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Hummingbirds

Mrs Gordon – Hummingbirds Class Teacher

Mrs Gordon welcomes you all to Hummingbirds

You can email Mrs Gordon on fgordon@pulham.norfolk.sch.uk

This half term in Science, we are going to be looking at Electricity.

We have already looked at the wide range of ways we use this energy in our lives and we will also look at how electricity is generated and at the wider issue of sustainability.

In Geography we will be developing the children’s understanding of similarities and differences in locations, through the study of human and physical Geography of where we live and Mexico.

Physical Education

Our PE sessions continue to take place on Tuesdays with an outdoor session on Wednesdays (the children will need to have trainers for this). Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on these days, though it is often useful to have it in school all the time. Hair needs to be tied back and earrings either taped over or removed.

All the Year 3 children will also be going swimming this half term.

Religious Education

This half term in RE we are looking at the key question, How does Jesus inspire Chirstians?

Maths

We continue to follow the National Curriculum and we begin this term with the focus on Multiplication and Division followed by Measure and Fractions.

Writing

Our focus, to begin this term, is story writing and we are looking to improve the way we develop stories with the emphasis on maintaining the quality of our writing as the story progresses. We will also spend time looking at planning a good story, using a technique called ‘Boxing up’. An explanation of this can be seen in detail on the following web site –

http://piecorbett.blogspot.com/2012/11/boxing-up-explained.html?m=1

Reading

As before, the children will have their own reading book and reading comment book in their book bags, this gives them the opportunity to share their reading with you at home. There is the opportunity to change books every day if needed. As they have done in the past, children will change their books themselves.

Once again, I cannot over emphasise the importance of reading and discussing texts at home, as this regular practice significantly improves children’s progress and understanding. Even when children are apparently reading fluently, we still need to ensure that they are reading for understanding and not just rushing through texts.

In addition to reading at home the children will be heard by me once a week in Guided Reading. These sessions, where children read individually and as part of a small group, provide me with the opportunity to assess their reading and to identify the steps needed for progression. Discussing texts plays an important part in these sessions. The notes for these sessions do not always appear in the children’s reading record. I, or another adult in class, will also aim to hear the children individually once a week.

I am looking forward to another wonderful half term and If you have anything you would like to discuss, or any concerns, please email me at fgordon@pulham.norfolk.sch.uk