Welcome to Mrs Foster's Class
Welcome back to a short but action packed Spring Term. The New Year always brings a sense of a fresh start and renewed energy and we all looking forward to a Spring 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 as creating mosaics in Art. Towards the end of the term we are very excited to welcome an ISCA LEGIONARY who works with The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery to provide an immersive historical experience for the children ending with an iconic battle on the last day..
During the Spring Term, we will be continuing our Historical learning leaving the Stone Age and Pre-History behind and moving forward in time to the Invasion of The Romans. We will be exploring what life was really like and experiencing this first hand, during a Roman Day workshop.
In computing, we will be be developing our programming skills using Scratch which can be accessed at home for free https://scratch.mit.edu/. We will be continuing to learn how to stay safe online we will take part in Safer Internet Day 2010 which will be celebrated globally with the theme: Together for a better internet. In our science lessons 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.
This term we will develop our writing skills, through 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, handwriting and presentation of our ideas will be at the forefront of all we do. A massive well done to those pupils in year 3 who have gained their pen licence, and to everyone else - you can do it - let's aim to achieve those Pen Licences!
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.
multiplication tables for 3s, 4s and 8s . As all pupils are required to know their multiplication facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4, we will work in year 3 to learn the multiplication and division facts for x2, x3, x4, x5, x8, x10. As a school we use TTRS and we will be celebrating the children’s success in class – please practise at home – as this is the key to knowing these facts inside and out. It is truly amazing how much easier the children find maths when these key facts are learnt.
PS – Parents – Don’t be afraid – you too can learn these facts with your children!
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!
Please read – 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. We continue to use AR and I would like pupils to aim to take at least one book quiz per week.
With your support, we will encourage the children to read daily, supported by our whole class reading book Romans on the Rampage by Jeremy Strong. Remember, when reading for pleasure , the library offers many historical fiction and non-fiction books linked to the Romans.
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.
We will have PE twice a week on a Monday and Friday. Please ensure that PE kit is in school at the start of each term.