Welcome to Otters!
This year Otters class teacher will be Miss Hook and Mrs Eggleton-Gibbs will be our fantastic teaching assistant.
If you have any queries or concerns please to not hesitate to ask. The classroom door will be open from 8:30am and I will also be available to speak to after school.
In Otters class we always try our very best, never give up and
we love a challenge!
This term our topic is Amazing Africa. We have an African Drumming Workshop booked for the children to take part in. We are going to be learning all about the continent Africa and what life is like there.
In Science we are going to be learning about the digestive system and its different parts.
In Literacy we are reading a story called 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'. We will be writing our own stories using this.
In Maths we are going to be doing Addition and Subtraction.
As well as busy topics, the children will be going to Forest School this term.
There will be 2 groups and each group will alternate every week on a Wednesday afternoon. Your child has received a letter with the dates that they will be attending. Please remember to bring to school suitable clothing for outdoors!
Parents Evenings - November 7th and 8th
KS2 Cinema Trip - Wednesday 14th November
Children in Need - Friday 16th November
INSET DAY - Monday 19th November
Christmas Fayre - Friday 7th December
Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 14th December
BREAK UP 1PM FINISH - Thursday 20th December
Health and Happiness
This half term our topic has been Health and Happiness. In Science we have been learning about the human body - why our skeleton is important and how our muscles work. We have also looked at the Eatwell plate and what a balanced diet looks like. The children came up with some interesting suggestions about foods they 'weren't allowed' to eat to be healthy and we discussed how it is about having a balance! The children designed their own healthy meal plate.
On Tuesday afternoons we have had a special coach come into school and help us to learn some of the Badminton skills. The children have worked really hard on, hitting the ball, lunging for the ball and improving their hand-eye co-ordination!
We have also been trying to do the daily mile on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (days when we don't have PE)
In Literacy we have been looking at a story called 'The Dot'. The children have written their own versions of the story and have written a newspaper recount to report on part of the story. We have learnt how to include inverted commas and quotes in our writing.
In maths this term we have looked at place value. The children have been doing lots of work on hundreds, tens and units. We have ordered numbers, compared numbers, written numbers in words, rounded numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, looked at number sequences, found 10/100 more/less than a given number, placed numbers on a number line, represented numbers in different ways and solved many reasoning problems involving these skills.
Daily reading is essential to develop understanding and comprehension in ALL subjects. Every Otter should be reading each evening: they could read independently; to a sibling or parent; or to any very kind adult! Each Otter has their own Reading Record, they should use this to record in every time they read outside of school.
The children are responsible for changing their own reading books at school and should know what type of book they should be reading.
If your child reads at least four times a week they get a raffle ticket in a special pot for a draw at the end of each half term. Please help your child remember to bring their reading record and current reading book to school everyday.
Now the children are in Year 3, they are able to write in their reading records themselves to record reading they have done at home!
It is really important that your child has their PE kit in school at all times. It is best to bring it into school on the first day of term and keep it in for the duration (we will send it home if it needs a wash). We often have special guest visitors coming into school to teach exciting PE lessons so every child needs their kit. At the moment, we have PE on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Every otter has been given a MyMaths login and password, this will allow them to go onto the MyMaths website and complete their allocated homework tasks. Each task will have a date due in, but if your child would like an extension or wants even more maths activities then please let me know.