Hedgehog Class (Year 3) 2022 - 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the class page for Hedgehog Class.

Here you will find all of the exciting and wonderful things that your child will be learning during their time in Year 3. If you have any questions, please use Class Dojo or speak to a member of our team at drop off/ pick up.

Thank you,

Miss Jervis and Mrs Sumner.

 

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We have two English lessons a day; a reading lesson and a writing lesson.

Reading:

In reading this half term, we will be focusing on the book 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura. 

'Travel 20,000 years into the past and discover what life as a caveman was like in this prehistoric picture book by a prodigiously talented artist.
One day a little boy is walking along when he trips, stumbles and falls ... into the Stone Age! He meets a girl his own age and her tribe, and learns all about their way of life. He watches them make tools, clothes and weapons. He sees how they hunt, fish, cook, celebrate – and even how they paint on the walls of caves. But when a furious cave bear attacks, he wakes up back in his own time where everyone tells him it was only a dream. But was it?'

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We will be using our different VIPERS skills: Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise to improve our understanding of what we read. 

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Writing:

In writing this half term, we will be reading the book 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes.

'The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows. Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.'

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In our writing lessons, your child will have the opportunity to show off their creative flare and write for different purposes across the year. Writing in different styles will enable your child to become a better communicator and reader. 

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'Reading for Pleasure' has great amounts of benefits for your child. In Year 3, we ensure your child has time to read for pleasure and each day, we set time aside to read our class book for pleasure. So far, we are really loving Roald Dahl and we are currently reading 'The Witches'. We also have a very cosy reading area. 

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Benefits of 'reading for pleasure':

Inspires imagination and creativity.

Enrinches cultural awareness and understanding. 

Increases empathy and improves relationships with others.

Lifts well-being levels and improves mood.

Improves progress in vocabulary, spelllings and even maths.

Encourages children to take a screen break.

 

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In maths this half term, our topics are multiplication and devision. We will therefore have a big focus on timestables.

We will start off this term by looking at what multiplication means and looking at differnent resources and strategies to help us solve multiplication questions. We will be doing the same with division. We will be building on our times table knowledge as we will be using this to help us solve our maths problems. 

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Children will have ongoing access to their TT Rockstars logins at home. I will set your child specific times tables for them to practice. Please ensure that your child is practising them at home as it is very beneficial for their learning.

If you have misplaced your child's login, please drop me a message on Dojo and I will resend for you.

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Our topic this half term is 'Rocks'. We will be looking at the different types of rocks as well as fossils! 

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Your child will begin to learn a new language during their time in Year 3, and that language is French! This half term, we will be recapping our knowledge of greetings, numbers to 20 and the days of the week and months of the year. We will also be learning some simple conversation phrases as well and using some puppets your children have made have conversations using our newly learnt language!

 

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In History this term we are learning about The Stone Age which links in links in to the book we are reading in English. We will be going back in time and finding out how Humans first lived and how it is different to life today. In History your child will be given lots of opportunity to use their curiosity for this pre-historic time as we will be exploring the questions they wish to know the answers the to. 

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Your child will have a music lesson each week where they will learn to play and explore their musical abilities. This half term we will be look at the sounds of China and the different instruments and sounds they experience. Your child will be using different instruments to see if e can replicate and create similar sounds and music.

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Your child will have 2 PE lessons each week. Their days this half term are Mondays and Wednesday. Please ensure they come into school in their PE kit on these days. This half term we will be developing your child's basketball skills. 

 

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 Mondays- Each Monday, your child will be given 10 spellings to learn over the course of the week. They will complete a spelling test each Friday, and, if they receive a mark of 10/10,  they will get a Dojo point. They will have opportunities to learn their spellings each morning in class, however, extra practice at home is essential.

Thursdays- Each Thursday, your child will be given either maths or English homework (alternating weeks). Homework is expected to be in the following Tuesday via the portfolio section of our class Dojo page. Children who have completed their homework on time will be given a Dojo point. 

Fridays - Each Friday, your child will be given a reading challenge to complete, via Class Dojo. 

Every day- Your child should read as often as possible when not in school and this should be logged via the Go-Read app, if you can not access this, simply write on a scarp piece of paper the name of the book your child has read aand the pages they have read and we can log this for you. 

Please note: I will often upload additional activities and links for your child to support their learning at home, however this is not specific homework, this is just a little extra for them. For example, I may upload interactive links to games that I know they will like. 

 

Other useful links:

Please see below links to useful websites for your child to use when they are at home. I will be adding to the list throughout the course of the year so please make sure you check for updated links.

Oxford Owl - Linked to our phonics Read, Write Inc programme https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/free-ebooks/   

Story Nory - A range of stories by classic authors as well as poems musicals and fairytales. https://www.storynory.com/archives/classic-authors 

Story Berries- Read along with audio clips. https://www.storyberries.com

Monkey Pen-  Free downloadable children’s books in PDF format. https://monkeypen.com/pages/free-childrens-books

Free Children’s Stories-  https://www.freechildrenstories.com

Keeping Safe Online-  www.esafety.gov.au/kids 

Newsround is a very good outlet for your child to watch each day to gain a wider understanding of what is happening not only in our country, but the rest of the world.

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DARNHALL PRIMARY SCHOOL
Sandyhill Road,
CW7 1JL,
and Darnhall School Lane CW7 1JR
Mrs Sarah Tomlinson, Headteacher
Mr Davie Kindon, SEN Contact