Welcome to Year 3!
Mrs Haines, Mrs Bradley & Mrs Roberts
Summer is here! We are really looking forward to continuing our learning this term, building on what we already know and seeing just how much we can achieve. We are also just a little bit excited to meet Mrs Roberts’ new baby who is due to arrive later this term!!!
We are all delighted that we are back in the classroom, but we will continue to observe measure to ensure everyone’s safety. We will be continuing to handwash and sanitise frequently. All the children will continue to face the front of the classroom and movement around the room is kept to an absolute minimum. Equipment and resources are allocated to each child and then kept in their own tray in order to avoid sharing wherever possible. Other measures are in place, some of which are mentioned below, but I won’t list them all! Please be assured your children’s safety and wellbeing is our main priority.
Summer Term Curriculum:
RE RE units for the Summer term will include Easter, The Eucharist, Pentecost and Prayer. We are also excited to be starting our new ‘Life to the Full’ relationships and health education. This will focus on how we are created and loved by God as well as how we relate to others and to our community.
Normally, the children would also have the opportunity to prepare to participate in their First Holy Communion this term. We will keep you updated as soon as we know what is possible.
MATHS The spring term will continue our work on fractions as well as revisiting and embedding previous learning on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be investigating geometry (angles and properties of shapes) and measurement in various forms: time, volume and capacity. We will continue t make our maths as hands on as possible, using different equipment and different representstions to strengthen and deepen our understanding.
We will also be having a whole school 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 and number bonds at home – if the children know these 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!!!)
Your child’s Times Table Rockstar login details have not changed. The same login details can be used with the NumBots app too. If you would like the tables available to your child adjusting, please just let me know.
ENGLISH We were very excited to start using our personal writing journals. We have all started a piece of writing of our choice and we will continue to work on these while at the same time starting to start a whole class writing project. We all have different experiences in our lives and we will be sharing these interesting experiences by writing memoirs! We will continue to work on our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our inference , prediction and summarising skills.
READING Phonics and one to one reading sessions will continue for those children who normally follow this programme. For those who are in school, this will continue as normal, for those who are learning from home we will be sharing links and information to ensure the children can continue to make good progress.
Spring has sprung, plants are growing and blossoming all around us, and SCIENCE will be all about plants this term! Science will be taught by the specialist science teacher, Mrs Johnson, on Tuesday afternoons.
COMPUTING will start by continuing our unit of work on ‘Emails’ before moving on to branching databases (much more fun than they sound!), be exploring spreadsheets and branching databases, simulations and graphing.
In FRENCH we will be on building on the language we already know as well as moving on to talking about and describing people (and maybe the odd monster!) using colours and body parts. We will start to think about French grammar and how adjectives change in agreement with masculine or feminine nouns.
Our HISTORY will be all about the Romans. Why on earth did they invade cold and wet Britain? Why were the Romans so successful? Why did their empire come to an end? How is our life today influenced by the Romans? We will be trying to answer these questions and practising drawing conclusions from historical evidence.
GEOGRAPHY will be wide-ranging this term. We will start by learning how to use a compass, navigating and giving directions. We will be finding out more about Europe, following in the footsteps of the Romans and finding out just how far their empire extended. Following this we will be looking at why people settle in certain places – what makes a place a good place to settle? Why do some places grow into cities and others don’t?
ART will be very exciting as we draw on the Roman tradition of mosaics, comparing these with the work of modern-day local ceramic artist Philip Hardaker, exploring geometric patterns and creating our own mosaics.
DT is going to be a textile adventure as we learn sewing skills and design and construct our own customised bags.
PE will take place on Wednesday and Fridays. Wednesday PE will be taught by a PE specialist from ASM but will take place in school. All equipment will be cleaned appropriately and/or quarantined before and after use.
We will be making the most of the summer term weather and having our PE lessons outdoors whenever possible. PE kits must stay in school during term time, but will be sent home at half term to be washed. Please ensure girls have a pair of socks in their PE bags as they will not be allowed to wear tights during a PE lesson.
- The school day starts at 8:45 a.m. and finishes at 3:20p.m.
- Reading should be logged in diaries each day when your child reads (30 minutes). If it is a new book, please include the title of the book. On each occasion, the pages read should be noted and signed by an adult.
- PE Kit
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 ensure your child has the full, correct PE kit in school, even on days when we would not usually do PE, as occasionally timetables change.
- PE kits will stay in school during term time and will be sent home for washing at half term.
- ALL CLOTHING SHOULD BE CLEARLY LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME.
- Children should bring water bottles each day; these should also be clearly labelled with your child’s name. They will be sent home regularly to allow them to be washed.
- Please do not bring school bags in to school unless absolutely necessary.
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. If you have any messages to pass on either Mrs Haines or Mrs Bradley will be available on the yard at the beginning and end of the day. Alternatively, you can telephone the school office who will pass a message on to us for you.
Thank you for your continuing support. We are excited to see what this term brings, and we look forward to seeing the children grow and learn together.