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Little Leigh Primary School

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Welcome to Year Three! Welcome to Year Three! Welcome to Year Three! Welcome to Year Three!

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Welcome back! 

I simply cannot believe how quickly we are moving through the terms and themes! This term we are focusing very closely to home; we will be exploring Northwich and our local area through a brand new Geography theme. We will also continue with our fantastic Recorder lessons with Mrs Price on a Tuesday. I am so impressed with how well we are progressing in our skills already and I cannot wait to see what we can play by the end of this half term.

You can follow our learning journey via our school twitter account, @LittleLeighSch, where I will post updates and pictures using our class hashtag #YearThree. 

This term my PPA will be covered on a Wednesday afternoon by Mrs Robinson.

If you need to discuss anything with me, please don't hesitate to pop a note in the message book or I will be more than happy to speak to you at the end of the day.

Miss Rochell-Gill and Mrs Robinson 

Our new theme for this half term is...

Why was Northwich a successful location for the salt mining trade?

Image result for the lion salt worksThis topic will be focused around our local area looking closely at how and why Northwich was such a successful location for salt mining many years agoWe will explore the history of salt mining in our local area including investigating the process of salt mining and how it changed over time. We will also study the geographical reasons as to why The Lion Salt Works, Northwich and its surrounding areas were the hub of salt mining, salt trading and transport

 

As Geographers...we will explore how the location of the Lion Salt Works was key in the extraction, processing and distribution of salt across the country. We will use map skills to analyse land use of the area and how that has changed over time to present day. We will also look at how the salt mining industry affected the local economy and trade within our local area. 

As Writers... we are focusing on the book ‘Jemmy Button’ – inspired by the true story of a native boy Tierra del Fuego, brought to England to be ‘civilised’. Jemmy Button is a touching story about the wonder of being somewhere new and different, while feeling the pull of home. The story of Jemmy’s journey and encounters in the strange, unfamiliar land of England is told through the engaging and descriptive text and the beautifully poignant mixed-media illustrations that accompany it.

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There will also be plenty of cross-curricular writing opportunities within our theme.

As Mathematicians... we will continue to practise and learn the 3x, 4x and 8x times tables, solving problems using the formal methods of multiplication and division.

As a class we will be practising our times tables through a variety of ways, the most popular often being through songs. We enjoy watching and singing along to Mr Demaio's times tables takes on popular songs (these can be found on youtube) and playing the game 'hit the button' which is available on the topmarks website for free. 

As Artists and Creators... we will be focusing on the skill of weaving using textiles. We will be looking closely at artists such as Gunta Stolzl and Anni Albers, both of whom were key female artists who  Image result for eye of god weaving studied and created at Bauhaus - the famous German     school of art,   architecture and design.

We will be practising and honing our weaving skills by   making symmetrical 'God's  Eye' hanging ornaments   which originate from Mexico and Southern America. Within this project we will look at complimentary and contrasting colours in the style of our chosen artists. 

As Scientists... we will recognise that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. We will explore how light is reflected from surfaces and understand that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object. Following on from this we will investigate patterns in the way that the size of shadows change. Finally we will remind ourselves that light from the sun can be dangerous and find ways to protect our eyes. 

As an added bonus this half term we will be participating in some fabulous collaborative activities during British Science Week! This year's theme is 'Our Diverse Planet'. We will spend time studying individuals who have had a significant impact within the realm of global issues and climate change action and investigate areas of the globe that have/are experiencing issues as a result of climate change such as the Australian bush fires, local flooding as a result of extreme weather changes and ice caps melting in Antarctica.     

 

 

Guided Reading

During the week, all children take part in guided reading sessions both as a whole class and individually. Within these sessions we read a variety of extracts, chapters from stories and often work on our inference skills using video clips and images. These sessions aim to develop inference skills, comprehension of texts and fluency/understanding of the texts we read. 

In KS2 we strongly encourage parents/guardians to read 2-3 times a week and record a short comment in thier child''s reading diary about that reading session.

PE Lessons

This half term our PE sessions will take place on a Tuesday morning and a Wednesday afternoon.

Although our sessions are scheduled for these days, it is not uncommon for those to change due to other events in school so it is vital that all children have their kits in school on Monday and remain in school until the weekend. 

During the winter months, it is advisable for the children to bring warm clothes such as tracksuit bottoms as sessions will continue outside where possible.

Homework

Homework will now be set every Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Both times tables and spelling practise will be set each week on our new platforms; Times Tables Rockstars and Spelling Shed. We encourage children to practise their set tasks at least three times a week alongside regular home reading. 

If you have any issues regarding the homework set then please contact me via the message book or at the door and I will do my best to resolve the issue.

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