We are so proud of the children’s efforts and resilience in all they have done this term and we are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support. We have really enjoyed having all the children back in school for the past few weeks.
We are so excited for the summer term and the exciting topics that we will be learning about in Year 3.
Next half term, we will be reading two rich narrative texts that are sure to inspire your children. Beginning with Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley, an overcoming-the-monster story with an unlikely hero, children will experiment with their creative writing to create settings and characters; this will culminate in children writing their own narrative based on the text, paying close attention to structure. After this unit, children will study a remarkably beautiful and important picture book: The Promise by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin. Using both the book and its animated film adaptation, children will retell this story of hope building upon their Krindlekrax work. Finally, children will produce a piece of persuasive writing with a conservation theme, inspired by our discussions around the themes and messages of The Promise.
Year 3 will learn about fractions next half term. They will learn to recognise, find, name and write fractions of a length, shape and set of objects. The children will learn to count up and down in tenths and that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers by 10. They will learn to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator as well as recognise and show equivalent fractions. Year 3 will compare and order fractions and solve fraction problems.
Year 3’s science topic this half term is Plants. The children will learn to identify and describe the functions of different parts of plants: roots, stem, leaves and flowers, as well as the different parts of a flower. They will explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and how they vary from plant to plant. The children will investigate ways in which water is transported within plants and will explore the role of flowers in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal. They will continue to develop their scientific enquiry skills, learning to ask questions, decide how to carry out an investigation, carry out fair tests and observe changes over time.
In history, Year 3 will explore the question: What changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age? The children will learn features of life of Stone Age hunter gatherers in Britain and about the changes and developments from Stone Age to Iron Age in settlements, farming, art, technology and culture. They will explore how historical accuracy changes with new evidence and interpretation, looking particularly at Otzi the Ice-man. Year 3 will continue to develop their historical enquiry skills, asking questions, explaining how their knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and understanding the limitations in historical evidence of the Stone Age.
Next half term, Year 3 will be looking at various aspects of ‘Keeping Healthy and Safe’. Please see the attached PSCHE letter for further information.
Year 3 will develop their coding skills using Scratch Senior.
Year 3 will be continuing to learn to play the recorder focusing on notes E, F# and D using both hands. This will involve composing using between 5-8 notes and being able to read and follow music notation for the following notes: B, A, G, C, D, E, F# and D. We will also be learning a range of songs and 4/4 and 3/4 time using simple rhythms such as crotchets, minims, dotted minims, semibreves and their rests. At the end of term, we will be performing our best songs!
Year 3 will be learning about ‘Lion Man’, an ancient carved sculpture believe to be about 40,000 years old as an introduction to the question, ‘Who were the first artists?’ The children will look at cave paintings from around the world, thinking about how the paint was made, applied to the walls and what the images represented. They will experiment with paint, mixing tones and tints and painting on different surfaces.
All children should come to school wearing their PE kit on their PE days. Clothes for PE should be in the school colours of light blue, navy blue or white, including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers and jumpers when the weather gets colder. We would ask that all PE kit, as with all school uniform, is clearly labelled with name and class to ensure safe return. It is particularly important that jewellery is not worn on PE days.
In French, Year 3 will learn about playtime. They will learn to say what is in the playground as well as say a variety of playground games. The children will learn to say what and where they like to play by using “J’aime” with another verb.
English (spag.com) and maths (mathletics.com) homework will both continue to be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by Monday. Mathletics will be set every week, and English will be set every other week.
Children will also be given a list of words to learn. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records).
The children will continue to be set reading homework each week. This will be set on the child’s reading day due to be completed for the same day each week.
Once again, thank you all for your continuing support.
We are really looking forward to the term ahead,
Sandy Deligiorgi (3D) Ellen Cheetham (3C) Annia Naik (3N)
Sami Burst (3SB) Charlotte Bird (3CB)
Megan Shaw (Assistant Head-teacher for Lower Key Stage 2 and Year 3 Leader)