Welcome back to Spring Term,
We have fully settled into Juniors now. You can see photographs below of our year so far.
Please keep reading to see the exciting things we will be doing this half term.
This half term we will be working with Multiplication and Division and then moving onto Statistics.
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:
Fly eagle Fly will be leading us through our English unit.
We will continue our use of Noun Phrases with Interesting vocabulary along side Complex and Compound sentences to add better detail. This term we will focus on Paragraphs and grouping related sentences.
We will begin by writing a Setting Description of Ghana.
We will then explore diary entries, newspaper articles and recounts to complete our unit.
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 Forces and Magnets. We will:
compare how things move on different surfaces
notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
predict whether 2 magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.
We have moved on from the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age to now explore the Roman times. We have an exciting school trip planned to immerse ourselves in the Roman era and to explore their way of life.
Our big question in RE will ask "Who were the Disciples of Jesus?"
We will look the reason to have good friends as well as Jesus' reasons to have so many helpers.
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 Roman Musical Instrument.
This will link with our History unit studying The Romans.
We will explore Multicultural awareness, liking to our English book which is based in Africa. We will explore hands on items used in Ghana and think about how their culture is different to ours.
Noticing our own computing network, the children will learn how to 'code' in order to make things move and make their own small computer games. The system is online and allows the children to tackle different tasks weekly.
For the next term we will join Mr Jolliffe with Ukulele. The children will learn key notes and eventually play alongside pop songs. Keep a look out for Ukulele club which will be available soon!
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.