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 Statistics and then moving onto Fractions. We are really trying with our times tables so please keep this up to help with Fractions!
We will be taught to:
We will read a book called four feet two sandals to link with our Adrift topic.
The children will emerge themselves into the life of a refugee and write about the children's experiences before writing their own version of the story.
Direct speech, adverbs and paragraphs will be really important so please keep practising this at home!
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 Plants.
We will be taught to:
identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant investigate the way in which water is transported within plants explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
Along with the Adrift project, we will look at maps and locate different countries who are at risk of natural disasters. We will then use our knowledge of maps to pin point using X and Y axis. The children will learn NSEW as well as the compass directions in between.
Our big question in RE will ask "Why is the church important?"
We will compare different churches whilst still looking at the disciples stories to see what benefit they gave to Jesus and the church.
This term we have PE on a Tuesday with Mr Booth and SWIMMING on a Wednesday with Mr Kelly.
Please come to school in your PE kit on a Tuesday, with your uniform in a bag, and in your UNIFORM on a Wednesday, with your swimming kit in a bag.
Linking with the adrift project, we will mix and blend colours to make an emotional piece of Art to present an idea of the feelings provoked when having to leave your home/ safe place.
We will explore moulding, colour mixing and design before making small mod rock men to attach to our final piece.
The Adrift project links completely with diversity, respect, meaning and belonging for PSHE. This term will we be using our linguistic skills to make a song about Adrift, performing this at our open afternoon in March.
Noticing our own computing network, the children will continue to 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.