Welcome to the Summer Term in Class 3

Dear Class 3 families,

Welcome to the summer term. I hope you had a wonderful Easter, didn’t overdose on chocolate and managed to get a chance to enjoy the unusual sight of blue skies and sunshine!

It was fantastic to have the whole class back together for the end of last half-term. They have been incredible throughout this latest lockdown, but it was great to see them back as one. The resilience they have shown has been awe-inspiring and I was thrilled to see that they all settled back into our new routine so well.

Hopefully the sun will continue to shine as we move through our packed summer term in Year 3. We’ve got loads of exciting projects and learning planned.

 

This term our theme is ‘Stewardship - Caring for our World’ and our project in Year 3 and 4 is called the ‘Blue Abyss’. We will be using our science and geography lessons to explore the underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Unfortunately, current restrictions mean that we can visit anywhere (yet) and my plan to take the class SCUBA diving in the Caribbean is, apparently, a little expensive - but Mrs Larque has planned a virtual visit to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth to begin our learning journey in style. Although this isn’t quite the same as visiting ourselves, it will provide the opportunity for our children to chat to experts and gain some real insight from those that work there.

We’ll also use the project as a chance to explore issues facing our local beaches and habitats as well as oceans around the world. This will hopefully incorporate a walk to Abbotsham Cliffs. By the end of the term we will have used our art and DT skills to create our very own interactive aquarium.

The term has started with RE and trying to answer the tough question, ‘What sort of world did Jesus want?’ We’ve looked at stories with morals and compared them to Jesus’ teaching through parables. As well as that and writing amazing fact files and science investigations this term, we’ll also be studying books to help us develop skills to write stories, letters and information texts.

We will be using Power Maths to learn about multiplication and division, before developing our understanding of shape, fractions and place value. I’ll send weekly homework tasks on Seesaw to reinforce our learning and help children cement what they’ve done in school. These will include times tables and spellings. I understand that people may have a bit of Seesaw fatigue after using it so much during lockdown (including me!), but please check in daily so that you can see what the class has been up to and talk to your child about their learning. Your engagement in their learning is key to their progress and development.

As I say, the whole class has been amazing on their return to school and dealt so brilliantly with everything that this pandemic has thrown at them. But I am also aware that some children might be very good at masking any worries they may have. Please encourage your child to come and talk to me if they have any concerns about anything. I don’t bite!

If there is anything I have missed or if you have any questions, then please let me know. You can message me on Seesaw or send me an email via the office.

Thanks so much for all your support.

Best wishes,

Mr Kent