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Here be dragons!
Welcome back to the final Term of Year 3! We hope you have had an enjoyable and restful time during Easter and are refreshed and ready to begin the Summer Term.
We hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about this term and as before, please do not hesitate to come in and speak to myself or Miss Sharples at any point of the term.
Kitty Kitts and Belinda Sharples.
It appears we have had someone called George staying in the classroom over the Easter break. She has left a whole host of exciting evidence for us to pick through and investigate including 3 dragon eggs and some scorched notebooks! Through the theme of ‘dragons’ we will journey through ages, times and places searching for clues, and this culminates in a dragon adventure story. We will become a team of dragon enthusiasts who investigate reported sightings of dragons. They will immerse themselves in ‘dragonology’, researching dragon ‘stories’ and ‘history’ so that they are a well-informed team. Pupils will have opportunities for imaginative writing and poetry about dragons and heroes. Based on dragon myths and legends, such as St George and the Dragon and the Chinese dragons and Beowulf.Children will know what it is they are working on developing in English by the use of targets in their English books linked to the styles of writing they are currently working on.
Your child will continue to be given 10 words to practise weekly. These will be given and tested on a Thursday and will be a mixture of spelling rules learnt and high frequency words. – Please make sure your child brings their spelling book into school on the Wednesday to ensure new spellings can be given on time.
Our focus in Maths will continue with fractions and how to use them in real life. Then onto geometry and the properties of shapes, measures and statistics. The children will:
Number – fractions
- Recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators.
- Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole.
- Compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators.
- Solve problems that involve all of the above.
Geometry – properties of shape
- Recognise angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn.
- Identify right angles, recognise that two right angles make a half-term, three make three quarters of a turn and four a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle.
- Identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines.
- Draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials.
- Recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them.
- Measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm); mass (kg/g); volume/capacity (l/ml).
- Solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.
- Interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.
- Solve one-step and two-step questions (for example, ‘How many more?’ and ‘How many fewer?’) using information presented in scaled bar charts and pictograms and tables.
Children will are also be set maths targets, again linked to essential number skills and/or the unit of work being covered. These will be evident in their maths books.
Children will continue to work on their rapid recall of number facts. We will be working on all our tables this term, so it would always benefit your child to practice these at home.
Our topic for the first half term is the UK, from the physical features of mountains, rivers and seas to the manmade administrative regions and counties. We will find out how the UK has changed over time, looking at how London grew and how the population of the UK as a whole has changed throughout the course of history. We will also be looking at the legends that come from different places in the UK.
The second half of the term we will be learning about the Romans. We will find out about the impact the Roman Empire had on life in Britain. We will learn about the spread of the Roman Empire, the invasion of Britain and the eventual conquest. The children will also look in detail at some aspects of the Romanisation of Britain, such as the building of Roman roads and bath houses. In addition to this we will have the opportunity to learn about the British resistance of Boudicca and will act in role to look at the events of Boudicca’s rebellion from different perspectives. We will also investigate Hadrian’s Wall, examining how, where and why it was built. We will learn about the different features of the wall and use maps to determine its location. A lesson on gods and Roman religion will help the children to understand more about the culture and beliefs of Roman people, and they will play and design games to consolidate their knowledge about the different Roman gods and goddesses.
We will be looking at ‘British Art’ and how to use a range of media for making portraits: how to make ‘sensory’ boxes, create abstract ‘cut ups’, tell stories in pictures and write memory postcards to create quality artwork that shows progression in skills. We will also have the opportunity to explore the work of British artists Thomas Gainsborough, Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, Anish Kapoor, Paula Rego and Sonia Boyce.
We will be finishing off our ‘Plants’ topic in the first couple of weeks. Then moving onto ‘Forces and Magnets’ we will be learning about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. We will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. We will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials. Furthermore, we will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet. We will have chance to explore the way magnetic poles can attract and repel in an exciting activity, making their own compass and using it to find hidden items. The children will use their understanding of magnetic attraction to design and create their own magnetic game. We will develop scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.
Then finally moving onto ‘Scientists and Inventors’, we will learn about famous scientists and inventors linked to the Y3 science curriculum. We will learn about the men and women who risked their lives to find new plants, and will design their own new plant, thinking about its requirements for life. We will learn about Marie Curie and her work on radiation and how she developed the medical use of x rays, then we will create our own x ray model. Furthermore, we will learn about Inge Lehmann, the woman who discovered that the Earth’s core is solid. The children will have chance to investigate how images change in convex and concave mirrors, and will hear about the inventions and devices that use convex and concave mirrors. Finally, children will complete a time line of the first electromagnets, create their own electromagnet and test its strength.
Your child will be having PE on a Tuesday and a Friday as last term. They will need the correct PE kit which is a red t shirt, black shorts-not skorts-and a black track suit for colder days. Trainers are essential, plimsolls are not. Please ensure your child has clothing for outside and inside PE.
This term Mrs Morton will be teaching the children music on a Wednesday morning. It will be a mixture of recorders, drums, singing and developing compositions with percussion instruments. This promises to be an exciting opportunity to be taught be a specialist using a range of different instruments.
This term we will be going on a local walk into the woods of Gawcott, this trip will be free of charge. More details to follow.
The children will continue to be bringing home English homework weekly in their blue book and to complete the Mathletics challenges online. Please ensure your child completes their mathletics challenges on time to ensure they receive their certificates. These will be set on Friday and will be due in on the following Wednesday. The children will also be expected to continue reading and we would ask that they write in their reading records when they have done so. The children will be given house points-the more you read, the more points you earn for reading everyday your child will also receive a square. The reading records will be checked on a Friday.
Remember to read the school newsletter, The Roundwood Roundup, and check the school’s website regularly to find out what is happening in school.
We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child. If there is anything else you would like to discuss we are around after school. Please email/ call the office if there are any messages throughout the day. 01280 813066
Behaviour & Rewards
In Year 3 we will continue to have house points, Monthly Marvels and squares as we have had throughout the year so far. We will also be trying a ladder to success! The children will progress up the ladder to be able to take part in a class reward (decided and voted for by the class) The children will go up the ladder to the ‘invited zone’ as a result of their good behaviour, following the class rules and completion of their homework tasks.
We are always looking for parents to come in and listen to readers each week or support the learning of individuals. Also please let us know if you have any hidden talents which you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle and a sun hat or cap.(This is very important during this term as the weather will hopefully be heating up.) Please also encourage children to bring in bags, which are a suitable size as the cloakrooms are quite tight. Their lockers are fairly small so should contents should be prioritised to their PE kit, trainers, book bag and coats. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. It would also be beneficial if pencil cases could be small enough to fit in children’s trays as some are still poking out creating a trip hazard for everyone. If you choose to buy a handwriting pen for your child to use in class, to avoid disappointment, please remember that the school policy is to use ink and not biros.
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Staff in Year 3
Mrs Kitts – Class teacher
Miss Sharples, Mrs Farragher & Mrs Collier – Class teaching assistants
Mrs Carr – (Tuesday PPA) French/ PSHCE
Mr Cassidy – (Tuesday PPA) P.E.
Mrs Morton – (Wednesday morning) Music
For phonics and spelling games
Times tables songs that the children love.
Maths and English games