YEAR 3

Spring 1

 

Dear Parents /Carers,
We have had a fantastic autumn term in Year 3. The children should all be very proud of everything they have achieved. We are looking forward to continuing our exciting curriculum next half term. This letter outlines the topics that Year 3 will learn about in the first half of spring term.
English
Spring term in Year 3 begins with children reading about that most feared of wild animals in children’s stories: the wolf. Using The Boy Who Cried Wolf, one of Aesop’s Fables, the children will look at story structure in more detail before retelling the tale. Following this, children will read The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book in 2003, as a stimulus for further narrative writing. Next, the children will read an abridged version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a stimulus to write a presentation and a newspaper report. We will also watch a performance of the play by the Young Shakespeare Company. Finally, having learnt about the Ancient Egyptians in history, children will write instructions on how to make a mummy.
Maths
Children will start the term by recapping addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before learning how to solve word problems involving multiplication and division. They will then learn about how to write length in centimeters, meters and kilometers and how to convert between these units of measure. Next, they will learn about mass, reading weighing scales in grams and kilograms, and about volume and capacity, measuring in litres and millilitres. The children will solve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division word problems involving length, mass and volume.
Science – Rocks: Introduction to Geology
Children will find out what Earth Scientists do as well as what is inside the Earth. Children will have an exciting opportunity to have a Zoom call from a real-life geologist as part of this unit. Children will observe different rocks to find out what the different types of rocks are and their properties and they will carry out comparative tests to discover which rock is the most impermeable and how hard are different rocks. Later on in the half term, children will learn how fossils are made and what soils are made from. Throughout the half term, the children will be learning different scientific enquiry skills including asking questions, choosing suitable secondary sources to find out information, and identifying, grouping and classifying. They will observe closely, model and collect information, as well as record this information and communicate scientifically.
History – Who were the Ancient Egyptians?
Children will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians! They will find out what a civilization is, before looking in detail at the pyramids and other buildings from Ancient Egypt and what these buildings tell us about the Ancient Egyptian civilization. Later on in the term, children will learn about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, as well as what we can learn from hieroglyphics and writing systems from Ancient Egypt. Finally, children will bring all of their learning together to explain what the achievements were of the Ancient Egyptian civilization.

PSCHE – Keeping Ourselves Healthy and Safe
Children will learn lots of different ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, as well as different ways to stay safe.
RE – How the World Began
Children will be learning different beliefs about one of the biggest questions in the world: how did the world begin? The children will hear creation stories from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, as well as looking at how scientists believe the universe was created.
Music
Children will be continuing learning to play the recorder focusing on learning how to play 5 notes BAGCD. Children will also be learning basic music literacy linked to reading the 5 notes on the stave and playing songs in different genres. Children will also be learning how to compose 4 bars of music on the recorder using BAG and be able to notate their ideas on the stave.
P.E.
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 be taught gymnastics by our coach David Wood. The children will have an opportunity to learn, practise and perform movement. Children will be encouraged and taught to share and develop the language to feedback and comment with an emphasis on accuracy, skill and peer learning.
Outdoor PE lessons
Outdoor games will continue to focus on outdoor and adventurous activities, with an emphasis on team building, problem solving, communication and decision making through a variety of tasks working independently, with partners and groups.

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French
Children will learn about school. They will learn to say how they travel to school and to name the contents of their pencil cases in French. The children will find out how to tell the time in French.
Computing
The online safety topic this half term is: Why is it important that we have device-free moments in our lives? In ICT, the children will be focusing on researching and presenting using technology. The children will use Book Creator and Keynote to create a presentation about the Romans: What your teacher didn’t tell you.
Homework
English (spag.com) and maths (mathletics.com) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday. 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 at the end of the day 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.
We hope you had a lovely Christmas break, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow,
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