Dear Parents,


Welcome back to a new half term. I hope that you all had a great Easter.


The whole-school question for this half term is What makes Cornwall special? Year 3’s focus will be centred on rivers, with special attention paid to our local river, the Tamar. Please refer to the curriculum map overleaf for more information on this.


As for English and Maths, I would like to give you a little more detail about what we will be covering this half term. In writing, we will be looking to extend our vocabulary through poetry. The children will learn about the features of a Kennings poem and will be given the chance to plan and write a variety of them themselves. Following on from this, the children will plan and write a topic-based non-chronological report about the stages of a river and flooding. In maths, we will be consolidating some of our earlier place value and addition/subtraction strategies before moving on to properties of shape and angles. There will be lots of ‘hands-on’ practical activities during these units, so I’m sure the children will be extremely engaged in their maths learning (as they have been all year!).


Our Tuesday PE lesson (with myself) will cover athletics (track and field) and our Thursday PE lesson (with Mr Bain) will look at field hockey. Both sessions will take place outside so please make sure your child has full PE kit, including appropriate footwear that fits, in school at all times.


I would also like to remind parents that during the summer term children take their jumpers off frequently. If your child does not have their name clearly marked in their jumper, it is extremely difficult to find jumpers at the end of the day. Please make sure that any item of clothing your child brings to school is named.


As always, reading with your child at home on a regular basis remains absolutely essential for everything that we do here in school. Ideally, the children should be reading to an adult at least 4 times per week for 15 minutes or more. Please ensure that you continue to question the children on what they’ve read to assess their understanding of the text.

For the more reluctant/tired readers, perhaps taking it in turns to read a paragraph each would be beneficial to keep their interest?


Please do not hesitate to see me if you have any questions or concerns.   


Thank you



Mr Burchell