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Hi Chaffinches,

We hope you had a lovely summer holiday and we can’t wait to welcome you back in to your new class. Class organisation for September will be as follows:

  • Mrs Thomson will be teaching you Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
  • Mrs James will be teaching you on a Wednesday afternoon.
  • Mrs Coulson will be teaching you on a Thursday and Friday.

Mrs Pottinger will continue to support Chaffinches in mornings and two afternoons a week.

We will begin our year by reminding ourselves of the ‘Golden rules’ and how to present our work carefully. Our topic this term is ‘The Romans’ and we will be looking at their invasion into Britain, the spread of the Roman empire, the Roman army and Boudicca’s revolt. This will include lots of drama and exciting activities!

To continue our Roman topic we will complete a DT day and build Roman chariots using woodwork skills. We plan to do this on Friday 11th October and would welcome any parent volunteers to help with our creations! Please let the office or Mrs Coulson know if you are available to help. Additionally in Art, we will be creating a Roman weaving, when we get going Mrs Coulson will be asking for parent helpers on a Friday afternoon. Keep an eye on the ‘Peak of the week’ for this.

Year 3s will be vising Legge House on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th October.

In Science we will be looking at materials and their properties including identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, with lots of hands-on activities. You may like to bring in any natural or man-made materials you have found or have at home, for example fossils or shells.

In English we will be writing our own Roman myth based on Romulus and Remus, which details how Rome was built. We will be focusing on lots of sentence based skills including correct punctuation, inverted commas, paragraphs and starting our sentences in a variety of different ways. SPAG and Phonics will take place daily. Spellings will be given out on a Friday and then tested the following Friday.

Homework will be set every week and will be either a Maths or English homework. Maths homework will be set on Wednesdays and be due the following Wednesday. English homework will be set on Thursdays and be due the following Thursday. This will be on an alternate week basis, so you will receive one piece of Maths or English homework per week. There will be some project homework to complete later in the year, these involve a variety of tasks and allow you the creativity to present your work in a variety of ways.

You will take home a reading book every day which will be changed when you have finished. Please try and read every night and at least 3 times a week. You will have a reading record to record your reading, which we will check daily. In class we have a reading ladder and when you have read 3 times in a row, you will move up to the next stage. At certain points of the ladder there are certificates and prizes- keep reading Chaffinches! In class we will read with you during Guided Reading sessions, where we will share a variety of texts together and answer questions about what we have read. Make sure you regularly share books with adults at home; this can be a variety of texts including non-fiction.

Times Table Mountain will run on Mondays every other week. You will have a timed amount of time to complete your stage and if you have your questions correct, you will move up the mountain on to the next stage. If you have one question wrong Mrs Pottinger will ask you the question and if you get it right, you will still be able to move on to the next stage. When you pass each stage, you will receive a certificate. If you wish to practice your stage at home please ask for a sheet to take home. Please note in September we all start at Stage One again.

This term our PE will be football with Mr Herring on a Wednesday afternoon. On a Friday afternoon we will be learning a Roman dance. Please make sure you have the correct PE kit in on those days. When it gets colder, make sure you have warmer clothes (hoody, tracksuit bottoms) to wear for outdoor PE, including the correct footwear (trainers). Swimming will start for all Chaffinches after Christmas. Chaffinches have Forest School in Term 4 on a Wednesday afternoon.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back and getting started on our exciting new term. There will be a back to school parents meeting- keep an eye on the ‘Peak of the Week’ for when this will be.

See you soon,

Mrs Thomson, Mrs Coulson & Mrs Pottinger


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