Welcome back to School, we hope you have all enjoyed a restful time with your families.
While there may be many changes, please be assured that we will still have a great time with lots of exciting learning opportunities planned.
We are all starting to get to know each other and we have made a great start to our learning, and have been working on this terms theme of Happiness. Our Topic focus this term is History and Geography based, where we will be learning all about Life in The Stone Age. We will also be developing our skills as Historical Botanists!
We are all looking forward to the term ahead and know that we will have a fantastic time. Please be assured that if you have any questions or concerns we will always be willing to listen and will do our best to ensure that your child is happy in school.
Year 3 4 spelling lists
This term we will be focusing on reading and helping the children to develop their love of books. We will share lots of stories, poems and information texts, and work on our ability to read aloud with expression - so please enjoy reading stories aloud to each other at home. We will develop our writing skills, through a range of genres including Shape and Calligram Poetry, Instructions and Adventure Stories, all of which will be inspired by our topic on The Stone Age or our Science topic on plants.
Daily, we will recap our phonic sounds and spelling rules. We will develop our use of descriptive vocabulary and later on, our characterisation and setting descriptions. We will work on sentence structure and vocabulary not only in English but throughout all lessons and develop a range of new grammar and writing techniques. At all times, we will be encouraging cursive handwriting and best efforts at presentation.
In our maths lessons, we will develop our understanding of place value and become confident when working with 3 digit numbers up to 1000. We will become confident working on our skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division , including the formal written methods for addition and subtraction.
In year 3 the children learn fluently, the multiplication and division facts x2, x3, x4, x5 and x10. As well as learning to count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 and finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number. Multiplication and division are best practiced daily. The children can practice at home by logging into their TTRS accounts or by using one of the online games in the links section below.
In Science we will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers and understand the life cycle of flowering plants. We will explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and investigate the way in which water is transported within plants. Later in the term we will observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others.
In Year 3, we will be learning Spanish for the first time. The topics we will cover are; Greetings, Self introductions, Simple body parts and instructions, Days and Months, Classroom Objects and prepositions and cultures that speak Spanish. We will develop our ability to recognise and respond to familiar questions through the learning of simple words and phrases.
Our main topic is Stone Age to Iron Age, where we will use evidence to ask and find answers to questions about prehistoric times and suggest suitable sources of evidence for historical enquiries. We will learn about the changes in Britain from Stone to Iron Age. This will include the impact on the physical geography on how early man came to inhabit Britain, including the implications of different Ice ages and how civilisations began to develop. We will learn about the use of tools and the development of villages which later supported the development of farming.
We are also very luck to be able to visit Plymouth's newest attraction - The Box - where we will be learning about life in the Bronze Age!
Homework will be set each week on a Tuesday ( to be handed in on the following Monday) and will mostly consist of an English or Maths activity lasting no longer than about 20 minutes, in addition to reading, spelling practice and numberwork on most days. Once or twice a term, we will also embrace opportunities to set more creative homework tasks – so get your glue and paint at the ready! Soon we will be posting homework on Teams!! Watch this space!
Please read at home – Every day!
While I would love all children to read daily - what is most important is that children develop a love of reading and choose to read for pleasure, as a school we encourage children to read for 10-20 minutes on most days.
Remember, when reading for pleasure , the library offers many historical fiction and non-fiction books linked to the Romans.
In year 3, the children will start to move on to the AR system, as this happens we will be in touch to give you more information. As the term progresses please come and have a chat if you have any questions linked to the AR scheme or would like to know ways to engage your child with reading at home.
We will be learning spellings daily in school with a test once a week on a Friday. These words will be linked to the year 3 spelling patterns as well as the year 3/4 NC required word lists. See links below.
This term, PE will be outside in the playground, so trainers are a must!. Please ensure that PE kit is in school at the start of each term.