Welcome to Year 3
Welcome back! I hope that you have had a lovely Easter break.
This half term our theme is called ‘A Bug’s Life’ which has a heavy Science focus. We will be looking at identifying the different parts of plants and what plants need to live and grow. As well as this we will be looking at the life cycles of plants including pollination, seed dispersal and seed formation. We are also lucky enough to have a plot of land that will become Year 3’s allotment. We will be planting flowers that will attract bees and butterflies to the area.
This half term we will be beginning with a unit on fractions. Pupils will learn to recognise, find and write fractions of a shape and will also learn to count in tenths and begin to find one tenth by dividing an object or quantity into ten equal parts. We will then move on to a unit on angles and shapes. During this unit the children will be identifying angles inside a 2D shape, using a mirror to find the line of symmetry in 2-D shapes and be learning about ‘acute’ and ‘obtuse’ angles.
In English we will be using, throughout the half term, a short film called ‘The Lighthouse’ and the books ‘Black Dog’ by Levi Pinfold and ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson, as a basis for writing character descriptions and writing our own stories. We will also be writing some cross curricular explanation texts based on what we have learnt in Science about processes such as pollination and seed dispersal.
Our core skills topic this term is ‘Thinking Skills’ and the targets we have chosen link in nicely to the Science we will be doing- planning investigations as well as drawing conclusions from our results.
P.E lessons will be on a Tuesday and Friday this term, please ensure that your child has their complete kit in school throughout the week as unforeseeable changes to the timetable may cause our P.E lesson to be on a different day.
Reading- The children will bring their reading homework (green book) home on Friday, this should be completed regularly over the half-term, there are 5 activities to complete this half-term. I will collect these books in on Monday 21st May 2018.
Please continue to read with your child at least 3 times a week. Please write a comment in your child’s reading record book when you have read with them.
Spellings- The children will be given their new spellings on a Friday to learn for that week. Six spellings will be chosen from their daily spelling lessons and two from their English books. Please can spelling books be in school every Friday.
Maths- Your child must complete ‘Section A’ each week of their Schofield and Sims book, section B and C are optional. Please only complete the maximum of one test/page a week. The children will bring their booklets home on Friday ready to be completed by the following Wednesday. Please encourage your child to complete this work independently but if they do need support please tell them to come and see me and I will help them. Please make sure their booklet is in school every Wednesday ready to be marked.
If you have any queries or questions about any of this information please do not hesitate to come and see me. I am looking forward to our next half term of learning and I hope your children are too!
Thank you for your continued support,