We had a great half term last year learning all about Inventors through history and Electricity and helping Rosy Revere with her inventions.
Our new learning is based around the book ‘Stone Age Boy’ and is about legacy, The Stone Age, rocks and fossils. A big thank you to the grown-ups who joined us for our Inspire Day for taking a morning out to really engage with your child’s learning. We hope you enjoyed the activities as much as they did!
Planners and Reading Books
It has been great to see an increase in reading happening at home and this is really helping the children progress through the reading bands. Please can you remind children to bring their reading book and planners every day and record in there when they have read with you at home. I will, in turn, remind them to take them home! We are having a big focus on vocabulary at the moment so talking about word meanings would be really helpful when you hear them read.
Thank you for your time in doing this – as a busy mum myself I know it can be hard to find the time and energy!
I have sent the homework grid out slightly later this half term. There are lots of tasks on there if you child is very keen to do homework but I am more than happy with reading regularly at home and the spelling and times tables grids. This is enough to give your child key skills and time at home can be spent playing and talking.
Please make sure your child has a full P.E kit in school including something to wear when outside. As you are aware, they grow out of trainers and pumps quickly so please make sure these are replaced as needed. I will make sure they are sent home at the end of the half term for a good wash!
Our regular Library day will continue be Thursday. Sometimes there are meeting in the library and we can’t get in there. When this is the case, I do try to get us in at another time so it may be best to leave library books in their schools bags.
There is a Science Activity afternoon 1.30 to 3.30 on Wednesday 11th March so you may wish to join us to explore some fossils but this is not essential as I know we have had lots of parental engagement lately! There’s a Science Fair Presentation of what we have been doing on Friday at 2pm in the hall if you prefer that.
Thank you for your continued support this half term and going forward. Please speak to me if you have any concerns.
At St Thomas we pride ourselves on our creative curriculum. Each term or half term each class has a specific curriculum focus which the majority of our lessons link into.
We know that homework is beneficial to both children and parents, but sometimes children find homework ‘boring’, ‘a waste of time’ and ‘pointless’. To ensure work is consolidated and extended at home we are going to think about homework a little more creatively.
Each term or half term, during the first week, your child will be given a homework grid. The grid contains activities linked to all areas of learning (English, Maths, History, Geography, Science, Art etc). Each activity has a points value: the values relate to the complexity of the task. Over the course of the term your child must complete a minimum of 10 activities from the grid. The aim of the homework grid is to exceed their points target. We have discussed this in class, and the children understand how to select appropriate activities.
Your child must complete at least one activity from each row on the grid. The activities relate directly to work we will be completing in class.
Your child can choose how to present their homework, but by the end of the term they must have evidence of all activities completed in their homework folder. They may wish to use computers/laptops for their homework, produce a PowerPoint presentation, make a model or write their responses down. Every child may choose to present their work differently, but the task is the same. No two children work in the same way and this method of homework will allow each child to express their thoughts and ideas in their own way. We do ask that the work should be your child’s own work and should be completed to the very best of their ability.
The only other homework set will be reading at home and weekly spellings and maths facts to learn.
Your child must bring in their Homework Folder each Friday so that we can review any homework done and they can get feedback on work they have completed.
If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to ask.
Additional Home Learning
|LKS2 Addition and Subtraction to 100 Word Problem Challenge Cards.pdf||Download|
|LKS2 Puzzles and Problems.pdf||Download|
|LKS2 The Stone Age Differentiated Differentiated Reading Comprehension Activity English.pdf||Download|
|Year 3 and 4 Statutory Spelling List Word Search.pdf||Download|
|Year 3 Creative Challenges to try at home.docx||Download|
|Year 3 Spellings List.pdf||Download|
|Year 3 Work pack.docx||Download|