A warm welcome to Year 3! We hope you had a wonderful summer. We are really 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 children will be bringing home a copy of their lesson and homework timetables inside their Homework Diaries during the first week. Please note that the children have P.E. on Tuesdays and Fridays and will need to arrive in their kits on those days.
We look forward to meeting you on Tuesday 8th September to answer any queries you might have at the Meet the Teachers evening. Until then we 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 us, we are usually available in the mornings or after school or you can email us at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns or messages. We will always try to get back to you as soon as possible.
Mrs. Belvoir and Mrs. Pandya
The children will be studying a variety of types of text linked to their grammar and creative writing lessons, in order to develop their skills of retrieving information and inference. We will be developing the children’s creative writing skills by focusing on adjectives, story settings and sentence openers, which will lead to the children planning and writing their own mystery stories. The children will continue to have weekly spellings following the Floppy’s Phonics scheme with which they are familiar.
3B’s Class Reader will be The Worst Witch and 3P’s Class Reader will be Fantastic Mr. Fox.
This half term the children will bring their history topic to life by stepping into the shoes of the Romans and Celts through process drama. RP/KS
Mrs. Belvoir’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. Pandya’s Group
We will work with numbers to 1000 concentrating on place value, sequencing numbers and counting in tens and hundreds. This will include work on the properties of numbers and counting in 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s. We will revise addition facts to 100, using different mental and written strategies. Our subtraction work will focus on subtraction to 20 and will include revision of the number bonds to 20. Finally we will work with 2D and 3D shapes, naming them and finding their properties. We will concentrate on the 3 and 4 times tables this half term, including the corresponding division facts.
Our topic this half term is Health and Movement. We will begin by looking at foods that humans need for growth and those needed for energy. We will investigate the nutrients needed to stay alive and be healthy, as well as the proportions of different food groups we should consume. We will discover the jobs of skeletons and name some of the major bones; we will compare human skeletons with other vertebrates. Finally we will have an introduction to the different types of muscles our bodies have. KT
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. SB/RP
We will be ‘connecting to the world’ this term and exploring interesting places to find out where they are and how different they are to where we live. We will develop our knowledge of continents, oceans, mountains and rivers and the different regions of the world and the type of rainfall and temperature they experience. We will also discover what the United Kingdom is and discuss how it might change in the future and explain the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain. RP
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. RP/SB
This term we will begin by recapping Spain as a country; looking at its location, history and culture. The children will practise introducing themselves and a partner using the vocabulary for name and age. They will learn a variety of colours and will expand their knowledge of numbers by counting to 100. We will spend a few lessons looking at days, months and dates and will finish the half term by learning the Spanish alphabet. TW
This year the children will spend an hour a week in the computer lab. They will learn about email and internet safety, improve their word processing skills, write programs, learn about computer networks and create presentations and videos. We start the year with online communication and using the internet safely. The children will be shown how to use the Learning Portal independently and how to the school email system appropriately, and they will collaborate online. 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. SB
The children in 3B will begin by developing their drawing skills by drawing portraits of their friends, showing different facial expressions. We will then move on to doing some painting and collage work linked to the history work about the Celts. 3P will begin by using Brusho techniques to create autumn silhouette pictures. Both classes will also study the work of an artist and create work in a similar style. SB/SM
In 3B we will have a half term course on Peer Support. This will teach them how to resolve difficulties for themselves and also how to mediate in the arguments of others. This helps them generally in their playground behaviour but also gives those who are chosen to be Playground Pals a training on how to play their part. GC
3P will have P4C (Philosophy for Children) discussions on ‘New Beginnings’, including aspects of showing courage in new situations, understanding the importance of rules and practising different problem-solving techniques. RP
PE & GAMES
This half term the boys will take part in tag rugby activities and the girls will take part in uni hockey activities on Tuesday afternoons in games. Boys will need to wear their house colour football top and socks, PE shorts and have football boots and trainers with them each week. Girls will need to wear their white polo shirt, PE shorts, white socks and trainers.
In PE lessons on Fridays the children will be introduced to the game of handball. Boys and girls will need to wear their white polo shirt, PE shorts, white socks and trainers for these lessons. Tracksuits will only be worn in inclement weather. A variety of sending and receiving skills will be developed across all these activities, leading to controlled passing and good teamwork in small sided games. SAW