Welcome to Miss Simpson'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 Autumn Term, we will be taking a trip through 900,000 years of prehistoric history and learning about Life in the Stone Age. The story of prehistoric Britain began when the first humans arrived in Britain and continued through to the arrival of the Romans. The earliest humans were hunter-gatherers. They survived by hunting animals and finding food to eat. Then, very gradually people learned new skills. First they learned to herd animals and grow crops. Later they discovered the secrets of making bronze and iron. We will be exploring what life was really like and hopefully experiencing this first hand, during a visit to Forest School.
In computing, we will be be developing our digital literacy skills, learning how to stay safe when online and exploring how to best communicate with others when using technology. While in our science lessons we will be learning about plants, making links to the farming of our early ancestors, and after half-term we will shift our focus to forces and magnets.
This term we will develop our writing skills, through a range of genres including Poetry, Instructions and Adventure Stories. 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. While we will be learning new grammar and writing techniques, it is vitally important that we continue to focus on handwriting and presentation – I wonder who will be first to earn their Year 3 Pen Licence!
We will focus this term on reading and writing and the place value of numbers up to 1000. We will learn how to add and subtract using formal written methods, count in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 and find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number as well as learning about 2D shape, lines, money and telling the time recall
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 the whole school reading incentive. Remember, f your child reads four times a week at home, and this is recorded in their reading record with an adult's signature, then they will be in with a chance of winning a book - This term it will be about The Stone Age.
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.