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"Mr Litting is a great and funny teacher. He tries to help struggling children improve. He is also kind and generous"
Main Themes of class work for week beginning: 2nd May 2017
Homework due on Wednesday 17th May 2017
This is a three week homework project to conduct research into the history of an area in Cambridge. The task is to report on your findings after you have researched an area of Cambridge which could be the area local to your own home or another area in Cambridge of your choice.
Must – Produce an A4 summary of your findings for display in the classroom
Should – report on your findings in a more detail manner of your choice
Could – interview at least one person with personal knowledge of the history of the area.
Must – learn the spellings in the first sentence
Should – the first two sentences
Could – all three sentences
On 7th February each year, we celebrate the work of Charles Dickens as it is the day that the famous writer was born in 1812. Many people believe that Charles Dickens was the finest writer of the 19th century. To make the occasion, why not visit your local library and borrow one of his books. Though the language within them is sometimes difficult to understand, reading one of his novels will surely help you to learn more about grammar and gain knowledge on complex sentences structures.
In the autumn term’s letter, I explained this would be a fun and exciting year for all but also a year that required a great deal of hard work and some challenging learning. I would like to thank each of you for all the support that you have given, by working with your children on their learning and perhaps even more importantly encouraging them to be highly motivated not only in their academic learning but also in their learning about themselves and others. During the term several different adults who have worked with the class have commented on the exemplary positive attitude the children have shown both towards their learning and towards each other.
The spring term should be another fun-filled term for every child in year three. Our topic is the Mapping of Settlements which will be enhanced by a trip to Linton on Friday 3rd March and thanks to the generous support from our PTFA this trip will also include a visit to Linton Zoo. This will help reinforce the learning about animals that the children have been covering in science. There will also be many other exciting elements to the term's work including our first English topic about writing reports that will have a Harry Potter context.
At St Paul's we aim to develop each child's full potential in all areas: whether academic, creative, physical, social or spiritual. It is our belief that learning with breadth and depth promotes, enhances and enriches learning in core subjects at school and throughout a child’s life. To mitigate the pressure of the new curriculum I introduced additional afternoon breaks for the children. Creativity was encouraged across the curriculum including in maths and history as well as in those subjects more typically thought of as being creative – I would like to give particular thanks to Mr Wheeler for spending an afternoon with us to develop the children’s poetry skills through an introduction to song writing.
Progress in reading plays a hugely significant role in enhancing pupil academic and social progression during year three. It would be very helpful if you could discuss with your children about the books they select from our reading corner and the books or other texts they choose to read at home. The aim is to support them to read like a writer, gaining an understanding of the choices a writer may have made about plot, portrayal of character’s feelings or textural organisation while writing the book. The expectation is that five entries are made in the reading record book each week which is handed in each Wednesday to be marked and that throughout the year these entries will increasingly show what has been learnt from the author of the book during the reading. Homework activities are given out on Thursday to be handed in the following Wednesday. Each Wednesday a specific spelling rule will be taught and then that spelling rule will be tested the following Wednesday. As well as these specific tasks, it will greatly aid your child's progress if time each week is invested in developing their mathematics through the use of uk.mathletics.com, nrich.maths.org, wild.maths.org and by investing regular time in ensuring that the rapid recall of all multiplication and division facts is firmly embedded.
If you ever wish to discuss anything with me please do come to talk with me briefly at the end of the school day or send in a note so that I can arrange with you for a suitable time for a longer meeting.