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Welcome back to Spring Term 2. Last day of term is Thursday 28th March for the Easter holidays and back to school on Monday 15th April.

Jackals - Y3

       Welcome to Jackals.


We are Jolly Jackals.

This year we are going to be learning lots of new and interesting things, if you want to find out about some of them keep reading below and look on our Seesaw page for updates too.

Jolly Jackals work hard, follow the Golden Rules and have lots of fun too.




 Mrs Cheetham is our class Teacher, she loves reading all kinds of books, watching Korean dramas and having a nice cup of coffee.


Ms Swinscoe is our amazing Teaching Assistant, she loves animals, watching tv and having a nice cup of tea.



Here are a few notices you will need for your child in Jackals.

The main door to Jackals opens at 8:40 -8:50 am and school finishes at 3:20 pm.

Please send your child to school in their (weather appropriate) P.E kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Earrings will need to be removed for these lessons.

Please read with your child 3 times or more each week and sign their Reading Record, they will be rewarded Star Stamps for this.

Homework will be set each Friday on Seesaw, please ensure this is sent back before 9am the following Friday.

Spellings will be given on EdShed and in your child's Reading Record ready for the spelling quiz held each Friday.

School water bottles should be in school each day - please fill these at home.

Keep your eyes peeled on Jackals' class window for updates and further notices.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and talk to me, I am looking forward to a brilliant year with Jackals class.


Let's Go Team Jackals.



During the Spring term, Jackals will be reading Stone Age Boy. This will help us learn about the Stone Age, what life was like during this time, how people lived and what they did in family groups.. We will use this text to enable us to write a story based on the Stone Age using our inference skills, feelings, nouns and prepositions to add depth to the story. To ensure the story is written with a degree of technicality, we shall also be using inverted commas and direct speech.



The Silence Seeker will be the book we use to help us make predictions about a text and to help us become creative writers who can write detailed descriptions. We will also be learning how to understand a character's thoughts and feelings in a text and how the language used can enhance a piece of writing. We will also be learning how to write in 3rd person and use dialogue to add interest.



Throughout the year, we will be reading a variety of books to help us foster a love of reading.  During our reading lessons, we will use texts such as a playscript about Hansel and Gretel and a no chronological report based on  the Arabian Peninsular.




We will be using inference and retrieval skills to answer questions about what we have read. Predictions about texts will be made before reading them. Jackals will also be sharing our favourite reads with our class through book reviews too. Jackals have voted to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Bad Guys this term.




Jackals will be learning all about words and the spelling rules they have, we will be learning about diagraphs and trigraphs, prefixes and suffixes and what happens to the root word when these are added. To help us with these spelling rules, some of us will also be taking part in a phonics intervention to help boost our confidence when spelling words. A spelling quiz will take place weekly on the words we have learnt. 


In our maths lessons, Jackals will be building upon their mathematical knowledge. We will be learning more about multiplication and division, looking at strategies to help us remember our times tables, to enable us to solve times table and division problems.




Later in the term, we will be measuring the length and perimeter of objects using standard units.





In the second half of the Spring term, we will be consolidating our understanding of fractions and introducing new fractions within our mathematical learning. To finish off the Spring term, we will be learning about measurement and capacity.








Our topics for this half term are Forces, Friction and Magnets and Rocks, Soils and Fossils.

During Forces, Friction and Magnets, we will be investigating what makes an object move, how well different objects slide on different surfaces and which materials are magnetic. 



When we are learning about Rocks, Soils and Fossils, we will understand what rocks are used for, how soils are different and we will be learning about a famous palaeontologist called Mary Anning and finding out what she did and how she became famous.



Caring and Responsibility, Equality and Inclusion, Esafety Families and Committed Relationships will be the focus for this term in RSHE.

Jackals will be taking part in lessons that promote the importance of caring and responsibility for ourselves and others in the community. We will further develop our listening skills, respect for others and learn about UN Rights and Responsibilities of families and children. Further to this we will be looking at Equality and Diversity, what this means and what the benefits are of living in a diverse community. Esafety will also be discussed in our RSHE lessons, we will learn how to keep ourselves safe when online, how we can respond to hurtful behaviours and how we should report any incidences of this. During SRE we will be looking at the ways we can keep ourselves clean and how not to spread germs.



Our History Lessons will look at how life in Britain changed during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

We will learn about what life was like during these times, what change happened and what people ate at these times. During our lessons we will at the Beaker People, discussing the tools they used  and the houses they lived in and how these have changed over time, we will be exploring what it was like to live in a Round House too.




Stone Age to Iron Age- How Did Life In Britain Change? Is the question we will be answering in our Geography lessons.




Jackals will be using maps and a range of resources to find our place within the UK, discuss what the UK looked like during the Stone and Iron Ages and explore the different types of land use, the important features of a settlement and how we can record the facilities of our local area.



Famous Buildings around the world will be our focus for Art lessons during the Spring Term. Jackals will be examining the architectural styles of buildings including St Basil's Cathedral, The Taj Mahal and The Sydney Opera House. We shall explore the design features of famous buildings and at the end of these lessons we will be designing and building our own building for a particular purpose.



Jackals will be learning how to make databases, gather data and plan the structure of a branching data base during our computing lessons.  We will be identifying, recognising and exploring how digital devices can be connected during Computer Systems and Computer Network sessions in the second half term. As always Esafety will be a priority in Jackals and we will be working on keeping ourselves safe whilst on the internet.




Religious Beliefs and Questions will be explored during our RE lessons. A understanding of the different beliefs and thoughts surrounds Christians and Science and the question of Creation will be an area of discussion. We will also be learning about Religion, Family and Community - Prayer, during these lessons we will explore who people practise their faith and what it means to them to be part of a religious community. Furthermore, we will learn how to understand similarities and differences within a variety of religions and discuss our thoughts and feelings around religion in a respectful and sensitive manner.




During our music lessons, we will be listening to a range of music and learning lots of songs. We will discuss what we like and or dislike about different genres of music. Musical instruments such as recorders and glockenspiels will help us understand pitch and tone and we will be building up to a performance to be shared with the class.


We are very lucky to have a wide variety of sports coaches who deliver exciting and interesting P.E lessons. This term Jackals will be having Athletics, Dance and Gymnastics lessons. PE will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please remember to remove earrings prior to the lessons.


Jackals will be building upon the French we have already learnt. This term we will be learning how French phonemes differ and what sounds these produce, this will help us pronounce words correctly. Jackals will be looking at which countries around the world speak French and we will be learning how to say the names of animals in French.



During our DT lessons, Jackals will be looking at and making Mechanical Systems.



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