We are the perfect, proud Pandas! We try to have a growth mindset and always try our best in everything we put our minds too! We love being Pandas because they are all unique and are admired for their positive energy. Their calm determination allows them to understand it takes times to reach your goals and we try to remember this when we are faced with challenges in our learning.
Our teacher is Miss Kennedy and we are extremely lucky this year to have Mrs Metcalfe, Mrs Hollywood and Miss Watson as our amazing teaching assistants. We are all incredibly excited to be teaching Y3 this year!
Miss Kennedy Mrs Metcalfe Mrs Hollywood Miss Watson
Our Spring term topic is:
What is the most powerful natural force?
This Spring Term our work will mainly be Geography based and centre around the question: What is the most powerful natural force? We will be finding out about the key aspects of mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes in the world using geographical tools such as: maps, atlases and globes.
Our writing will be focused around our exciting and engaging topic. We will begin by exploring how to accurately punctuate and write direct speech using the Rainbow Grammar structure. Pupils will learn how to use prepositions for time (at, on and in) and cause (thanks to and because of). Throughout the topic, children will continue to up-level and improve sentences using their knowledge of different sentence types, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. We will practise these skills by creating some fascinating pieces including a narrative based on the text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and an information leaflet about a volcano. In Spring 2, pupils will explore, plan and write a poem based on a natural disaster.
In Pandas Class, we love to encourage a love of reading. Each week, we will have a reading session where we will develop our reading and comprehension skills. We will explore a range of non-fiction texts to explore the key features of a non-fiction text and use these features to find the answer to questions. In Spring Term 2, we will focus on fiction texts to unpick interesting vocabulary; make inferences about a character and give an opinion about a moral dilemma. By the end of the Spring Term, we will understand the link between language and performance by performing a poem focusing on expression and volume.
This Spring Term we will begin by continuing or learning on multiplication and division. We will learn to multiple and divide a 2-digit by a 1-digit number using the formal written method. To start preparing us for Year 4, we will take part in lots of different activities each week to help us work on the 5, 10 and 2 times tables including the associated division facts. We will use Times Table Rockstars to help us with this. We will develop our knowledge of money by learning how to count in pence and pounds; convert pence to pound and give change. In statistics, we will learn to collect, present and interpret data using tally charts, pictograms, bar charts and tables. During our Spring Term 2 topic, we will begin by focusing on measuring and comparing lengths before we move onto learning about what perimeter means and how to measure and calculate the perimeter of 2D shapes. We will finish the term looking at fractions by recapping our knowledge of wholes and parts and learning how to identify and find ½ , ¼ and 1/3 of a nu
In Science, we will become ‘Rock Detectives’ by learning to identify different types of rocks and understand their properties. Pupils will be able to identify and name a variety of fossil types and explain how fossils are formed.
After half term, we will be exploring the ‘Power of Forces’ by thinking about what a force is and identifying which force is making an object move. Pupils will investigate the way in which the material affects the way an object moves across it. Towards the end of the unit, pupils will learn about magnets and the effect magnets have on each other.
Art and DT
We are extremely excited to be creative in Art and DT. During the first half term, we will be creating volcano art based on our knowledge of the great artists ‘Margaret Godfrey’ and ‘Nick Roland’. We will be using mixed media-collage, paint and pastels to create a volcano picture. Excitingly, we will be having a D&T day where pupils will strengthen a structure which avoids lava flow from a volcanic eruption and withstands an earthquake.
Excitingly, our computing lessons will link to our Topic.
We are lucky to have 2 PE lessons a week with two fantastic coaches. On Tuesdays, we will be developing our football skills and applying them in games with Mr Saleh. On Thursdays, we will be focusing on dance by thinking carefully about how our movements link to the music.
In Spring 1, we will be focusing on the question ‘How do religious families and communities practice their faith?’. By the end of this unit, children will understand the meaning, practise and importance of the 5 daily Islamic prayer, the Lords prayer and prayers in mosques and churches. Pupils will learn about the beliefs of Allah and God.
The focus of our RSHE lessons is 'Caring and Responsibilities'. We will look at what 'responsible' means and who and what we are responsible for. After half term, we will focus on 'Families and Committed Relationships' where pupils will learn about what commitment and marriage are and what happens when parents separate.
We will be following the Charanga scheme for our music lessons. During the first half term, we will have a Reggae focus using the song 'Three Little Birds'. We will learn how to identify the structure of songs – introduction, verse, and chorus and begin to create our own rhythmic patterns. We will sing the unit song in two parts and play the notes G and A on the glockenspiel. We will learn about the term ‘improvisation’ and begin to improvise as part of the performance. During Spring 2, we will learn to sing the verses and chorus of ‘The Dragon Song’ and play the notes B, G and A on the Glockenspiel. By the end of the unit, we will perform ‘The Dragon Song’ with accompanying instruments.
During our ‘Celebrations’ topic, we will learn the names of the month and explore French traditions that happen throughout the year. We will develop and consolidate our knowledge of activities and use phrases to praise and discuss their previous learning. In Spring 2, we will learn to read, say and write colours in French and assign colours to facial features. We will use our apply our knowledge of colours to ask questions and sing in rhyme.
Weekly homework and spellings will always be on Seesaw. Children will be assigned weekly spellings on EdShed. We would be grateful if you could encourage your child to practise their spellings, complete their homework and read at least 3 times a week in line with our home/school agreement.
Mondays and Tuesdays - PE outdoors.
Please can children come to school in appropriate clothing on these days. Please make sure earrings have been taken out before school as we cannot take them out for them and hair is tied up.
Thursdays – Times table test
Fridays – Spelling test, Reading Record check and homework check.
Monday 3rd January 2022 – Bank Holiday Monday
Tuesday 8th February 2022 – Safer Internet Day
Monday 21st February 2022 – INSET day
Friday 18th March 2022 – Red Nose Day