Welcome to Class 3B!

This is a brief overview of what will be happening in your child’s class this term:

Welcome to Class 3B! Our class teacher is Miss Ballard and our learning support assistants are Mrs Bouzid and Miss Graston.





PE

We have PE on a Wednesday afternoon (every other week); the children need to come into school in their PE kits on the days they have PE please.

English

We will begin by focusing on the book ‘Return’ by Aaron Becker. We will be looking at a model text of a setting description and using this structure to write our own descriptions of settings within the story.

Within the unit, the children will also be covering a range of spelling, grammar and punctuation rules, including using the articles ‘a’ or ‘an’ correctly, word classes (adverbs, nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions etc.), apostrophes for contraction and possession and using commas correctly in sentences.

In English, the children are provided with a range of writing resources to support their learning and encourage independence, such as writing frames, word mats and picture prompts.

Reading

Your child will read with an adult at school on a regular basis. They will also take part in daily whole-class reading and phonics sessions to support their reading fluency and comprehension of a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Reading lessons will focus on developing their ability to interpret information and use this as evidence to support their answers, understand the structure of different texts, comment on an author’s choice of language and make inference based on what they have read.

We have created a welcoming and comfortable area in class for the children to read, where there are a range of books available to capture their interests. Their home reading books are changed once per week and are chosen based on their reading fluency and comprehension. Please encourage your child to read as much as possible at home and when listening to your child read, encourage them to tell you about the book to deepen their understanding of what they have read.

Handwriting

The children are encouraged to join up their handwriting and regular handwriting sessions are delivered to improve their letter formation and joining ability.

Maths

To begin the term, the children will be recapping and deepening their understanding of place value (up to four-digit numbers). They will then move on to adding and subtracting ten and one hundred from a given number and comparing and ordering numbers. The children are provided with a range of practical resources to support their learning and secure their mathematical understanding.

Building on their learning in Year 2, the children will then progress to adding and subtracting (up to 3-digits) using the written column method, as well as continuing to practise mental methods of addition and subtraction.

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The class will then be moving on to multiplication and division where they will use arrays and other pictorial representations to solve a range of multiplication and division questions, including applying their knowledge to solve problems.

We are also regularly practising the times tables and I would like the children to do this as much as possible at home – it is so important to support their understanding of a range of maths concepts. We are currently focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables; as well as continually revising the 2s, 5s and 10s. The children all have an individual Times Table Rock Stars login that is a fun way for them to revise the times tables.

Topic

Our topic this term is The Stone Age (including the Bronze Age and Iron Age). We will be looking at various elements of daily life during this period of history, including their diet, clothing, settlements and homes.

Science

Our Science topic this term is Rocks and Soils. The children will be looking at metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks. We will also be looking at fossils and how they are formed. The children are given the opportunity to become ‘scientists’ in lessons, making predictions and participating in practical experiments.