Juniper Class Y3

Welcome to Juniper Class
During the Spring Term, our Year 3s are embarking on a brand new adventure as we learn about Extreme Earth. 
In English, we began learning about dilemma narratives and the children have worked incredibly hard to write their very own dilemma narrative about Mount Vesuvius erupting. To help us with our reading and writing, we have used our class book, Escape from Pompeii, to inspire us and immerse ourselves into what can happen during a volcanic eruption.
For our next writing cycle, the children will be exploring how to evacuate during an earthquake and using this to write their own set of instructions to document an earthquake evacuation plan. 
In Maths, the children will be learning how to use the formal written column method to add and subtract 3 digit numbers, with regrouping. We will also be learning how to use the formal written method for multiplication and division.
In Science this term, we will be exploring fossils, soil and rocks as we work as young geologists. 
Important Information 
Juniper Class will have their PE lessons on Tuesday and Thursday each week. Children are encouraged to only bring their PE kits into school only on these days, in line with Government guidelines.
Homework will be sent home every Friday afternoon. Children will be provided with a piece of maths homework, English homework, the current week's spelling pattern and your child's key times table at that given time. Homework is expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday, meaning that the teacher has an opportunity to provide feedback to the children. Should there be an issue, please speak to Miss Beavis before Wednesday to access any support required. 
Every child will be provided with a reading band colour and this will inform your child of which colour reading book they can take home from the school library.Children are expected to read 3 times a week to support their learning in school. Reading records will be provided and monitored on a daily basis by the class teacher.
Spellings and Times Tables
Every child will have a key times table focus in which they are expected to practise at home in preparation for a times table test every Friday. Once your child has successfully shown multiplication and division facts for their key times table, they will progress onto the next. 
Spelling rules will be taught weekly in class and a list will be provided in your child's homework every Friday. The children will have a spelling test, testing their spelling rule, on the following Friday.
Due to the disruption to your child's learning in Year 2, it is vital that our Year 3s continue practising their phonetic knowledge. Alphablocks is a brilliant video series that provide targeted phonetic sounds in each video. These can be found easily on YouTube.
Having trouble with your homework? You can use to revise the different topics we study in school and to play educational games to continue your learning in a fun way!
We are working really hard on our timetables everyday and they aren't always easy. Look for different ways to make learning them fun. Every child has been provided with a Times Table Rock Star login that allows them to play a range of fun and motivating games. If your child has forgotten their password, please speak to their class teacher. Here are some more links to websites with a range of games to help your child's learning. and