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Reach 2

Primary Academy

Year 3

During the first few weeks of the school year, we focus on allowing the children to engage in their new classroom environment and to get to know their new class teacher.  Children spend time and put in a lot of effort creating art pieces.  These creations are then used to help decorate their classrooms in line with their topic theme.  As our topic this term is Cacao Trees and Cocoa Beans, children have been creating; paper vines, paper-plate spiders and colourful 3D butterflies. We believe that the children’s involvement will encourage them to take ownership, be more responsible and motivated to learn.

Please don’t hesitate to have a quick word with us in the mornings before lining-up time, if ever you need to. If you'd like a longer or perhaps more private discussion, we would be more than happy to arrange a meeting after school. It’s important that you feel involved and included in your child’s education, so we will regularly feedback snippets of great achievements and progress. Occasionally we may also need to discuss behavioural issues, with which we’d really value your support.

Theme this term......

Our topic Cacao Trees and Cocoa Beans will be taught throughout all curriculum subjects. These include geography, science, history and art and design.

We would like to give you details on our chosen themes so that you can plan days out and visits to the library / museums. This will help your child to explore the topic further.

This term, your child will be learning about the Amazon Rainforest.  They will be learning about the different layers of the rainforest as well as exploring the people and animals that live there. When the Bug Man visits, the children will have the opportunity to get up-close with a range of rainforest animals.

In geography, children will learn how to identify and know the significance of the Equator, Tropics of Cancer and Tropics of Capricorn. As part of our history lessons, the pupils will learn about changes in Britain, focussing on the Stone Age and Iron Age. In science they will investigate and explore the reproductive cycle of a plant. In art and design, the children will have the chance to use a range of materials to create their own piece inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s work.

As a joint responsibility, please ensure your child reads for at least 20 minutes during the evening. They must also practise their weekly spellings. This will help develop their use of language and creative flare in all areas of the curriculum. The children should independently change their books at least twice a week. Also age related times tables should be practised regularly. The children should know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables by the end of the academic year. We really appreciate your continued support.