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Southfields Primary School

Southfields Primary School

Mrs Brumby and Miss Maracine

Welcome to Mrs Brumby and Miss Maracine's class page. 

Welcome back to the Summer term!

This term we will be exploring the Glory of the Greeks!

We will be learning about the history of the Greeks including the Olympics, the country in detail through our geography lessons, including Mount Olympus, and learning about what the Ancient Greeks ate. The children will explore the gods and goddesses that were important to the Greeks and learn about sacred writing. The theme will continue through our English and reading lessons where we will discover mythical creatures before creating our own mythical beasts and stories. We are also looking forward to our 'History off the Page' Greek day in June where we will learn about Greek life.

Find out more about how our Greek Day went below.

The Glory of the Greeks!

Duck! Who threw the javelin? We must be in Ancient Greece at the first ever Olympic games. How did it start and how did it become an international event? Travel back in time, to over 4,000 years ago, to a place where the Hellenes rule the Hellas land. Can you hear the rumble of thunder overhead? It must be Zeus, what could we have done this time?! We must think about ways to please him and the other Gods and Goddesses to make sure we have a happier life. Where should we live? What about the Spartans? Come with us as we learn the laws of the land and make our way across the country. Remember each city is different from the next! Find out more about how they influenced our lives today as we explore the lives of the Ancient Greeks.

Greek Day
In June, we have had our 'History of the page' Greek Day. All the children got to dress up in Greek inspired clothing and take part in a range of activities. The children had the chance to complete wax tablets, mosaics, tile painting, oil lamps, make charm bracelets and create medicines. There was also a chance for the children to sample Greek cuisine in the form of a Greek Feast and take part in Greek Theatre. Here are what a few of our children had to say about the day. 

" It was good! I liked the doctor part the best and making the medicines." Theo
" I liked carving soap and wax because it was soft and doing the design was fun". Ruby
" I liked having the feast because I got to eat lots of food. The cake was my favourite!" Jack 

Communication:

As a year group, our key method of communication will be through Class Dojo which we aim to reply to within 24 hours on a working day.  We will try to update our ClassDojo pages 2-3 times a week to show you what we have been up to in class and we will also use this to inform you of any changes to upcoming events.  Each week we will give you an overview of any events  that we know are happening the following week.  Feel free to put your lovely comments on there about anything you see - we love to read all the positive things the parents say! 

Please remember that I (Mrs Brumby) do not work on a Wednesday or Thursday and if there are any important messages that need passing on please can I ask that you ring the office, or send a message to Miss Maracine.  I am usually in the middle of the school run myself and do not tend to pick up any messages.  Similarly with the weekend, unless it is a matter or real urgency, I will not respond to messages as I cannot guarantee I will be working. 

PE:

Our PE day will be on a Monday and the children will need to have both indoor and outdoor kits with them to allow for any possibilities, although if the weather is dry we will aim to get out as the fresh air always does us good!

PE Kit consists of:
Indoor - white t-shirt, black short, plimsolls
Outdoor -  white t-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms, blue jumper, trainers

Swimming:

For the Summer Term we will also be carrying out Swimming lessons in our school pool, which is always exciting!
Our lessons will be on a Tuesday. 
Please ensure that your child has their swimming kit in on the correct day so that they don’t miss out on this experience. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that swimming is part of the new National Curriculum so all children need to participate in swimming lessons, unless you are able to provide a letter from the doctor.
Please ensure that you provide the following in a named bag:
 Swimming costume/ swimming trunks
 Hat
 Towel
If you would like your child to wear goggles in these lessons then please also provide these in their swimming bags. Please be reminded that no jewellery is allowed to be worn in the pool so please ensure it is removed prior to coming to school if children are unable to do it themselves.
If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Homework:

Reading books, learning journals, spellings and times tables are expected to be done daily, but we understand that some children have very active lives outside of school.  With this in mind, we have decided to allow the children a ‘day off’ each week.  They can choose when this day is, or it can change each week, but if they don’t do their homework then the school policy is that they will have to miss part of their own time to complete their work.

Creative 'Blue Book' homework is to be completed over a number of weeks that will be stated at the time that the homework is given out.  This way, it gives you chance to work on it as a family, making sure you make use of everyone's skills available to you! 

Online resources:

ActiveLearn Primary is where you will find things such as Bug Club, Science Bug and Power Maths.  Children can be allocated reading or activities from any of these programmes so make sure you encourage a range of practise. 

IXL is a programme designed to allow the children practise for Mathematics and English.  They can have a go at as many questions as they would like to in any area that they would like to improve on.  Remember to select the right year group though children!! 

RMEasimaths is another fantastic mathematics resource which will allow your child to practise some of the maths they would like to work on and will change the settings automatically to suit their level of understanding. 

TimesTables Rockstars! From next year, the Year 4 children will be expected to sit a nationally required examination in times tables.  This website is fantastic for them to practise and challenge themselves to learn their times tables quickly and precisely.  It also has some fantastic music to listen to while they're doing it! 

All their log in details can be found in their diaries. 

Snack: 

We have been really impressed by how many children have remembered to bring in either a snack or some money, but just as a gentle reminder that the children no longer get a free snack so if they would like something at break you will need to send something in for them.

Water Bottles:

The children have also been doing a great job of bringing in their water bottles from home.  This is absolutely fine for them to do, but if they forget then they do all have their own school water bottle so they will always have one if they need it. It is sometimes easier to use the classroom water bottle as they are coloured specifically for each year group so they usually get returned to the right place. 

 

Don’t forget we are always around in the morning of the door if you have any messages to be passed on, or at our doors at the end of the day so please feel free to come and talk to us then.

We look forward to working with you this year to provide the children with the best Year 3 they can!

Best Wishes,

Mrs Brumby, Miss Maracine & the Year 3 team

 

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