Welcome to Year 3!
Mrs Haines, Mrs Bradley & Mrs Roberts
Spring is coming! Despite the weather outside, we are now in the Spring Term and it has been lovely to see the children again after their Christmas break.
Obviously, we will be working slightly differently, until further notice, due to the new lockdown. I will try and cover as much as possible here, but if you still have any questions at all please do get in touch.
In school during these different times we will be handwashing and sanitising frequently. All the children are facing 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. 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.
Spring Term Curriculum:
RE RE units for the Spring term will include Christmas and We listen to God’s word at Mass then as we approach Easter, Lent and Holy Week. We will also be taking part in liturgies and attending mass virtually.
Normally, the children would also have the opportunity to prepare to make their First Confession during Lent. We will keep you updated as and when we know what is possible.
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!!!)
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 will start the new year by exploring the history of the earth way back in time before the dinosaurs through the fabulous book The Pebble in my Pocket. This will give us an opportunity to really explore the use of vivid vocabulary and description as well as some inspiration for writing non-fiction texts. We will also have opportunities to create links with our geography, history and science learning. 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.
SCIENCE will start by finishing the final few sessions in our unit of work on ‘Forces & Magnets.’ The rest of the term will be covering an exciting unit of work on ‘Rocks’. Science will be taught by the specialist science teacher, Mrs Johnson, on Tuesday afternoons.
In COMPUTING we will be exploring spreadsheets and branching databases. Did you know that you can build your own zoo in a spreadsheet?!
We have been so impressed with the progress the class have made in FRENCH since September. Our focus this term will be on revisiting and embedding the language we already know as well as moving on to talking about playground games in French and then starting to tell people about ourselves.
Our GEOGRAPHY for this term will start with the south of England, looking at heritage sites, geographical environments and climate. Later on we will compare the geography of the UK with other areas in the world. We can’t visit these places in real life at the moment, but we can have fun finding out about our country and the rest of the world.
In HISTORY we are going to travel way back in time to the Stone Age and find out about the way people lived, about their achievements and explore the concept of change as we look at the way lifestyles evolved throughout the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and think about why these changes happened.
In ART we will be researching the art of Ernst Haeckel who created beautiful scientific illustrations of animals and plants. Ernst Haeckel was a scientist as well as an artist. We will get to look at real fossils ourselves and use a variety of pencil sketching skills to recreate what we see.
In DT we will be finding out about how to eat well to stay fit and healthy and will be designing our own picnic.
PE will take place on Wednesday and Fridays. Wednesday PE will take place in school and will be taken by a PE specialist from ASM, starting with a unit of work on invasion game skills such as dodging, passing and dribbling. All equipment is cleaned appropriately and/or quarantined before and after use.
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 of the day. At the end of the day Mrs Haines or Mrs Roberts will be on the yard. Alternatively, you can telephone the school office who will pass a message on to us for you.
Thank you for your continuing support. It has been and will no doubt continue to be a highly unusual year, but you and your children have made it a real joy to be in Class 3!