Class 4 – Notre Dame
Welcome to Year 3 and class Notre Dame! I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready to begin your journey in Key Stage 2!  I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive term with your children.
Below is an overview of our Term 1 learning. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.
English
In Class 4 this term we will initially be looking at the story of the Jim and the Beanstalk. We will explore the characters in the book and will re-tell the story in our own words. We will begin by story-telling sections of the narrative in order to deepen our understanding of the structure of the story and new vocabulary. We will also look at the description used, focusing particularly on adjectives and similes. We will then use these in our own story writing.
Alongside this, the children will improve their use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures. We will continue to develop our use of connectives and punctuation, including commas and speech marks. We will aim to improve the accuracy of our writing this term, with a further focus on editing our work.
Mathematics
In maths, we will be focusing on place value. This includes looking at the value of digits and what they represent within a number. We will also practise counting on and back in steps of 50 and 100 and will be finding 100 more and 100 less than a given number.
Later in the term, the children will develop formal, written methods for adding and subtraction and will be applying this to reasoning and problem-solving activities.  We will continue to explore different mental maths skills, relating to addition and subtraction.
Every Mathematics lesson will begin with starters which will allow the children to practise their mental calculations and extend their knowledge of their times tables. Each week the children have an opportunity to earn a ‘Table Bug’ – the children can receive one when a set of tables have been successfully learnt.
Science
The focus for this term is ‘Animals including Humans.’ Class Notre Dame will learn about the different types of nutrition for a variety of animals including us. They will learn about the right types of nutrition and that we are nourished by what we eat. We will then explore the function of the skeleton and muscles in animals and humans; the children will learn about how the skeleton and muscles are used for support, protection and movement. We will also be exploring and using the terms nutrition, diet, vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Theme
Our theme this term is ‘France’. This is a geography topic and we will learn the different geographical language to describe France. We will also be looking at the capital cities of neighbouring European countries. To support us with this, children will also be developing their skills using an atlas and using the index to help.
RE
This term the children will be learning about Judaism. It is important that children gain an understanding of a variety of religions that they may encounter in their lives. We will be learning about Moses and the ten plagues of Egypt. We will also be finding out about the Torah and the Ten Commandments.
PE
PE, this term, will be focusing on football, hockey and rugby skills. PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon but I would be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. The children will acquire, develop and refine skills. 
Homework
Homework will be set every Friday, I would appreciate the homework to be completed and returned to school on Monday. The homework will consist of spellings, Mathematics and English. The spellings are a selection of words the children have been practising all week and there is a small section designed for you to test your children. The Mathematics and English will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to practice what they have learnt in class or introducing them to an upcoming topic.