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​​​​Welcome to Class Three!

 

​Class Teachers - Mr G Hughes and Mrs S McLaughlin 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

Welcome back. We hope you had a lovely Easter break. The purpose of this letter is to share with you some information regarding the Summer Term.

 

As Mrs Hillier is still unwell, arrangements for cover will continue to be as follows; Mr Hughes will teach in class 3 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Mrs McLaughlin will continue on Thursday and Friday.

 

Our topic for this term will be 'Where in the World?' which will build on the learning from our previous topic of 'Rainforests'. If you have any photographs / artefacts that you may have taken and collected from any holiday locations around the world please share them with your children at home. If you have any items that you think may contribute to our lesson planning and the children's learning in school, please speak to a member of the class 3 teaching team. Thank you.

 

Reading is a key skill and children should be encouraged to read aloud every day. Both children and parents are encouraged to write comments and reflect on their reading. During the previous half term, a new reading chart system was put in place, to encourage as many pupils as possible to read at home and to reward those pupils who do read regularly. Each time the children return their reading record to confirm they have read aloud at home, they will receive a sticker on the reading chart. It has been great to see so many children with stickers next their names so far. Please keep it up. When the children complete their reading book at home, please return it to school, so that it can be changed for a new book.

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Spellings - New weekly spellings will be given out every Monday and spelling tests will take place on the following Monday morning. Even though the list of spellings has been given to you as a L/C/W/C (Look, Cover, Write, Check) format, you may also wish to cut them out and play some games with the children. The overall aim is for the children to be able to apply their spellings correctly into their independent writing on a consistent basis, rather than just achieving high scores in weekly spelling tests. On Thursdays and Fridays a focus on handwriting has progressed presentation and legibility immensely and this will continue through the summer term.

National curriculum assessments: 2016 – in preparation for the forthcoming KS1 assessments, we will revise skills and knowledge in a number of English and Maths topics and the children will continue to take a number of sample tests to familiarise them with the process and expectations in order that they feel at ease later in the term when the actual tests take place.

Science – As we complete our Plants unit of learning we will extend our thinking into living things in general. Children will develop an understanding that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants. An exploration of simple food chains will extend childrens' thinking around how plants and animals depend on each other.

 

Design and Technology – our work on stable structures will continue initially and the children will make their own picture frames with a focus on writing instructions. In the second half of the term we will focus on where in the world our food comes from, seasonality and the children will prepare and cook food of their own.

Also, this half term, maths homework shall be given to the children on a Wednesday, to be returned for the following Monday. It is vital that the children continue to reinforce their learning at home, to consolidate from their maths lessons in the classroom.

Thank you for your continued support with your child's learning. If you have any concerns or questions, please make an appointment and we'll be happy to meet with you.

 

Many thanks    

 

Mr G Hughes and Mrs S McLaughlin   (Year 2/3 Teachers) ​

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