I hope you all had a fantastic break and you’re now ready for the final term of year 3.
This term in English we will be focusing on texts relating to our topic, Our Extreme Earth. We will start the term off focusing on the text ‘Escape from Pompeii’. We will write our own narrative and retell the story of when Mount Vesuvius erupted. Then we shall use the text to help us write shape poetry about different natural disasters.
This term we shall also be writing non-chronological reports about different natural disasters such as volcanoes and earthquakes. We will also create a newspaper report about a specific natural disaster.
The children must be practicing their spellings both at home and at school.
This term in maths we will continue to practice mental and written forms of addition and subtraction. These shall include column addition and subtraction by counting up. We shall also focus on shape and angle, including measuring perimeters of 2D shapes. We will be learning how to tell the time on both 12 and 24 hour clocks and be able to tell the time 5, 10 and 15 minutes later. We shall continue to consolidate written multiplication and division methods and explore the link between division and fractions.
The children should also be continuing to learn their times tables. They all have a TT Rockstars log in and this is a fantastic way to practice them.
This term in science we shall be exploring magnets and forces. In this unit children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘can you make a tool that can move something on the floor far away from you?’ They will be asked to make a tool that can pick up things made of a magnetic material and consider the use of a telescopic arm or a folding arm to enable them to reach an object far away. The lessons leading up to answering the Quest will enable children to explore the properties of magnets and magnetic materials. They will also be able to apply their knowledge of how things move on different surfaces to create a table top game.
Working scientifically, we will investigate how toys can be grouped according to how they move. We will carry out a simple investigation into the way an elastic band catapult can move a toy car. We investigate the effect of different surfaces on the movement of a sliding coin. They will have the opportunity to identify which materials are magnetic and which are not. The children will also be able to carry out an investigation to identify the strength of different magnets. The children will be able to apply their subject knowledge to design a magnetic tool that will pick up magnetic materials.
Our topic in Year 3 this term is ‘Our Extreme Earth’. The children will be learning all about natural disasters that occur on Earth. They will research things such as; earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and tornadoes. We will also explore how these disasters impact our environment over time.
This term we will continue to practice our coding skills through the programme ‘Scratch’. The children create their own characters and scenes and will write codes to make this scene come to life. They will also continue to practice their word processing skills and create an online poster.
This term we have a very exciting week coming up. We have sports and health week (week commencing 18th June). The children must ensure that they have their P.E kits in school every day during this week. P.E day is still Friday and the children will be continuing to develop their skills in athletics and games.
This term the children will be exploring the question ‘What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?’ We will be comparing the beliefs and festivals of Christianity with that of Hinduism.
Homework and Reading
Year 3 homework is given out each Friday and due in school on the following Thursday. The children are expected to complete a times tables worksheet, practice their spellings and complete one activity from the homework menu. If the children complete a piece of work on a computer or an iPad then please email it to me!
firstname.lastname@example.org F.A.O – Miss Pinington.
The children will receive a red for their assertive mentoring if all of these things are not complete.
The children are also expected to read twice at home. Their reading log should be signed at least twice each week and returned to school on a Wednesday. If the children are reading their own books at home these can also be signed in their reading logs.