Year 3 Spring Term 2023
Hello everyone and welcome back to the spring term in year 3.
We will continue to use Power Maths in school and start by looking at multiplication and division again. 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 term by focusing on narrative writing inspired by The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, the 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. We will then move onto a poetry unit. We will use The Sound Collector poem by Roger McGough to inspire our own poetry. We will finish the term by learning how to write a non-chronological text based on the book The Tin Forest.
Topic: Ancient Egypt
Our topic this term is 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 was like in the Egyptian times. We will be producing amazing artwork and a design technology project linked to Ancient Egypt too.
Science: Magnets and Forces followed by What Plants Need
We will learn about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. We will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. We will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. We will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials.We will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet.
In the plants unit we will explore what plants need to grow well. We will learn about the function of all the components of plants. We will grow our own bean seed. We will take part in many practical experiments.
PHSE: JIGSAW Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me
During the first half term, children will look at understanding what their dreams and goals are and look at how to achieve their aspirations. In the second half term they will learn about making healthy choices with food and activity and how to deal with difficult situations.
RE: Why do people pray?
In RE the children will be looking how and why people pray across a range of different religions.
PE: Dance, hand ball, tennis and netball
The children will now have the sports coach working with them on a Tuesday afternoon. Their other lesson is on Thursday morning.
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 Monday. 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.
Computing: desktop publishing and branching databases.
This term the children will learn about combining text and images to produce a leaflet. They will then find out what a branching database is and what it is used for.
We will be developing our language skills this term by looking at colours and the French alphabet. Then after half term we will learn to count from 20- 50 in French and begin to look at how to say and write the date.
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 need to complete one piece per week. We will also continue to set maths homework based on what we are learning that week. There are support videos provided each week on Google Classroom. Children will also have a text to practise reading fluently as many time as possible at home. Using TTRockstars is an expectation in year 3 also.
If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or add to Google Classroom.
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. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given.
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 or Friday you will achieve YELLOW. If you don’t hand your homework in you will be RED for that week.
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
Other important information:
Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform.
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.
PE this term is on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mrs Lynch and Mrs Hall.