Building bright futures

Summer Term 1

Welcome back!

Our Class target this term continues to be focusing on presentation of our work and our handwriting. This is a key focus that we will be working on every day until the end of term. We expect the children to try and make sure each letter is the correct size, written on the line and joined up. Children who can demonstrate this may be able to use a pen an receive a pen licence!

Our Christian value for this term is Courage. It would be lovely if you could have a conversation with your child about what that word means.



We will continue to cover a range of topics this year as well as revisiting some we have already covered, including money, time, measures, fractions, multiplication, shape and decimals.

A lot of children now know their 2,3,4,5,8 and 10 times tables. Please continue practicing these at speed and out of order and if your child knows them practice all the times tables to x12 and their division facts.

The children have got their Ocean Maths homework and will get new games over the term. Please play with them and encourage them to complete and sign each new sheet. Remember to continue playing the old games that they have and when the new games come please sign them and make sure the children bring their sheets back to school. Playing games and making maths FUN really helps children to retain the information.



We still have lots of writing genres to cover this year including fables, fairy tales, recounts, poetry and persuasive letters.

This half term we will be focusing on the true story of the 3 little pigs, using the Talk for Writing approach to teaching it. The children are really engaging with it, ask your child to retell the story using the actions!

Please make sure you read each night with our child, it makes all the difference.

Remember, good readers make good writers, so READ, READ, READ!

As we are performing our poems and plays this half term, please encourage your children to read out loud and focus on expressions and pace!

Every child gets spelling each week and is being tested on the following Friday.


We will be learning about plants and animals. we will also link this in with our topic of South America with a focus on the Amazon rainforest.

We are going to really work hard on our Scientific Enquiry skills so make sure you are asking lots of relevant questions!


We are learning about some important figures in the Christian faith such as Brother Andrew and Gladjs Ailwood. We will also look at different parables and the Jewish celebration of Purim.

We will be building a BIG RE book throughout the year which will document everything we have learnt so why don't you come and have a look at what we have been learning.


Our Geography topics for the summer term will be North and South America. One of our key area for focus will be the Amazon rainforest and the impact we are having on it. We will also be learning about Rio De Janiero, in preparation for the 2016 Olympics.

We will be sharing our work in a class big book and making our own summer drinks.

If you would like to help your child to research some facts about South or North America we would love to see what you have found out at school so please bring in any research! Well done if you have already done this over the Easter holidays.

Check out our BIG TOPIC book to see what we have been learning!


We are learning athletics skills in preparation for Sports Day! This is on the 17th June at Mile End Stadium, we hope to see you there.

PE is on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit on these days, including trainers.


We will continue to use our PSHE and circle time to focus on careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing as well as the school value.


We will begin to use digital media to create a comic strip. We will also begin to take photos to make our own animation. This may also link in with our art project about Walt Disney.

How you can help

You can help your child most by being interested in what they are doing at school. Ask him/her about his/her day and what they have enjoyed the most. It is very important that your child is reading for at least 10 minutes a day. The children are encouraged to take a book home from the book corner. We are encouraging reading for pleasure in Year 3, so your child should bring in his/her book everyday so we can all read for pleasure during the school day.

Homework and spellings go home on a Thursday and are expected to be brought back in on a Wednesday. If your child has any problems with the homework, please encourage him/her to come and see a member of the teaching team before Wednesday. Spelling tests will be on Fridays.

If you have any other questions about how to support your child, please come and see a member of the teaching team. We all want to support your child to achieve the best that he/she can!


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