Message from Year 3
We have had a few very busy weeks in Form 3. The boys tremendously enjoyed their first Form 3 experience at Norval. The boys spent the day hiking through the grounds and connecting their unit of inquiry, “Rights and Responsibilities,” with nature. Boys played games in the forest and discussed their responsibilities towards the environment. It was both an excellent introduction and a reconnection with Norval.
A couple of notes:
- The fall weather changes so quickly! Please ensure that your son comes to school with appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoor recesses (shoes specific for outdoor activity, a warm jacket, and a rain jacket on rainy days).
- If you make an appointment for your son late in the school day, it is very helpful if you pick your son up at either 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. instead of 2:30 p.m.. This will help minimize disruptions to the program.
In Math, we have wrapped up our unit on place value but will continue to make use of all that we learned and practised throughout our second unit. This unit focuses on addition and subtraction. We want the boys to think of numbers in their entirety rather than individual digits and to apply what they know about place value when doing calculations. This will build stronger estimation and mental math skills so that the boys will not require a pencil and paper to complete every calculation, and be better able to spot errors in their work.
In Language Arts, we will be starting our study of the book Iron Man, by Ted Hughes. The boys will be bringing homework weekly to review what was read together in class and then they will be also answering some comprehension questions based on the chapters they are studying. Reading the book with your son, or on your own, can be such an amazing experience to share in his learning. Please do not allow your son to read ahead, as we want all the boys to experience the book together.
As the months pass, the students are feeling very comfortable with the routines at school… sometimes too comfortable! Please remain vigilant about reading their agendas nightly. Laying out supplies and packing backpacks the night before will help to reduce the number of times blazers, books and shoes are left at home when rushing to get out the door in the mornings.