Welcome back to Year 3 – Penguins & Sharks
A very warm welcome back, we hope you have had an enjoyable break. Hopefully, you are all feeling refreshed because this Spring term is going to be extra busy!
The class timetable is by the door we use to access the playground and available on line and a few small changes have been made. Please note that the PE day for Sharks is changing to a Wednesday and Friday for Penguin class to accommodate swimming lessons on Thursday. Please try to ensure that PE kits are in school every day as it is sometimes necessary to make last minute changes to the children’s PE schedule.
English: This term we are starting with our year 3 novel study, in which we read Morpurgo's 'The Butterfly Lion'. This fantastic story always inspires some super drama and writing. After half term, we will focus on non-chronological reports and stories based on the environments we will be studying in Combined Studies. We will continue to teach grammar concepts in English lessons and these will be revisited in homework tasks.
Maths: We will begin the term by reinforcing our understanding of place value and comparing and ordering numbers, multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 and adding and subtracting 1, 10 or 100 to any 3 digit number. We will be further developing our written methods of addition and subtraction whilst keeping our mental strategies in mind as we need to be able to choose the best method for approaching a calculation. Multiplication and division will be based mainly on our times-tables facts but we will use ‘grid method’ for 1–digit x 2- digit calculations eg. 6 x 17. We will be learning to recognise right angles; describe the properties of 2-d shapes and calculate perimeters; recognise fractions and find equivalent fractions. We will also be learning more about telling the time which you can help with lots at home… please!
Combined studies: We have already started our 'Extreme Environment' topic, using atlases to locate them around the world, investigating how plants and animals survive there and creating a piece of art based around the rainforest. Please see our topic overview on the Curriculum Page on our website for more details.
Science: We made a tasty start to our new science topic of ‘Rocks’ by making our own versions of Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous rocks out of chocolate. We will be learning to compare and group rocks according to their properties as well as carrying out investigative work on the properties of the rocks. After half term we will be focusing on forces and magnets.
The new spellings for the whole of Spring Term 1 are on the website, on the window near the timetable and will be sent out this week. Please continue to support your child with practising these every week.
It is incredibly important that children can confidently recall the multiplication and division facts for the tables they are working on. As well as practise in the classroom, all children will need to practise their times tables at home. We will still be testing these every Friday in class.
You may find the following website, which contains many different times tables interactive activities useful in helping your child learn their times tables: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables.
Swimming lessons will begin next week on THURSDAY 17th JANUARY. Lessons will take place between 2:00 and 3:00, with each lesson being half an hour. This does not include time taken for changing, so please be patient if we are running late. If possible, please do not bring anything unnecessary to school that day, to ensure that we can dismiss the children as smoothly as possible. Please note, all children must wear a swimming cap. This is a requirement from the swimming pool for hygiene reasons. The office will be selling caps if needed, priced at £1.50.
If you have not yet returned the permission slip or payment, please could you do so as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity for all children to learn and improve a crucial life skill.
Thank you all for your support and cooperation, we are really looking forward to all that this term has to offer and giving your children the opportunities to experience new and exciting things. If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see us after school at the door or send a dojo!.
Mrs Greggan and Mr Roscoe