Year 3 Newsletter
Term 3 & Term 4 2019
Miss Prentice and Mrs Gumbeer are happy to be welcoming back all of the parents/carers and children of Year 3. We hope all of the children have had a super Christmas holiday and enjoyed the rest. A massive thank you goes out to everyone for such thoughtful Christmas gifts that we received. We are looking forward to the topic over the next two terms and hope the children do too. This newsletter outlines what the children will be learning in Terms 3 and 4 and any other information which may help you to support your child at school.
Our topic this term is Rule Britannia.
Year 3 will be learning about how Britain has changed over many years. They will explore Britain through the Stone Age, Iron Age and modern day. Leading into the classroom, we even have our very own Stone Age cave entrance.
Our vision is to…
Ø Create challenging and stimulating learning that is exciting and engaging for the children.
Ø Motivate children through unique experiences and learning opportunities.
Ø Allow children to explore new things and develop their thirst for knowledge.
Ø Encourage children to have pride and high expectations in their work, to not fear challenge and to push themselves to achieve their individual best.
In English, we will be learning to write portal tales using the Talk4Writing text ‘Elf Road’ by Pie Corbett to help us understand their content, structure and purpose. We will identify the key features that include: expanded noun phrases, similes, personification, prepositions, and simple and complex sentences. Using this knowledge, we are going to be writing our own exciting portal tales, taking characters on magical adventures into other worlds. Later in the term, we will also be learning about instruction writing. Our aim over these terms is to read a range of class books to encourage and celebrate a love of reading for pleasure. This term, we begin with a portal tale to inspire the children, ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis.
Below are details of the grammar content to be taught during Year 3:
Formation of nouns using a range of prefixes
Use of the forms a or an according to whether the next word begins with a
consonant or a vowel
Word families based on common words, showing how words are related in form
Expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions, adverbs, or prepositions
Introduction to paragraphs as a way to group related material
Headings and sub-headings to aid presentation
Use of the present perfect form of verbs instead of the simple past
Introduction to inverted commas to punctuate direct speech
Terminology for pupils
word family, prefix
clause, subordinate clause
consonant, consonant letter vowel, vowel letter
inverted commas (or ‘speech marks’)
In Maths, we will begin by consolidating column addition and subtraction using 2-digit and 3-digit numbers, with the aim of helping to secure the children’s understanding. We will then move onto the other of the four functions: Multiplication and Division.
In computing this term, the children will be using Scratch to develop coding skills and create programmes. In particular, they will explore a smoking car project where they will develop a coded game.
Miss Regan will be working with the children in Year 3, teaching them music linking to the topic of Rule Britannia. They will begin exploring the National Anthem as an introduction to the topic.
The children will be learning about Prayer and Salvation in Christianity, leading up to the Easter story.
This term, the children will be focusing on the JIGSAW unit, ‘Dreams and Goals’. This will include the children identifying their dreams and goals, the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve them, how we can support each other to achieve our goals, overcoming obstacles and celebrating success once our goals have been achieved.
PE lessons will be on a Monday and Thursday every week. This term, the children will be learning about basketball and controlling their movements through the use of equipment. This will include one in door and one outdoor lesson per week.
Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. For health and safety reasons, if your child is unable to remove their own earrings they will be unable to participate in PE.
In Science this term we will be learning about Rocks. The children will explore how rocks can be sorted, formed, used and fossilised.
Our library time is on Wednesday. Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.
Homework books are sent home every Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. Each week, the books will alternate between Maths and English or Reading Comprehension. Please ensure you follow the books in order, completing one workout per week. This will be connected to the learning that has taken place in school.
Every child has their own reading book. May we request that you make a comment each time you hear your child read. Your child will be given regular opportunity to change their library books. We recommend that they are encouraged to read a wide range of genres.
Spellings and Times Tables
Spellings and times table tests will be every Tuesday afternoon and spelling booklets will be sent home to practise every week. Times table practise will be provided in school and your support with learning at home will be greatly appreciated.
During this term we are hoping to have a topic based class visit in order to enrich the children’s learning.
More information will be provided.
Celebration assembly will continue to be held on Thursday afternoons and singing assemblies on alternate Fridays. Please refer to our assembly schedule on our school website.
I would like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your child’s needs and progress. Two evenings are to be held on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th February 2019. However, if you wish to discuss your child’s learning before this, or at any other time, you are welcome to make an appointment. If you need to speak with myself before school please ask at the school office first, thank you.
Year 3 Teacher