Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter – Autumn Term 2017
Dear parents and carers,
I would like to offer you and your child a warm greeting back after the summer holidays. As the new class teacher for year 3, I would like to welcome you all to Key Stage 2 and inform you about what we will be doing this term.
As in Key stage 1, reading will continue to be a central part of learning at school and at home. Your child should be reading with you or another adult at least three times a week, and their reading record should be signed to show this.
Please help support your child's learning by listening to them read at home. We will continue to follow Oxford Reading Tree and colour banded books at school, and encourage the children to read across a range of texts to further their knowledge and understanding.
Our core text for this term is Roald Dahl's wonderful book 'The Enormous Crocodile.’ There will be a strong focus on creative and descriptive writing in our literacy lessons to develop children's confidence in writing in different styles, using a wide range of vocabulary. Additionally, we will be writing information texts related to our curriculum topics.
Each day, in focus groups, we will be practicing spelling, handwriting, grammar and participating in guided reading/reading comprehensions. Children will be given their new spellings weekly to practice at home and will be tested in class the following week.
We will begin the term by consolidating our knowledge of number bonds to 100 and of place value with 2 and 3-digit numbers and multiplying numbers by 10 and 100. We will then be focusing on adding and subtracting 2 and 3-digit numbers using multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 to double and halve. We will be perfecting our recall of the 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10 times tables this term. Children will need to use quick mental strategies to find the solution to multiplication and division equations. It will be very beneficial for your child to practice their times tables at home as it will support their progress in class when studying multiplication and division.
This half term we will be learning about Buddhism to further our understanding of other faiths. We will learn the principles and practices within Buddhism. Our school value word for the first half term is 'friendship'. In class we will use group discussion and written reflections to develop our thoughts and views, reflect on our collective worships and discuss examples of the Bible's teachings to further our understanding.
The term we will be learning all about magnets and forces. This term we are learning about magnets and forces as well as animals including humans. We will begin by conducting different experiments into which materials are magnetic and which are not, whether different materials can affect the strength of a magnet and which type of magnet has the best strength. This will be followed by making our very own compass in class!
We will begin by sharing our knowledge of countries and locations and use maps to expand our awareness of the different countries the make up the world. We will be looking particularly at Europe and develop an understanding of the trade links between these countries.
We will be perfecting our recall of the 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 times tables this term. This will be during PE lessons which will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This term we will be covering ball games and skills in netball and hockey. Please make sure your child's PE kit is ready in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to ensure they can fully take part in the lessons activities.
We will be developing our drawing and mark making skills from the study of nature. We will be experimenting with line, texture and form using different mediums, and create illustrations and continuous line drawings that take inspiration from life, images and Artists and Image makers.
As a class we will participate in Circle Time, giving every member of the class opportunities to share their thoughts and be heard. We will all be encouraged to be supportive, considerate and understanding towards each other's views.
Your child will be given homework on Fridays which is to be completed by the following Thursday. Maths homework and spellings will be given weekly as well as additional writing or research tasks that link to this terms topics. If your child has completed their homework on the Monday or Tuesday please encourage them to hand it in early to ensure it can be marked before the next week’s homework.
Thank you for your support and I greatly look forward to getting to know you and your child over the coming year.