Hedgehog Class (Year 3) 2022 - 2023
Dear parents and carers,
Welcome to the class page for Hedgehog Class.
Here you will find what your child will be learning during their time in Year 3.
If you have any questions, please do message me on our Class Dojo page or come and see me at home time, I have an open door policy.
Mrs Flanagan, Class Teacher.
We have two English lessons a day; a reading lesson and a writing lesson.
In reading this half term, we are reading The Sea Book, by Charlotte Milner.
There are 6 reading skills that we observe over the half term. These are know as the acronym VIPERS. Please see below for the reading skills your child will be focusing on.
In writing this half term, we are reading The Seal Surfer, by Michael Foreman.
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.
'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. At the moment, we are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which we are absolutely loving. We also have a very cosy reading area.
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.
In maths this half term, our topics are place value and addition and subtraction.
We will be looking at the value of a digit, starting with numbers to 100 and then moving onto numbers to 1000. By the end, your child will know each value of the place of a digit within a given number to 1000, be able to place them, sometimes with acurracy and sometimes using their best estimation skills, on a number line, as well as using their previously learnt related number facts to reason with problems. They will begin to add and subtract numbers including a 3 digit number and 1s, a 3 digit number and 10s and a 3 digit number and 100s. In line with this, they will add and subtract numbers with up to 3 digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction. They will learn how to use inverse operations to check their answers, as well as developing their reasoning skills to solve problems.
Children will have ongoing access to their TT Rockstars logins at home. I will set your child specific times tables for them to practice.
If you have misplaced your child's login, please drop me a message on Dojo and I will resend for you.
Our topic this half term is 'Animals including Humans'. Throughout this topic, your child will be working scientifically to discuss why animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and why they cannot make their own food. They will also gain an understanding that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
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 focusing on numbers to 20 and greetings.
The religion your child will be learning all about this half term is Judaism. They will learn how Jews demonstrate their faith through their communities, learn about Jews' special place of worship as well as learning new vocabulary related to the Jewish faith.
This half term, we will discuss E-Safety, why staying safe when online is important and how to stay safe online. We will have oportunities to explore our school laptops, reminding ourselves of how to compute simple programs.
This half term, our question is "Why is water so important?". Your child will lead lessons with enquiring minds, whilst looking at rainforests to understand the importance of water. Your child will learn key vocabulary related to the layers of the rainforest, and will also lead discussions about what deforestation is and the impact it has on our environment.
Your child will have a music lesson each week where they will learn to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They will learn how to improvise, and will devleop their listening skills by listening with attention to detail, before recalling sounds with increasing aural memory. They will also begin how to use and understand staff and other musical notations. They will listen to a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, before learning about the history of music.
Your child will have 2 PE lessons each week. Their days this half term are Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure they come into school in their PE kit on these days.
Your child's day for Forest School is Thursday. Please make sure they come into school in their Forest School kit on this day.
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.
Every day- Your child should read as often as possible when not in school and this should be logged via the Go-Read app.
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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