Welcome back to year 3. The New Year always brings a sense of a fresh start and renewed energy, however what a fresh start it has been! Even though this term will be delivered remotely, we are all still looking forward to an action packed term filled with many learning opportunities. This term, we will be continuing our journey through history and learning about the Roman invasion and how Roman advancements in technology changed the face of Britain. We will link this to our English writing and write stories set in the past as well researching the Roman art form - mosaics. As always, if you have any concerns or questions then please do not hesitate to speak to one of the year 3 team.
Year 3 4 spelling lists
As Writers we will start the term looking at Historical Fiction based on the Romans. We will look at how characters behave, how settings influence the story and how vocabulary allows the reader to hook the story in the past. Later in the term we will continue to use the Romans as we switch to non-fiction texts, in particular persuasive writing. Throughout all our writing, we will focus on accurate punctuation including the correct punctuation of speech. We will continue to extend our ideas using a range of conjunctions as well as developing our application of a wide range fronted adverbials. Most importantly, as much work will be on the computer, please take time to practice your handwriting.
In Maths, we will continue to develop our understanding of multiplication and division by using the multiplication tables that we know to calculate mentally and then progressing to formal written methods to calculate problems involving two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers. We will also be learning about fractions. We will learn to recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts. We will recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects and learn about unit fractions and non- unit fractions with small denominators We will also learn to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole.
In Science, we will be learning about ‘Animals including humans’. We will learn to identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food like plants but that they get nutrition from what they eat. We will research food groups and compare and contrast the diets of animals and group them according to what they eat. We will identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. We will also learn to identify groups of animals - with or without skeletons, movement types, exploring each others ideas of what would happen if we did not have skeletons.
In Spanish, we will listen to and understand single words in Spanish through the topics of Family, Numbers and Age, Home and Easter. We will say, read and write simple familiar words to describe people, places, things and actions using a model while developing strategies for memorising new vocabulary. We will also continue to develop our ability to recognise and respond to familiar questions through the learning of simple words and phrases.
Our main topic is The Romans, we will be exploring the concepts of empire, civilisation, conflict, power, democracy and invasion through the study of the Romans. By asking the question—What impact did the Roman Empire have on Britain? we will identify how the city of Rome formed how the Roman Empire become so powerful. We will explore how the Romans conquered Britain and how this had an impact on the daily life of the native Britons. We will find out who Boudicca was and Why, following such success did Roman rule Britain come to an end?
This term, we would like the children to focus on their key skills and work towards meeting their individual targets. With this in mind, it is important that they continue to use TTRS to learning their times table, practice their spellings and read as often as possible.
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.
Children are able to access books online, please speak to your child's class teacher about this. As always, 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 as part of our provision 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 via online resources. Please take advantage of what is on offer as well as enjoying exercising outside with your family.