Welcome to Otters Class
Welcome to Otter Class! I hope you all had a great summer break and enjoyed the lovely sunshine. Now it’s time for Otter class to put away the suntan lotion and get ready for a busy Autumn Term.
This term our topic is Changing Times – Stone Age to Bronze Age, a topic which covers a mere 2,500,000 years or thereabouts! During this topic, we’ll find out how people’s homes, clothes and food changed over time.
In English we’ll develop our persuasive writing skills as we write a brochure advertising the Stone Age site of Skara Brae. We’ll write non-chronological reports based on our research into the past and we’ll work hard to improve our story writing skills.
Our work in English will also include coverage of the SPAG curriculum (spelling, punctuation and grammar). As part of this work, spellings will be sent home every Monday and will be tested on Friday. These spellings may practise a particular spelling pattern or rule or could be words taken from one of the National Curriculum spelling lists.
A love of reading is something we work hard to develop and our class book this term will be the children’s classic, Stig of the Dump.
In Otters class, in order to encourage independence, children change their own reading books; we will of course help Year 3 children at first as they become used to this different system. Please encourage your child to read regularly and to show me when they have reached a Reading Certificate in their Reading Record so that we can celebrate their success in our Celebration Assembly.
Maths and English or Topic homework is set every Wednesday and should be handed in on the following Monday. Maths homework tasks are designed to reinforce learning carried out in class or revisit areas covered recently. English tasks tend to focus on the technical aspects of this subject such as reading comprehensions, punctuation or grammar and Topic tasks, which will be based on our Changing Times topic.
In addition, children are expected to practise their times tables at home in order to prepare for a times tables test every Friday. A sound knowledge of times tables and their related division facts is crucial to enable children to make progress in many areas of Maths such as multiplication and division with larger numbers, fractions and, later in their school careers, ratio and proportion. Children who do not know their times tables find these areas hard and struggle to make progress.
We use Times Table Rock Stars for daily times tables practice (further details are included in the Parent Pack). It is worth noting that when they are in Year 4, our current Year 3 pupils will be the first cohort to take the government’s new online times table assessment.
PE will take place on Wednesday and Friday. Please make sure your child has a PE kit on these days.
A new school year comes with lots of information and things to remember and if you have any questions or concerns, please catch me on the playground before or after school or feel free to arrange a meeting after school for a longer chat.
Otters Class work
Parent Pack Information is shown below: