Welcome to Class 3S
Summer Term A
Our connector this half term is...
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Our focus book for this term is The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart. Through drama, we will be learning to empathise with the characters. Focusing on the text we will identify the features the author uses to provoke a reaction from the reader.
The book is constructed from a series of letters providing an ideal opportunity to explore the features of letter writing.
Pupils will develop their observational drawing skills in art and explore the work of Vincent van Gogh (Sunflowers). Developing this theme, we will devise poems on sunflowers using powerful verbs, similes and metaphors.
In geography, we will be comparing native plants of the UK and USA.
We will compare emails to letters. We will use electronic mail to communicate within our year group and the children will learn about the importance of sending appropriate images and text. Laptops will be used to research the historical era in which The Gardener is set.
Our focus this year will be on increasing the children’s fluency with whole numbers and the four key operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), including number facts and the concept of place value. By the end of year 3 it is expected that the children will be able to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 times tables.
This half term we will continue developing our knowledge and understanding of fractions. We will also be consolidating our knowledge of time. We will use this knowledge to develop our reasoning and problem solving skills.
In science we will be investigating plants.
Children will plant seeds as part of an investigation which will involve predicting, observing and recording. They will learn about the life cycle of flowering plants and develop their scientific vocabulary.
Homework will be given out on Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.
Please remember to bring your P.E kit on Monday and Tuesday. Don't forget that you should not wear any items of jewellery and only ear studs may be worn.
Your book bag should be in school every day. Try to read at home as often as possible - at least 10 minutes a day!