Cuddington Primary School

RESPECT, ASPIRE, COLLABORATE.

Snowy Owls Year 3

Class Teacher

Miss Knight

knight@cuddington.cheshire.sch.uk

 

Summer Term 2018 - Here Be Dragons!

Welcome to our class page! Here you will find information about what we are doing throughout the year.  I hope you have all had a wonderful spring break and are ready and raring to go for yet another action-packed term full of exciting learning. Can it be the summer term already? 

 

Our topic this term is 'Here Be Dragons!' and will lead the children on a wondrous journey through different genres of writing. We will also be undertaking a 3-day art project all about dragons! Thank you for your continued support, I am looking forward to what I know will be another successful term. 

Topic Map

 

 

As authors...

Over the summer term, the children will be learning the following composition skills and grammatical structures through studying 'How To Train Your Dragon' and 'Dare To Care: Pet Dragon:'

 

  • Prepositions and adverbs to express time, place and cause 
  • Writing using the present perfect form of verbs
  • Writing expanded noun phrases
  • Using accurate speech punctuation
  • Using a range of conjunctions 
  • Using figurative language for effect
  • Paragraphing to show structure 
  • Planning, writing and editing a sustained narrative
  • Planning and writing an explanation text. 

The children will also co-construct a writer's toolkit based on effective characterisation. 

This topic will see the children writing texts in a variety of genres:

  • A poem about an imagined dragon
  • A quest story based on 'How To Train Your Dragon'
  • A folklore tale about the 'Sand Dragon' which is said to rest in Cheshire's Sandstone trail
  • An explanation text outlining how to care for a pet dragon 
  • A non-chronological report based on an imaginary species of dragon. 

 As readers...

 

For children to become fully motivated to write they need relatable and purposeful contexts, with this in mind throughout this topic wherever possible I will be providing children with tangible, memorable moments and will draw on children's own experiences. 

 

The majority of your child's reading instruction will be delivered as a whole class. Texts that may be covered are briefly outlined on the mind map above. Please resist the temptation of sharing these with your children as prediction is a core part of whole class shared reading. 

 

When reading with your child at home keep an eye out for how authors build up character descriptions. Use the following list of questions to help you.

 

Does the author...

  • Use selective descriptive details? 
  • Talk about their hobby or main interest?
  • Portray how a character feels? 
  • Reveal the character's main goal or desire? 
  • Describe the character's fears of triggers?
  • Reveal the character's inner thoughts through speech and reflection?
  • Develop and change the character from beginning to end?

Should you wish to broaden your child’s reading then please make a start on the ‘100 books for Lower Key Stage 2’ list, this list has been given to all children so that they can keep a track of their progress. There is no expectation that children must complete this list or even read one of the books, however it is a fantastic list of high quality texts to get children excited about reading. Children were all given a copy of this at the start of last term. If you need a new one please do not hesitate to ask. 

As artists...

Children will have the opportunity to 'bring to life' their imagined dragons creating their own papier-mâché 

dragon eggs with added surprise inside...

As scientists...

The children will be learning about rocks and soils. 

Here is a selection of key vocabulary the children will be expected to understand and use...

 

 

As mathematicians...

This term we will be focusing on fractions and tackling time. To gain a more in-depth outline of the learning objectives have a look at the mathematics page in the curriculum section of the website.

 

In the later part of the term, we will be looking at properties of shape. Capacity, mass and statistics will be covered during maths week.

 

Times tables are essential as children begin to broaden their mathematical knowledge as they will need to recall and apply them quickly. Children should already know the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and will be taught the 3, 4 and 8 times tables this year.

 

To support children’s learning in this area it will be expected that children log in to the 'TT Rockstars' website or app to complete allocated sessions. Please download the free app or access via the internet at www.ttrockstars.com and encourage your child to practice at least once every other day for around 5-10 minutes. Your child's login information is in the front of their homework book. 

 

As computer programmers...

In computing this term, children will become presenters. They will be recording, editing and creating short videos which they will then record their voices over the top off. 

 

As geographers...

During the summer term we are moving our focus over to geography. The children will be looking at the physical features of the UK by identifying rivers, coasts, seas and mountainous regions. This will then be linked to our topic 'Here Be Dragons!' by situating myths and legends about dragons into the physical features of the landscape. We will be conducting a local study of the Sandstone Trail whilst also learning about the associated folklore (The Sandstone Dragon!)

As thinkers...

Every Friday afternoon children will partake in Philosophy for Children. In these sessions children will learn how to share and develop ideas, think critically and creatively and listen and respond to others’ ideas. For these sessions there is no set curriculum, with the idea being that discussion ideas are initiated by the children.

 

In Religious Education Snowy Owls will be learning about Islam.

 

As athletes...

Throughout this half-term, children will be focusing on developing their skills in dance (they will learn a dance for the KS2 performance) and TOPS challenge/outdoor games. PE will continue to be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. 

 

In Key Stage 2, we are trying to phase out the use of pumps as these are not suitable for the majority of activities children participate in. Instead, we recommend sports trainers as these are more suitable and durable. 

 

As linguists...

In this term Snowy Owls will be learning French. The next part of our learning focuses on food. Children will be learning the names of different foods and will be using previously taught conversational phrases to help them to talk about food in French. 

 

As musicians...

This term the children will be continuing to use Charanga to learn 'The Dragon Song' and will later focus on 'Bringing Us Together'. 

 

Homework...

Homework expectations are highlighted in a timetable in the front of your children's homework books. This term, as last term, children will be given one piece of spelling homework and one piece of maths homework. It is also expected that children read with an adult at least once every other day but ideally once a day. This is essential to ensure their fluency and expression is developing. 

 

I’m really looking forward to another fantastic term of learning!

 

Miss Knight,

Snowy Owls Teacher.