Autumn 2


Dear Parents /Carers,
We hope you are all well and that you have a relaxing half term break. Please find below an overview of the topics that we will cover next half term. We hope you will find this useful.
Children will be using humorous narrative and non-narrative books as stimuli to develop their reading and writing. First, children will be reading George Speaks by Dick King Smith, an amusing tale of a baby who is able to speak from birth. In this context, children will practise writing scenes that include dialogue. Later in the term, children will engage in some Herculean narrative writing based upon Hercules the World’s Strongest Man by Alex Frith and use Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories (along with the hugely popular BBC television adaptation of the books) to inspire writing about the Romans.
Children will learn about multiplication and division. They will explore and learn the multiplication and division facts for their 3, 4 and 8 times tables and solve problems using these. They will then learn formal written methods to multiply and divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. Following this, the children will learn about length. They will convert length in centimetres, metres and kilometres, and compare lengths. They will also solve problems involving length.
Science – Let the Force be with You!
Children will be learning about about the exciting topic of forces and magnets! They will learn what a force is and how friction and forces work. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, carrying out comparative tests to find out which materials are magnetic and how strong magnets are. They will learn how magnets attract and repel, and will find out how a compass works.
History – Why did the Romans Invade Britain?
Children will learn about the Romans and why they invaded Britain. They will be starting the term with a Roman Day on Friday 5th November, where they will be invited to spend the day dressed up as Romans and immersing themselves into Roman life. Following this, the children will find out why Emperor Claudius invaded Britain and how the Romans ruled Britain. They will explore the multi-cultural population that lived in Roman Britain, before finding out about Boudicca and her rebellion. The children will learn about Roman legacy and how the Romans have influenced our lives today.
PSCHE – Understanding our feelings
Children will continue with the PSCHE theme of ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, roleplay and discussion activities. We will be developing children’s language to describe different feelings, how an emotion may feel in our bodies and how our feelings can link to our actions. The children will also continue to have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other.
Music – learning to play the recorder
This term, the children will be learning to play the recorder. They will be focusing on learning to play and read musical notation for the notes B, A and G. They will also be improvising and composing BAG patterns and will be able to perform them to the class and notate them onto manuscript paper. They will also be learning a selection of songs for our school Christmas performance.

Art – observational drawings and natural forms Children will be making a series of observational drawings of natural forms in different scales. They will test new materials and drawing tools whilst being inspired by the American Modernist artist, Georgia O'Keeffe.
Children should come to school in their PE kit and do not need to bring their normal uniform to change back into. Please do make sure that they have warm enough clothes for the whole day e.g. jogging bottoms if they wear shorts for PE.
Indoor PE lessons Children will either be taught dance by our specialist dance teacher Rhian Robbins or Gym by our coach David Wood. The children will have an opportunity to create, explore and perform movement in response to classroom curriculum-based topics and given stimuli such as music, visuals and text. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on creativity, composition, performance and peer learning.
Outdoor PE lessons
Outdoor games will initially focus on outdoor and adventurous activities, with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication and decision making through a variety of tasks working independently, with partners and groups.

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French - food
The French topic for this half term will be ‘food’. The children will be able to name common foods, express likes and dislikes and say what they are eating.
Computing – creating a roman villa
Children will learn how to use strong passwords to help protect their privacy as their online safety topic for this half term. They will then use a green screen to create their own roman villa!
English ( and maths ( homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. Words to learn each week will be sent home in your child’s guided reading record. Your child needs to bring their guided reading record to school every day.
Healthy eating at playtime
Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.
All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.
Communication between home and school
At the end of the school day, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher at the end of the day before leaving the school premises.
It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please can you check that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and up to date.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
We look forward to another successful half term.
Ailee Kemeny and Fiona Allan (3AK)
Ellen Cheetham (3C)
Annia Naik (3N)
Sophie Rimell (3R)

Download the Year 3 PSCHE letter