Robins 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Robins' Class Page
Our class teachers are Mrs Whittingham (Mon - Thurs) and Mrs O'Marah (Fridays). Our Teaching Assistant is Miss Nelson.
Mr Hill will also be with us as he completes his teacher training degree.
Mr Ault will teach PE on a Friday and Mr Greaves will teach cricket on a Thursday.
We can't wait to go on an exciting learning journey with you this year!
Look what we learn about in Year 3:
Year 3 Pupil Voice:
"I like the reading corner in Robins Class because we have lots of books to choose from and my favourite author is Anne Fine'.
"I love art lessons and I am proud of the work that I have done in my sketchbook."
"We are all friends in Robins Class as we show respect to each other and are always kind."
"The best thing about Year 3 is learning about the Stone Age. We will visit Beeston Castle and pretend we are hunters with 'real bow and arrows'."
Phase 1 2023 (September - February Half Term)
This term we will be focusing on two lovely texts to inspire our writing. First, we will be focusing on writing a series of diary entries and letters based on the book 'Seal Surfer' by Michael Foreman. During this unit of work we will group related ideas into paragraphs, build a varied and rich vocabulary, use prepositions to express time, place and cause and introduce inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.
Following this text, we will explore 'Winter's Child' by Angela McAllister. The children will become authors and write an adventure story of their own. Our mastery keys associated with this text are to use conjunctions and adverbs to express, time, place and cause. We will learn how to use a or an according to whether the next word begins with a vowel or consonant. We will also be creating characters, settings and plot through our narrative wriitng as well as continuing to use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.
During our shared reading lessons, we will focus on increasing our vocabulary and understanding of an increasing range of words. We will use both fiction and non-fiction texts to improve our ability to predict, retrieve and infer information. In our whole class reading sessions, we will use the text The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner to make predictions and explore the meaning of new vocabulary through asking questions and using dictionaries. The children will retrieve, record and present information in a variety of ways. They will identify main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarise, draw inferences (inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions) and justify with evidence. We will learn how to identify themes and conventions in a wide range of books, identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning and discuss words and phrases that capture our interest and imagination.
During the Autumn Term we will be working to consolidate our maths learning from Year 2 and introduce new Year 3 concepts. We will be focusing on Place Value of numbers within 1,000, the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) as well as Measures (length and perimeter).
History and Geography
During the Autumn Term we will explore our class theme 'Time Travellers'. We will be developing our inquiry skills by asking and answering historical questions about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will explore what happened during these times and how daily life differed or remained the same. We will use timelines to order events during this time. We will use our locational knowledge to locate Stonehenge and will investigate how it was created and why.
In the Autumn Term we will explore the topic ‘Rock Detectives’. We will work scientifically to make systematic and careful observations of different rocks and we will gather and record data based on what we find. We will learn about igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, how they are formed where they are found and what their properties are. We will also review our KS1 learning of the famous palaeontologist Mary Anning. We will also investigate soil permeability and describe how soil is formed.
We will look at the book ‘The Street Beneath My Feet’ to enhance our learning.
In RE, we will focus on the concepts of 'God', 'Creation' and 'Incarnation'. We will explore the questions How do Christians use symbols to explain what God is like? Why do you think the stories of creation are similar and differnt? Why do you think there are different stories about Jesus’ birth?
Please note that PE for your child will be on a Thursday and Friday during the Autumn Term. Your child should come to school dressed in their PE kit on these days.
Maths homework in Robins Class will focus on learning Times Tables. Your child will receive an activity sheet to take home on Fridays and to complete by the following Wednesday. We also recommend visiting the following websites fo fun maths games.
Reading and Spellings
Your child will bring home a lovely book from school to enjoy reading at home. When your child reads at home, either independently or with you, they should record this in their homwwork diary and have it signed by an adult. Children should spend 10 - 20 minutes reading each evening.
Spellings will be stuck into homework diaries on a Friday and tested the following Friday. Please spend 5 minutes daily practicing your child's spellings with them.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact.
Mrs Whittingham x
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