This is an exciting year at St James’ as our children develop their independence, resilience and confidence as learners across the curriculum and encounter exciting topics as part of our curriculum. On this page, we will share our class news and celebrate our children’s fantastic work.
Miss Filkin and Mrs Smith
Year 3 have an extremely exciting Spring term ahead!
We are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to have weekly swimming lessons at the Watergrove Centre. These sessions will take place each Friday. Please ensure that children arrive at school with their swimming kit ready for their lesson.
Children will continue to have their usual PE lesson in school each Thursday.
Children are set homework each Friday. This is to be handed in by Wednesday. Spellings are tested and changed every Tuesday. Make sure that you keep your spelling folder until Tuesday to practise!
It is essential that children read at home at least four times per week. Regular reading can have a great impact on children’s learning and confidence across the curriculum. Children can change their reading book by placing their reading book and reading record in the ‘Book Exchange’ in our classroom in the morning before registration.
In our English lessons this half term, we are reading the novel ‘Mouse Bird Snake Wolf’ by David Almond. The book tells the tale of three children called Harry, Sue and Little Ben who live in an astounding world. Although it has astonishing places and creatures, it is still unfinished as the Gods who created it became lazy! So far this half term, the children have produced some incredible writing as they created an alternative narrative opening based on the novel.
We are continuing to work hard on becoming more confident mathematicians. Integral to this is our fluency and knowledge of our multiplication tables. Although we have a daily sessions to practise this, further work at home can be highly beneficial to children’s recall of these number facts and to their confidence in applying these ideas. Some useful websites:
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Our current topic is ‘Gods and Mortals’. In this topic, we have been exploring the geography of Greece and learning to use an atlas. We have also enjoyed learning about Ancient Greek culture, including the original Olympic Games and the Greek Gods.
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Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed reading a range of Greek myths during our ‘Gods and Mortals’ topic. This week, we selected two of our favourite stories, ‘the Legend of the Trojan Horse’ and ‘the Myth of Pandora’s Box’, to retell using our very own shadow puppet theatres. The children tested different materials to perfect their puppet design and worked incredibly well as teams to write their script and stage their performance.
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