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 Summer term ahead!
Children must ensure that their PE kits are in school for their PE lesson every Monday and 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.
We enjoy using games to practise and improve the fluency of our mathematics skills. Please find examples of games you may like to try:
Mental Division Hit the Button Daily 10
We use ‘Maths No Problem’ in our daily lessons. Bar modelling is a really important strategy that we use to help us to solve challenging problems. Please follow the link to find out further information: Bar modelling
Year 3 and 4 Spelling Words
This half-term, our topic is entitled ‘Predator’. In this topic, we will focus on learning about the natural world around us by exploring the diets of different living things, identifying food chains and investigating how plants function.
Each half-term, children are invited to complete curriculum enrichment homework to enhance their enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of their topic to share with their class. Some ideas for this half-term include:
This half-term, we will be reading ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ by Philip Reeves and Sarah McIntyre. This tells the story of an adventurer called Oliver Crisp. Oliver Crisp’s parents are explorers and for 10 years they have travelled the world, taking Oliver with them. Now they have decided that all the great unknowns have been seen and they are ready to return home. To their surprise they discover a dozen mysterious islands in the bay near their house. They pull out the dinghy and immediately set off to explore whilst Oliver begins to unpack. When he goes out to check on them, the islands are gone and so are his parents. That is why a boy who dreams of staying home and going to school winds up on yet another amazing adventure, in search of his missing parents. Whilst reading this text we will explore how to write a persuasive and distressed letter from the perspective of a character and a diary entry from the perspective of a character.
Our new topic is called ‘Tremors’. We are learning about the structure of the Earth and how this can cause all sorts of problems, including natural disasters. In particular, we will be exploring how volcanoes are formed and the damage they can cause and why earthquakes occur.
The curriculum enrichment options this half-term include making an erupting volcano and creating a volcano fact file. For more information, please read our latest class newsletter.
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:
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.
Please read our class newsletter for more information.
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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