Green Class News Letter 11th April 2016

Date: 9th Apr 2016 @ 11:19pm

Year 3 Class News Letter

Monday 11th April 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome back after our Easter break and I hope you all had a great time together.  It certainly seems a while since I saw the children and I’m looking forward to catching up with them on the first day back

We still have a few pieces of work to complete for our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory topic, but we’ll be kicking off with our new book by the end of the first week back. 

We’ll also be joining the rest of the school by starting with a ‘big’ science question this term. Ours will be based around ‘Why can’t I break an egg with my bare hands?’ This will follow on nicely from our egg investigations last term. Stay tuned for more information over the first few weeks.

Our new topic is available on our new look website - http://www.peartreeprimary.co.uk/class/green-class There is also a sneak peak of our brand new role-play for this term.  By the end of the year we will form part of Pear Tree Theatre Company to present part of King Lear.

Always Winter, Never Summer is the title of our new learning adventure and I’m very excited to sharing this topic with the children. We’ll be traveling to Narnia and back, and even being evacuated at some point this term to Woodcocks’ Wells and Congleton Museum.

There is so much to share with you this term; have a look at our topic plan and let me know if you can help with anything. If you have a war story or an artefact to share, please let me know and we’ll see if we can share it in school.

It was lovely to see so many people in Stoke just before Easter. The children loved the visit and were proud to share all the songs we’d learned. We’ll be continuing our singing during the term with some new songs linked to our topic.

Homework will resume on Wednesday after the Easter break with Spellings, My Maths and a topic themed piece of homework to complete.

It was great to see so many children completing spelling investigations in their homework books. We looked at spelling scribbles and some spelling explosions!  Please make sure the children are completing this important task. If you have any questions about how to help with this homework, please ask.

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.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at problem solving skills involving all the skills we have learned over the last term.  The children have learned lots of written methods of calculation and now is the time to see if they can apply those skills.  There will be, of course, time to rehearse any written methods they are not too sure of. We will cover addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (including fractions).

The videos the children will need to watch will be posted at various points over the next few weeks.  The children need to watch these addition and subtraction videos.

Addition on a number line - https://youtu.be/eg5KlqpfU80

Partitioning - https://vimeo.com/87411171

Expanded - https://youtu.be/Ghcgyp6dCig

Subtraction on a number line - https://youtu.be/BepTP0VUxik

Decomposition - https://youtu.be/tGPzmXpVM10

I was out of school on the last two days presenting at FlipConUk2016 and sharing some of the great work your children have been completing using Edmodo.  It was lovely to hear so many positive comments from colleagues from all over the world.

I’ve heard some great things about the music concert on the last day of term and how well the children performed.  This term we will be having Samba lessons with Mrs Minshall on a Tuesday – don’t worry, the drums won’t be coming home with the children!

During PE this term we will be starting our athletics sessions and completing our swimming sessions. The children will need to have their PE kits in school from this Monday, as we start our sessions on the first day back. Please make sure the children have a pair of pumps or trainers for these sessions.

There will be NO swimming on Friday 15th April.  We will continue as usual the following week.

We have launched our new website recently and hopefully you’ll find it a refreshing change.  All the usual information will be on there, but please give us a little time to get to grips with all the new changes if something is missing on there.

I will be running an ‘Online Dangers’ evening for parents on Tuesday 19th April. It is designed to help parents understand how to help their children stay safe online.  Please come along to the meeting – it really does give you an insight into what your children is experiencing when going online.

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. 

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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