Green Class News Letter - 22nd February 2016

Date: 20th Feb 2016 @ 2:05pm

Year 3 Class News Letter

Monday 22nd February 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you’ve all had a relaxing half term and you’re already for this quite short half term before we break for Easter. It’s only five weeks long, but we’ve got so much to do!

The children wrote for two sessions before finished for half term and I was impressed with the children’s creative lost chapters.  We will be editing and publishing them this week. Look out for some more photographs on Twitter and Facebook. 

We’ll be making sure our speech punctuation is accurate, as it adds so much more to the story.   Have a look at this video to give yourself a head start - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zvftsbk It’s really clear and shows you how to help your child.  We’ll be using this skill later this week, so please encourage the children to have a go. I’ve posted the link on Edmodo as well.

We spent time testing different parts of paper and packaging this week ready to wrap our chocolate eggs to send through the post. We’ll be planning a fair test this week to make sure we do it fairly.  The children will then analyse the eggs when they return and judge which packaging wad most suitable for the job.

We had our first real run through of our SingFest2016 music on Friday. We stood up, as a choir and sang with only the backing tracks. We’ll be working on our expressions and dance routines later this week.  If you’re coming to our assembly on Friday, we’ll be sharing some of the songs with you.

Remember you can book tickets online for the concert in March - https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/34832/chk/fd8b We are singing in the 2.00pm concert.    Keep practising those songs.  The songs are posted on Edmodo with the lyrics, so please encourage the children to listen and learn!  There are some tracks you’ll know as well!

We spend our e-safety day learning how to keep safe online by protecting our personal information.  Please ensure that your child has given you copies of their usernames and passwords, so you can keep up to date with what they are doing online. How do you stay safe online? There is some great advice on the website - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2016

The children enjoyed using their multiplication, addition and subtraction skills to solve problems during maths this week.  The children were expected to share their methods and then to write a sentence to explain their answers. We will continue to develop these skills throughout the year in a variety of areas of maths.

The videos relating to the maths skills this week are on Edmodo. Please encourage the children to watch them as it really does make a difference to their learning back in school.  I’ve seen a big improvement in the children who have watched the videos at home already. They are ready for learning when they come in and know exactly what they need to do.  Please encourage your children to watch the videos.

We are moving our focus onto division for the next few weeks where the children will be learning new ways to divide.   Have a look at this website to recap some of the methods from previous years - http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/division.html

This weeks videos are:

Challenge 1: Practical Division - https://youtu.be/9viaFlKIYyU

Challenge 2: Using a Number Line - https://youtu.be/BX0a4a5zw9g

Challenge 3: Number Line Chunking - https://youtu.be/_K_EcLUnv6k 

Challenge 4: Mental Chunking - https://youtu.be/gUki3y0jAPE

The children loved playing their Ukuleles this week and were able to remember some of the notes and C chord to play a song.  I’m learning as well, as it is a little different to playing the guitar – great fun!

As you may have read in previous news letters we have changed the way we expect children to learn times tables and spellings. Here is an overview of how the children will learn these skills:

Spellings: The children will be given six spellings each week to take home to investigate. What is the rule or pattern? When the children return back to school I will give them four spellings (that follow the same rule) and I will expect them to spell the word correctly and write it in a sentence.

For example:

Spellings sent home for investigation: table, rumble, crumble – these all end –le (These words will not be used in the next session)

In school: I will say ‘tumble’ – Please write the word ‘tumble’ in a sentence

Times Tables: Thankyou for encouraging the children to learn their tables this week and using their challenge sheets to practise. Have a look at 30/60 times tables in their journals and please practise with a 5-minute timer.  The scores will gradually improve over time.

If you are looking for a great way to learn tables, have a look at this website here - http://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games The games are great for quick learning of tables and are also lots of fun! Have a go.  And if anybody loves ‘Flappy Bird’ then try this great way of learning tables - http://www.crazygames.com/game/flappy-bird-math

Please encourage the children to read as much as possible at home and to write in their reading journals – I will be checking these each time we have a guided reading session and they should be up to date with either a comment from you or the children. 

Thank you to everyone who has written in their child’s reading journal this week. It really does help me keep track of the books they’re reading at home.  I was very impressed with how much the children have been writing in their journals as well – keep it up!

Our class assembly is Friday 26th February at 10:00am. It will be lovely to see you all there.

Please return your swimming letters as soon as possible, as we go the first week back after half term.

I will of course be Tweeting and Facebooking throughout the year. I’ll keep you up to date throughout the term via:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pear-Tree-Primary-School/384984998299244

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Peartreeschool and our News Letters.

A huge plea....please make sure everything is named clearly as it saves time and saves you money when things go missing.  Things have already gone missing, so can you please check your child’s clothing at home to see if they have taken home another child’s jumper by mistake. Thank you.

If you have any questions please get in touch as soon as you can.  If you can’t make it to school, please email me cwaterworth@peartreeprimary.co.uk

Yours sincerely,

Mr Chris Waterworth

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