Welcome back to Autumn 2 half term! I hope you have had a lovely rest and are ready for a fun-filled half term of activities.
We have a very European focus this half term! We are exploring the geography of the UK and Europe, and will compare features of the UK and Italy. We will consider the similarities and differences of the human and physical geographical aspects of the UK and Italy, including cities, landscape, climate and weather. In art, we will explore the art of sculptor Giacometti, sketching and then creating our own sculptures of people. In French, we will explore learn accurate pronunciation, numbers 1-10 and colours.
We will develop our investigation skills by exploring the states of matter of solids, liquids and gases, it might get messy! In music, we are going to create our own music using instruments. In RE, we will consider light and dark in Christianity and Hinduism, including the festival od Diwali, and then explore the Gospels and how these reflect upon ideas of God. As we countdown to Christmas, we will joyously celebrate the birth of Jesus in our wonderful Kneesall way!
Reading skills will be further developed, including fluency, literal retrieval skills and inferential skills. Encouraging your child to read at home, and to enjoy sharing stories will help to develop a lifelong love of reading - whether it is a school book, magazine, graphic novel, online news or anything else that is age appropriate! Enjoy!
In writing, we will focus on developing sentence structure using Rainbow Grammar, and enhancing vocabulary including through dictionary skills. We will begin Year 3 and Year 4 Read Write Inc. spellings this half term. Children will have 10 spellings to learn, and for Year 3 this will include 4 of the Year 2 common exception words to ensure the children have the opportunity to consolidate these words.
In maths, formal calculation will be the focus, ensuring children work towards fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mental fluency is the key to independence and confidence in maths, so children will practice counting forwards and backwards, revisit number bonds, mentally add and subtract, and accurately and quickly recall times tables. Times Tables Rock Stars homework will be set to support the learning of times tables and there are a number of other websites and apps that are free that can be used at home to support learning such as Hit the Button.
It's going to be a fabulous half term!
Many thanks, Mrs Wass