YEAR 3 PLEASE SUPPORT US If your child is absent from school for any reason, please telephone us (01384 818730) on the first day of absence, before 10am or alternatively email us on [email protected] If you do not notify us the absence will be unauthorised. Please ensure your child is on the playground at 8.50am to ensure a prompt start to the school day. We open the doors at 8.40am to receive children. The school day finishes at 3.20pm so please make sure you are already at school at that time to collect your child promptly. Cotwall End Primary School Curriculum Newsletter Autumn Term 2014 Mrs U Carter Miss D Pole Mrs L Humpage Welcome to the Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter. We look forward to making your child’s learning enjoyable by adopting a variety of teaching strategies. This is a summary of the learning programme for your child for the Autumn Term, together with suggestions of things that you could do to support your child during this term. I hope you find this useful. If someone other than the designated adult is collecting your child at the end of the school day, please inform us. Leave of Absence forms MUST be completed if you are taking your child out of school. These are available from the school office or the website www.cotwall.dudley.sch.uk All holiday taken during term time is now recorded as unauthorised and is strongly discouraged. MATHS In Numeracy we will continue to develop mental, oral and written strategies using the four rules of number and continue to use number skills in shape, space and time, money and data handling. Please make sure you advise the School Office of any changes of address, telephone numbers, emergency contacts etc. All children are encouraged to bring water bottles to school with them each day. Please find time to develop mental calculation skills by using simple addition/ subtraction of pocket money, or playing card and board games such as Monopoly. Please also encourage your child to learn how to tell the time. IMPORTANT DATES There will be a weekly times tables test every Monday where your child will be expected to have practised his/her times tables at home in order to become a member of the 27, 40, 55 and even the 100 Club (more information to follow). Autumn Term Inset Day Parents’ Evening Book Fair School Photos Half Term School re-opens Christmas holiday Spring Term Half Term School re-opens PE The day for PE will vary each week so please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school every day. In Gymnastics, planning and performing sequences will allow children to develop their own methods of travel and balance using a variety of body shapes. In Games sessions children will learn how to throw, catch and move with the ball. They will play a variety of games and learn invasion game techniques. All jewellery must be removed for PE lessons and hair must be tied back. 2nd September - 23rd October 2014 24th October (school closed) 8th and 9th October 2014 Week commencing 6th October 2014 16th October 2014 27th - 31st October 2014 3rd November - 19th December 2014 22nd December 2014 - 2nd January 2015 5th January 2015 - 13th February 2015 16th - 20th February 2015 23rd February - 27th March 2015 ENGLISH English lessons are class based. We will be covering a range of texts including stories, play scripts, poetry and reports. The texts will be used to model writing and extend skills in grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Please encourage your child to read a wide variety of literature including magazines, fiction and non-fiction books written by different authors. Reading: We will be working hard to develop your child’s fluency in reading, encouraging reading with expression and developing comprehension skills. It would be helpful if you could hear your child read on a regular basis, asking them questions to ensure they have understood the text, and enter comments in their reading diary. Phonics: Twenty minute daily phonic sessions will take place, with the children working in ability groups. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT We will undertake an exploration of ‘New Beginnings, ’Getting on and falling out’ and Saying no to bullying’. RE In RE we will exploring the teachings of Jesus in more depth, and also how our actions have consequences, not only for us, but for those around us. MUSIC The children will be singing songs and developing rhythmic patterns They will also be learning to play the recorder and read music with Mrs Barnfather. Our featured composer this year is Vivaldi, with particular emphasis on ’The Four Seasons’. TOPIC - CAVERNOUS CAVES The children will be learning all about the Stone Age (Neolithic) through History, Geography and Art and DT. GEOGRAPHY The children will carry out a geographical study of Kinver through fieldwork and research, and then compare their findings with their local town, Sedgley. They will also develop their map skills and knowledge and understanding of the world by using a variety of different maps, atlases and globes. ART, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY Art and DT will be linked to the Stone Age topic. The children will use their collage, printing and painting skills to produce cave paintings, they will also make clay pots and jewellery. They will investigate levers through modroc models of Stonehenge and make moving monsters using pneumatics. SCIENCE HISTORY In History, they will be finding out what life was like living in Stone Age times. The children will retrieve information from a number of sources and will present this to show an understanding of the impact of the Stone Age on both the past and the present. They will also find out about the settlement of Skara Brae and how people lived in Britain over 6,000 years ago. A Cavernous Caves day will start the topic, where the children will be encouraged to dress up and take part in Stone Age activities. It will culminate with a visit to the cave houses in Kinver. The focus for the first half term will be on ‘Rocks and Fossils’, learning about the 3 main types - sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. After half term it will be on ‘Animals and Humans’. COMPUTING Computer skills using many and varied programs will be developed using computers in the ICT suite and net books in the classroom. We will use the Internet and programmes that will enable the children to combine text and graphics to produce a range of documents.
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