A warm welcome to Year 3! I hope you had a wonderful summer. I am looking forward to teaching your children in Year 3. This should be an exciting term for the children, but also one with high expectations of academic progress and good behaviour. There will be lots of new routines to become familiar with and the children will be expected to become ever more independent. The History topic of the Romans is a super one to start the year with and the visit to St. Alban’s Cathedral on Friday 11th October will be something to really look forward to! There will also be the Harvest Festival and our School At Work Open Morning nearer to half term.
The children will be bringing home a letter in the first few days detailing some of the new routines in Year 3 and there will be a copy of our timetable and the homework set on different days inside their Homework Diary. I look forward to meeting you on Thursday 12th September to answer any queries you might have at the Meet the Teachers evening. Until then I wish the children a happy and successful start to the new term and thank you in advance for your support. If you need to see me, please do; I am usually available in the morning or after school or you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns or messages. I will always try to get back to you as soon as possible.
We will be developing our skills of devising and improvising, using well known stories and activities such as hot-seating. SJB
We will begin our comprehension work by developing our sentence writing skills. This will involve reading texts based on familiar settings such as school and home. The children will learn to retrieve information from the texts with greater independence. They will begin to develop their inference skills. Our class reader for the beginning of the school year will be The Worst Witch. SJB
We will set about developing a range of writing skills this half term, one of which will be writing dialogue. We will move on to story beginnings where we will develop settings and story openers. SJB
Both groups will revisit various times tables including 2x, 5x, 10x, 11x and 3x. We will link these to division.
Mrs. Thompson’s’ Group
We will begin the half term by reading and writing whole numbers to 10,000 in figures and words. We will move on to consolidating understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction. Different strategies of mental addition will be studied and we will use informal pencil and paper methods to support these. We will progress to solving word problems involving money. Later in the half term we will study length and use equipment to measure. We will introduce perimeter and area of shapes and finally look at properties of 3D shapes.
Mrs. Belvoir’s Group
We will work with numbers to 1000 concentrating on the use of ‘the number after/before/between’ and ‘the number one or two more/less than.’ We shall revise and consolidate addition and subtraction facts and work with money, including finding change from £1 and £2. We will go on to work with estimating and measuring length and drawing to the nearest half centimetre. Finally we will work with 2D and 3D shapes, naming them and finding their properties.
During this half term we will cover the topic ‘Teeth and Eating’. We will think about why we eat and what we eat and why this helps us. We will investigate different types of food and consider what healthy eating means. We will move on to teeth and discover the jobs different types of teeth we have do, what types of foods are harmful to our teeth and how to look after our teeth. If you are visiting the dentist you may like to pick up a leaflet about looking after your teeth. SJB
Our topic this term is the Romans. We will study Roman life and significant people from this period. We will learn about where and how the Roman era began, what the Empire looked like and what life was like in Britain prior to Roman invasion. We will then look in detail at Roman towns, leisure activities and clothing. SJB
Connecting to the world and the UK is the focus of this half term’s work. We will be developing a good knowledge of the world and environment and places in various part of the world and the UK. Initially the children will be developing an understanding of the continents, oceans and different landscapes of the world and then exploring the countries which make up the UK and places and features of these countries. SAW
This half term we will be studying different birth ceremonies - looking at the similarities and differences of those that take place in the main world religions, with a particular focus on Christian Baptism and Muslim and Sikh ceremonies. SJB
This half term the children will demonstrate what they have learnt about Spain and Spanish culture. They will practise introducing themselves and their partner using details such as name, age, birthday, family, nationality, likes and appearance. They will consolidate numbers to 1000 and will extend their knowledge of the alphabet to include spellings of key words. TW
This year the children will spend an hour a week in the computer lab. They will improve their word processing skills, write programs, learn about databases, record sound and videos and create presentations. This half term is about using the internet safely. The children will be shown how to use the Learning Portal and they will be introduced to the school email system. They will carry out research on the internet. MHL
The children will be very excited about starting to learn to play the recorder this half term! During each lesson we will spend time learning how to hold the recorder correctly and learning our first simple tunes using the notes B, A and G. This half term we will also be exploring how music can be used descriptively, such as to represent animal sounds. The children will have the opportunity to create their own descriptive music using musical instruments. SJB
The children will be using a variety of media including painting techniques, drawing and collage. They will be painting some seascapes, drawing portraits of each other showing different emotions and doing some Roman related art. SJB
This half term the children will have a short course in Peer Support, which teaches them strategies for solving friendship conflicts. This also helps prepare the children who are then chosen as Playground Pals. GC
PE & GAMES
Boys will be taking part in football activities and girls will be taking part in netball activities this half term in games afternoons on Tuesdays. Boys should wear their football tops and socks and bring football boots each week. A variety of sending and receiving techniques will be developed using increasing control and leading to game play. In PE lessons on Fridays the children will be introduced to the exciting Olympic game of handball and everyone should wear white polo shirts on PE Fridays. SAW