Autumn Thursday 24 September 2015
This autumn half term we will be learning about the human body. This topic will focus upon Science aspects where children are encouraged to look in more detail about how their bodies work.
Next half term we will be learning about The Stone Age. This topic will focus on historical aspects related to the time period and civilization.
During this term, class 3E will have PE lessons on Tuesdays and Fridays. Class 3H will have PE on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure that children have the appropriate kit with them in school on these days.
Homework will be given out every Friday. This is due back in the following Wednesday.
Each week your child will receive spelling homework to learn. these will be tested in the following week during Literacy lessons. Alongside the weekly spelling homework, every half term your child will receive a new ‘menu’. This ‘menu’ will contain all the homework for the half term. Each week, your child will need to pick one activity to complete in their learning log. Each half-term we ask that every child attempts at least one ‘hot’ and one ‘extra hot’ activity.
Daily reading, spelling and times table practise should also be done at home.
It is recommended that children read for 10 minutes a day at home.
Children will have opportunities and are encouraged to write in their reading journals about what they have read at home. This should be done at least once for each book that they read.
Please ensure your child brings their homework into school as this is an important part of their learning. You are welcome to support your child with their homework however please do not complete it for them.
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By the end of Year 3, children are expected to know the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. This includes knowing the related division facts and knowing the times tables in any order, rather than just counting up.
Please support your child with learning their times tables.
Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week at home. Please record that you have listened to your child read at least once a week in their reading record. Encourage your child to talk about what they have read and answer questions. This helps to develop their understanding of the texts they read.
In their reading records there is also a list of spellings that they are expected to know by the end of the year. Please ensure your child practises these words at home. We will be focusing on 5 of these words each week and will test their knowledge through spoken sentences.
Class 3H – Xylophones
The Xylophone is a member of the percussion family. The percussion family includes the timpani, snare drum, bass drum, xylophone, glockenspiel, chimes, gong, cymbals, and many smaller percussion instruments. Unlike most percussion instruments, it produces a pitch when struck. The earliest xylophone originated in 2000BC, documented by temple carvings of musicians playing suspended wooden bars. Xylophones were seen in Asia by the 9th century, and later in Africa.
Class 3E – Glockenspiels
The Glockenspiel is a member of the percussion family. The percussion family includes the timpani, snare drum, bass drum, xylophone, glockenspiel, chimes, gong, cymbals, and many smaller percussion instruments. Glockenspiel is a German word which means “to play the bells”. The glockenspiel is similar to the xylophone, though its bars are made of steel and it plays notes that are much higher.