Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to the Spring term at St Peter's Junior School!
We will start the year with our new topic of India. During this topic we will be learning about the geography and culture of this country. We will also look at the religion of Hinduism and compare this to Christianity. In English, we will be studying stories from India, later focusing on Rama & Sita. We will also share a class novel called Grandpa Chatterji. In PE we will practise and create our own Bollywood dances. Excitingly, we will have an India day, where the children will have the opportunity to draw Rangoli patterns, make diva lamps and taste Indian food.
After half term, our topic changes to Monsters. In English we will do a novel study of The Creakers by Tom Fletcher. The children will be developing their story writing skills, culminating in them creating a short adventure story of their own. We will also be doing a Design and Technology project where the children design and build a moving monster using pneumatics. This is complemented by our Science topic of Magnets and Forces.
In Maths we will look at shape and multiplication this half term before moving onto division and fractions.
Please be practising times tables with your child at home starting with twos, fives and tens before moving onto others.
Throughout the year, children will be taking part in both indoor and outdoor PE and our Daily Mile. Please make sure that children have an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times including trainers, as our timetable can change. For outdoor PE, children should have a long sleeve jumper or jacket, jogging bottoms and outdoor trainers. For indoor PE, children need to have shorts, a t-shirt and plimsolls. Unless it gets very dirty, we will send kit home at the end of each half term.
Our spelling focus for this term is homophones. Children will have an activity to complete each week to further practice these spelling patterns. This homework will be given out on a Friday, to be handed in by the following Wednesday. There will be a separate Maths booklet to complete this term starting with a place value focus. In addition, each term we will give children a topic related ‘Homework Menu’. These tasks are not compulsory, but are given as an opportunity to complete further research or enrichment activities related to the areas we are studying in school.
Children need to bring their book bag to school everyday. This should contain their Reading Diary and a reading book. We will be checking Reading Diaries each Friday, so please write any comments about your child’s reading or simply sign to let us know they have read. If your child reads at home 5 times over a week, they will receive dojos. If your child completes the book bingo challenge they will receive a certificate and entry into a fantastic prize draw at the end of the term.
If you have a special interest in any of the areas we plan to cover or would like to support in other ways, we would love to hear from you. If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about any aspect of your child’s progress, we are always happy to meet with you. We regularly walk down the drive with the children at the end of the day, so catch us then or leave a message at the office and we will get in touch. If you would like to volunteer to read with any children in Year Three who are in need of extra support please contact us directly or through the school office as we are always grateful for any extra help available.
Thanks for your support and co-operation.
Mrs Patel and Mrs Bennett