Welcome to Year 3
Dear Year 3 Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope you and your children had an enjoyable holiday. Please find information below about the Year 3 summer term that will help you to support your children with their learning.
The children will read ‘Krindlekrax’ by Philip Ridley. The book will be used as inspiration for a range of writing, such as reports, poetry and an adventure story with a beginning, middle and end. Following this the children will be reading and comparing a range of texts by the author Caroline Binch. Then, the children will be exploring a range of information texts and identifying different writing styles, structures and layouts of non-fiction books. The children will use their knowledge of non-fiction texts to write their own Lonely Planet style travel guide.
We will continue to teach spelling and grammar rules weekly as well as giving the children spellings from the National Curriculum Words To Learn. Children will be given a list of spellings in their reading records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class.
The children will continue to receive a guided reading book from their class teacher once a week. This book is read as a group and will be changed by the class teacher. Please ensure that your child’s guided reading book is in their book bag every day. The children will also be given the opportunity to take a book home to read from the lending library which they sign in and out.
This term the children will be developing their knowledge of fractions, which will involve adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators, finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions. The children will use their fraction knowledge to share whole numbers and apply their knowledge to answer fraction word problems. Following this the children will learn about angles and shapes, including finding angles in shapes, finding right angles and comparing the size of angles. The children will then be identifying perpendicular, parallel, vertical and horizontal lines. The children will also be describing and drawing two- dimensional shapes and making three-dimensional shapes. Next, the children will learn about perimeter, including measuring and calculating the perimeter of shapes.
In science this term the children will continue to develop their enquiry skills by making predictions and taking accurate measurements. They will learn about plants, including identifying and describing the functions of different parts of ?owering plants including the roots, stem, leaves and ?owers. The children will plan a fair test investigation to ?nd out the effect of removing the leaves from a growing plant, and investigate the way in which water is transported within plants. The children will then be learning about light, exploring how we need light to see things, why some things are easier to see than others and how different objects re?ect different amounts of light.
This term we will be learning about the weather and how the weather is different around the world. The children will be researching weather in the UK and comparing this to countries in different continents. The children will also investigate why some places are so hot and some places are so cold.
This term, the children will be learning about birth ceremonies as part of their RE learning. They will identify what some people believe are babies’ spiritual needs and explain similarities and differences between the themes in the different birth ceremonies.
Design & Technology
The DT topic towards the end of the term is Moving Monsters. The children will be learning about how air pressure affects movement and how pneumatic systems work. The children will then design, plan, create and evaluate their own moving monster.
Year 3 will be continuing to learn to play the recorder and read music notation. We will be working on playing and composing songs using the sounds BAGCD.
The main focus for this half term term will be using laptops to learn programming skills with Kodu.
The following half term, the children will use a Green Screen effect to make a weather report. They will plan, research and write a script for a weather report and use it with autocue. The children will also apply captions and credits to their film using iMovie.
Art and Design
This half term the children will continue to develop their self portrait work, focusing on shading and adding more detail from close observation. They will also complete the portrait swap project that they started with the year 3 children at Hillbrook primary school, exchanging the portraits and sharing thoughts and feelings about the experience with each other.
The topic for the summer term is playtime. During the course of the unit the children will be learning basic commands and imperative verbs, saying what is in the playground, the names of a variety of playground games and saying what and where they like to play.
This term in athletics the children will be developing their running, jumping and throwing skills and techniques. They will be taking part in different activities thinking about how to achieve the greatest speed, height, distance or accuracy. During their striking and fielding lessons the children will be focusing on their catching, throwing, batting/striking skills and techniques. They will also be thinking about basic attacking and fielding tactics while developing their team work and cooperation.
All children require a complete change of clothes for PE including suitable footwear. We would also ask that all school uniform is clearly labelled with name and class to ensure the safe return of clothing. It is particularly important that jewelry is not worn on PE days. If children have PE period 1 or 2 they can come to school in their PE kit, bringing their uniform with them in their PE bags to change into afterwards. Otherwise they are expected to attend in full uniform. If children have PE period 4 they will go home in their PE kit, taking their uniform home in their PE bags.
The children will be continuing with their Gym lessons this term.
Indoor (Gym) Monday – period 4
Outdoor (Games) (Until week 4) Wednesday - period 4
(Week 5 onwards) Thursday – period 2
Indoor (Gym) Monday – period 4
Outdoor (Games) Wednesday – period 1
Indoor (Gym) Tuesday - period 3
Outdoor (Games) Monday – period 3
Indoor (Gym) Tuesday – period 2
Outdoor (Games) Thursday - period 2
Homework will continue to be set on Wednesday, due back on Monday. This will be English (IXL) and maths (Mathletics) work and is to consolidate what the children have been learning in class. Each piece of homework should take no longer than 30 minutes, we recommend that your child has a piece of paper and a pencil to help them with their Mathletics homework. If your child is struggling to complete their homework in this time, please let us know and we can adjust the difficulty and/or amount of what is being set for them.
Your child should also complete a piece of reading and spelling homework before their next guided reading session. Your support for your child with homework is invaluable, as this helps them to consolidate their learning.
We are in the playground before and after school on a daily basis. If there are any queries or problems please do not hesitate to speak to us. Thank you for your continuous support throughout the year.
The Year 3 Team
Andrew Furniss (3F-Year Leader) Alex Edwards (3E) Tom Greene (3G) Ailee Kemeny (3K)
Download the Parent meeting Year 3 Presentation- 2018