Under the Canopy
This project will cover the curriculum areas: science and literacy. Within science, children will be identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers; explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant, investigate the way in which water is transported within plants and explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal. Whilst looking at living things and their habitats children will use the local environment to raise and answer questions that help them to identify and study plants and animals in their habitat, they should explore possible ways of grouping a wide selection of living things that include animals and flowering plants and non-flowering plants.
We usually have PE on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons so your child will need to have correct PE kit with them on these days. We do however sometimes do extra PE lessons on top of these so it is advisable that your child has a PE kit with them in school every day.
Please ensure that your child has a complete change of clothes for PE, including t-shirt and shorts, plus jogging bottoms/leggings for when we do PE outside. Your child will also need appropriate footwear for playing sport outdoors - trainers are recommended.
Reading is an essential skill for children to develop and we aim to encourage our children to read for pleasure. Your child will have the opportunity to read in school each day, and will do some reading in a small group with a teacher each week. They may also have the opportunity to read on a 1:1 basis with a teacher or TA if possible.
Please could you support us with developing a love of reading by reading with your child at home as often as possible. We expect children in Year 3 to read every night at home, and with an adult at home at least 3 times a week. Your child has a planner which they use to record any reading they do each day, both in school and at home. We would appreciate if you could record in the planner each time you read with your child.
The planner is also signed weekly by the class teacher, parent and child to monitor reading.
Thank you for your on-going support with this.
Your child will be set two pieces of homework each week on a Friday, due in the following Friday. This will usually be a piece of maths homework plus some literacy homework which may link with our current project.
In addition to this, your child will also receive a spelling list each week to learn at home. They will be tested on these words the following Friday.