Autumn Term 2
A warm and sincere welcome back to school!
As always, this half term in Year 3 is going to be full of exciting learning.
Our BIG question this half term is ‘Who first lived in Britain?’ We will be learning about what life was like in Britain during the Stone Age, working on our knowledge of timelines and using our Art and DT skills to create a woolly mammoth. Our shared text for English is ‘The Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. This tells the story of a boy that travels back in time to the Stone Age.
Reading and Home Learning
Reading at home and sharing a book with your child is vital! Your child will be bringing a book home each night and we ask that you spend around 10-15 minutes each night sharing a book with your child and then asking them questions based on their book. Why?, How do you know? and Explain? are excellent questions to use to get your child really thinking about what they have read. Your child will change their book on a Friday each week and they are provided with the opportunity to choose their own book so that they can choose one that really interests them. They will also bring home a reading record book to fill in each time they read to you or another adult.
Your child will also bring home spellings every week and children need to practice their spellings ready for their spelling test. Other home learning will include learning times tables- x3, x4 and x8 in particular. Homework in year 3 is project based (linked to our topic) where the children will have 4 weeks to complete a variety of tasks that they choose from a wide list. This helps greatly with the understanding of our topic work.
Children in Year 3 will continue to work extremely hard on their writing skills each week. They will begin to use a wider variety of conjunctions in their writing, they will use adverbs to make their writing more interesting and they will be able to edit and improve their own work so that they are producing the best piece of written work possible each time.
This half term,children will focus on multiplication and division. It is essential that by the time your child leaves Year 3 they are fluent in their 3, 4 and 8 Times Tables. They should already be confident with thier 2, 5 and 10 Times Tables. We will also be learning to tell the time and also looking at the properties of 3D shapes. A range ofconcrete (apparatus), pictorial and abstract methods will be used.
This half term, Year 3’s Science topic is ‘Animals, Including Humans’ with specific focus on nutrition. Children will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
Children have P.E. lessons on a Monday afternoon and will go swimming on a Friday afternoon, it is essential that your child has their kit each week. Our PE kit includes black shorts, a white t-shirt and black school pumps. Black school pumps should be kept in school at all times in case of extra P.E. activities.
We look forward to welcoming you back to school and hope that Year 3 will be a success for your child. If you do have any questions then please do not hesitate to come and speak to us before school or after school.
Many thanks for your continued support
Mrs Clavin, Mrs Hartley (Class Teachers) and Mrs Hutchinson (Learning Support Assistant)