WELCOME TO YEAR 3
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Welcome Back, Year 3!
Happy New Year and Welcome back!
I hope you all had a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and all ready and eager to get back to learning! We are travelling back through time in an exciting new adventure in a topic called … ‘Heroes and Villains…How Can We Be More Heroic?’
At the heart of our learning this term will be the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Our journey in faith will be developed with the themes of Journeys, Listening and Sharing. The children will learn about the journey and sacrifice that Jesus made as they deepen their knowledge of the Eucharist and the events of Holy Week during the theme of Giving All.
During this time, we will also be discovering more about the Jewish faith.
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Topics this term:
Listening & Sharing
Our topic this term continues with our Dig, Discover, Make and Master theme as we discover all about the Invasion of The Vikings! Through History and Geography we will deepen our understanding of timelines and changes in Britain! We will investigate why the Vikings have such a bad reputation and if recent excavations might lead us to change our opinions…
We plan to follow in the Viking tradition of story telling through becoming skalds (story tellers), writing mini-sagas and learning about Myths and Legends through some exciting and wonderful books, texts and films!
We will reinforce and extend our Maths work through measurement, data, problem solving, fractions, calculations, lines and angles. We are going to continue our revision of number bonds and multiplication facts in order to improve fluency! The children must know their 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x multiplication facts by the end of Year 3.
In Science we will study Plants and what conditions are required for a healthy plant. As the Vikings relied heavily upon plants as part of their diet, we will link this with our work in DT, in which we will research, investigate, design and make our own bread!
In Computing we will use programming skills to create work related to our topic.
In French this term, Y3 will have the opportunity to learn some basic French words and phrases in the topics ‘Getting to know you’ and ‘Numbers’. In Art, we will be using The Saga of Erik the Viking for some inspiring illustrations by Michael Forman, the children will further explore the use of colour and watercolour.
In P.E. the children will take part in swimming sessions on Monday afternoons, Sports Hall skills on a Thursday and Dance lessons on a Friday.
How you can help
Reading, spellings and Maths homework will be given every week. Please ensure that your child learns their multiplication facts and number bonds daily. There could also be follow-up research homework in other areas if appropriate.
Please check the weekly homework sheet that goes out on a Thursday and encourage your child to complete the tasks set. Encourage your child to read regularly and explain what they understand from the text.
Please make sure your child has their swimming kit and P.E. kit (black shorts, white T-shirt and trainers or plimsolls) in school on Mondays and PE kit should stay in school all week. We are attending Clifton Leisure Centre every Monday for swimming lessons, so a towel, cap and appropriate swimwear is required (no bikinis or baggy shorts with pockets please) Please write a note if your child needs to wear googles if they are unable to swim independently.
Please remove earrings on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays!
Your child also needs a painting apron/old shirt in school to protect their uniform during art lessons. This should also remain on their in their bag all week.
Please check the Year 3 Web page for updates and recommended websites. Support your child in blogging and posting comments, please ensure they only use their first name and their own school email address. Blog address: brwacademy.com
If you have any spare time and feel you could offer some specialist skills to enhance our learning this term, maybe you have some woodwork skills, are an expert baker or would be able to chat to the children about your job. I’d love to hear from you!
Another exciting term to look forward to! If you have any queries please feel free to ask. Thank you for your continued support,
Dates for your diary:
11th January: Whole School Mass
18th January Y3 Class Mass
19th January: KS2 Talent Auditions
2nd February NSPCC Number Day
8th February KS2 Talent Show
14th February: Ash Wednesday 9.30am Mass
16th February: INSET Day
19th –23rd February Half-Term
1st March World Book Day
13th March: 4pm – 7pm
14th March: 1.30 – 3.30pm
23rd March Red Nose Day
MATHS Homework Mathletics
All children will have individual maths homework allocated to them on this website. They’ve been given their password & it should be stuck in their HW diary. Please let me know if access is a problem.
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk You also have access to the free ebooks on this site – it also works on iPads too! Children will have the login and password stuck in their Homework diaries. It is really important that children read daily and demonstrate a good comprehension of the texts.
Details to follow
USEFUL WEBSITES (Copy and paste links)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zssnfg8 Early Britain
http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/online/moonmaths.swf Multiplication game or just google ‘Moonmaths’
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?a=activity03 Place value game
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/lessonLauncher.html?lesson=lessons/05/m3_05_00_x.swf Beat the computer in a place value game!
http://resources.oswego.org/games/BangOnTime/clockwordres.html Stop the clock game!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/telling_the_time/play/popup.shtml Set the Clock.
http://www.scholastic.com/play/time.htm Time travelling
http://www.snappymaths.com/other/measuring/time/interactive/unitsoftimeftc.htm Fling The Teacher!
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=maths/measures Weigh and measure the parcel
http://www.ictgames.com/mostlyPostie.html Weighing parcels
www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpdtsbk/videos/1 Find out about Islam
https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions/leonardo-da-vinci/nottingham-castle-museum-art-gallery-Nottingham (scroll down to see interactive games)
https://sites.google.com/site/easygrammar4kids/a-an (and other games for grammar skills)
A lovely strange game that requires some ‘out of the box’ and creative thinking to move things along. Also tests areas of English, Maths and Science.