YEAR 3

Summer 2

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are so proud of everything your children have achieved so far in Year 3. Please find below an overview of the topics we will be covering next half term.

English

Children will begin the half term by reading The Tin Forest by Helen Ward and create plots based on their predictions of what will happen next in the story. Following this, Year 3 will be reading and writing a Lonely Planet style information text about a Mediterranean country linked to their geography topic. Finally, children will read and explore The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and write a range of different pieces, including a powerful and persuasive letter.  

Maths

Children will continue to learn about fractions at the start of the term. They will find part of a set and learn how to share 1 and more than 1. Following this, the children will explore angles. They will find right angles, acute angles and obtuse angles. The children will learn about different types of lines and shapes. They will identify and create perpendicular and parallel lines as well as vertical and horizontal lines. The children will then learn to measure the perimeter of a shape. Throughout the half term, Year 3 will spend time consolidating the formal written methods for the four operations as well as problem solving.

Science

Children will complete a STEM project exploring food, taste, food testing and staying safe around food. They will learn how all senses affect taste and how this can keep us safe, the main tastes humans detect, that people vary in their ability to detect taste and how different people can react to foods. They will also learn how to call the emergency services. Throughout the topic, children will continue to work on their science enquiry skills. They will make systematic and careful observations, use previous knowledge to predict what might happen and use scientific language to discuss their ideas.

Geography

Children will learn where the Mediterranean is and what its climate is like. They will explore why it is important as well as the threats to the Mediterranean Sea. The children will then research and create a presentation about a Mediterranean country.    

PSCHE

Children will be learning about ‘A changing me in a changing world’. This will include relationship and sex education (RSE). A separate letter has been sent out, outlining what and how topics will be taught.

RE

Children will be exploring the question: How do we care for our world? The children will find different ways they can find awe and wonder in our natural world before thinking about who owns the world and who is responsible for it. Children will learn how people of faith consider it is important to look after the world and why.

Computing

Children will develop their coding skills using Scratch Senior.

Music

Children will continue to learn to play the recorder and will be extending their note range from BAGCD to BAGCDEF# and Low D. They will do this through songs and composing, which involves extending their knowledge of staff notation and being able to read 1 octave of notes in the scale of D.  Children will also be learning how to read simple and complex rhythms.  Children will be sharing their learning at the end of term in a concert with all of Year 3.

PE

Children should come to school in their PE kit and do not need to bring their normal uniform to change back into. Please do make sure that they have warm enough clothes for the whole day e.g. jogging bottoms if they wear shorts for PE.

Indoor PE lessons

Children will either be taught dance by our specialist dance teacher Rhian Robbins or Gym by our coach David Wood. The children will have an opportunity to create, explore and perform movement in response to classroom curriculum-based topics and given stimuli such as music, visuals and text. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on creativity, composition, performance and peer learning.​​

Outdoor PE lessons

Outdoor games will continue with a focus on tennis to help develop children’s tennis-based racket skills. They will build upon fundamental movement skills of agility, coordination and balance with an emphasis on linking movements together into sequences and applying these in a broad range of both collaborative and modified competitive games.

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French

Pupils will learn vocabulary about two different story books and will then be performing their own version of the story to the class. Children will also learn to tell the time and revise French grammar rules.

Homework

English (spag.com) and maths (mathletics.com) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday (every other week for spag.com). Mathletics activities are set to consolidate the current learning in class. We appreciate that they may be quick to complete from time to time so if you wish to extend your child’s learning at home, please use the ‘explore’ and ‘play’ tabs at the top. You can also find additional challenge activities at https://q1e.co.uk/learning/additional-maths-activities. Words to learn each week will be sent home in your child’s guided reading record. Your child needs to bring their guided reading record to school every day.

Healthy eating at playtime

Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.

Water

All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.

Communication between home and school

At the end of the school day, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher before leaving the school premises.

It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please can you check that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and up to date.

We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.

Yours faithfully,

Year 3 Team
Ailee Kemeny and Fiona Allan (3AK)
Ellen Cheetham (3C)
Annia Naik (3N)
Sophie Rimell (3R)

Download the Year 3 PSCHE letter