Summer Term 5- Let’s Rock
What a fantastic term we had in Year 3. The children found out about lots of different discoveries across the topic through stories and researching facts in books and on the internet.
The children studied Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo as part of our guided reading and class story. This coupled with stories about Mary Anning supported a variety of writing in the form of discovery stories, explanation texts and Tanka poems.
We have been learning about fractions, turns and angles this term as well as learning our 3 times table facts. The children have been enjoying completing Times Table Rock Stars weekly tests and seeing their scores improve. We are now moving on to the 4 and 8 times tables so please do encourage them to keep practising at home.
The topic looked at different types of rocks and how they are formed. The children carried out their own tests and this information will help them to better understand the processes of erosion which we are studying in term 6.
We linked our history to English where the children found out facts about the life and discoveries of Mary Anning through books and BBC video clips. We had some amazing reports written about her which we would love you to come and read. The children looked at different types of fossils and we enjoyed seeing some of the real life fossils they had discovered themselves.
Using one of the rocks we studied (clay), the children made some lovely thumb pots which they evaluated and improved before decorating. We hope you like our photographs and would love for you to come and see them on display.
Woodpeckers took part in their first school swimming lessons with great success. It was fantastic to see how well they did, especially our non-swimmers who went from walking on the bottom to swimming a width! Doves have their swimming lessons in term 6 and we hope they enjoy it too.
Please continue to practise times tables using TT Rockstars and Hit the Button. This term we will be focusing on our 3x, 4x and 8x tables although some children may need to continue working on their 2x, 5x and 10x tables
Spellings and Handwriting
We have been working on the Year 3/4 spelling words and handwriting joins in class. Now we would like the children to start to investigate spelling rules as an additional part of their homework each week.
This is an essential part of children’s learning and a key life skill. Whilst many children are reading regularly, we are aware that lots of children are not and this is reflected in their progress. Any books can be read either to an adult or independently so please encourage your child to read for 10 minutes every night.
Team work problem solving photographs (maths, science)