Year 3

Welcome back Year 3! 

TERM 2 – Burps, Bottoms and Bile 

Open wide – let’s look inside! We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body. This half term, we’ll visit a dentist and ask lots of questions. We’ll find out about different dental procedures and learn new scientific vocabulary. There will be lots of investigating as we learn about our different teeth, how to brush them and how sugary drinks affect them. We’ll examine the amount of sugar in different foods and create images of ourselves with healthy and unhealthy teeth. We’ll write a recount describing the journey a piece of food takes through the digestive system. In science, we’ll learn about the organs involved in digestion. We’ll learn about digestion in different animals and handle a range of digestive organs. We’ll use what we’ve learned to play a scientific game and create healthy snack packs for our friends. 

Writing 

This term, the children will be working towards and producing two key pieces of written work. First of all, they will be learning about how to write a recount. We will then be writing explanation text linked to our bodies. 

We are also continuing with Letterjoin to support the children to improve their handwriting skills. 

Class Reading 

This term we will be reading ‘The Demon Dentist’ by David Walliams. 

In our guided reading sessions, we will be focusing on our prediction, retrieval and word meaning skills. 

Mathematics 

We will be continuing with addition and subtraction and then we will move on to multiplication and division.  We will learn about using formal written method for adding and subtracting and then we will be practicing our 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times table and learning the related division facts. We will also have opportunities to apply our skills to problem solving and reasoning challenges. 

Science 

In Science we will be studying Animals including Humans. We will be focusing on types of teeth and their functions and the human digestive system. The children will learn about the different parts of the digestive system and the function they have.  

Design and Technology 

The children will be exploring a wide variety of existing healthy snacks. They will look at a variety of packaging and they will learn about how a product is designed. They will then make their own healthy snack packaging. 

French 

We will be consolidating our learning on greetings this half term. Then we will begin to learn some Christmas songs in French, including Jingle Bells. 

Music 

The children will be learning how to read music to identify the notes C, D and E. they will play these notes using a glockenspiel. They will play a variety of short pieces of music and then build towards composing their own piece at the end of term. 

Computing 

Programming using Scratch will be the focus of our computing lessons this term. 

RE 

God – Islam Believing 

-What do the main concepts in Islam reveal about the nature of Allah?

-What is the purpose of visual symbols in a mosque?

The Five Pillars

The connection between iman (faith/beliefs) and ibadah (worship/practice) – the ways in which key practices express Muslim beliefs 

PE

Our PE day will be Wednesday. The children will need to come in to school wearing their PE kits. Please ensure they have a jumper or coat if it is cold, as we will be outside for our lessons.  Our focus for the term is dodgeball. 

Things to do at home 

Reading – Read Every Day –It is essential to read every day to learn new vocabulary and develop our reading skills. 

Spellings - Will be given out on a Friday and will be tested in school on the following Friday. 

Homework – Will be given out every Friday to be given back in by the following Tuesday. One week will be maths, and one week will be English. Homework will be based on what we have been learning in class. 

Homework Jigsaw – At the beginning of each term, you will receive a list of activities linked to our topic. Please complete at least two of these activities by the end of the term. 

Letterjoin – Please see your child’s homework book for details about how to log in. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

I look forward to continuing to work with you and your child. 

Miss James

Year 3 - Term 1

It is fantastic to be back in the classroom with the children at the start of a new academic year- I cannot wait to get to know you all!

We have a busy term ahead; settling back in to school, becoming accustomed to new routines and getting back on track with our learning. 

Term 1 – I am Warrior! 

We are brave, powerful warriors, and we will meet in battle!

This half term, we’ll divide into two warring groups: the Celts and the Romans. In our battle games, who will be victorious? 

Writing 

This term, the children will be working towards and producing two key pieces of written work. First of all, they will be learning about adverbs to sequence, using imperatives and conjunctions to write a set of instructions. We will then be writing an informal letter to practice writing using the past tense consistently, using pronouns and different nouns to avoid repetition and ensuring our writing is logically sequenced. 

We are also starting a new scheme called Letterjoin to support the children to improve their handwriting skills. 

Class Reading 

This term we will be reading ‘The Roman’s Quest – Escape from Rome’ by Caroline Lawrence. 

In our guided reading sessions, we will be focusing on our prediction and retrieval skills. 

Mathematics 

We will be learning about place value and addition and subtraction this half term. We learn about the value of digits up to 1000, partition numbers and explore different representations of numbers. We will also have opportunities to apply our skills to problem solving and reasoning challenges. 

Our 2, 5 and 10 times tables will be revised daily. 

Geography 

We will put our geographical and fieldwork skills to test when using compass points and coordinates to read and analyse maps, atlases and globes. We will name and locate countries and some of their physical and human characteristics linked to our Ancient Rome topic. 

History 

In History this term we will be learning about the Romans and the Celts. We will use timelines to order events and learn about Boudicca and Julius Caesar as well as learn about how the Romans have impacted on our lives today. 

Science 

In Science we will be studying Animals including Humans. We will be focusing on the types and amount of nutrition required for our bodies as well as learning about how the skeleton and muscles are used to move, support and protect.  

Computing 

E-safety will be the focus of our computing lesson this term. The children will learn about how to use a browser safely and find specific images using Google. 

RE 

God (Hinduism). 

Our key questions will be: -

-          How are deities and key figures described in Hindu sacred texts and stories?

-          What might Hindus understand about the Divine through these stories?

-          What is the purpose of visual symbols in the mandir? 

PE

Our PE day will be Wednesday. The children will need to come in to school wearing their PE kits. Please ensure they have a jumper or coat if it is cold, as we will be outside for our lessons. 

Things to do at home 

Reading – Read Every Day – It is essential to read every day to learn new vocabulary and develop our reading skills. 

Spellings - Will be given out on a Friday and will be tested in school on the following Friday. 

Homework – Will be given out every Friday to be given back in by the following Tuesday. One week will be maths, and one week will be English. Homework will be based on what we have been learning in class. 

Homework Jigsaw – At the beginning of each term, you will receive a list of activities linked to our topic. Please complete at least two of these activities by the end of the term. 

Letterjoin – Please see your child’s homework book for details about how to log in. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

I look forward to working with you and your child. 

Miss James