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Gatcombe Park Primary School

Teamwork - Respect - Aim High


Welcome to Goldfinch Class!


Mr Bradshaw, Mrs Jones, Mrs Truesdell and Mrs Aniol-Szwarc


This term, we are reading Iron Man, by Ted Hughes and will be hooking our writing to the events, themes and characters of the book.  Reading fluency and comprehension are continuing key skills we will work on and develop.  Our writing skills will build on those learnt and applied in Year 2 - we will become more confident writers using a range of sentence types and rich vocabulary from our reading to interest our readers of our own writing. 


In Maths, we are the relationship between times tables facts and the relationship with division.  We will continue to develop understanding of scaling - the effect of multiplying and dividing by 10. This year we will continue to work on our times tables facts and our goal is to have learnt all our multiplication facts by the end of this year. We've already started on Seesaw. DON'T FORGET.... knowledge of times table is VERY important, so keep using TTRockstars to ensure rapid recall of all times tables. NumBots is also a great way to build your confidence with number and it is great fun to make the different robots. It uses the same login as TT Rockstars. 


Our curriculum project has a History focus on Portsmouth during World War 2. We will investigate sources of history and how we can make our own historical sources. We will also be investigating light in science and sketching in art. 



  • PE - Monday and Wednesday (Please come to school in PE kit - black/grey joggers/leggings or cycling shorts/shorts if the weather is warm, trainers.  TOP HALF AS NORMAL FOR SCHOOL UNIFORM - polo shirt and school sweatshirt/cardigan.
  • Home learning - reading every evening and please complete reading log.  Please make sure this comes home and returns to school every day. Thank you.
  • Home learning - Spelling and Maths activities on See-Saw - children all have log-ins for this home learning platform.  Please upload by Friday each week.
  • What to bring to school each day - Lunch box (unless your child is having a school packed lunch) and water bottle. home learning pack (reading book, reading log, spelling booklet)
  • Library day - Alternate Thursdays starting on Thursday 1st October (Bring every Thursday if not sure).  Your child will chose a book they have an interest in.  Please find time to share it with them!  Thank you.



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