Welcome to Year 3!
Mrs Haines, Mrs Wilkin & Miss Slater
Spring is coming! Christmas has been and gone we are now in the Spring Term. It has been so lovely to see the children again after their Christmas break.
We are trying our hardest to arrange a trip (or two) this term before Easter, so watch this space!
I will try and cover as much as possible here, but if you still have any questions at all please do get in touch.
Spring Term Curriculum:
RE RE units for the Spring term will start with Christmas and then we will continue our work on Reconciliation. As we get closer to Easter our focus will turn to Lent and Holy Week. We will also be taking part in liturgies and attending mass in church. Year 3 are also encouraged to come to Family Mass on Sundays whenever possible as they prepare to make their First Confession during followed by their First Holy Communion later in the year. This is a very important moment in their lives and we are always excited to share in these special occasions.
MATHS The spring term will continue our work on multiplication and division, memorising multiplication facts, spotting patterns and making links. For example, if I know that 2 x 3 = 6, what else do I know? (3 x 2 = 6, 6 ÷ 2 = 3 and 6 ÷3 = 2.) This will be followed by some work on length & perimeter. After that we will be having lots of fun with fractions before moving on to mass and capacity. We will continue to use different equipment and different representations 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.
SCIENCE will start with a unit of work on Rocks and Soil which will tie in with our learning in History on the Stone Age.. Science will be taught by Miss Swinson, the specialist Science teacher, on Tuesdays as well as Mrs Haines. After half term we will be moving on to find out all about Light and Shadows.
In COMPUTING we will be exploring spreadsheets and branching databases. These are MUCH more fun that they sound!
We have been so impressed with the progress the class have made in FRENCH since September. Our focus this term will be on using and embedding the language we already know as well as finding strategies for learning new vocabulary.
Our GEOGRAPHY for this term will be all about Water, Weather and Climate.
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. This is a VAST period of history, as we discovered when we created a timeline using toilet roll going all the way down the long corridor. The corridor wasn’t anywhere near long enough!
In ART we will be researching the art of Andy Warhol and his bright and bold Pop Art. We will experiment with some of his techniques, look at some of the influences on his work and create our own multimedia portraits.
In DT we will be developing our sewing skills, using fabric to create and decorate a small cushion. After half term we will move on to finding out about electricity and creating electrical systems.
PE will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday’s PE will take place in school and will be taken by a PE specialist from ASM. Thursday’s PE will be taught by Mrs Haines. Both sessions will focus on gymnastics skills.
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.
RHE RHE work for this term will focus on emotional wellbeing before moving on to friendship and how we relate to others.
- The school day starts at 8:45 a.m. and finishes at 3:30p.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. We spend a lot of time trying to match up stray items of uniform with children. This is soooo much easier if clothes are labelled!
- 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 in things from home unless absolutely necessary as it is always disappointing to the children if things get accidentally damaged or lost.
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 catch us on the yard or pop a message onto Class Dojo. Alternatively, you can telephone the school office who will pass a message on to us for you.
Thank you for your continuing support. After the last couple of years it has been wonderful to see some stability coming back into everybody’s lives and you and your children have made it a real joy to be in Class 3!