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 Year 3             Mrs Franklin          Term 6

Class Newsletter 

Topic Web 

Article 10-Families who live in different countries should be allowed to move between those countries so that parents and children can stay in contact, or get back together as a family. 

Welcome back Year 3 hope you have re-charged your batteries and are all set for a fun packed, trip filled, final term as Year 3!

I hope that you enjoyed a restful break with your children. After a busy Term 5 it has been lovely to see all of Year 3 back and eager and enthusiastic for their final term, as well as being excited about our new topic. 

The children had a wonderful term based around our topic ‘Mountains and waterfalls’ which seemed to inspire some fantastic home learning. It is lovely to see the children so enthusiastic about their learning and wishing to extend their knowledge in their own time. 

During the topic the children travelled all over the world, finding well known mountains and waterfalls to research and investigate. We learnt about places such as Snowdon, Mount Everest, The Golden falls in Iceland and Angel Falls. The children inspired each other through their excitement of finding out new facts and information about different places. Well done. 

Literacy
Our theme for literacy this term is the rain forest. Over the course of the term the children will travel all over the world, delving into the depths of the rainforest to discover the animals that live there and gain an understanding of their habitats. The children will be able to locate rainforest locations on world maps and discuss their climates. 

Our theme for R.E this term looks at Reconciliation and we will be discussing choices we have made, whether good or bad and identifying what consequences these choices have for both ourselves and others. We will discuss the importance of forgiveness and show how we can follow Jesus’ example.

Article 13- Children have the right to get and to share information, as long as the information is not damaging to them or to others.  

Keep your eyes open as we complete various activities we will post photographs on our class page to celebrate our achievements.

Useful Websites to support Learning:

BBC Schools

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/

http://www.ecofriendlykids.co.uk/ 

http://www.funkidslive.com/shows/the-junior-club/wildlife-watch/being-environmentally-friendly/ 

http://www.planetpals.com/ 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/magnets_springs.shtml 

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2science.html 

Websites related to Where the Forest Meets the Sea:
Jeannie Baker’s website:
http://www.jeanniebaker.com/

A YouTube video one class has made inspired by Where the Forest Meets the Sea:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opD69pPuDgg

Jeannie Baker made Where the Forest Meets the Sea into a 10 minute animated film which won the 1988 Australian Film Institute Award for Best Australian Animated film. The film can be bought at the following website:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/18059146

Biography of Jeannie Baker:
http://biography.jrank.org/pages/1053/Baker-Jeannie-1950.html

Summary and images of Where the Forest Meets the Sea:
http://theartofchildrenspicturebooks.blogspot.com/2011/01/where-forest-meets-sea-written-and.html

Linking Where the Forest Meets the Sea with conservation and other children’s texts which discuss saving the wilderness:
http://www.filmaust.com.au/wilderness/themaking/read_more.htm

A programme that teaches children about sustainability with a focus on texts written by Jeannie Baker:
A Window into our Environment - Sustainable Schools - Home
www.sustainableschools.act.gov.au/__data/assets/.../quest_T4_06_2.doc

Conservation Websites:
These two websites both contain lists of high-quality, engaging and interactive environmental websites for kids:
http://eartheasy.com/blog/2009/03/environmental-websites-for-kids/
http://www.clw.csiro.au/education/sites.html

A kids version of the National Geographic website, by searching terms such as ‘conservation’ on this website even more useful resources can be found:
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

Rainforest Rescue is one of the major players shaping the conservation of the Daintree rainforest:
http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/ourprojects/daintree-critical-habitat.html

The Wildlife preservation society of Queensland website addresses conservation issues regarding the Daintree rainforest:
http://www.wildlife.org.au/conservation/issues/2005/daintree.html

YouTube Videos:
These two videos promote conservation of the Daintree rainforest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wU2kytIXhQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhiWZOKj9z4

Images of the Daintree rainforest provided by Australian Geographic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj0MBLHdKNk

Canopy surfing in the Daintree rainforest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5VO2xk2zX4

Utube animation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvQEB0D3zH0 

Video production of story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHb_WEA50yo

Jeannie Baker – the author
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QwNIsMXGmE 

Mirror by Jeannie Baker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBCBcAqQI_E 

Collage Art ideas – Jeannie Baker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsv3U6cPaGo

Daintree Forest Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOGTYV7mWMU

Rainforest sound track
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8myYyMg1fFE 

David Walliams Rainforest Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ3ToUoW1ak 

In the Jungle Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvsQ9hYKq7c

I like to Move it – Madagascar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecSCaZ_XPlo 

Into the Forest by Anthony Browne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RFQjrXquLQ 

Virtual Amazon Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEsV5rqbVNQ 

Catching fish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJvDapmbIPI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4cTcv7KabA


Games:
Age specific games which teach students about conservation:
http://www.arkive.org/education/resources#resources7-11


I would play this educational game about creating habitats with the whole class over a programme of work:
http://www.arkive.org/education/games/design-a-habitat


‘Save the Trees’ game:
http://www.seussville.com/games/lorax/


Many games and other resources on the ABC website have a conservation focus:
http://www.abc.net.au/science/games/