C lass 3 Summer Newsletter
Our new and exciting topic this half term is called ‘Land Ahoy’! During this topic, we will go on an incredible adventure exploring what life is like at sea; researching historical voyages and creating our own imaginative stories set at sea.
Our thrilling literacy lessons will be related to our exciting ’Land Ahoy’ topic whereby we will be using our incredible imaginations to plan and create exciting stories set at sea. To stimulate our thinking, we will design and create our own settings, ensuring that we use amazing adjectives and sensational similes to describe them. Once we have designed our spectacular settings, will investigate how to use a range of enthralling vocabulary to engage the readers of our stories, and will make sure that we will be perfecting our punctuation skills. We also aim to develop our understanding of how to use adventurous sentence openers and connectives. Throughout this half term, we will also be perfecting our reading skills to enable us to identify the features of information texts. We will therefore be examining the use of headings, sub-headings, images, labels, captions as well as contents, index and glossary pages within a book.
What are materials? How and why do materials change? Which materials
would be useful for making a raincoat? These are all questions we will
have opportunity to explore and answer through participating in hands
on, exploratory activities. We will be able to develop our investigative skills through planning and carrying out simple experiments. Once we are skilled scientists, we will put these skills to great use during our DT lessons.
History and Geography
Our ‘Land Ahoy’ topic will give us a great opportunity to develop our map reading skills as we plan and plot voyages around the world. We will also develop our geographical skills through comparing and contrasting a seaside resort to our own local area, ensuring that we are using the correct geographical vocabulary. As well as this, we will become great historians and will be researching how and why lifeboats have changed through history.
Within RE we will focus on how teachers and leaders can inspire others. This unit enables pupils to explore, question and respond to the stories, teachings and experience of contemporary inspirational people, leaders, texts, music and the influence of these on the individual. The focus is on developing learners understanding of what makes a good leader, the lives of inspirational leaders, both religious and non-religious and other aspects which may influence and/or motivate them as an individual.
Our school focus within art this half term is ‘drawing’. We will therefore be developing our drawing skills through completing observational drawings of items found by the sea including shells, pebbles and seaweed. During these lessons, we will also develop our ability to use magnifying glasses to detect great detail and patterns. We shall also be using printing techniques.
Within our DT lessons, we will be focusing on designing and creating our very own lifeboat. We will be transferring our incredible scientific skills to help us to consider which materials we would use to create our boat and why. We will also need to perfect our problem solving skills whilst deciding upon the colour and shape of the boat.
Spellings to be given out on a Tuesday to be tested the following Tuesday.
Reading diaries to be in school every day. Please listen to your child read at least three times a week.
Homework projects to be handed in by 26th Jun.
Homework Project ideas:
Search the web or non-fiction books to find out about a famous boat or ship. Make an information book by writing down interesting facts, downloading images or making drawings. Famous ships to choose could include the Titanic, the Santa Maria, the Cutty Sark or HMS Belfast.
Design and make your own boat to take part in a class boat race. What materials will you use? What shape will your boat be? What name will you give it?
Visit a maritime museum, boat show, lighthouse or harbour with your family. Take lots of pictures to show and talk about at school. Maybe you could interview a family member who has worked at sea or been on a cruise and find out about their experiences.
Visit the local library to read and borrow story and information books about the sea. Write or film a book review about your favourite.
Make you own pirate treasure chest using a lidded box and other recycled materials. What will you keep in your treasure chest? Bring it to school to show your class and explain how you made it.
Make a map of your home and local area to show all the main features. Include physical landmarks such as hills, woodland, parks as well as human features such as shops and farms. Where would be a good place to hide treasure? Can you plot a route to find it?
Find and learn some pirate jokes Practise reading them at home to perform in school and make your pirate friends laugh!
Look at holiday brochures or travel websites and talk about holiday destinations around the world. Which seas or oceans are close to each destination? Locate them on a world map noting their location in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. How does the location affect the weather? What might the weather be like? Where would you most like to go?