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Cotham Gardens Primary School

A Co-operative Academy

Thursday 6th September 2018

Welcome to the web page for year 3!

Thanks for visiting!

On this page you will find information about the year 3 curriculum, assemblies, homework and spellings.  Below, you can find the noticeboard area which will contain details of upcoming trips and other important dates for your diary.

Best wishes,

Alan, Mike, James and Susie

 

Swimming starts on Tuesday 11th September - please make sure your child has a swim suit, towel and goggles and a hat (for longer hair)

Literacy: 

This term we will be reading The Legend of Spud Murphy

In Term 1  we will be readingThe Legend of Spud Murphy  by Eoin Colfer.   Exploring how authors use different view points to create effect.  We will also exploring informal and formal letter writing.   We will use familiar fairy tales to begin to use inverted commas for dialogue in our narratives and in non-fiction, we will be writing guides to looking after different types of pet. 

Weekly spellings will start on Friday the 14th.  You can expect a printed spellings list for your child, however if this somehow 'goes missing' you will be able to find the lists on the bottom-right of this page.  

One of the most effective ways for your child to learn spellings is by the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. It has the dual benefit of being an effective way of learning for most children, including those with spelling difficulties, and of being something the child can do independently, (although please could you check occasionally that they are covering and not copying the words). Another way you can help your child to learning their spellings is by writing out a list of errors for them to correct.  As the year progresses, the children will learn a variety of different strategies to help them learn tricky words.

Numeracy:

Concepts covered this term include:

  • Place Value
  • Number

Times tables:

We hope that children can keep improving their speed and accuracy, as good times table knowledge underpins so many aspects of mathematics. Any help you can provide at home learning times tables and telling the time informally around home and when out and about would be greatly appreciated.  There will be a weekly, 10 minute times table challenge.

 

Homework:

Numeracy will be set online at www.mymaths.co.uk and your child will be able to select their weekly task by logging in with their unique password (details of which can be found inside their homework book on the first page).

Literacy involves the children making a choice about which homework they would like to do.  The homework tasks for the next two terms can be found on the 'homework wall' inside the front cover of their books and a digital copy can be found below.  The children should choose one homework per week and date the one that they have chosen to do. Their work will then be given a score based on effort.  There will be prizes for the children who's total scores  are the best in class at the end of term 2!  Please see below for the homework wall for terms 1 and 2.

Your support in helping your child to develop their independence and return their homework book every week would be appreciated. We understand that this is not always possible especially if you have had a busy weekend. Please feel free to let us know via a brief note if this is the case.

 

Homework

Homework

Wednesday

Homework from previous week collected.

 

Friday

New homework given out.

Spelling test and new spellings given out.

 

Term 1 and 2 Curriculum Overview.

Science:

This term we will be looking at electricity.  We will find out about where energy comes from, sustainable resources, building circuits and learn about safety around electricity.

Information and Communications Technology: 

The children will begin learning how to code their own apps using 'espresso coding' - a simple to use introduction to computer programming.

Art: Children will be creating portraits in the style of Picasso and, in term 2, using clay to create their own diva lamps.

Music: We will all be learning how to play the Ukulele (teachers included!)

Physical Education: The focus for year 3 is mainly swimming,  Each class will be working on running, jumping catching and throwing at various points in the week.  Please make sure your child has a PE kit of white T-shirt and black shorts or leggings and a pair of suitable trainers in school for the whole week.

Personal, Social and Health Education:  Our topic in PSHE is new beginnings - we will create our class charters and think about how we can set ourselves achievable goals.

MFL: There will be French later in terms 3 and 4

Spellings Lists

Mr Thomson’s Spellings. 

To be tested 16.11.18

increase

important

interest

island

knowledge

learn

length

library

material

medicine

mention

minute

 

Mr Cameron's and Ms Lyon's group, 

Mr C Spellings for 16.11.18

Hear

Here

Sun

Son

One

Won

Knot

Know

Knee

Knife

Knobbly

Knight

Gnat

Gnaw

Gnome

 Mr Reddecliff  and Mrs Bunny's group

Mr R: Spellings for  16.11.18

Soon

Supper

Saturday

Settle

Cycle

Celery

Circle

Circuit

Cereal

Circus

Cyborg

Custard

Handwriting

In year three, the children begin to write with ink.  To earn their 'pen license' they should be able to consistently demonstrate the following in their writing:

All letters are correctly formed (like in the Nelson Scheme)

All letters are sitting correctly on the line

All short letters are the same size

All ascenders and descenders are the right height/length

All letters are joined correctly

Capital letters are bigger than lower case letters

Spaces between words are the right size (not too small or big)

Work looks neat