Spring Newsletter – Year 3
Happy New Year and welcome back to school. Mrs Sullivan and I would like to thank you for all the lovely Christmas gifts we received at the end of last term. I hope you have had a restful and festive Christmas break and looking forward to a busy spring term. Below is an outline of what we will cover this term.
In English we will be studying a variety of text types to help further develop your child’s writing skills. We will become familiar with persuasive writing creating our own adverts centred on the short film ‘The Littlest Shoemaker’. We will also look at performance poetry, and non-chronological reports using our class book The Creakers. We will study the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane writing our own chapters and recounts based around the story. Areas of grammar will be taught through activities based on these texts including complex sentences, 1st and 3rd person, how to puntuate direct speech, verb tenses fronted adverbials and adjectival phrases.
Listening to your child read continues to be very important, as does discussing their understanding of the texts they are reading, please try to initial their reading records when you have heard them read-even free readers. There will be daily classroom time for reading, handwriting, grammar and spelling activities.
This term we will continue to build on their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills including division within tables with remainders and multiplication and division word problems, as well as developing the children’s times tables knowledge by learning the 6 and 8 times tables and improving their speed and confidence in mental calculation –, measure in metres and cm; convert cm to m and vice versa. Measure in kg and g, convert g to kg and vice versa. We will also look at statistics including creating and interpreting pictograms, bar charts and tables. We will also begin to place fractions on a number line (1/4s 1/2s, 1/8s), find fractions of amounts (1/4s and 1/8s), understand denominator & numerator and comparing fractions, division within tables with remainders and multiplication and division word problems.
Our topic is Mountains and Volcanoes we will locate the highest peaks, identify mountain ranges and volcanoes around the world, and research key facts about these. We will find out how volcanoes are formed and what lies beneath the earth’s surface.
First half term we will be studying rocks and fossils. We will be comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks based on their appearance and simple physical properties, describing in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock and recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.
In the second half of this term we will be studying forces and magnets. We will compare how things move on different surfaces, observe that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance, how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others, compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, identify some magnetic materials, describe magnets as having two poles and predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.
We will be building on the excellent start the children have made with their learning of French, continuing to practise greetings and numbers and adding to their vocabulary with days of the week, months of the year and numbers up to 31, leading on to dates and birthdays. We will then begin to learn vocabulary for subjects at school and things around the classroom.
The children will develop their skills to combine text and graphics and will be consolidating their word processing and keyboard skills. We will also be starting to learn simple coding using Scratch.
Art and DT
Both subjects are linked to our topic work and we will be studying landscapes focusing on examples from different artists from around the world including the Japanese artist Hokusai and comparing his work with images of Mount Snowdon. In DT we will be creating models of volcanoes using papier-mâché.
RE and PSHE
In RE we will be studying the life of Jesus and his parables. Later we will be looking at Hinduism and the festival of Holi. In PHSE we will talk about how to be safe and how to identify and manage risks.
Year 3 will have lessons on brass and woodwind instruments as part of Wider Opportunities on Thursday mornings.
PE will take place on Tuesdays and Friday. We will be covering invasion games, multi-sports and concluding the term with a dance unit. Each child will need trainers suitable for use on the field as well as the playground and warm outer layers to be worn over their PE shorts and T-shirts. This must be an alternative jumper to the one they wear in class.
As previously, in addition to hearing your child read whenever possible, the children will be set spellings to learn each week on Friday, ready for a test on the following Friday. Children who take part in Spell Attack groups will continue to have work set regularly.
Maths, English or Topic homework will continue to be set on Fridays for return the following Wednesday.
Please support your child to ensure that they understand what has been asked of them and to make sure that their work is clearly and neatly completed.
Times Table Rockstars
Children should be trying to logon to TTR as often as possible. They should practise in the Garage mode for 3 minutes as that is where they will get a tailored set of questions. They will earn a rock speed and status through using the ‘Studio’ mode where they will be tested on questions up to 12 × 12. Using the app at home will support their in-class practice.
If you have questions or concerns, please make an appointment to speak to me before or after school.
Best wishes for 2020!