Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Dear Parents,

It has been a good starting week in Year 3. The children appear to be settling very well mashaAllah. We made posters of class rules, learnt about the correct behaviour to have in class including rewards and sanctions.

We played some games to get to know better each other.

We enjoyed reading the book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffer. This book inspired us to write lots of notes about our feelings and letters/postcards to special people. We spoke about how to look after planet Earth and our body. This amazing book gave us the opportunity to reflect on how large the universe is and how special it is that we are all part of this wondrous space.

Using Google Earth we took the class on a journey from space to our school!

In this week, we also read Ruth Awolola’s poem: ‘A love Letter to the Stars’ which you can watch here: https://vimeo.com/263683732 . The children were invited to discuss their initial impressions, sharing things they liked about the poem and discussing things they may not have liked and why.

We invited children to pick one thought that they felt comfortable sharing with the group, gave them time to share their thoughts and feelings with the group, gave them space to recognise and acknowledge these feelings.
We invited the children to write notes of advice and encouragement for themselves and one another on pieces of white card cut into the shape of clouds then stuck on a pink sky in our working wall.

In Maths, we practised counting up to solve subtractions.

In Art, our learning objective has been to experiment with different grades of pencil and other implements to create lines and marks.
We learnt about Helen Cowcher and the children drew ‘Iguana Liana’.

In Geography, we practised some mapping skills, revised about continents and oceans and learnt about Equator, Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn and placed the rain forests on a map.

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What will happen next week?

We will start our reading lessons and tests.

In Maths, we will revise 2-digit numbers subtractions and additions using the counting up method.

Children will have their first PE lesson on Monday.

In Art, the learning objective will be to make marks and lines with a wide range of drawing implements e.g. charcoal, pencil, crayon, chalk pastels, pens etc. We will learn about another artist: Oenone Hammersley.

In Geography, our learning objective will be to explore the layers of vegetation in a rainforest. As a class, children will be going to create a large display showing the different levels of the rainforest. The class will be split into four groups and each group will be given a challenge card. Each group will be then responsible for creating plants, trees, animals and labels for the strata they have been allocated.

Children will bring home each a Collins Reading Book and a blue A5 Reading Records where they have to write about the book borrowed.

Children will be given HW on Thursday to bring back the following Tuesday.

Some Reminders:

PE day is on Monday. Please make sure your child comes to school already wearing the correct PE kit.

Children need to have plimsolls in school at all times.

Provide a healthy snack and a bottle of water in addition to their packed lunch please. Crisps, cakes and sweets won’t be allowed. Juice is not needed as it makes children feel thirsty and also need the bathroom many times per day disrupting their learning. No yogurt allowed as it can get very messy. Apologies for any disruption this may cause.

Jazakallahu kheirun