Welcome to Year 3
Year 3 Newsletter
Term 1 & Term 2 2018
Miss Prentice and Mrs Gumbeer are excited to be welcoming back the children of Year 3 and are happy to extend our welcome to the parents/carers of those pupils. We hope all of the children enjoyed their summer holiday and are now ready to try their hardest in a new year at Key Stage 2. Our first term consists of fun and engaging lessons, planned with excellent learning opportunities in mind.
Our topic this term is Rotten Romans. We will be learning about the Roman Empire, Roman soldiers, people and daily life as well as the impact the Romans had on Britain. This will involve lots of hearty discussion on whether the Romans really were rotten…
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 letters, using the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ to help us understand their structure and purpose. Using this knowledge, we are going to be writing letters from the perspective of Roman weapons. Later in the term, we will be creating warning tales using the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood as a model warning tale. Our aim this term is to read a range of class books to encourage and celebrate a love of reading for pleasure – we begin this year with Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’.
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 start the year with a strong emphasis on place value, looking at 2- and 3-digit numbers. This will move into addition and subtraction, and later on in the term we will focus on multiplication and division. Finally, the final week of the term will involve a consolidation of the topics that have been covered.
This term we will be learning about how to keep safe on the internet and how to use technology responsibly. We shall also be using scratch to develop coding skills, learning how to create programmes.
Mrs Regan will be working with the children in Year 3, teaching them music which will link to our topic, Rotten Romans. This term, there will also focus on the use of recorders.
The children will be learning about Family Ties and they will learn about the traditions of the Hindu Festival Raksha Bandhan.
In the first half of the term the children will be focusing on the JIGSAW unit, ‘being me in my world’. This theme focuses on self-awareness, motivation and social skills.
PE lessons will be on a Monday and Thursday every week. This term, the children will be learning gymnastics and multi skills. 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 forces and magnets. The children will explore the two poles of a magnet and compare/group everyday materials based on whether they will be attracted to a magnet.
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 homework will include a Maths, English and a comprehension focus and will be connected to the learning that has taken place that week.
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 Friday 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 visit the Verulamium Museum where we will spend the day in character at a real life Roman market 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.
We would like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your child’s needs and progress. Two evenings are to be held on Wednesday 17th October and Thursday 18th October. 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