Welcome back for the Spring Term!
This term we will be answering the question:
“Journey to the Centre of the Earth- What would you find on your way?”
We’re really looking forward to exploring everything related to rocks and soils as well as looking back in time to the Stone Age to see how people lived. In English, we will be reading “Stone Age Boy” and “The Firework Maker’s Daughter”. We will be looking at how these authors cleverly use language to grab the reader’s attention and make them want to keep reading.
We will be linking our work throughout the curriculum to this question, exploring volcanoes and earthquakes in geography. We’ll also be using our scientific skills to carry out our own investigations about rocks and soils. In DT, we’ll be using what we’ve learnt about the Stone Age to design and create our own bag to carry our tools in. If you have any spare fabrics, equipment or are pretty handy with a needle, please let us know!
In the morning, it is really important that your child gets to school on time. From 8:45-9:00, the children will be practicing their writing skills and the skills learnt the previous week in maths.
Our SEAL focus this half term is Think Outside the Box. Both Mrs Bentley and I thoroughly enjoy teaching Class 5 and we’re looking forward to another exciting term ahead of us.
Within RE we will be looking at Christianity and their views.
This term we will be continuing gymnastics. This will be on Thursday afternoons with Mrs Scothern. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit in school.
Things to note:
At Netherfield we are committed to ensuring that the children are safe when using technology. We know how important it is to follow our Class Golden Rules when using the internet and we will be thinking about how we can protect ourselves both at school and at home.
These are our Class Golden Rules:
1.Always ask permission.
2.Never give out your personal information.
3.Double check what you write is correct when researching information.
4.Tell a parent that you’re going on an online game.
5.Be respectful to others.
In line with the school’s policy the children will be expected to complete home learning tasks.
Reading is a top priority for all children as it underpins all the curriculum areas.
The Reading Olympics will be counted from the first day of term. Our target is for every child to achieve the gold award. Please help your child by reading at home with them and recording their reads in their diary; reads should be recorded with the book title and page number. We do not backdate reads from a previous week, so please ensure that they are up to date each Friday.
The Reading Olympics will be counted from the first day of term –
Bronze award 15 reads
Silver award 25 reads
Gold award 40 reads
Ruby award 70 reads
Diamond award 100 reads.
In Year 3, we know how important it is that children read quality texts regularly. We have a wide collection of texts within our classroom which is ever growing (despite Mrs Bentley’s frustrations at the lack of space!). We aim to hear every child read at least once a week which can include guided reading sessions.
To encourage reading we have a variety of rewards for great readers for daily reading, reaching reading milestones and having a love of reading. Mrs Bentley and I are always excited to hear about what the children are reading and love to receive recommendations for books we should read too! Let us know if you find a book you think we’d love!
Spellings will be given out on a Wednesday, these will be assessed through the children’s application of these spellings to their independent writing. Alongside our spelling sessions in school, we ask that you practice the spellings at home with your child every day.
Maths homework will be given out once a week following the Busy Ants Maths scheme we use at Netherfield Primary School. Every three weeks we will send home a parent booklet with explanations of the methods we use at school and ideas for how you can help at home. If you have any questions, as always, come and catch us at the end of the day. We’re always more than happy to help!
Every week, we will suggest a topic activity for you to try at home. We love it when children think outside the box and think of original ideas so you are more than welcome to adapt these ideas or think of your own. We will share great home learning at the end of the day (if there’s time to spare!).
Class 6 Trip– Tues 25th April
Class 5 Trip– Weds 26th April
Book Fair: Tues 25th April—Tues 2nd May
Y3/4 Sports Day: Thurs 22nd June 9:30am
Summer Fayre– Sat 24th June
INSET Day: Monday July 3rd
Transition Week: w/b 17th July
In Class 5 Mr Payne is the class teacher, supported by Mrs Bentley. Mrs Scothern will be teaching on Thursday afternoons.