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Welcome to Saturn Class!

 

The adults that work in this class are Mrs Deane and Mrs Maskell. 

 

Your Learning Experience is  The Wild, Wild West!

 

Hook:

The children will spend a day learning some of the crafts of the Native American Indians, constructing totem poles out of papier-mâché.  These will extend into the term as more layers are applied and then decorated.

 

Outcome: 

During the final week of term, the Year 3 children will become the choir for the Years 3 & 4 production of Ye Ha! to be performed at the Community Church on Tuesday 21st May at 6:30pm and Wednesday 22nd May at 6:30pm.

 

Take home task:

On Monday 29th April, each child will be given a matchbox in which they need to put three small objects that represent three events in their lives.  They need to be able to explain the significance of the events so they can write about them.

The due date is Wednesday 8th May.

 

During this half term, English will initially link with the production to provide the children with the foundation for what the Wild West was like in the 1700s.  They will discover who the pioneers were, and what their journey might have been like as they crossed the Appalachian Mountains.  They will then find out who the Native Americans were and how they lived.  Grammatically, the focus will be to develop the children’s use of conjunctions, paragraphs and sentence structure. 

 

From the second week for two weeks, Year 3 will explore Paul Fleischman’s The Matchbox Diary, which tells the story a family’s early 20th century migration from Italy to America.  The Take Home Task is a little different for this term with less time to complete, but will be very rewarding for the children as they follow a similar idea to the story.  The grammar will again reinforce the same basis, continuing the development of independent higher-level sentence writing. 

The final two weeks will investigate a poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson that links back to the notion of the Wild West.  It will provide the children with another chance to write their own poems around a theme, which they have loved so far this year!

 

During afternoons this half term, the Year 3 children will be responsible for creating the props for the production in the last week of term.  There are townscapes to make, saloon doors and the odd cactus or two!  The children will also need to learn the songs for the show by heart where they feature in the show.  They will help develop actions all of which will require much practice!

 

In between this, there will also be totem poles to complete and decorate.  It will be an extremely busy half term!

 

Our PE days this year will be Tuesdays and Fridays. 

 

Maths homework will be given on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. Times tables should be practiced at home up to 12 x 12 - particularly x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x8

Reading is expected to be done daily and spelling practice is appreciated from the tricky words in the Read Write Inc log books, if applicable.

 

How you can support your child at home:

  • Reading every day – a vital part of our partnership!
  • Talk about what they are learning at school
  • Check Read, Write Inc log books and practice spellings as applicable
  • Learn times tables up to 12 x 12, particularly x3, x4, and x8
  • Help with telling the time, both on digital and analogue clocks
  • Encourage the use of technology to discover more about the Wild West!
  • Be patient with your children singing the songs for our production – you will be able to sing along on the night!

 

Mrs Deane 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back everyone and a big welcome to all the Reception Children.
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