WELCOME TO YEAR 3
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to continuing this year’s positive theme
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.
Come and See
Topics this term:
Listening and Sharing
Our cross-curricular topic is The Stone Age through to The Iron Age so we will be incorporating many areas into this exciting work.
We will be examining and analysing many different types of texts in English, and using good models of writing to inspire us to create our own. We will read factual books, poetry and fictional stories such as ‘Stone Age Boy’. This topic will spark imagination and creativity across the curriculum, I can’t wait to begin!
In Maths we will be linking our Science work on Rocks and Fossils and examining and analysing volcano statistics, rock temperatures and changing forms as well as animal and fossil dating. This will involve some measuring and investigation. We will also learn more about the role of archaeologists and palaeontologists. Through History and Geography we will deepen our understanding of timelines and changes in Britain, from hunter-gatherers to early farmers.
Scientists have found and studied skeletons of Stone Age animals. Human skeletons help scientists find out how prehistoric humans’ bodies are different from our bodies today. We will look at examples of animal skeletons and investigate ’How does a skeleton from a modern day human compare with a Stone Age person? ‘and what does it tell us about pre-historic people?
Children will also describe rocks and compare their properties after tackling exciting activities in our Science sessions. They will hear how fossils are formed in sedimentary rocks, discover soil facts and investigate ’What is our Earth?’ and ’Why do we get different rocks in different places?
Stone Age people used rocks for making tools, grinding flour and producing sparks to make fire. Can we make our own Stone Age bread by grinding grain in a mortar? Stone Age people invented simple ovens around 9,000 BC. They made bread by mixing together flour and water. They made flour by grinding grain between two stones. Can we make our own Stone Age bread, evaluate it and create our own improved bread through Design and Technology?
This term we will begin French lessons with Mrs Lambert and build up a bank of simple words and phrases to introduce ourselves. Miss Ferrara will continue to teach Art where we will look at early drawings, paintings and communications using natural materials.
P.E. will link with our Science work of movement and how muscles work. We will continue to build our skills in Competitive Games, as well as Gymnastics with Miss Singleton on Thursdays. On Fridays Dance sessions with Mrs Bathgate will begin!
Through Music we will explore imagery and discover how the Stone Age people made their own music, linking to our work in Performance Poetry. In Computing we will use programming skills to create work related to our topic, such as a Scratch programme to produce a rock cycle and a Powerpoint Presentation on The Stone Age people.
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!
How you can help
Reading, spellings and maths homework will continue to be set every week. Multiplication facts and number bonds should be practised regularly. There could also be follow-up research in other areas if appropriate, a letter goes out every Thursday detailing home-work Information. Encourage your child to read daily and explain what they understand from the text.
Please make sure your child has their P.E. kit (black shorts, white tee-shirt and trainers or plimsolls) in school on Mondays. PE kit should stay in school all week.
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 & recommended websites. Support your child in blogging & posting comments, please ensure they only use their first name and their own school email address.
We have a fantastic inspiring term to look forward to! If you have any queries please feel free to ask. Thank you for your continued support, I’ve been so impressed with the creative approaches and wonderful homework this year – Our ‘Corridor of Creativity’ has really celebrated our children at their best!
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:
Tue 19th March
Wed 20th March
ACADEMY INSET DAY Friday 15th Feb
Half Term: Monday 18th-Friday 22nd Feb
End of Spring Term: Fri 5th April
Summer Term: Mon. 22nd April 2019
Year 3 Resurrection Assembly Wed 24th April
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 Reading 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 Reading diaries. It is really important that children read daily and demonstrate a good comprehension of the texts.
All children have their login details – same as last year.
History for kids https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
Hit The Button https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?a=activity03 Place value game
Beat the computer in a place value game!
http://resources.oswego.org/games/BangOnTime/clockwordres.html Stop the clock game!
http://www.scholastic.com/play/time.htm Time travelling
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?b=maths/measures Weigh and measure the parcel
http://www.ictgames.com/mostlyPostie.html Weighing parcels
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.