Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope you and your children have had a safe and refreshing holiday and are settling back into the new term.
The school day begins at 9.05am. It is important that all children are on time so that they do not miss the beginning of the first lesson, which starts at 9.15am. Your child needs to line up before school and ensure that they say goodbye to the teacher at the end of the day.
This term the children will be consolidating and extending their knowledge of numbers within 1000 including adding and subtracting three digit numbers. They will be deepening their knowledge of multiplication and division problems and applying this knowledge to word problems. The children will continue to develop their knowledge of times tables and this term we will focus on the 3 and 4 times tables.
This term the children will be looking at descriptive, action and dialogue story settings based around Roman gladiators. Our non-fiction topic will be non-chronological reports based on Roman soldiers. We will look at Into The Forest by Anthony Browne to inspire creative use of adjectives and sentence structures for a range of fictional writing. Reading skills will continue to be taught in small, guided groups as well as during lessons. Later in the term, we will be studying the Twelve Labours of Hercules and the children will be using this to inspire their own writing about myths and legends.
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 which can be found at the back of Reading Records. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class. Please note that this will replace the spelling journals which have been sent home in previous years.
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 is in their book bag every day, as their reading day may occasionally change. Please sign the reading record each week to show that your child has completed their homework and that they have practiced their spellings.
In our topic ‘Amazing Bodies,’ we will learn about the importance of a balanced diet. The children will learn about the different functions of the skeleton and muscles. In our ‘Power of Forces’ unit, the children will investigate how forces affect the movement of objects and how magnetic forces work.
Our history topic will be ‘Romans in Britain’. The children will be sequencing events, comparing sources about Boudicca and looking at causes and effects of an invasion. The children will have the opportunity to spend the day as a Roman Soldier on Monday 1st of October as Webb’s Road join forces with the children at Meteor Street. The children will need a Roman outfit for this day. The will be more details about the outfits to follow closer to the day.
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
We have a new and improved PSCHE programme for this year and in the autumn term the theme is: ‘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. We will also be participating in Anti-Bullying week in November and this year the theme is ‘Choose respect’.
The children will also have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other. The children have been introduced to Sage, the Circle Time puppet, and will be sharing their ideas about a range of themes, for example: saying good things about ourselves, cooperating with others in work and play, learning from mistakes, knowing what to do if anyone is being hurt, trying to be fair, how to show we are sorry, what makes us all special.
Our RE topic will be Belief and Belonging. The children will explore ideas about beliefs and friendships through Christian stories.
In the first half term the children will learn all about animals and practise introducing and describing them.
They will also become familiar with some useful prepositions and learn how to ask where something or someone is.
In the second half term, the children will learn the names of some foods, including fruit and vegetables. They will learn how to say which foods they like and dislike, and to say what they are eating.
ICT and Computing
The main focus for this term will be using iPads to create non-fiction e-books about the Romans. In Autumn 2 the children will be learning about coding using the BBC Microbit.
Art and Design & Technology
In Art the children will be exploring movement and gesture making figurative sculptures inspired by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. In Autumn 2, they will go on to experiment with block printing, designing an African mask using Adinkra symbols from Ghana to convey a message or meaning.
In Design and Technology, the children will be using their knowledge of different food groups gained in science to design and make their own pizzas.
This year the children will be learning how to play the recorder. This term we will be focusing on learning to Play and read musical notation for the notes B, A and G. We will also be improvising and composing our BAG patterns and will be able to perform them to our class and notate them onto manuscript paper.
Homework for maths and English will be set on Wednesday, and should be completed by Monday morning. The first homework will be set next week on Wednesday 12th September, we will be sending out an additional letter with details and guidance on how to complete homework. Your child will also be set reading homework on a weekly basis depending on which day they read with their teacher.
Children will be working on their flexibility, floor and vaulting skills with our gymnastic coaches for indoor PE.
In outdoor PE the topic is Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, where they work individually and in small groups to solve problems, cooperatively and competitively, with an emphasis on the qualities required to make an effective team.
In dance the children will be exploring historical themes with Ms. Ogunyemi, in particular Romans and Egyptians and using these as stimuli for creating short dances. We will introduce the children to a Latin dance where they will learn a variety of beginner steps for the ‘Cha Cha Cha’ and have opportunities to link these steps together to make a short dance.
All children need 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. 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.
Wednesday – period 2
Monday – period 1
Friday – period 3
Monday – period 2
Wednesday – period 1
Thursday – period 2
Children in KS2 can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. These snacks must be a piece of fruit, vegetables, dried fruits or a small savoury sandwich.
Booster and Challenge Clubs
This term, Year 3 will have Booster and Challenge clubs on Mondays from 3:30-4:30. Invitations will be sent next week.
There will be a Year 3 meeting for parents and carers next week. It will be at 3:45pm on Thursday 13th September in 3K for Meteor Street and in 3F for Webb’s parents. If you are unable to attend, notes form the meeting will be put on the school website.
We look forward to meeting you all if we haven’t done so already!
The Year 3 team
Andrew Furniss (3F-Year Leader) Alex Edwards (3E) Tom Greene (3G) Ailee Kemeny (3K)