Welcome to Year 3
Welcome to Year 3!
We have lots of exciting learning opportunities planned this term. We have had such a good start to the year where the children have all shone. Our year 3 moto is 'be the best you can be' and our children really are striving for this.
Our focus this term has been settlements and land use; linked to Plymouth and the surrounding area. As the next term progresses, the children will start to learn all about the Romans. This really is a fantastic unit of work to study!
Miss Simpson will be teaching 3JS on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Miss Gill will be teaching 3SG from Tuesday to Fridays.
Miss LM will be teaching 3SG on a Monday and 3JS on a Tuesday.
Our Year 3 Teaching Assistant, Mrs Buckley will be working with both classes across the week.
Underpinning all of our learning and time together are our school values. They are also linked to our Class Dojo rewards. We will learn about and celebrate examples of each value daily.
Our Value of the term is... RESPECT
Our Big questions this term are:
'How does the location of a settlement change the way it grows?'
'Do magnets make everything move?'
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.
We will learn about fractions and telling the time. We will also learn about lines and angles and find out how we can represent and interpret data.
As Writers we will develop our writing skills through a range of genres. These include: adventure Stories, instructions, non-chronological reports, poetry and suspense writing., all of which will be inspired by our topic on The Stone Age and our class books Mr Penguin and The Creakers.
We will develop our use of descriptive vocabulary using expanded noun phrases and and adding detail to our sentences by using adverbials. We are focusing this term on the children accurately using conjunctions to join sentences.
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 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. The children will learn how to describe two poles and identify them. We will also 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 the Stone to the Iron Age. This will include the impact of 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 will study different kinds of settlements from hamlets through to conurbations and compare and contrast their geographical features.
Spellings will be given out on a Wednesday ready for a test on the following Monday. These words will be linked to the Year 3 spelling patterns in our Read Write Inc. daily spelling lessons as well as the year 3/4 NC required word lists.
Please read at home – Every day!
While we 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 fantastic choices to read at home and online.
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.
The children can change their books daily in class. We ask that the children have an adult signed reading session in their reading record book to do this. We really encourage reading both their school book and other texts that interest them at home. We will be reading a class book each term and hope the children enjoy them.
Reading to, with and listening to your children can be so much fun!
Times Table Rock Stars
We are trying really hard this year to learn our times tables. We have a daily session where we practice. To support our learning of these tables in school, we would love you to have fun using TTRS at home; the children love it in school! The children have all been given their individual login.
Homework is set on a Tuesday to be returned on the following Monday. This maybe through teams, paper copies or a project. 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.