# Year 3 - Lemur Class

Year 3

### Hello Lemurs,

Welcome back to Summer Term,

This term we will be investigating the effects that Plastics have on our environment.

## The adventures of Year 3

Maths

This half term we will be working with Fractions and then moving onto measurement.

We will be taught to:

• recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
• recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
• add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole [for example,  +  =  ]
• compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators
• solve problems that involve all of the above
• Measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths, mass and volume/capacity.

English

We will read a book called Duffy's lucky escape.

We will focus on past and present tense. We will also use headings and subheadings to find information and to present information.

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

Science this term will look at Animals Including Humans.

We will look at the food chain and what happens when we eat food.

We will then move onto testing plastics that float and disintegrate - to see if we could use different materials, other than plastics, and we will write to a food retailer to suggest the new packaging for them to use.

Geography

Along with Plastics, we will find Mediterranean Countries whilst making a holiday brochure, encouraging tourists to come to the country and explaining the effects that their litter could have.

RE

Our big question in RE will ask "What do parables teach us?"

We will look at some of Jesus' parables and decide why he used them.

PE

This term we have PE on a Tuesday with Mr Booth and on a Wednesday with Mr Kelly.

Please come to school in your PE kit on a Tuesday and Wednesday with your uniform in a bag.

ART Linking with plastics, we will recycle plastics to make fish, using moulding and printing techniques to make our final design. The children will research how plastics harm animals and then decide how they are going to show this through their art.

PSHE

The Marine Conservation Society work with Parkgate Primary School to support our plactic pollution topic. We will work with the MCS to raise money for animals and to spread awareness.

We will also look at a book called Two  Monsters to look at friendship and how to work well in teams.

Computing

Graphics and Data will help us to present our plastics data on computers. We will learn how to make pie charts and bar graphs online.

Music

For the next term we will join Miss Phillips in Music on a Tuesday - looking a composition and music that can be made.

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.

Thank you,

Miss Mckeown

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