Welcome to Year 3
Mrs Haines, Mrs Bradley & Mrs Hankinson
We have lots to look forward to in 2020!
Spring Term Curriculum:
RE Our Class Saint is Saint Teresa of Calcutta. RE units for the Spring term will include Prayer and Lent, and as we approach Easter, Holy Week. We will also be looking at the Hindu celebration of Holi.
Children will also have the opportunity to prepare to make their First Confession during Lent.
MATHS The spring term will continue our work on multiplication and division, before moving on to money, statistics and length. Towards the end of the Spring Term we will be having lots of fun with fractions. We will continue to use different equipment and different representstions to strengthen and really deepen our understanding.
We will also be having a focus on fluency and instant recall of our times tables and number bonds. Throughout all of this we will be doing lots of talking about maths, learning and using mathematical vocabulary.
Please keep encouraging your child to practise times tables at home – if the children know their times tables securely it helps them with their wider maths learning. Year 3 revises and secures the 2x, 10 and 5x tables and then moves onto 3x, 4x and 8x tables. The aim is for instant recall! (Realistically, ‘instant’ means 3 seconds or less!!!)
ENGLISH We will start the new year writing non-chronological reports about Flying Turtles inspired by the short film Once in a Lifetime. Following this, we will be embarking on our first real ‘chapter book’, ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. We will be trying to imagine exactly what it would have felt like to be a character in the story, building our understanding before writing a Newspaper Report about the exciting final events in the book. We will continue to work on our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our retrieval, inference and summarising skills. Handwriting, grammar and spellings will continue to be an important part of our learning.
PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays. On Mondays we will be going swimming. Friday PE will take place in school and will be taken by Mr Goldstraw (ASM), starting with rugby. Following half-term, our ASM sessions will be dance.
Indoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, white socks and black pumps. Children must have black pumps for indoor PE as trainers may only be worn for outdoor PE. If your child is wearing tights to school, please make sure they have socks to change into for PE.
Outdoor PE uniform: burgundy t-shirt with school badge, black shorts, white socks and trainers. The burgundy hoodie and jogging bottoms are optional.
Please note: children will not be allowed to wear their school uniform cardigans or jumpers for PE for hygiene reasons. If you wish your child to wear a jumper for outdoor PE, please make sure they have a PE hoodie or sweatshirt.
Please do let us know if there is anything going on at home that will affect your child’s learning, or if you have any questions. We can’t wait to see what this new term has in store for us all!