Welcome to Year 3
Meet the Team
English – in English this half term we are writing a story with a dilemma and a solution. We are basing our story off a picture of 4 children stranded on a desert island. We will be doing lots of work around developing our vocabulary and sentence structure in order to produce some amazing stories! Later in the half term we will be looking at writing a non-chronological report based on our class reader text ‘Cool’ by Michael Morpurgo.
Maths – in our maths lessons this half term we are looking at measurement. We will start the half term by finishing off our work on time. Then we will be looking at other units of measurement, converting between measurements and solving problems involving measures . We will be be continuing to practice our times tables in school too through our daily times table challenge. By the end of the year, it is expected that children know the multiplication and division facts for the 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x tables so the more the children can practice at home, the better!
Talk in the classroom – this term we will be working hard with your child to teach them to listen carefully to others and to discuss ideas in a well-mannered and learning-focused manner. Hopefully, they will come home and say ‘I agree’ or ‘I disagree’ and other wonderfully polite ways of talking about interesting issues. We will be working on this in all of our lessons as group and pair discussion is an integral part of our classroom.
Topic – this half-term, we will be looking at Ancient Egypt! The children will learn all about what life was like in Ancient Egypt, the building of the pyramids, mummification, the importance of the River Nile and lots more! This is a fantastic topic and I know we are going to have lots of fun learning about it!
Art/ DT – linking to our topic work on Ancient Egypt, we will be making lots of artwork inspired by the Ancient Egyptians. During our time in the shared area, we will be building pyramids, writing messages in hieroglyphics and lots more!
RE – In RE this half term we will be learning all about the Easter story. We will be considering why the Easter story is important for Christians and what we can learn from Jesus’ journey.
PE – we will be doing PE on a Monday. Please ensure your child has a full indoor and outdoor PE kit in school for Monday. This half term we will be improving on our fitness and doing circuit training.
Homework – most weeks, we will be having a weekly spelling test on a Friday with new spellings sent out on Friday afternoon. Linking to maths passport which we practice everyday, maths passport homework sheets are always available in the classroom for your child to bring home. They can put any completed homework in our maths homework box and be entered into our weekly prize draw. The more homework completed, the greater the chance of winning! Every half term a challenge homework sheet will be sent out which links to our topic. This is a really nice opportunity to engage with your child’s learning at home and we celebrate every child’s piece of homework in class.
One of the most important ways you can support your child’s learning at home is by reading regularly with them. We ask that you read with your child at least three times a week and sign their reading journal. Children who have greater exposure to a range of texts and the opportunity to read regularly with an adult will make greater progress at school and it will help them with every aspect of their learning. It also opens the door to the wonderful world of reading and books!
On alternate Tuesdays the children will also have the opportunity to go gardening at school with Steve our gardener. This is a fantastic opportunity which I know the children will gain lots from. Please can you ensure that the children have suitable outdoor footwear and coats for this.
The children are also now working with our community development worker on alternate Tuesdays, considering how we can improve Windhill.
I hope by reading the above information that you feel confident that your child is getting a rounded, varied and engaging curriculum. We will be highly driven in setting and achieving targets and our whole class ethos will be around celebrating our many successes.
If you need to ask any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Miss Bevan either before 8.50am or after school. May we just take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and also say how fantastic your children have been? We love teaching them and we know we will have a year to remember for all the right reasons.
From Miss Bevan and Miss Hobson-Scott