Welcome to Year 3

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a fantastic Easter, enjoyed the glorious sunshine and ate loads of chocolate!

Reading

Please continue to hear your child read as often as possible and encourage them to talk about what has happened in the story, what they think might happen, discuss the characters and ask them questions about what they have read. Please make sure you record in their yellow ‘Reading Record’ how long they have read for, the page number and aby other relevant information. Children must independently change their books as they are completed.

Spellings

Spellings will be set on a Friday and tested the following Friday. These spellings will be a mixture of ‘common exception words’ for their year group as well as a selection of spellings aimed at consolidating spelling strategies and grammar learnt during the week.

Homework

Homework will be given out on a Friday and we ask that it is returned completed the following Friday. All homework is intended to consolidate learning or to prepare children for an upcoming task or topic.

English

The Paperbag Prince. We will be using adverbs and prepositions to describe the book. We will be using our knowledge of writing sentences to create our own story.

Maths

In Maths this term we will be learning how to write, compare, round and order decimals, in the context of money. We will also recap telling the time to the minute, focus on analogue to digital and vice versa.

After half term the children will be learning about statistics, focussing on how to interpret charts and line graphs. In Geometry we will be recapping shapes, learning about lines of symmetry, horizontal and vertical lines and using grids to describe position and movement.

Science

In Science we will be learning about electricity and sound. Children will learn to identify common appliances that run on electricity, recognise some common conductors and insulators, construct a simple series electrical circuit and identify its basic parts.

Geography- Coasts

In this unit, children will learn about the coast of the British Isles. Children will consider some of the advantages and disadvantages of living by the coast, and how much of the UK’s coast has changed from a focus on fishing to one on tourism. Throughout the unit they will also be introduced to a few contrasting coasts around the world, and associated environmental issues, extending their coastal and locational knowledge.

History- Ancient Egyptians

In this unit, the children will explore who the Ancient Egyptians were, what they did, and discuss whether Ancient Egypt deserves its reputation as one of the most important early civilisations. The children will also make comparisons with what was happening in Britain at the same time. There is a strong focus on sources of evidence within this unit and this makes an excellent link to the Big Finish where the children collect their own sources to create a 21st century time capsule.

RE- Christianity- Gospel- What kind of world did Jesus want? /Christianity, Islam and Non- Religious- How and why do people try to make the world a better place?

The children will understand that ‘Gospel’, tells the story of the life and teaching of Jesus. They will make clear links between the calling of the first disciples and how Christians today try to follow Jesus.

Art- Mixed media collage

In art the children will experiment with a range of collage techniques such as tearing, overlapping and layering to create images and represent textures. They will create shapes by making selections to cut, duplicate and repeat.

DT- Electrical structures

In Design and Technology this term children will investigate, analyse, design and create their own battery-powered product. They will understand and use electrical systems in their products, such as series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs and buzzers.

Computing- We are communicators/ We are opinion pollsters

Children will learn to write and send emails to a partner in another class and explore one or more other forms of digital communication, including video conferencing

PE

This term the children will be focussing on skills in striking and fielding, net and wall games.

Music

Children will learn how to know the difference between pulse and rhythm, copy back, play and invent rhythmic and melodic patterns and sing a Beatles song in unison with awareness of others and being in tune.

PSHE

Children will discuss and debate health and wellbeing issues. Being a part of the community and who works in the community. Developing skills in enterprise and learning what it means.

French

The children will be learning how to meet and greet people.

Additional Information

  • Playtime snacks – Year 3/4 aren’t provided with free fruit, but they do get very hungry by playtime, so it is a good idea to send them to school with a small healthy snack to eat.
  • Class 3 have a weekly library time. During this time the children are able to take out and return library books.  Please remind your child to renew his / her books.
  • Please can your child bring acoat every day, as we go outside whenever possible.

How can I help my child?

  • Please read with your child every day… and then read some more!
  • Sign your child’s yellow diary at the end of every week and please use it to communicate with school.
  • Practise times tables as regularly as possible.
  • Label all school uniform and PE kit.
  • Support your child with their learning of statutory spelling lists.

All of the work undertaken will ensure that children are reaching their personal learning goals. We look forward to the many exciting opportunities we hope that each and every child will experience throughout their time in Class Three!

We hope you have found this letter useful.  Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any queries.

With best wishes,

Mrs Dunton

This Year’s Curriculum

Loddiswell Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.