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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 and Happy New Year! 

I hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas break, recharged your batteries for a brand new term and spent lots of quality time celebrating with family and friends. We had a fantastic first term together in Year Three and I am certain that this term will be just as successful and exciting as we embark upon another brand new theme!

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 Friday afternoon by Mrs Tomlinson who the children are already very familiar with and Miss Gray will still be a part of Team Three until early February!

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, Mrs Tomlinson and Miss Gray

Our new theme for this half term is...

'Green Fingers'

This topic will be focused around our science unit, Plants. 

Our key enquiry question will be: Can plants grow on the moon?

Why?

A friendly alien, Zinnia, has recently visited Earth during the Christmas break. During her visit she stayed in many different hotels and sampled all kinds of fresh produce that she has never experienced before. She is in the process of setting up her own hotel on her home planet and needs our help to set up her own flower gardens, vegetable patches and fruit orchards for her guests to enjoy. 

 

As Scientists...we will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants:Image result for three in plants roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers, explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant, investigate the way in which water is transported within plants and explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

As Writers... we will continue to develop our narrative writing skills using the wonderful text 'Into the forest' by Anthony Browne. We will write our own lost narrative as well as a newspaper report. 

"One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad is gone and Mum doesn’t seem to know when he’ll be back. The next day Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. "Don’t go into the forest," she warns. "Go the long way round." But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters."

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There will also be plenty of cross-curricular writing opportunities such as instructional writing, non-chronological reports and explanation texts as we support our new friend, Zinnia, to grow her own fresh produce on her planet.

As Mathematicians... we will continue to practise and learn the 3x, 4x and 8x times tables and begin to look at 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. 

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As Artists... we will spend time studying artists of different eras, each with a   focus on the natural world/plants.

One of our featured artists will be Victorian   artist, William Morris. His artwork was largely inspired by natural objects and   plants.

We will create our own wallpaper designs in the style of William Morris   amongst other pieces. 

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As Linguists...we will continue to develop our language skills in French. This half term we will look at how we use noun plurals, how we identify a variety of animals and how we can describe such animals using colour.

Our learning will be inspired by the lovely book, 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell. We will translate the pages of the book from English to French and then have a go at writing our own french versions, 'Cher Zoo', using our new skills! 

      

 

 

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 Friday 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 is given on a bi-weekly rota, one week english is sent home and the following week maths is sent home. It is given on a Friday and due in the following Friday, please try to ensure that homework is brought in by the due date so it can be checked and prepared for the following week.

Spellings and times tables practise are sent home weekly on a Friday and tested the following Friday.

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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