Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope you and your children had an enjoyable holiday. Please find below information about this term.
This term the children will explore story settings and character’s feelings through the text ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly!’ by Christopher Gregorowski. We will also be studying and performing playscripts from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ encouraging the children to use expression. We will also be looking at instruction writing where the children will be learning about the mummification process which links to our history topic.
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 (attached). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class.
The children 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 and reading record is in their book bag everyday. 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.
The children will be learning about measures including mass and volume. The children will be reading weighing scales and measuring volume and capacity in millilitres and litres. The children will then be learning how to add and subtract money. Following this the children will be learning how to tell the time and measuring time in seconds, minutes and hours. The children will also be drawing and reading bar graphs in maths this term, before moving onto fractions including adding, subtracting and finding equivalent fractions. The children will continue to develop their knowledge of times tables and we will focus on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Times tables are key facts to learn and any extra practise at home is very helpful.
This term we will be learning about rocks and soils. The children will learn about different rocks and their properties and how they are used in the world around us. When carrying out investigations, the children will consider how to ensure that a test is fair.
We will be studying the Ancient Egyptians, with two key questions in mind: What made the Ancient Egyptians so special? How do we know this? We will also be visiting the British Museum to explore some of the evidence of how the Egyptians lived. Please see the dates below:
Tuesday 12th February 2019 – 3F and 3E
Thursday 14th February 2019 – 3K and 3G
In Spring 2, we will have a whole day devoted to our RE topic for the spring term. We will be studying creation stories across different religions and learning about different people’s beliefs about how the world was created.
Using Sketch Book Pro on the IPad the children will be creating animated drawings inspired by our Literacy work on the fable ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly’. The children will then use Book Creator to display their pictures into a book. During the second half of the term the children will be using their learning of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ to make their own animation of a woodland scene.
In French the children will be learning to talk about school. They will be saying how we travel to school, naming places in school, naming school subjects and giving opinions about different school subjects.
Art and Design
Year 3 will be using the wax resist technique to make patterned paper for movable circus characters inspired by Marc Chagall's expressionist painting ' The Circus'.
Design & Technology
At the end of this term we will be investigating packaging and designing and making our own packaging for chocolate eggs.
This term PE lessons will cover invasion games with the team sports of football, rugby and netball. Children will improve their skills of passing, receiving, attacking, defending, aiming and tactics. They will work in small groups both cooperatively and competitively, with an emphasis on team skills, fair play and good sportsmanship.
All children require a complete change of clothes for PE including suitable footwear. We would also ask that all school uniform be clearly labelled with name and class to ensure the safe return of clothing. It is particularly important that jewellery 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.
Wednesday – period 2
Monday – period 4
Friday – period 3
Monday – period 4
Wednesday – period 1
Thursday – period 2
This term Year 3 will be continue learning to play the recorder and we will be focusing on learning songs using the notes BAGCD. Music will also involve learning about the music literacy such as rhythms, staff notation, composing, improvising and developing their music listening skills.
Homework will be set on Wednesday, due back on Monday. This will be English (Treasure House) 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.
3F- Thursday 7th February 2019 at 3.05pm at Webb’s Road
3G- Thursday 7th March 2019 at 3.05pm at Webb’s Road
3E- Thursday 14th March 2019 at 3.05pm at Webb’s Road
3K- Thursday 14th March 2019 at 3.05pm at Meteor Street
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. We look forward to another successful term!
Many thanks for your continued support,
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