Hello everyone and welcome back to spring term in year 3.
We will continue to use our new scheme Power Maths in school and start by looking at multiplication and division. We will then move onto measurement by learning to add and subtract amounts of money, we will also look at bar charts and pictograms and learn to measure, compare, add and subtract different lengths. They will then finish the term with a unit on fractions.
We will start the half term by focusing on narrative writing inspired by The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, a traditional tale and alternative version to Cinderella. We will start by comparing different versions of a traditional story and then write our own narratives and edit our story. We will then use a short film ‘Tadeo Jones’ to inspire diary writing.
Topic: Ancient Egypt
Our topic this term is going to be Ancient Egypt and we are going to find out all about this fascinating period of history. We will be doing lots of activities in our Kagan books, looking at Egyptian artefacts and discovering what life what like in the Egyptian times.
Science: Magnets and Forces followed by What Plants Need
The children will learn about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. They will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. They will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials. They will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet.
In the plants unit children will explore what plants need to grow well. They will compare how plants grow in different soils and explore how fertilisers can be used to improve growth. Children will investigate the amount of water needed to help a leafy pot plant grow well. They will also investigate how space affects plant growth by comparing how well grass seeds grow with more or less space.
PHSE: JIGSAW Dreams and goals
During this half term, children will look at understanding what their dreams and goals are and look at how to achieve their aspirations.
RE: Why do people pray?
In RE the children will be looking how and why people pray across a range of different religions.
PE: Invasion Games
The children will now have the sports coach working with them on a Monday afternoon. They will be looking at invasion games and learning different skills to apply in a range of games. They will then apply these skills by learning to play basketball and play matches against each other.
During our music lessons the children will have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument with Tameside music service. Music lessons are every Wednesday. If your child would like to take their brass instrument home to practice, a deposit can be paid to the office allowing them to take it home.
This term we will continue or work on word processing using the laptops. We will move onto programming using Logo and Scratch.
We will be developing our language skills this half term by looking at colours and the french alphabet.
HOME LEARNING LINKS / IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
Homework is set on a Friday and due the following Wednesday. We provide the children with a menu of choices for topic homework activities that they can carry out during the term. They still only need to complete one piece per week. We will also continue to set maths homework online via Google Classroom each week (a paper version of this is available). Children will also have handwriting/ spelling homework this term.
If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to firstname.lastname@example.orgFAO Miss Wood / Mrs Lynch
Home Reading: Reading a school book is part of your homework. Reading books are checked every Wednesday and your child must read at least twice a week. Books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given and all activities completed (if applicable).
REMEMBER: all homework needs to be completed each week and handed in by each Wednesday to achieve GREEN for Homework in your Assertive Mentoring. If you hand it in on Thursday you will achieve YELLOW and after that you will achieve RED for that week. Homework is a vital part of your child’s learning and school provides homework club after school on Tuesday if you require support.
You all have a Times Tables Rockstar login for other Maths activities, games and multiplication facts practise to enjoy at home online. Please ask an adult to see your teacher for a replacement card if you lose or forget your login. Web links:https://www.ttrockstars.com
You will need to regularly revise the year 2 spelling list and learn the Year 3 spelling lists.
Other important information:
- Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform. We have a permanent marker if you need to write your child’s name in their jumper etc.
- Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school
- Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.
- All the equipment you need is supplied for you in school. Please do not bring in your own pencils, rubbers etc from home.
- PE is on Mondays and Thursdays.