Y3 – Teacher / TA
Teacher : Mrs Monaghan
Teaching Assistant : Miss Thain
Welcome back everybody. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and all the very best for this New Year 2019 !
This Spring term we have lots of exciting things to learn about.
We will be learning about rainforests and their importance to our world, particularly the Amazon, which is in South America and is the largest. Lots of different animals, plants and trees live in one of the four layers which make up the rainforest.
The emergent floor is at the top where all the birds live and there are lots of tree tops which provide shelter.
The understory layer is where all the snakes and other dangerous reptiles live.
The canopy layer has lots of flowers and other shrubs bearing fruit which monkeys eat, so lots of animals can be found in this layer.
Finally the forest floor is very dark and damp, although some plants (which don’t need much sunlight) do grow in this layer. Lots of bugs and different types of fungi can be found here.
The unsustainable production of palm oil is one of the biggest threats facing the forests and wildlife of Borneo and Sumatra.
Through being part of the Chester Zoo Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge we will learn all about palm oil, what it is, how it’s affecting wildlife and how we can help.
For this topic, we will be reading a book called The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry which is about the rainforest and animals which live there.
The great Kapok Tree
Journey to the River Sea
The Shaman's Apprentice
Rainforests in 30 seconds
The Vanishing Rainforest
To see what we will be learning in maths this term, please see the Spring Term Overview.
We will be using the rainforest habitat and eco-system to explore the core elements of the Science programmes of study for Living Things and Plants in Year 3.
The children will be researching information and carrying out a range of investigations, so keep an eye on Twitter and Seesaw to see your scientists at work!
This term the children will be learning about Sikhism and also about the key values of Christianity including Easter.
In P.S.H.E we will be exploring how to develop as learners. Looking at how friendship and love can impact upon us. In addition to this we will be discussing our democracy and rights.
Homework will be given out every Friday and needs to be
returned by Wednesday.
Please feel free to write any comments about your child's learning in their reading diary.
Please try to make time to listen to and share a book with your child each week as this is so important in helping their reading skills. It also helps their confidence and self esteem.
Important Information about our class:
P.E will be every Friday and the children will need shorts, PE top and pumps. Please send their P.E kit in a labelled bag.
They will need to keep their reading diary, spelling log and reading book in it.
Try and get into the habit of checking the school website or app every evening for information letters or messages.
If you have any concerns please speak to Mrs Monaghan and I will do my very best to help.
Thanks for all your support -
It really does make a big difference!