Welcome to Year 3
Summer term 1
Welcome back to the start of another exciting term in Year 3. It was wonderful to see the children on the first Monday back and they have all made a great start to the term.
Below is an overview of the learning we are focusing on this term. As always, if you have any questions about this, or anything else for that matter, please do not hesitate to ask either myself or Miss Hobson-Scott.
In English we are using the Lego movie to look at developing a strong story structure and thinking of ways we can link our ideas between sentences and also paragraphs. We will be looking at what makes a good character description and why film-makers have filmed a scene in a particular way. Through using this, we will develop written work which will be full of adjectives and powerful verbs to make the reader really interested. Hopefully, ‘everything will be awesome’ with our writing by the end of this unit of work. After this, we will be using our work on the Romans to write a range of non-fiction texts and we will look particularly at how we write precise language so the reader is given accurate and clear information.
In maths, we are doing a unit of work called ‘blast from the past’ in order to revise our knowledge of place value and calculations. Once this has been completed, the children will be completing ‘I can’t get no satis-FRACTION’ and we will aim to use this knowledge with statistics work such as bar charts, tally charts and some line graphs as well.
Science this term is called ‘The FORCES are strong with Year 3’ and we will be looking at different pushes and pulls. We will be developing our working scientifically skills, particularly in the way we identify patterns in our results and also the way we can group different materials. The children will lead investigations on magnets and then consider how forces affect buildings and bridges. The children will then complete a DT unit on bridges and design a strong bridge or building for a Roman Emperor.
Year 3 are Roman Around is our topic and I am so excited to be teaching the children all about the Romans. They will understand how historians found out about the Romans and will look particularly at Roman Britain between 55BC and 410AD. They will look at how the Romans changed Britain by looking at their army, the towns and some forms of technology. At the end of the unit, we will be meeting the Anglo-Saxons from Year 4 to compare how they are different to the Romans. In music, we will also be learning a song called ‘Just like a Roman’. I apologise in advance if your child ends up singing it around your home – it is rather catchy!
On Tuesday afternoons, we are continuing to work with Steve, our school’s gardener and then in other weeks, we will work with James Stannett who is helping us build a ‘safer Windhill’.
At home, please continue to read as often as possible with your children. After all, reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Also, please practise times tables with your child as much as you can as children need to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10x tables by the end of year 3. They are expected to know them all by the end of Year 4 so it is vital they get as far as they can with this before they leave Y3.
I will send home spellings every week for our weekly test and children are encouraged to take as much maths facts passport homework home as they wish each week. The more they practise their maths skills, the more progress they will make.
Finally, can I just take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support?