the world before moving onto Celebrating Differences with a focus on antibullying in term 2.


We will be spending terms 1 and 2 recapping our phonics from Year 2. We will be using a new Phonics scheme called Monster Phonics and it is a fun, engaging way to teach phonics. If you are interested to know more about this phonics scheme there is a parent information session on Zoom that you can join on Tuesday 14th September at 7pm. Please have a look at the poster in Class 2’s window and ask Mrs Sullivan if you would like to know more and are interested in joining.


In DT we will be looking at axles and wheels and how to design, make and evaluate our own Roman chariots.


We will be working through the No-Nonsense Spelling programme which will focus on suffixes and prefixes as well as homophones. Children will also spend time on their personal spelling lists which will have been created for them. These spelling lists will be available for the children in the next couple weeks, with a view to being tested on these after half-term.


In French for terms 1 and 2 we will be learning how to greet one another in French before moving onto ‘all about me’ which will include learning colours and classroom instructions.


Our art topic starts with drawing and will be learning how to use our pencils effectively to create different types of shading before moving onto looking at mosaics which ties into our Roman theme.

Our PE lessons are on Tuesday and Thursdays, so please make sure children have their full kits. Children are expected to wear shorts up until October half term and then tracksuit bottoms can be worn after the half term. Thank you.

Your children will each have an appropriately chosen reading book that will be sent home with them and they are able to change these books are regularly as necessary. We expect children to read every night, even if it is only for a short while. Please continue to record all reading in their Reading Records. The Reading Records will be stamped once a page is completed. Children will receive a certificate in assembly when they fill up their Reading Record. We will be checking children’s Reading Records once a week, so please do make sure it is in their schoolbags.

We would be delighted if any parents or carers are able to come in and listen to children read. It is always helpful for children to read to an adult as often as possible so we would welcome any volunteers.

Homework is to be completed once a week and children will be able to choose a piece of homework from a Homework menu. The homework menu will come into effect next week. The orange Homework books will be handed out to children to take home on a Wednesday afternoon and will be expected back in school on a Monday morning.

You will be familiar with Mathletics from last year and we encourage children to continue to work on Mathletics at home. I will not be setting any particular tasks on Mathletics, but the planning grid will help you to see where children are in their learning and therefore practice the skills that they have been learning at school. Children will also be able to use TT Rockstars (Times Tables Rockstars), which is a carefully sequenced program of daily times tables practice. The 3, 4 and 8 times tables are new learning for our Year 3 children, but revision of the 2, 5 and 10 times table would be beneficial for children especially this half of term. Children’s logins will be sorted out and given to them so that they can use TT Rockstars at home.

Class 3 will be heading to Framfield School on the afternoon of the 30th September for an afternoon of ‘Hands on History’ around our topic of the Romans. They will get to join the pupils at Framfield which will be a nice opportunity for them to get to know each other. A letter will be sent out with the details soon.

Please make sure children’s names are on their uniform so that we know exactly who owns what! In Class 3 children are expected to wear ties with their winter uniform. Please make sure your child has a tie and that it is named.

Please make sure your child’s water bottle is clearly named and that they bring them home with them every day.

Thursday 30th September P.M – Class trip to Framfield for Hands on History (further details to be sent)

Thursday 7th October A.M – Harvest Festival – parents welcome to join

Friday 22nd October – last day before half term break.

Please do come up and chat at the end of the day or email me if you have any questions

Many thanks,

Miss Reis


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