Welcome back to Term 3!
We hope you had a holiday and feel refreshed for the new term! We have an exciting and fun filled term ahead!
This term our topic is ‘Dangerous dinosaurs and amazing animals!’ Our text for the term is called ‘Dino Dinners!’ This is a non-fiction book with a few rhymes along the way. It tells us about a range of dinosaurs with fantastic facts as well as a poem to remember some of these key facts. It is an excellent example of a fact file.
As part of our topic we will be learning about types of dinosaurs as well as other animals such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. In our topic children will learn to identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Furthering this, children will also describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets). In Geography children will learn about where these animals might live and what climate they might live in. Children will refer to geographical vocabulary and their key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather to describe where animals might live. If you want to know more about our topic, click here.
As part of English we will be looking at a book called Dino Dinners, children will read it, answers questions about it, act it out and respond to the text with letters and diary entries. Children will be then writing their own fact files about a dinosaur of their choice, where they can make up facts about their dinosaur. After writing this fact file, children will write a second fact file with true facts about an animal of their choice. Within their writing children will focus on using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and using conjunctions such as ‘because’ and ‘but’ to join their ideas. Within the book there are fantastic adjectives so children will be revisiting this term and using them in their response writing and story writing.
In Maths, we will begin the term by looking at 2D and 3D shapes. We will look at the properties of these shapes and explain our reasoning as to how we know what shape we can see. We will then have a focus on subtraction looking at using a number line as a method. We will also look at bridging on a number line by using our knowledge of how numbers are made to help us bridge 10. For example; 13 – 5, we know that 5 can be partitioned into 3 and 2. So 13 – 3 then take away 2. Alongside subtraction children will be problem solving using the part part whole model. After subtraction we will go back to addition and look at adding 10 to a number. We will then move on to doubles to 20, near doubles and solving problems around this topic. We will then move on to multiplication and division. Children will use their knowledge of addition from earlier on in the term to help with multiplication. Children will learn multiplication as repeated addition with visuals to support their learning. If you have a chance to practise the 2 x and 10 x table at home with your child this would be great for their learning in school.
If you have any questions about our learning, please don’t hesitate to come and ask or if you are interested in volunteering in class, please come and see me after school.