Cherry Class Year 3

Welcome to Cherry Class
Our theme this term is:
Lights, Forces and Magnets

During the Spring Term, Cherry Class will be focusing on the new theme 'Lights, Forces and Magnets' with magic and the Circus being the driver. As a class, we will discover new information about how shadows are created, how friction is caused and what materials are attracted to magnets. The children will use this knowledge to perform their own shadow puppet show and magic trick using their own puppets and Magician's cloak made by the children themselves!  

To spark engagement in the Classroom,  we will use our 'Curiosity Corner' to reveal light, forces and magnets-themed objects and ask curious questions about them, to discover and build upon our knowledge. So far, we have already discovered two performers hats and our new class book 'Leon and the Place Between'. We cannot wait to discover more this Spring term.

Our Classroom:
For an overview of our learning this term, please read the parent overview below:
Things to remember:
  • PE days this term are Tuesday and Friday, although this is weather dependent and, therefore, could change each week so it is advisable to have PE kits in school every day. We are doing dance, gymnastics, football and tag rugby this term.
  • Reading planners need to be in school every day, along with reading books.
  • As part of your homework, you need to be reading at least 3x each week and recording this into your reading planner. This will be checked by an adult.
  • Alongside your reading, you need to be accessing TTRS at least once a week to help you practise your times tables. To access TTRS, please see the below link. 
  • There will also be theme homework set at the start of the term, with the expectation for you to complete at least 10 pieces by the end of the big term. 
Our Light, Forces and Magnets theme homework this term:
To support our theme, we will be reading 'Leon and the Place Between' by Angela Mcallister and Grahame Baker-Smith. This narrative features a boy, Leon, who wants to prove to his brothers and sisters that magic really exists. Leon volunteers to be in Abdul Kazam's magic show and gets transported to a mysterious world filled with rabbits, doves, playing cards and Magician's Assistants - among other things - if a Magician can make it disappear, it will end in the Place Between!  When Leon returns, not only do his brothers and sister believe, but we do too. We will be unpicking this text in our reading sessions, where we will complete written tasks using our VIPERS skills. 
Later in the term, we will also be reading 'Harley Hitch and the Missing Moon' by Vashti Hardy. This inventive narrative is about when the Circus comes to town and Harley's curiosity gets the better of her - and she accidentally breaks a cabinet that makes things magically disappear! Soon after, everyone realizes that the Moon has gone missing. Time is speeding up, wildlife is getting disorientated by the darker nighttime, the wind is getting stronger, and there's no more tide. Is Harley to blame? Can she sort out the mess before it's too later?