Star Class Newsletter: Term 3
Welcome back to term 3. I hope that you find the information about our learning this term informative. It is going to be “Out of this World”
We are starting this term by learning about money. The children will be learning to recognise the value of coins and notes. They will be learning to match coins and notes of equivalent values. They will be practicing with coins to increase their fluency and then applying their understanding to solving problems involving money. It would be very helpful to their learning if they could handle money in real situations. We will be using the opportunity to practice and apply our times tables (2,5 and 10 times) when counting 2p, 5p and 10p. The last 3 weeks of term the children will be working on multiplication and division. This will follow on nicely from our work using money and we will be broadening and deepening our understanding using related facts.
Each maths session will begin with a short recap of the previous learning making sure that key concepts are understood and that any corrections are completed. We will also practice our timetables as previously mentioned. Any help that you can give, for example singing the table in the car or quick-recall multiplication questions will help to reinforce the learning.
This term our key text is Man on The Moon by Simon Bartram. We are going to focus on key writing skills starting with conjunctions such as ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘so’, ‘because’, ‘when’, ‘if’ and ‘or’. The children will learn when and how to use conjunctions to extend writing. The children will then learn about nouns, adjectives and verbs. The children will learn to apply these in their writing to make it more interesting. Everyone is expected to use capital letters, spaces between words and full stops at the end of the sentence. Some children are learning other forms of punctuation such as question marks and exclamation marks. This follows on from our work on different types of sentences that we did in Term 2. We are going to focus on the common exception words for Key Stage 1. I shall be sending home a copy of these for you. The children will practice them in class and you may wish to test them each week at home. Please do let me know how you get on.
Guided reading will happen every day and pupils will also read individually with an adult at least twice a week. Reading books will go home with the children every day and it would be very helpful if they could read regularly at home as well. Short, daily 10-15 minutes reading sessions can make a huge difference to a child’s reading progression and it can give them a chance to discuss the story with you. Book bags should be brought to school every day so that we listen to readers, ensuring we are supporting the children as much as possible. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information. Below are some suggested questions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
Who is (are) the main character(s)?
What is the main idea?
What is the problem? How was it solved?
Describe the setting using evidence from the text. Where does the story take place?
Did you think the story had a good ending? If not, how could you have changed the ending?
Are there any words you didn’t understand? How can you find out their meaning?
Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same.
Did they like the story? Why or why not?
In Science, we will begin by looking at “Everyday Materials” where the children will be learning about what materials objects are made from, where materials come from and how they can be used. We will be focusing on classifying different materials and investigating which materials are the best for different purposes
Our theme this term is Space- Out of this world! We are going to learn about space exploration. From a historical point of view the children will learn about significant people connected to space exploration, Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake. The children will learn about different ways to find out the answers to a wide range of questions such as “Is it dark in space and why?” “What can you see in space?” This will allow us to look at earth from space and identify the oceans and continents – for a geographical strand to our learning.
PE will take place on a Thursday with Team Theme and a Tuesday or Wednesday. Team Themes focus for this term is multi skill .practicing balance, aim, throwing and catching. If the weather permits, we will continue this on our second session of class PE. If not we will be following the BBC dance for schools radio programme in the school hall.
The term will begin with a continuation of the study of Christianity and the Gospel, the big question this term is What is the good news Jesus brings? We are following the new Canterbury Diocese planning called Understanding Christianity which is currently being rolled out across the country.
This term we are going to create and debug simple programs. This follows on from previous learning about algorithms, following detailed instructions.
Caring for our environment and the wider world. This will link to our science work on everyday materials. The children will also consider how they can contribute to the life of the classroom and school. And what improves and harms their local, natural and built environments and think about strategies and skills needed to care for these (including conserving energy).
This term we will be using mixed media to make models of satellites and rockets. We will be working out how to fix different materials together and consider their properties. I would like to collect some of your recycling (see PSHE) for this work.