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3 MAPLE - Mrs Homer / Mrs Jones-Brooks

Welcome to 3 Maple!

 

Mrs Homer lhomer@st-peters.wakefield.sch.uk

Mrs Jones-Brooks ejones-brooks@st-peters.wakefield.sch.uk

 

You can find out what we are currently learning on our Curriculum Newsletter.

 

We are really looking forward to working with your child and you this year. Below is some information about what to expect in year 3. Some things may be different to previous years as the children have now entered KS2. They will have more opportunity to grow in independence and have greater responsibility. We appreciate your continued support for your child’s learning. If you have any questions, please ask!

 

Staff

Mrs Jones-Brooks works Monday- Wednesday and Mrs Homer Wednesday - Friday. We are also supported by our teaching assistants Mrs Gures and Mrs Shepherd on a morning and Mrs Brown on an afternoon. 

 

 

Reading, Changing Books and Reading Records

We love to read and hope that your child does too. There is an expectation that children read a part of their reading book every night. Children must bring their reading book and reading record into school every day. Every time they read 5 times at home, they receive a raffle ticket which gives them the chance to win a book of their choice at the end of each half term. All raffle tickets are kept throughout the year for the drawing of the grand prize at the end of the summer term. 

Children have the freedom to choose which book they would like to read from a box in the corridor. They are now responsible for recording their reading, commenting on their book and scoring it out of 10! All children complete whole class reading every day, are able to choose books from the book corner in the classroom and have time to read for pleasure.

 

Reading Eggs

The children can also read online using Reading Eggs which is set at the correct level for them. The log in and password is the same as Mathletics and located in children’s reading records.

 

Spellings and Spelling Shed

Children are given new spellings each week from Spelling Shed. We have a spelling lesson on a Monday afternoon and children are tested on the previous week’s spellings. If they score the same or higher, they receive a house point. Children are given time to learn and practise spellings during school hours, however, they can also access Spelling Shed from home.

 

PE

3 Maple have PE on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please send them to school wearing their PE kit on these days. Always send children with a coat as we aim to be outside for PE whatever the weather! This half term we are learning how to play Hockey and Tag Rugby.

 

Kit required for P.E:

White T-shirt, black shorts and trainers. Warm navy/black tracksuit bottoms and jumper/hoodie when weather is cooler.

Please note earrings must be removed for PE or covered by tape provided by the parent.

 

Mathletics

All children have a mathletics session once a fortnight. They can also access Mathletics from home and earn lots of points for themselves and their class. Each week the class with the highest number of points wins the Mathletics trophy. High scorers also receive a certificate. Please log on and bring home that trophy! Log ins and passwords are inside the children’s reading records. Children can also log on to TTrockstars which is fantastic for learning multiplication tables.

 

Homework

We encourage children to access the programmes Mathletics and TT rockstars week. Mathletics tasks that are set are linked to our learning in class that week. We would also expect children to access Spelling Shed to revise their weekly spellings before their spelling test on a Monday. 

If your child does not have internet access at home, please let us know so that we can support your child. 

We would suggest 15-20 minutes per day (where possible ) using these programmes as well as daily reading of their school reading book. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to a brilliant year,

Mrs Homer, Mrs Jones-Brooks, Mrs Gures, Mrs Shepherd and Mrs Brown.  

In Science we have been dissecting a plant to find the different parts of a plant. 

 

English

Ariki and the island of wonders - we have been looking at the setting of the story in English. 

 

In RE this half term we are looking at Holy books and important words. We organised words in terms of what is important to us.

 

 

 

In Art this half term we have been studying art work on volcanoes. 

 

Red Nose Day

We have designed super heroes thinking about heroes in our community. We have also done comic relief maths problem solving. 

 

 

Lava and Linguine

As part of our 'Lava and Linguine' topic we did an experiment with lemon volcanoes. 

 

In Science this half term we have been studying rocks. We observed and drew rocks and described their properties to identify the type of rock. 

 

World Book Day

You can view our World Book Day photos here.

 

PE - Jungle Animals

In groups, the children created a dance using the movement of jungle animals.

 

We have been developing skills for chopping, slicing, grating and juicing fruit today. 

 

PE - Outdoor & Adventurous Activity

This half term the children in year 3 are working on OAA (outdoor and adventurous activities) in PE. We have been drawing maps and navigating through directions. 

 

Science Investigation - Will a person with a longer femur be able to jump further than a person with a shorter femur?

Science - How much sugar is in your food?

The children in 3 Maple have been tasting different smoothies as part of their DT project. We discussed branding, colour, taste and gave each smoothie a mark out of 10. The overall favourite was Mango and passionfruit.

 

Enjoying our Christmas Dinner today!

Science - Magnetic Games

In science we have been creating magnetic games for our class science fair.

 

 

Maths - Division

In Maths this week we have been learning about division. We have been dividing into equal groups using concrete and pictorial maths. 

 

Roman Soldiers

We have been drawing and labelling a Roman Soldier's armour and clothing this week in Topic. 

 

PE - Gymnastics

WOW day - Gladiators!

This week we have had a fantastic topic WOW day based on gladiators. We designed helmets, had a look at learning Roman Numerals and wrote acrostic poetry. We had a fantastic day! 

 

In science this week we have played Sporty Forces, we have been miming a sport and naming the forces that are used. Can you guess which sports we have shown here?

 

The children went on an interesting visit to St Peter’s church on Monday. Katherine taught the children about communion in the Christian church. Thought provoking activities were enjoyed by all.

 

Super Science

This half term we are learning about magnets and forces. We investigated how much friction there was when we pushed a toy car along a surface. We had a go at predicting what we thought would happen, measuring and recording our results.

 

Roman mosaic art

This half term we are looking at Roman Mosaic art. We have been recreating patterns to make our own mosaic pictures.

 

Acting out Romulus and Remus

As part of our Roman topic this half term, we have begun to look at the story of Romulus and Remus in English. We have been acting out the story in groups. 

 

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