Welcome to Year 3!
This half term we’re continuing to work hard to aim high and be like all of our Learning Captains.
Our PE days this half term are timetabled for Monday and Wednesday afternoons, however, the timetable does sometimes change, so it’s helpful if your child can have their PE kits in school every day.
We have started some singing lessons this half term with an outside provider which take place on a Thursday afternoon.
Year 3 and 4 will be working together to perform an Easter play on Tuesday 20th March.
Don’t forget to check Marvelous Me for stickers and badges celebrating your child’s successes in school.
In English, we have started the half term looking at diary entries. We discussed to key features and the children have written two diary entries from the perspective of different people. Our first diary entry looked at a girl called Zahra, who lived in Africa, and had to travel far to collect water each day. We then took a trip to Egypt where we met a traveler and his camel who had a few problems with the pyramids.
We will then begin to look at travel brochures and the language used within these to persuade the reader to visit that place. We will be researching, using the iPads, information about London, Crete, Austria and Rome, in order to create our own travel brochures for these destinations.
You can help your child at home by helping them learn their spellings, which are sent home on a weekly basis, and encouraging them to practice their handwriting. There is a big focus in year 3 on
trying to join our letters in a cursive form.
In Mathematics, we will all be doing different challenges based around multiplication and division before moving on and looking at measurements. Children will be encouraged to use their understanding of place value and how many hundreds, tens and ones make up a number, to support them and we will be learning a variety of methods to solve problems.
When looking at multiplication and division, we start by learning fact families in order to deepen the children’s understanding of the operations. We will practice counting up in steps and using a variety of different concrete materials to support us when doing this. We are encouraging the children to be independent when deciding which method is best for them to use, which will differ depending on what they feel the most comfortable and confident with.
After this, we will move on and look at different aspects of measurement including length, mass and volume. The children will be able to experience how and when to use different measuring materials and will be challenged to solve some complex word problems which require them to use skills they have previously learnt.
You can help your child at home by helping them learn their times tables. In year 3, we mainly focus on 3, 4 and 8 as well as recapping over the 2, 5 and 10s. We also encourage all children to practise telling the time as we will be learning to tell the time in 1 minute intervals from an analogue and digital clock.
In Science, we are continuing to learn about rocks. We will learn about different kinds of rocks, how they are formed and the fossilisation of different creatures throughout history. We will be learning to work scientifically, planning and carrying out own experiments and collecting and analysing our results to draw conclusions.
You can help your child at home by helping them to research their science topic using books, computers, a tablet or relevant TV programmes. You can also encourage them to ask relevant, scientific questions and think about how they could answer them.
Our topic for this term is ‘All Around the World’. In History, we will be learning about different explorers such as, Christopher Columbus and Captain Cook. In P.E we have some coaches from the University of Nottingham, who will be working with us every Monday, focusing on fundamental movement skills. In French, we will be starting to learn key words; ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘thank you’, ‘please’, and simple sentences as well as numbers 1-10. In Geography, we will be focusing on using maps and atlases to develop our understanding of different countries, continents and oceans.