Bowerhill Primary School For Parents

Welcome to Year 3

Spring Term 2020

Welcome to a new term and Happy New Year! Below is an outline of what we will be doing this term.

Our Topics this Term

In Science this term, we are learning about magnet and forces. In this we will be looking at different forces and the concept of friction. After half term, we will be exploring light and dark.

Our Learning Challenge Question this term is ‘Who were the first Britains?” We will be finding out about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will be trying to envisage what prehistory means and just how long ago this all happened.
To support our learning, we have arranged for the archaeologist Ben Welbourne from “The Museum of strange old things” to visit on Friday 10th January. Ben will bring some exhibits to show us from this period of history and begin to set out a timeline for children to understand. The children will be able to handle real objects, not models.
Alongside this we have arranged to visit Stonehenge on Wednesday 22 January to look at what life was like during the Neolithic period of the Stone Age. The children will participate in a series of workshops where they will have opportunities to build, dress up, look for clues as well as experience what life was like in a Neolithic roundhouse. Of course, we will also be visiting the stones and hearing about some of the myths about Stonehenge.

Mrs. Guest continues to teach music every Thursday afternoon. Ms. Adams will teach RE, also on Thursday afternoons. Madame Burton will teach French on Tuesday mornings.

Homework

Throughout the academic year homework will be set on Tuesdays. Each task set should take no more than 20 minutes. It needs be returned the following Monday for marking please. These dates will be on the homework instruction sheet to avoid confusion.

Multiplication Tables and Spelling Tests

As in Year 2, we will continue having a weekly multiplication tables test on Thursdays and we ask please that you assist your child in their learning of them. A knowledge of times tables facts is vital in enabling children to solve multiplication and division calculations quickly.

Our spelling work will follow a 2 weekly cycle and the children will bring spellings home to learn. These will be assessed on a Monday.

Reading

As ever, do please continue to hear your child read where and whenever possible. Please complete your child’s reading diary daily and send it back to school every day.

PE

Outdoor PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon. We will aim to do PE no matter what the weather so please ensure your child has correct kit i.e. plain coloured t-shirt and black or blue shorts, trainers are preferred to daps for use on the field, spare pair of socks and warm jumpers/joggers. Please provide earring tape if your child’s earrings cannot be removed.

Swimming Continues on a Monday Morning

For this the children will need:

  • Swimming costume (not board shorts as they fill up with water and make swimming difficult)
  • Towel
  • Goggles
  • Swimming hat (if you have one)
  • A swimming bag – separate to school bag as it will contain wet clothes)
  • It will help us greatly if ALL PE kit is clearly named so that it can be readily returned if found.

Keep in Touch

For non-urgent messages email the class teacher:

mapleclass@bowerhill.wilts.sch.uk (Mrs White)

walnutclass@bowerhill.wilts.sch.uk (Mr. Coomber)

For urgent messages and general queries contact the school office:

admin@bowerhill.wilt.sch.uk Tel: 01225 700674

Support

Parent Support Officer: Julia Hale 07825 510275

Read Easy:
Mrs. Liz Thompson 01225 706854 liz@readeasy.org.uk

This charitable organisation provides reading support for adults

We look forward to another brilliant term in Year 3!

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