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Year 3

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.