Welcome to Year Three
Hello and welcome to Year 3!
Miss Spann and Mrs Collins are looking forward to welcoming you back and showing you around the new classroom where lots of new learning and times of enjoyment are about to happen! Before you find out about what we are going to do this half-term, let me tell you about some key pieces of information:
· Our PE days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Children should come to school on these days wearing their PE kit (red fleece, red t-shirt, black shorts/trousers and black trainers – no jewellery please!
· Music lessons will take place on Thursdays. Children should bring their recorders to school with them on these days.
· Mrs Collins will teach the class on Tuesday for Miss Spann’s planning and professional development time.
As well as homework set via MyMaths, TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed, there will also be a range of assignments set for each child to complete. Children should aim to complete at least 4 of the assignments before we break up at half term. Photos or videos of children completing a task should be uploaded to Teams.
In Maths this half-term, children will learn and build upon key skills relating to place value, addition and subtraction. Children will learn about hundreds, tens and ones before learning how to add and subtract using the column methods. Maths homework will be set via MyMaths (login details can be found in a separate email). Work linked to what children have been learning in class will be covered and children should aim for 100% in the activities set – an activity with a score of less than 75% should be attempted again. 5 minutes of games on TT Rockstars should also be completed each night. Years 3 and 4 are important years for learning times tables and regularly practice using TT Rockstars will set children up well for tackling challenging parts of the curriculum including multiplication, division and fractions – not forgetting the end of Year 4 Times Tables Check. Homework will be modelled to the children in class.
In history, children shall learn about life in our country during the reign of Queen Victoria. Children will learn about key dates related to her life as well as changes which occurred during her reign – most notably focusing on the lives of children in the newly built coal mines and woolen mills.
In English this half-term, our first piece of work will centre around George’s Marvellous Medicine and creating a character description about Grandma. Later on in the half-term, children will write a diary from the perspective of a Victorian child-worker. Learning spellings is really important and activities will be set via Spelling Shed. Spellings will also be sent home on paper to practise too. Children should also read at home (10 minutes each night would be great!) and also enjoy being read to as well!
In RE, children will learn about the key attributes of leaders and focus on some key leaders from different faiths such as Jesus, Moses and Guru Nanak. In PSHE, children will learn about families and relationships and how families are different. In Music, children will begin to learn the recorder as well as learning to sing a range of songs. In Computing, children will learn about networks.
In art we will be developing our skills with using a sketchbook and we will use the drawings of Quentin Blake (the Roald Dahl illustrator) to produce our own drawings! We are also hoping to squeeze in a bit of DT, developing our textile skills in time to make Christmas decorations next term.
In Year 3 we will be starting to learn Latin, we will learn a little about the history and culture of when Latin was used. Latin not only helps us to develop the foundations of many other languages but also helps us understand the origins of our own language and even help us make progress with spelling. Miss Spann loves teaching languages and is looking forward to sharing this with you.
Miss Spann and Mrs Collins are available to speak to at the door for minor queries but should a longer appointment be required, please can these be made via the school office.
Thank you for reading – here’s to a great year!