It was lovely to see so many of you at Open Day and we hope that you enjoyed seeing the work that your children have created.
The children have all progressed so much and are definitely on their way to being ready for Year 4. The focus will again be to become ever more independent and organised.
As we approach the Easter holidays here is a little look ahead to what is happening next half term:
- 15th May - Parents' Evening
- 16th May - Parents' Evening
- 18th May - Shortenills Information Evening
The big event for Year 3 is our residential trip to the Shortenills Environmental Centre which will be on 6th-7th June. There will be an information evening to outline the programme and arrangements for the trip on Thursday 18th May.
Could we please ask that your child returns to school with a full set of equipment that includes glue, a Parker Vector fountain pen with spare washable blue ink cartridges, a 30cm ruler (non-bendy), rubber and pencil sharpener, as well as plenty of writing pencils.
We wish you a happy and relaxing Easter break and look forward to the Summer term. Thank you for your continued help and support.
Mrs. Thompson and Miss Beckett
We will begin the term by looking at the features of play scripts and then go on to write our own plays based on a familiar story. The aim will be for the children to write these in groups and then perform their play to the rest of the class. We will spend some time developing creative story writing. KT/LB
We will begin the half term by calculating with fractions. This will involve adding and subtracting fractions and finding fractions of a number. We will then apply this knowledge to problem solving. We will move on to working with money: using coins and notes, converting pounds to pence, converting pence to pounds, adding and subtracting money, multiplying and dividing money, solving problems. We will carry out work on length: reading scales, marking numbers on a scale, measuring and drawing lines, measuring and drawing perimeters. During this half term we will revise and revisit formal methods of addition and subtraction. Please continue to help your child to develop a thorough knowledge of the times tables and encourage them to recall answers at speed. KT/LB
This half term will study the topic ‘How Plants Grow’. We will begin by looking at the roots of a plant and identifying what they are for. We will learn about how water is absorbed from the soil and is transported up the stem to different parts of the plant. We will consider how plants make their own food and look at other factors that allow plants to grow and survive. We will explore the processes of seed dispersal, pollination and fertilisation. KT/EG
We will start our exciting new topic of the Ancient Egyptians. This will begin by putting Ancient Egypt into chronological order, looking at the importance of the Nile to this civilisation and finding out about the pharaohs, including the importance of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. KT/LB
In Geography this half term we will move onto our ‘Weather’ unit. We will begin by looking at what the term means. We will then look at weather and climate around the world, in particular investigating world climate zones. We will also think about how we measure temperature, including how to read a thermometer, and we will plot daily temperature changes on a graph. KT/RA
This half term our unit is about ‘Creation’. The children will learn about different religions and their answer to the question of how the world came to be. LB
This half term we will be looking at things to do in our free time. We will then look at various sports and will practise expressing likes and dislikes. TW
This half term the children will learn about computer networks, including the internet. They will be introduced to the hardware connections required for networks, how domain names are converted to physical addresses, and how messages are passed across networks. MHL
This term we will looking at and listening to a variety of different musical accompaniments and then trying to compose simple instrumental accompaniments to different styles of songs. The children will be continuing to practise their recorder regularly, with an emphasis on reading the notes B, A, G and E accurately and independently. SB
This half term we will be making canopic jars as part of the History topic. Could each child please bring in a small, cleaned pringles container, with the lid, ready for next term. We will also explore making our own block prints using a variety of different materials, both organic and manmade. AD
Children will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the values of the week. KT/LB
PE & GAMES
We launch our summer sport programme after Easter and the focus in games lessons will be athletics. All the children will try each of the eleven events on offer at Junior Sports Day and will record their personal best time or distance for each. These results will contribute to their English School Athletics Award and the opportunity to gain a bronze, silver or gold award at the end of term. In PE lessons next half term the children will be developing their skills in cricket. Please note summer sports kit should be worn by everyone after Easter: a white polo shirt, black shorts with house ribbons sewn on the sides, white ankle socks, predominately white trainers, PE sweartshirt, PE jogging bottoms, a school sunhat and a water bottle. Please ensure your child has all these items with them for PE and games lessons. SAW