Welcome to Sycamore Class
This term we are reading two fiction texts: Stig of the Dump by Clive King and Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. We will be basing our non-fiction work around How to Wash a Woolley Mammoth, by Michelle Robinson and DK Find out! Stone Age. We are using these whole class texts to work on English comprehension, punctuation and grammar work. We will also base much of our writing around these texts and will focus on revising, editing and redrafting our work.
We are beginning to talk to the children about the language of learning and helping them to understand what goes on inside their heads when they are thinking and learning. This is called meta-cognition. Hopefully, you will hear your child talking about how they learn this term and the learning skills they are developing. Alongside this, we are looking at the learning powered mind focusing on the four key areas of: resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and reciprocity.
PE Days - Please make sure your child has full kit for the whole week. They need indoor and outdoor kit please – T-shirt, shorts, tracksuit and trainers are essential items. Without the correct kit, your child may not be able to participate. Y3 PE this term will be Wednesdays, and either Thursdays or Fridays. (See website for uniform & PE list).
READING AT HOME
Please hear your child read to you AND read to your child EVERY DAY. 20 minutes reading a day = 2 million new words learned a year.
Now your child is in KS2, it is their responsibility to change their own reading book. They can do this each morning, as soon as they come into the classroom. We don’t want the children to swap more than once a day as we want them to re-read books several times to increase their fluency and embed new vocabulary. Don’t worry if we send home the same book a few times. It is good to re-read texts many times, to embed new words and deeply understand the content.
Playtime snacks and Lunchbox contents – please don’t send chocolate and sweets in to school. At playtime kids need a healthy snack = fruit, veg, or cheese for example.
Water Bottles – please send your child with a NAMED sports-style pull up lid bottle and ensure it is brought home every day to be cleaned. With the approaching hot weather, please could we ask you to ensure that your child has suncream applied before they come to school and has a sun hat and water.
Class Email Account:
NB This class accounts should only be used for sending photos/homework etc. All communication regarding attendance, requests for appointments and general enquiries should go through firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to see your child’s work or have a chat with us about progress and ways to help your child at home, please just come and ask us after school, and we can arrange a good time for us all.
We are more than happy to arrange parent workshops on the curriculum and ways to help your child. Please ask us if there is something you would like us to do for you.
Information and advice for parents about the national curriculum including how we teach maths, grammar and punctuation at school.