Welcome from Mrs Kehoe.
Well what a fantastic start to year 3 we have had!
The children were all in school bright eyed and ready for the new school year on Wednesday, which was lovely to see. They have all clearly had a fabulous summer holiday, and couldn’t wait to tell me about all the things they have been up to. I have also had some great photos of the children reading in a variety of different places, including at a Zoo, next to a famous ship and on top of a pig. We have all really enjoyed looking at these.
I have been really impressed at how the children have settled into year 3 and particularly into key stage 2. They have really relished being more independent in all areas of school and have set a good example to the rest of the school of how to behave. We have spent this week getting to know each other and recapping the school’s core values of respect, independence, courage, ambition and perseverance. The children have discussed how they use these core values in their learning every day and how these can help them get through the learning pit.
This term our topic is ‘Predators!’, which I know the children are already very excited about. We will be investigating what the characteristics of predators are and how this makes them good at hunting, examining different food chains and researching how animals have adapted over time. All this the children will use to create poems and leaflets about their favourite predators in English. To help the children with this they will have the opportunity to study fossils and even dissect owl pellets. I am really looking forward to seeing the children’s learning outcomes from this exciting topic.
In Maths this term the focus will be on Place Value and Basic number skills. The children will be learning about partitioning numbers, rounding to the nearest 10 and 100 and comparing numbers with up to 3 digits. As well as this, this year we will be having a weekly arithmetic lesson to build on the children’s basic arithmetic skills. These skills will form the basis of the children’s home learning for maths. Home learning this year will include weekly spellings, reading, English and maths. As mentioned above the children will be looking at key skills in maths starting with number bonds to 20, this will form the bulk of the maths home learning this term. English home learning will mainly be skills based focusing on the children independently applying the grammar skills we have recently been looking at. For spellings each week the children will receive 10 words – 5 will be from the year 3/4 spelling list and 5 will be words we have been looking at in our daily spelling lessons. We would also like the children to read to you at least 3 times during the week, this will have a real impact on their reading. As we are promoting a real love for reading in school the children will be allowed to choose their own reading book either from the book corner in school or one they have at home. Home learning will be sent home on a Friday and collected in by Wednesday, this will start next Friday.
This year the children will have PE with me every Wednesday and every other Thursday they will have an extended PE lesson with our PE specialist Mr Goddard, instead of the current 1 hour session. This will allow the children more time to really get stuck in. We will also be continuing with the daily mile this year. On the Thursday that they don’t have PE in the afternoon they will have a double art session with Miss Yates instead. This term the children will be looking at basic pencil skills focusing on shading and line drawings, I am really looking forward to seeing their art work following these sessions.
We have had a fantastic start to year 3 and I am really looking forward to the rest of the term.
Mrs Kehoe and the KS2 team