Welcome back to the start of the New year and welcome to 3JS! We are going to have the best year team. Our moto is 'be the best that you can bee' because life is you VS you. I know this will be a fantastic year.
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! If you have any questions or concerns we will always be willing to listen and will do our best to answer any questions while ensuring that your child is happy in school.
As Writers we will develop our writing skills, through a range of genres including Adventure Stories and Instructions all of which will be inspired by our topic on The Stone Age and our class book Mr Penguin.
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.
We will at all times, focus on handwriting and presentation
As Mathematicians we will improve our understanding of place value and become confident when working with 3 digit numbers up to 1000. We will develop our skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division , including the formal written methods for addition and subtraction. We will 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.
As Scientists 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.
We will observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. We will compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials. Describe magnets as having two poles. Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.
As Geographers and as Historians, 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.
Year 3 4 spelling lists
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 Monday. 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.