Welcome back Year 3!
I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Easter break.
Here is an overview of what we will be learning about this term:
This term our core text is The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes. There is going to be a real focus on writing across the school this term, and this tale of isolation, friendship, war and peace will be an excellent source of influence and inspiration. We will be writing in a variety of styles and forms across the term, such as letters, book reviews, articles and poetry, and will continue to build upon the classes' achievements in creative writing from last term.
Each child will continue to take part in weekly comprehension sessions as well as grammar and spelling activities. Please continue reading with your child daily as this is an important part of their learning at home.
Spelling & Handwriting
Spellings for this term are up on the website and a hard copy shall be given out in addition. Children are tested on Thursdays along with their times tables for that week. The children will continue to take part in activities to experiment with and explore spelling rules and patterns given each week. This approach will help children to gain a better understanding of spelling and will give them the necessary experience and practice to become a confident speller. Handwriting is done regularly in year 3 whereby children are shown how to correctly form each letter in cursive handwriting. They have lots of opportunities to practice the individual letter form, in a pair, in words and as part of a sentence.
This term we will continue to focus on building our problem solving skills as well as introducing shape and fractions! Children will learn to find fractions of a set of data, adding and subtracting fractions and finding equivalent fractions. Please continue to practice time tables regularly at home with your child. Children will be tested on different times tables each week, every Thursday. We will continue with daily mental maths activities as part of our early morning work to keep building the children's skills and confidence with solving equations quickly and confidently. I have set regular tasks on IXL for this half term as part of your child's weekly homework. Please make sure your child is accessing and completing this work each week. If you are having difficulties with the website or log in, feel free to ask me and I will do my best to help you solve it!
We will be teaching the class about The Bible, looking further into its structure. Additionally, how God brought the universe into being and writing about Jesus as a teacher and a healer. There will also be whole school and class focus on our value word ‘perseverence’ for this term, where the children are given time to discuss, reflect and share their thoughts and experiences in a positive way.
The term we will be learning all about plants and living things. We will be discussing types, parts and the life cycles of plants and will be conducting experiments and investigations into growth and seed dispersal. The class will learn how to plan and carry out a fair test and use scientific terminology and evidence to test and evaluate their predictions.
Further investigations will be conducted into what light is, how it reflects and how shadows form and change. The children will have lots of opportunities to learn about and explore light 'hands on', writing their ideas and carrying out their own tests to prove or disprove their predictions and evaluate the results.
PE lessons will continue to take place on Tuesdays. As the weather is improving these lessons will take place outside, so please ensure your child has their full PE kit in class every week. We will be continuing our swimming lessons at Shooters Hill Campus every Thursday. The children must be at school on time and bring their swimming kit each week, including swimming cap. Children will be told by the swimming instructors when they are allowed to wear goggles for the lesson. Please make sure boys have swimming shorts and swimsuits for girls, not 2 piece bikinis for their lessons.
This term, the children will be turning into opinion pollsters! The children will have the opportunity to plan their own survey using Google forms, create their own survey questions and go on to evaluate and analyse their results. In addition, they will be presenting their data to the rest of the class :)
Thank you again for your continued support. As ever, feel free to approach me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to another brilliant term with this wonderful class!