This project will cover the curriculum areas: science, design and technology and literacy. Within science, children will be exploring forces and magnets. They will observe magnetic forces and explore the behaviour and everyday uses of different magnets. The children will work scientifically by; raising questions, carrying out tests, whilst gathering and recording data to find answers to their questions. Within design technology children will use their scientific understanding to design and create a magnet car that moves.
With a focus on literacy, the children will be immersed in the text 'The Scarab's Secret'. With the story set in ancient Egypt, the children will explore different topics such as: who were they?, Gods, beliefs, mummification and pyramids. Using what they have learnt the children will create their own story set in Egypt. The children will also have the opportunity to create their own canopic jars out of clay.
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.
On Wednesday last week, Kim from Tesco visited Mothecombe class to teach us all about healthy food for our lunchboxes. We had already been to see Kim at Tesco the week before to learn about sugar, fruit and vegetables.
Alesha said that she’s learnt “that even just one chocolate bar has quite a lot of sugar in it, but we’re allowed them sometimes. Kim also taught us that sugar is not bad for us if we only have a little bit sometimes, but that if we have lots of sugar all the time it can hurt our teeth.”
When Kim came in to our classroom, she told us about the different food groups and what food went in each of them and we sorted lots of different lunchbox food in to these groups.
She taught us that we should have a mix of these food groups in our lunchboxes, even the sugary ones sometimes as a treat!
Matthew and Daniella would like to give you some examples of what could go in to a healthy lunchbox:
Salad- pasta salad
Wraps and Pitta bread
1 piece of unhealthy food like a chocolate bar or cheese dunkers
Thank you Kim for coming in and teaching us how to be healthy!
Alesha, Daniella, Matthew and the rest of Mothecombe class