We can hardly believe that we are halfway through the year! It has been another hard working half term and we have been pleased with how much more organised and independent most of the children have been with their homework and reading. We hope that this continues to improve. It would be good to see the children taking even more responsibility for their equipment now though, as they do seem to lose a large number of items! Please take the opportunity to replenish anything missing during the holiday.
The annual Speech Competition will take place on Tuesday 22nd March. We will begin preparing for this in class during the first week back after the half term holiday. The children will have the opportunity to perform their poem to the class several times before a selection is chosen for Mrs. Crehan to hear. The finalists will then be chosen by Mrs. Crehan.
The children are busily preparing some wonderful display work for our annual Open Day on Saturday 19th March. We do hope that you will come and take the opportunity to view your child’s work on display and take the time to look at all of the hard work in their books.
Other events taking place this half term include:
Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 23rd February.
World book Day: Thursday 3rd March (dressing up as a book character!)
3P Class Assembly: Friday 4th March.
Mrs. Belvoir and Mrs. Pandya
We will be learning how to evaluate instructions and the children will then write their own instructions for a variety of purposes. We will then move on to studying the features of traditional stories and will write a story from the point of view of one of the main characters. SB/RP
The children will act out simple scripts and create characters that are clearly different from themselves. They will experiment with voice, gesture, costumes and staging. KS/RP
Mrs. Belvoir’s Group
This half term we will be working on number sequences. We will develop our knowledge of negative numbers and read thermometers. We will continue with multiplication where we will multiply two-digit numbers by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 20. Later in the half term we will learn about decimal notation and order decimals. Towards the end of the half term we will revise and develop our understanding of Carroll and Venn diagrams. We will also continue to work on the times tables alongside our other topics.
Mrs. Pandya’s Group
We will begin the term with the revision of multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and move on to the multiplication of two-digit numbers. Linked in with this will be a unit on division, including calculating division with remainders. Later on in the half term the children will revise halves and quarters and extend their knowledge of fractions to include tenths, thirds and fifths. The half term will conclude with work on addition using 3 digit numbers. The children will also continue to work on the times tables and mental maths.
We will continue with our topic ‘Rocks, Fossils and Soils’ . We will be identifying naturally occurring rocks and exploring their uses. We will group rocks according to their characteristics. We will be carrying out experiments to compare rocks. We will explore soil and how it is formed. Finally we will explore what fossils are and how they are formed. KT
This half term we will be concluding our look at invaders and settlers by moving on to the invasion of the Vikings, starting with their raid on Lindisfarne. We will be looking at Viking ships, the importance of Jorvik and how the kingdom of England evolved. SB/RP
In Geography this half term the children will be completing their study of St. Lucia. They will look at the port of Castries, homes and schools on the island and what makes St. Lucia special. DH/RP
We will be continuing our topic of Christianity and the life of Jesus with the miracles, the parables and the Easter story. SB/RP
We will begin the term by looking at pets and other animals and will build on our description work from this term. We will also cover the topic of weather and end the term by looking at how Easter is celebrated in Spain. TW
We have three computing lessons this half term. The children will have an opportunity to finish their animated nursery rhymes. They will begin to learn the important skill of debugging programs. MHL
This term we will be continuing to develop our recorder skills, playing pieces using the notes B, A, G and introducing the note E. We will also be developing our vocal skills, singing a variety of different styles of songs, and listening to a variety of different music. SB
In 3B we will be using clay and collage materials to create art linked to the history topic of the Vikings. We will be working on some cross-stitch techniques to make special Easter cards and will be completing some large pieces of artwork ready for Open Day. SB
In 3P we will be using collage to make masks as part of their geography topic and will use shells to make small mosaics. They will also use weaving as a medium for producing Viking brooches and Easter cards. Finally, they will continue to work on pieces for Open Day. AD
This half term we will be looking at the theme ‘Good to be Me’ through P4C which includes the topics of being assertive, dealing with anger, worry and also being proud of one’s actions. SB/RP
PE & GAMES
In Games afternoons Year 3 girls will be participating in netball activities and Year 3 boys will be participating in football activities. PE lessons will focus on introducing the children to the skills of tri-golf and developing simple putting and chipping skills towards a variety of targets. SAW