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Year 3


Summer 1:

The children have made a great start to the new half-term and are enjoying our new topic ‘What did the Romans do for us?’. We are building up our knowledge of Roman society so we can create some informative and entertaining reports and presentations. We will be visiting Lancaster Museum to find out more about this topic and going on our own archaeological dig!

In English we are working towards creating a report on the Romans and then using this knowledge to create presentations in ICT. Later on in the half-term we will be looking at the conventions of a play-script to create and perform our own Roman play. In Maths, we will be looking at different strategies for solving problems that require knowledge of multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. We will also be revisiting fractions of numbers and shapes.

PE is on Tuesday this half-term and Swimming is on a Friday. In PE, we are learning a variety of skills to help different invasion games from ancient Roman games like Trigon to more modern equivalents like bench-ball and netball. Thank you for helping to remind your children to bring in their kits on these days.

We will continue with our reading challenges this term that focus on reading at home regularly and reading a variety of books from the classroom. Well done to all the children who succeeded with these last term. Thank you to everyone who has helped their child read at home regularly, we can really see an improvement in their reading. Please make sure that their reading record is updated by either you or your child so we can give them the praise they deserve. Thank you for your continued help with this.

Spring 2:

Welcome back one and all. We’ve got off to a flying start with our exciting new topic called ‘The Iron Man’. We will be learning about magnets and forces, designing and making a pop-up book and creating a soundtrack. The topic is based around the brilliant story The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The children have really enjoyed this story and we’ve already finished reading it. We also have trips coming up: one to Ingleborough Caves (Tuesday 20th March), and a walk through of the Easter story in the Priory Church (15th March). Letters will be going out very soon about these trips. On top of all this we will be showcasing our learning in an Assembly on Friday 16th March – we all really hope that you can make it.

In English we are working towards creating our own story based on ideas in The Iron Man. We will also be looking at diary entries and how these are used to recount events and convey drama and humour (for example, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney). In Maths, we will be going over the formal methods for multiplication, division, addition and subtraction, and using these to read and interpret graphs.

PE is on Tuesday this half term and Swimming is on a Friday. We will be building up our hand-eye coordination to play racquet and ball games. Thank you for helping to remind your children to bring in their kits on these days.

Well done to all the children who achieved their ice cream reading challenge last half term. Already many children have improved the amount they have been reading at home over the holidays and in our first week back. A massive congratulations to everyone who has been reading regularly. We will continue to reward all regular readers who read 5 times a week. Please make sure you’re updating their reading record so we know that they’ve read at home. Thank you for your continued help with this.

Spring 1:

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a great festive break. We’re back with a short half term and lots to fit in and do. We have a great topic of Rock and Roll, where we will be learning about the formation of rocks, how earthquakes and volcanoes happen and life for prehistoric people. I wanted to give you this newsletter and homework as soon as possible so your children have enough time to attempt one or more. The task about bringing in a rock for our class rock collection is for everyone to have a go at, but they can do other tasks of their own as well. Later in the term, we will be fitting in a trip to Ingleborough Caves – keep an eye out for that letter later on – to see different rocks underground and how they react over time with water.

In English we will look at creating poetry using rocks as our inspiration. Then we will be creating our own stories based on the novel ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King. There is a TV mini-series and film available on YouTube that the children are encouraged to look at in preparation for this. In Maths, we will be looking mainly at fractions and how they are linked to multiplication and division. We will also be measuring volume and capacity so if you have any measuring jobs at home, please let your children help!

PE is on Thursday. We will be inside as we will be learning some Rock and roll dance moves to create our own dance sequence. Swimming is still on a Friday. Thank you for helping to remind your children to bring in their kits on these days.

Autumn 2:

The first two weeks have flown by and Green Class have already got stuck into our new topic Healthy Humans. We will be looking at what humans need to do to keep ourselves healthy as well as looking at our skeletons and how these compare with animal skeletons. We started off this topic by finding animal bones in real owl pellets and trying to reconstruct them into skeletons! Soon (Monday 27th November) some visitors from the hospital will be coming to give the children some hands on experiences with medical equipment.

In English we are looking at fables and we will be creating our own based on one of Aesop’s fables. We will also be looking at letter writing (just in time for those thank you letters at Christmas!) and shape poems later on in the half term. When the children are reading, we have been focusing on how we can tell/work out how characters are feeling or what they might be thinking. In Maths, have been working on written methods for multiplication and division. Please continue to help your children practise their times tables and division facts, it’s a great help when they get extra practice at home.  We will also be looking at telling the time to the nearest minute and solving problems using the different areas of maths which we have learnt so far.

PE is on Tuesday and Thursday. We are lucky enough to have a coach from Lancaster Cricket Club come in and work with Green class on Thursdays. Please make sure your child as suitable warm PE clothes as we will be outside on these days, weather permitting. Swimming is still on a Friday. Thank you for helping to remind your children to bring in their kits on these days.

Well done to all the children who achieved their reading challenge last half term. This will continue this half term, with some extra rewards for those children who read 5 times a week. Please make sure you’re updating their reading record so we know that they’ve read at home. Thank you for your continued help with this.

Autumn 1:

Your children have settled in brilliantly to Green class and you should be really proud of how sensible they’ve been. There have been a lot of changes for them to get used to now they’re in Key Stage 2 and they have done brilliantly at working to what we expect of year 3 children. Our topic this half term is ‘There’s no place like home’ where we will be looking at the county of Lancashire, what towns, cities and famous people it has and how it has changed over the years. We also have a separate science topic called ‘Light and Shadows’ where we will be investigating how we see and how light works. We’ve already conducted our first experiment where we investigated which colour was the easiest to see in the dark.

In English we have been going over some grammar this week and have written some great descriptive pieces about our school garden. We will be looking at Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree and writing our own story based on this. We will also be looking at some famous Lancastrians and writing their biography.

In Maths, we have been looking at place value and how to split numbers up into hundreds tens and units. We will be building on this to do mental addition and subtraction. By the end of this half term the children will also look at formal ways of calculating.

PE is on Tuesday and Thursday. We are working on balances, jumps and rolls to make a gymnastic routine. Please make sure your child has their PE kit on these days. Swimming is every Friday morning, and this will be starting next week (15th September). Please ensure they have their swimming kit on Fridays.

Reading is really important, and we are doing 2 different reading challenges in our class. I have a reading challenge for children to read 4 different types of books from our book corner to win a prize and we are also doing an ice-cream challenge where children have to read at least 3 times a week to gain different parts of an ice cream. Please help your child to read as much as possible at home and record it in their reading record, thank you.