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.
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 multiplication and division this half term before moving onto fractions.
Please encourage your child to practise their times tables at home using TT Rockstars and Hit the Button. We will be starting this half term by looking at the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
Throughout the year, children will be taking part in both indoor and outdoor PE. 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.
Home Learning Menu
For this half term we have provided children with a Home Learning Menu linked to our topic on India. These menus are optional but will encourage children to enrich their topic learning and provide them with challenge.
Children need to bring their book bag to school everyday. This should contain their Reading Diary and a reading book. It is our expectation that children will read at home 5 times a week and this will be written and signed off by an adult into their reading diaries. Children meeting this expectation will be entered into our reading raffle prize draw each Friday morning when diaries are checked. Children can also continue to work towards completing their Book Bingo grids in order to be entered into the termly big prize draw.
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.
Many thanks for your support and co-operation.