Hello Year 3, Happy New Year and welcome to Spring Term 1!
We are so excited to welcome all of you, our children and parents, back after what we hope was restful yet fun-filled Christmas and New Year!
This half term, we will continue with some really important activities where we will talk about ‘Growth Mindset’ and the ‘Power of Yet!’. Remember our class Yeti is always with as as we learn so that whenever we are unsure or don’t believe in ourselves we have a reminder that we may not know something… YET!
‘Egyptology’ will be our main text in English this half term. We will be transported into the mysterious world of explorer Emily Sands and her explorations of Ancient Egypt. We will use this text to develop our writing skills in all areas including sentence work and grammar whilst working towards writing an Egyptian mystery narrative and diary entries. During our weekly shared reading sessions will focus on the text ‘The Twits’.
Throughout the school week, Year 3 will do handwriting, phonics and spelling rules and grammar activities.
In maths, we will continue with multiplication and division for the first few weeks of the Spring Term- recapping on using arrays, making equal groups by sharing and grouping. We will then focus on diving by 2, 5 and 10 before using our 3, 4 and 8 timetable facts to multiply and divide. Money will be our next focus, followed by statistics- making tally charts, drawing pictograms and interpreting pictograms, bar charts and other tables.
‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’ is all about the topic of the sacrament of Reconciliation is our focus for this half term. Year 3 will make links between the story of Zacchaeus and beliefs about forgiveness & reconciliation. They will also know Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness, making links between their lives and reconciliation They will retell a story about forgiveness and make links between the story and beliefs about forgiveness and Reconciliation.
This half term’s science topic is ‘parts of a plant’ in which we will be learning to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers. Also, Year 3 will explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
PE will be on WEDNESDAYS this half term- please come to school in your PE kit. This should just be a plain T-shirt and plain shorts or bottoms (preferably white, blue or black). Please send your child in with a hoodie or sweatshirt on cooler days. Thank you for your co-operation.
Our theme this half term is ‘Ancient Egypt’ in which Year 3 will have the opportunity to further develop their chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. Children will investigate artefacts, understanding how our knowledge of facts is constructed from a range of sources. We will also learn about Ancient pyramids, what daily life was life during this time-addressing and devising historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference as well as the stages of the mummification process. Also, Year 3 will have the chance taste some typical foods from period in history-Yum yum!
We have so many fantastic activities planned and know that the children will learn so much- we cannot wait!
As the weather can be a mixed bag at this time of year, please ensure that your child comes in with appropriate clothing such as coats. Can we please ask that your children’s clothes are named as it is very difficult to keep track of everyone’s cardigans and jumpers and we appreciate it is frustrating when they go missing!
Book bags and water bottles need to be in school EVERY DAY please and your child is allowed to bring in a healthy snack for breaks as the wait until lunch is a little longer now in Y3.
Any problems or questions please do not hesitate to speak to us. We are always here to answer any questions or concerns and we really value our relationships with you as well as your wonderful children. You are able to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the school office.
We are looking forward seeing you refreshed and ready for lots of fun learning!
Mrs Leeson, Mrs Grice and Mrs Gough xxx