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Year 3


Hello and welcome to our Year 3 curriculum newsletter for the Spring Term.

Mr Wilson and Mrs. Holder are our teachers and we have Mr. Warren working with us.

In Maths this term, we are continuing to develop our basic number skills, and are also beginning to look at fractions and the tricky area of time. We are very keen for the children to learn their times tables facts and play lots of times tables games in school, as this is such a useful skill to have.

In English, we are incorporating Speaking and Listening into lessons where children are given opportunities to perform to their peers. We are continuing with our weekly comprehension activities building on the children’s skills and confidence in this area. Our Reading for Meaning book this term is “Diary of a Killer Cat” by Anne Fine – We will be integrating this book into our English lessons, as it will provide the “jumping off point” for many areas that we want to study.

Our topic work turns towards ancient History, with a focus on Ancient Egypt. We will be investigating how Ancient Egyptians lived, looking at their religion, farming, art and culture. We will also investigate the importance of the River Nile to life in Egypt, which links with Geography.

Our Science for this term is Forces and Magnets. In this topic we will be comparing how things move on different surfaces, noting that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance, observing how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others, and comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet. It should all be very exciting!

The children are learning about simple rhythms and tunes in Music, which promises to be noisy but lots of fun! In SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) Education we are thinking about ways that we can learn to understand each other, valuing how we are all different and individual. In R.E. we are exploring the question of why the Bible is such an important book for Christians.

This term in P. E. we have the opportunity to have specialised teaching in Basketball lessons on Thursday afternoons on the playground, as well as a regular hall time on Friday afternoons. The children will need their P. E. kits for both of these sessions.

We have English and Maths homework handed out on a Friday and this needs to be returned completed by the following Wednesday.

New spellings are handed out each Friday and they are tested on these on the following Friday. Please come and see us if children are not bringing their spellings home. Parents should also be aware that children should be bringing home a reading book and their reading records. We would hope and expect that families take these opportunities to read and to share books with their children. If there are any problems with this please come and see any of the friendly Year 3 staff.

For the benefit of the children, we are very keen to have open and positive relations between the school and families at home. Please come in and see us if you have any questions or concerns and we will do our best to help.

With best wishes from the Year 3 team!