What an amazing week we have had!
As artists, we have sketched and created pastel silhouettes of stone Henge and made a Stone Age village, looking at key features of the homes from around that era.
As scientists, we have been investigating and observing rocks and answering questions such as “which rock was best for a Stone Age axe?” And “which materials made the best roundhouse?” It’s been lovely to see all the fossils and rocks the children have been bringing in to share- true scientists in the making!
As mathematicians, we have been conquering subtraction in different forms including number lines, column method, exchanging column method and problem solving.
As writers and techies, we are continuing to explore instructional texts and algorithms- the children are SO much better at coding than me!
Next week, we have our explorer morning at Deer Park where we study the park and the ages of some of the trees. We are also in our first cycle of forest school on Thursday (which you should have received groupings and a letter about). Under our current risk assessment we should be minimalizing changing of clothes etc, therefore as long as it is dry, the children can stay in their clothes in the afternoon. The children wear waterproof clothes anyway and it won’t be a typical forest day mud bath! Please just get your child to bring a spare pair of shoes/ trainers with them. If it forecasts bad weather over the weekend, Miss Staniforth or myself will message an update suggesting an alternative – which may will be uniform to change into.
PE will be happening as usual on Thursday so for children that are not going to forest school, please attend in PE kit. A gentle reminder that we ask that children with earrings have these removed before school, as plasters over the top do not protect them from being caught.
Homework this week takes the usual format. I thought I would take this time to reiterate a couple of areas that may be confusing:
Reading at home
As a school we are ensuring that all stringent measures are in place, therefore we will be aiming to change children’s books twice a week. This is because the books that children have need to be set aside for 72hours and unfortunately we do not have an endless supply of all the phonic/ book-banded books. Please feel free to read books from home if your child has finished their book. Before they change the book, we always check they have read and understood the story/ features. Reading is definitely a marathon not a sprint and we want to harness and breed a love of learning, read away what they love in addition to their school allocated book.
Every week, we will complete a spelling quiz in the children’s homework book. The children are given dictated sentences and the aim is to spell their word right and complete the sentence. It’s not about the 10/10. We want children to remember the spellings and apply them in their whole writing. Sometimes, where children need further support or we feel they would benefit a different style of assessment they may be taken to play a game or complete something else. Rest assured, the spellings are still checked, everyday when they practice them on coming into school and also in their writing as it’s live marked.
The children will get quicker at dictation and more confident, so please don’t worry about low scores (or high scores) as it’s only a snippet of how we assess if they are retaining the spelling and spelling pattern.
In their homework book, it would be helpful if the children practised their spellings in full sentences at least 3 times per week. This reinforces what we are doing in class and also gives them opportunity to revise punctuation and handwriting skills.
The homework sheet saved on the website has three levels. Your child will have received their focus sheet in their homework book. If you are not sure which level your child is working on, please contact me. The spellings are pitched at what the children do and retain for their writing, therefore please do not worry if your child moves between levels in different weeks.
It is such a tricky time not being able to just “grab you” as parents or indeed you just popping in to ask something. Please know you can email myself and the Year 3 team at any point on email@example.com
Have a great weekend!
Year 3 2.10.20 Autumn 1 Homework
word maps – spider diagrams 2.10.20
Clay stone houses art