Year 3 - Class Falcon
Autumn Term 2021
Hello, and a very warm welcome to all. We hope you have had a great summer and we are excited to see you all as we begin our new school year.We hope you find this web page useful, however if you need to ask a question please contact the office or see Mrs Charnley on Family Friday - yes it's coming back!
Who's who in Falcon class?
Miss Cole will be teaching the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, and Mrs Charnley will be teaching Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Mrs McTigue is our teaching assistant.
What's happening in Falcon class?
Daily mile: This is an activity which was very much enjoyed by the children in Falcon class following the enforced school closures. We are to continue with this activity 2 or 3 times a week (not a daily mile!), weather permitting!
PE: PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons to start with. This will change during the term as we have weekly sessions with Mr Holdaway later in the term. Please ensure your child always has a named PE kit (navy/black plain shorts, white /blue plain t-shirt and a pair of pumps or trainers) in school throughout each half term. As the term progresses, the weather usually becomes significantly chillier but we will still always endeavour to go outside, so feel free to send in a pair of plain jogging trousers and jumper for your child to wear. Please remember, your child is not allowed to participate in PE wearing earrings so will need to either remove them or cover with tape. Please send in some medical tape if required.
We will be having Forest School sessions during the term where the children experience 'learning outside the classroom'. We will give further information as to when these sessions will happen. Please ensure your child has the appropriate clothing for getting wet and dirty and always has a pair of shoes to change into once they return from Forest School.
Meet The Teacher: if you were unable to come along to the evening presentation please find the slides we showed here.
What are we learning in Falcon class this term?
We have daily handwriting and spelling sessions. In handwriting the children are taught correct letter formation and have the opportunity to practice handwriting across a range of sessions. There are opportunities throughout the year to gain a pen licence - this is where a pupil consistently shows neatly joined handwriting.
For our writing lessons, we follow the Talk for Writing principles which involve a baseline assessment and planning - 'cold' task, the imitation phase, the innovation phase and finally the Independent application and invention - 'hot' task. This term we will be working on Quest story (setting focus), Non-chronological report, Defeating the monster story (Characterisation focus) and a Recount (diary).
Children have a daily spelling lesson which teaches the spelling rules from the Year 3 programme of study as well as previous year group spelling rules which need reinforcing. Larger copy of Autumn 1 available here
Larger copy of Autumn 2 available here
We also invest a lot of time practicing the Year 1,2, 3 and 4 common exception words, so the children are able to spell these words accurately when writing independently.
As the children arrive in school each day, their Reading record books are checked & signed.
Your child will be rewarded for reading at home by moving up our Reading chart with the aim of moving up each morning and earning a book token. The class with the most tokens at the end of each week, receives our Badsey Book Worm. Children are given the opportunity to choose a book from the classroom selection to take home or choose a book from home to read each evening. We will also be visiting the library during the term, this will give the children the opportunity to read a book snuggled up on a sofa or big cushion, or to listen to a story being read to them, or to choose a book from a wider choice.
Our class reading book this term is Charlotte's Web by E B White.
The most important thing you can do to support your child this year in maths, is to help them learn their times tables off by heart (2x, 3x, 5x, 10x to begin with). This will speed up their numeracy skills incredibly and boost their confidence enormously. Please chant them as often as you can, firing questions to ensure they are secure.
Encourage them to play 'TTRockstars' at home too.
Daily lessons – Learning journey, including Maths Facts and Basic
Our whole school theme for this term is ‘Water, Water Everywhere’.
In Falcon class our topic is Rivers.........Mayans and their use of the Amazon river
As part of our Geography, we will compare the physical geography of Mesoamerica
and the UK.
Our DT and Art links to our science learning journey looking at healthy diets and the human skeleton.
Science –Animals including humans.
Computing –Researching facts. Databases (population of different countries)
Music – The children will be taught the basics of playing the ukulele. Mr Heath from Severn Arts will come in weekly for 10 weeks to teach the children how to play the ukulele.
RE – What do different people/religions believe about God? In Autumn 2: How do other countries celebrate Christmas?
- friends and family.....make positive relationships with others
The rule of democracy....identify rules and their purpose
-kindness and anti bullying......know that individuals are responsible for themselves and their actions
We hope you find the above information useful. As always if you need to chat with either of us please see us at either end of the day. Mrs Charnley is very much looking forward to welcoming you into the classroom for Family Fridays.
Mrs Charnley and Miss Cole
Helpful Website Links
The Topmarks website can be accessed here
Education City can be accessed here - your child will need their personal username and log-in
TT Rockstars is the tool we have invested in to help prepare your child for the Y4 Timestables Screening Check. Your child has their own personalised login. Click here to access the website.
A few websites linked to Reading
BBC – KS2 Bitesize – Home
This has links to all subjects for primary school aged children with areas to learn and revise. It has areas with explanations and definitions and videos to support learning.
Punctuation, English Games for 7-11 Years – Topmarks
Trapped – Punctuation. Three punctuation games where you need to punctuate paragraphs and sentences to gain the Key of Freedom to escape from the tower.
Thinkuknow – home
Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming and other forms of online communication
Crickweb | KS2 Literacy
Free Interactive Primary or Elementary Key Stage 2 ages 6-11 years, Literacy and English Teacher Resources and fun Kids Games. English learning as a second language.
Home Page : nrich.maths.org
Finding your home on NRICH. We have homes for students of different ages, teachers and parents/carers. The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners.
Planets For Kids – Solar System Facts and Astronomy
Welcome to Planets for Kids I really hope you enjoy the information that I have provided on this website. You will find lots of information about our solar system.
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids explores the fascinating world we live in. Have loads of fun discovering incredible facts and information.
Woodlands Homework Help
Woodlands site has different zones for some foundation subjects (History, Geography, RE, Art and Science) and core subjects (English and Maths). Different topics can be explored too