Perfect Panthers

Spring 1 2020 Newsletter

 

Welcome back!

I hope everyone has had a great Christmas break and are enjoying a happy start to their New Year. It’s a new year for me too as I embark upon my Barlborough journey and I am very excited to get started.

This half term our topic will be Wicked Weather. It will have a geography focus and we will be learning all about how rainy and stormy weather can affect people and their homes. We will also be looking at the effects of weather on the landscape through the process of weathering. In addition, the children will be learning about the water cycle and how the chemical state of water alters during the cycle.

In English we will be kicking off by writing diary entries based around the extreme flooding that we saw in Yorkshire a few months ago. We will follow on from this by writing some poetry linked to the bushfires that are currently burning in Australia.

Our maths lessons will focus on length and perimeter, and fractions. As always please keep on regularly practicing your times tables. They really do make a difference to all maths work that is done in class.

In RE we will be continuing to learn about the importance of prayer within different religions.

PE kit

Our PE days are Thursdays and Wednesdays. Swimming will continue to be on Wednesdays. Please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school ready for Thursday’s lesson, and a swimming kit for Wednesday consisting of a suitable towel, swimming costume and a swimming cap if required.

Targets:

Reading:

  • I can read books at an age appropriate level (within the year 3 Lexile Range)
  • I can discuss understanding of the texts that are being read
  • I can use intonation, tone and volume when reading aloud
  • I can take note of punctuation when reading aloud

Science:

  • I can identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • I can construct a simple series of electrical circuits.
  • I can identify whether or not a lamp will light up in a simple circuit.
  • I can recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit.
  • I can recognise some common conductors and insulator.

 

Homework

Your child will continue to receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.

Date Homework is sent home

 

Friday 10th January

Maths – Homework sheet or book: Multiplication  

 

Friday 17th January

English Reading Comprehension 

 

Friday 24th January

Maths – Mathletics (online)

 

Friday 31st January

Maths – Homework book or homework sheet

Friday 7th February

English writing homework: Letter writing

Maths – Mathletics (online) 

 

Friday 10th February

Topic based Homework – Going Underground Theme

 

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday. Children can take their books home so that you can see their results, but they must have their book back in school every Monday. Please continue to learn and practice the spellings from the Y3 and Y4 word list and if you wish your child to opt out of the additional spelling support that does occur during a break, please sign and return the form that went out last term.

Dates for the diary

Monday 3rd February Enterprise week in school

Friday 24th January Chinese New Year celebrations in school

Tuesday 11th February 2:45pm class showcase event – Wicked Weather

Friday 14th February - Break up for half term

ADVANCED NOTICE: Thursday 27th February Y3/Y4 SCHOOL TRIP TO MINING MUSEUM

 

Kind regards

Mr Calcutt

(Year 3 class teacher)

Autumn 2 2019 Newsletter

Perfect Panthers Newsletter – Autumn Term 2 2019

After a short break we are back. I hope you have all had a nice rest and the children are refreshed and ready for an exciting new topic. It may be grey and rainy here but in Florida the sun always shines!

This half term our topic will be Fantastic Florida. We will learn all about maps at different scales and types of maps. We will look at the location of Florida and how this affects climate and weather as well as species of plants and animals that live there. We will look at why it is such a popular holiday destination and design a poster to encourage holiday makers to explore outside the theme parks.

In English we will be kicking off by writing a narratives based around the Egyptian topic that the children loved. We will follow on from this by writing persuasive texts based on our Florida topic.

Our maths lessons will focus on multiplication and division and properties of shape. As always please keep on regularly practicing your times tables. They really do make a difference to all maths work that is done in class.

In RE we are learning about prayers from different religions and what significance the words and actions have.

PE kit

Our PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Swimming will continue to be on Wednesdays and our last swimming lesson will be on the 4h December. Please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school on Monday and a swimming kit for Wednesday consisting of a suitable towel, swimming costume and a swimming cap and goggles if required.

Targets:

Reading:

  • Reading books at an age appropriate level (within the year 3 Lexile Range)
  • using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
  • discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • recognising some different forms of poetry

Science:

  • I can describe how sound is made.
  • I can explain how sound travels from a source to our ears.
  • I can explain the place of vibration in hearing.
  • I can explore the correlation between pitch and the object producing a sound.
  • I can explore the correlation between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
  • I can describe what happens to a sound as it travels away from its source.

Homework

Your child will continue to receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.

Date Homework is sent home

 

Friday 8th November

Mathletics online

Friday 15th November

English Reading Comprehension

Friday 22nd November

Maths homework sheet or book

Friday 29th November

Mathletics online

Friday 6th December

English Writing homework: Persuasive Writing

Friday 13th December

Maths homework sheet or book

Friday 20th December

Topic Homework

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday. A list of this term’s spellings will go out with the children on the first week back. Children can take their books home so that you can see their results, but they must have their book back in school every Monday. Please continue to learn and practice the spellings from the Y3 and Y4 word list and if you wish your child to opt out of the additional spelling support that does occur during a break, please sign and return the form that went out last term.

Dates for the diary

Wednesday 6th November 3:00pm Dance showcase in the village hall

Week beginning Monday 11th November Anti Bullying week in school

Friday 15th November Mini Leader training part 2

Tuesday 17th December whole school trip to the pantomime in Derby

Friday 20th December break up for Christmas

Kind regards Mr Wilkins and Ms Clare Webster

(Class teachers for Year 3)


Autumn 1 2019 Newsletter

 Perfect Panthers Newsletter – Autumn Term 1 2019

Welcome back after the summer holidays. I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and all the children are refreshed and ready for the new challenges that lie ahead in year 3.

This half term our topic will be Awesome Egyptians. We will learn all about life in Egypt, including the importance of Pharaohs and mummies. We will be looking at types of evidence and how we know things about the past, as well as researching facts about Ancient Egypt. We will be sharing what we have learnt in our topic in our special museum with parents later in the term. In English we will be writing a newspaper report based on Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutankhamun and writing a time slip story linked to this discovery. Our Maths lessons will focus on place value, statistics and shape. As always please keep on regularly practicing your times tables. They really do make a difference to all Maths work that is done in class. In RE we are learning about special places with a focus on a Hindu Gurdwara and hopefully a visit to a Gurdwara in Derby (TBC).

PE kit

Our PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child has a PE in school on Mondays. Starting from Wednesday 25th September, the children will be swimming. Please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school on Monday and a swimming kit for Wednesday consisting of a suitable towel, swimming costume and a swimming cap and goggles if required.

Targets:

Reading:

  • Reading books at an age appropriate level (within the year 3 Lexile Range)
  • I can predict what might happen from details and events in the text.
  • I can retrieve information from non-fiction texts.

Science:

  • I can group materials based on their state of matter ( solid, liquid, gas)
  • I can describe and explain how some materials can change state
  • I can describe the water cycle
  • I can explain the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.

Homework

Your child will continue to receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.

Date Homework is sent home

 

Friday 13th September

 

Maths – Homework sheet or book:   Place value

 

Friday 20th September

English Reading Comprehension Books

Maths – Mathletics ( online)

 

Friday 27th September

 

Maths – Homework book or homework sheet

Friday 4th October

 

English writing homework : Newspaper report

Maths – Mathletics online

 

Friday 11th October

 

Maths Homework book or Homework sheet

Friday 18th October

 

English reading Comprehension Book

 

Friday 25th October

Topic Homework

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday. Children can take their books home so that you can see their results, but they must have their book back in school every Monday. Please continue to learn and practice the spellings from the Y3 and Y4 word list.

Dates for the diary

Thursday 10th October 3:45 – 5:00 y3/4 Mega Fest at Heritage School

Monday 14th October INSET day school closed

Tuesday 22nd October Y3/Y4 school rip to Sikh Gurdwara in Derby – this is to be confirmed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything I can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind regards Mr Wilkins and Mrs Website

(Class teachers for Year 3)