Welcome to Year 3
with Mr Lorimer, Mrs Lees, Mrs Allanson and Mrs Hall!
RE: Our topics are “The Christian Family”, looking specifically at what it means to be a Christian and the sacrament of Baptism and “Mary, Mother of God”, reflecting on the choices Mary made, the birth of Jesus and how we can help others.
English – We will be looking at Poems (and performing them), Instructions, Narrative Stories, Recounts and Fictional Stories. We will be using books to support our learning. Spelling, punctuation and grammar will be taught discretely throughout Literacy and be based upon our relevant topic eg. For instructions we will be focusing on imperative verbs and prepositions.
Performing ‘Chocolate Cake’ by Michael Rosen
MJ & AR
Can our instructions help Mr Lorimer make a jam sandwich?
Not just yet!…. But watch this space.
Maths – Maths is taught in a ‘spiral’ where we revisit topics every half-term to build on prior knowledge. This half-term our focuses are: Number Partitioning numbers, comparing and ordering two and three digit numbers, adding and subtracting two and three digit numbers, know multiplication and division facts for the numbers 2,3,4,5 and 10, predicting and estimating calculations. Shape, Space and Measure: focusing on understanding the calendar, including days, weeks, months, years. Please do encourage this at home. They will also be developing their knowledge of time and be able to identify the properties of 3D shapes. Problem Solving is also a key part of our learning this year, and we will ensure that they are given the opportunity to put their learning into this practical practice each week with Mrs Lees.
Science: Rocks & Soils. We have been down to the Woods and found many different types of rocks, including chalk, bricks, concrete, sandstone, slate and many more.
PE: We are very lucky to have Mr Gibson teaching PE this half-term. It is on a Wednesday for gymnastics and Friday for football.
Creative Curriculum: Stone Age to the Iron Age. We are excited to be looking at the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age this term, beginning with the Stone Ages. This includes a very exciting trip to Nell Bank to explore ‘Early People’s Settlements’
Cave Art - We practised our drawings in the woods, using charcoal and leaves before heading back up to our ‘Cave’.
Reading: The children will continue with the same reading scheme as when they were in Year 2, with which you will already be familiar. Reading is paramount to children’s progression within writing and because of this it is still very important that you read with your child as much as possible at home, from a wide range of genres including newspapers, online articles, or even audio books. When possible we would recommend that the children are reading daily at home, even if it is only for 5 minutes.
The ability to understand and comment on the author’s intent becomes increasingly important in KS2. When reading at home please ask your child questions about the book to help develop these comprehension skills. Questions can vary from asking about the characters’ feelings, why the author used certain words or sentence structures, what may happen next or if they can think of any similar books. It is also important that they can begin to offer opinions and preferences and explain why.
Spellings: These will be taught discretely throughout the week. Please check your child’s planner for their weekly spelling lists.
This week’s spelling list: Express time, place and cause using adverbs
Grammar: Each week the children will have a grammar or punctuation activity to complete for homework.
Maths: There will be weekly Abacus online activities and going timetables practice. The online games are linked to the week’s work. Although the games will be available, the children will need to have completed most of the week’s work before attempting the games, so they will not be due until the end of the following week. It is recommended that the children spend no more than 15 minutes on the online homework tasks. The children have the ongoing task to learn their times tables, with this terms focus on 4 and 8 times.
We also have a trial of Timetable Rockstars, a great website where children can complete challenges against other people and each other in order to improve their times table knowledge. The children all have their usernames and passwords in their planners.