We have had such a lovely half term settling into juniors and taking the huge leap up to Year 3. This term we will be working alongside Traction Man - writing our own stories and using the theme to discover many things about Light. I always try to link English, Science, PSHE, Art/DT, History and Computing together for these eye opening topics to allow the children to learn the most and get their claws stuck into the questions and adventure that is to come.
Obviously we will focus our work towards Maths, RE, French, Music and PE too which stand individually but are linked in wherever possible. All subjects are explained fully below.
Parents, I have an open door policy so please come and meet me and if you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to ask.
This half term we will be working with Addition and Subtraction and moving onto Multiplication
Top tips to help yourself - learn to count in 3,4 and 8's with confidence to help you in lesson time.
We will need to:
add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
a three-digit number and ones
a three-digit number and tens
a three-digit number and hundreds
add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction
estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers
solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.
recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods
solve problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects.
Traction Man by Mini Grey will be leading us through our English unit.
We will continue our use of Noun Phrases with Interesting vocabulary and we will learn how to use Complex and Compound sentences to add better detail.
We will begin by describing characters- exploring with personification.
Describing our settings
Creating a short story
Creating a story board for our own ending
and Finally writing our own Traction Man adventure.
By the end of this unit we should be confidently writing using Noun Phrases, Preposition, Complex and Compound sentences and verbs and adverbs.
Spellings, Handwriting and The Reading Challenge
The reading challenge will be re set this year with the chance to receive Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards. Most children will be reading books from outside Year 2 at the beginning of the term. When they have passed those levels then they will be able to chose books from our Year 3 and 4 collection. The books start at Level 8 and supply a range of texts to read which improve understanding and inference. There are questions in the front of the book for parents to ask children after they have finished reading - doing this gives your child great extra learning that only takes a few minutes.
It is highly important that children still read with their parents frequently and that parents read to them.
As a reminder - If you read 5 times within a week then you will earn a stamp in your reading record. If you earn 10 stamps then you will receive a bronze certificate in celebration assembly. You will need to collect a further 10 stars to get a silver and then a gold certificate. Please make sure you bring your reading record and book into school every day in order to keep track of your reading and make sure somebody signs your diary.
We will have handwriting every morning in Year 3 to allow the maximum chance to achieve a pen licence. There isn’t a rush for pens so you shouldn’t worry if you do not receive your pen licence yet, I will be noticing how hard you are working in your books and praise will be given. Spellings will also be given out every week to be learnt at home and tested the week later.
Science this term will look at light and link into our topic of 'Jesus light of the world' in RE. We will use Science to explore light in lots of experiments and we will complete the unit making our own nightlight in DT.
recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
notice that light is reflected from surfaces
recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object
find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.
Our big question in RE will ask "Why is the bible important to Christians?"
We will explore the bible and stories that have taught others. We will also look at the Christmas story for other's perspectives.
Mr Booth and Mr Kelly will be taking PE. Please make sure you come to school in a PE kit on a Tuesday and Wednesday with your correct uniform to change back into.
Using research and design we will make our own night light to celebrate Christmas and to use in the dark nights. We will link this topic with RE and Science, using circuits to add our light in the middle.
We will begin the term managing our organisation. The children will think about growing up in KS2 and their responsibilities. We will note important organisation strategies as well as looking at recent and relevant information and British Values.
Multimedia allows the children to search online, understanding plagiarism and where to get relevant information from. We will advertise out Traction Man and design our own multimedia masterpieces.
Miss Phillips will complete music on a Monday afternoon with us. We will look at Music Composition with Anna Meredith.
Homework and Spellings
Maths and English homework will be given to you every Wednesday, to return to school the following Monday. Your spellings will be given out and tested every Tuesday. There is a homework and spellings tab on the Year 3 webpage where you can find your homework electronically.
Maths homework will be through the My Maths website which you should already have log in details for. I have a spare copy if needed.
If you are finding any homework difficult and you would like guidance or extra practice then please make me aware by writing in your homework book or talking to me at the beginning or end of class.