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Year 3 – 3NG & 3PA (Apr 2019)

Year 3

Summer Term Information

Dear Parents,

The aim for English, in the 2014 National curriculum, is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop a love of literature through widespread reading for pleasure. Within English in Year 3, lessons incorporate the following strands of the National Curriculum: Spoken language, reading words, reading comprehension, spelling, handwriting and

ppresentation, writing composition (planning, drafting, writing, evaluating, editing) and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. We will continue to practise joined handwriting as it is an expectation that all children will be able to do this.

 

In the first half of term, we will be reading The Firework Maker’s Daughter and working on persuasive writing and play scripts.  In the second half of term, we will focus on The Vanishing Rainforest and using this to write character and setting descriptions and our very own story about how the destruction of the rainforest affects those living there. We will also be writing poems about this majestic place. This will be complemented by our grammar work on apostrophes, present perfect tense and inverted commas.  

 

The aim for Mathematics in the 2014 National Curriculum is to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, begin to reason mathematically and finally, use their skills to solve mathematical problems. Within the mathematics of Year 3, lessons include the following strands of the National Curriculum:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement including time and mass
  • Geometry: properties of shapes
  • Geometry: position and direction
  • Statistics
    Multiplication tables continue to be a vital focus for the children and they need to be practising these regularly.

In Computing, the children will be continuing to develop the skills they have learned whilst investigating new software, ideas and ways of working.  We shall be undertaking a series of lessons aimed at developing the use of Google Classroom and its powerful tools.  The children will be working collaboratively both in and out of school.

 

Our first topic for Science this term we will be investigating animals and animal life cycles. 

 

Music will continue to be taught by Mr Cowburn, a Luton Council music consultant and professional percussionist. In these weekly 45 minute sessions, the children will continue to learn drumming, with a focus on combining the various instruments they have played so far this year into ensembles, and will be beginning to learn how music is written.

 

RE will be taught by Ms K Phillips, on a Monday and Thursday in both classes. This term will focus on how people worship. Our PHSE lessons will focus on going for goals and how children can develop their own growth mind-set. This gives an important opportunity for all children’s abilities, qualities and strengths to be valued.

 

 

PE lessons will be on Tuesday mornings. This term will focus on tennis and athletics along with our Skip2bfit challenge.  At this time of year, the children should bring a PE jumper and tracksuit trousers due to the varied weather.  Water bottles are also important and should be labelled with your child’s name.

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and will be due in on the Wednesday of the following week. It will consist of spellings for which the children are also expected to write the given words in sentences to show an understanding of the meaning of the word. These are tested on a Friday morning. It will also include a piece of mathematics, which will usually be linked to our learning for that or the previous week, and a piece of topic based and English work.

 

Our library is open and offers the children a good selection of different styles of books and authors to choose from. Please bring books into school on Wednesdays to be changed. Reading books, on the other hand, can be changed any day and should be brought into school at least 3 times per week to be checked. Daily reading makes a huge difference to how well our children progress so your support with this is much appreciated.

 

It is important that your child has access to water throughout the day – please could you ensure that your child brings a clear water bottle with a sealable sports top, each day.

 

If you have any queries about your child’s work or other aspects of school life, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Thank you for your support so far this academic year.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Mr. Adams                                                             Mr. Gowing

 

Dear Parents

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that the children have already begun to tell you some of the great things we have planned to do this term. We would like to thank you for your continued support.

Physical Education and Games

P.E days for year 3 will continue to be Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For both sessions the children will need to come into school in their PE kits. As they are coming into school in their PE kit, please ensure that they wear their tracksuit trousers over their shorts. Please can we remind you that for indoor PE, the children need black shorts and a plain white t-shirt. In the colder weather, dark coloured plain tracksuits/jogging bottoms are suitable for outdoor games and appropriate footwear is essential. Please make sure that children do not wear jewellery to school and that earrings are removed. Long hair should also be tied back on these days.

Reading and Library

As a school, we are continuing to have a focus on reading. Children are expected to read with an adult for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week. This needs to be evidenced in their reading records with a comment from you. Please make sure that a comment is written for every occasion. In addition to a reading book, children have the opportunity to visit the school library on a weekly basis to select a book of their own choice. We would like to remind you a fee will need to be paid to replace any lost books. Year 3 will be able to visit the library on Tuesday afternoons to choose or change their library books. The range of books available has continued to grow and we hope that this valuable resource will be used to its full potential.

Learning logs

Learning logs will be sent out on Friday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday. There will be at least two learning objectives to choose from and each child is only expected to choose one.

Spellings will be set on a Friday to be returned and tested the following Friday. As well as practising each spelling on a daily basis, children will need to write sentences to demonstrate their understanding of each word. This can be done on the back of the spelling sheet.

 

Times Tables are vital for fluency with number in mathematics and these will also be set on a Friday, to be learnt and tested the following Friday. All children will take part in the school’s 60/100 club, where children demonstrate their knowledge of times tables facts by answering a series of either 60 or 100 questions in a given time. Over the course of a number of weeks, as they improve, they receive recognition by receiving different badges. The whole of Key Stage 2 takes part in this activity. This term, Year 3 are focusing on their x2, x4, x8, x3, x6 and x12 multiplication facts.

Snacks

Children in year 3 have the option of bringing in a snack for a mid-morning ‘pit stop’. During this time we encourage children to eat fruit or vegetables whilst having the opportunity to watch BBC Newsround. Please only allow your children to bring in fruit or vegetables. No biscuit/cereal/cheese based snacks will be allowed. This is partially due to allergies and other factors. We would also appreciate your support in providing a health and nutritious packed lunch. Thank you.

Curriculum

Subject

Overview

English, Reading comprehension, spelling and grammar

In English in the first half of term, we will be reading the classic novel Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and using this to write character and setting descriptions and our very own version about how a character overcomes a series of challenges. This will be complemented by our grammar work on adverbs, prepositions and inverted commas. In the second half of term, we will focus on the Greek Myths where we will learn about mythical creatures, create our own and then write our own versions. We will also explore different forms of poetry.

Mathematics

In Maths we will be reinforcing our knowledge of times tables and continuing our work on place value, mental and written addition and subtraction, fractions and properties of shape. There will also be a particular focus on developing how we reason through the stages of a problem: seeking recognition of the strategies and language of problem solving.

Science

In Science, we will be investigating rocks and soils and looking into forces and magnets.

History

This term History we will be finding out about different places and similar lives. This will include looking into the ways people lived in the past and the differences in housing and building.

Geography

In Geography, the main focus will be deserts including the different types, their features and how animals and plants survive in them.

PE

In PE this term, we will be building on the skills required for invasion games along with throwing and catching. We will also be extending and developing skills with dance.

PSHE

We will be learning about setting goals and steps that we can take to achieve them, in order to help us to become better learners. We will also be looking at creating a positive self-image and appreciating our own strengths.

Art

Art lessons are part of our overall topic, along with geography and history. As such, the main focus will be on Different places, Similar lives, looking into the different places that people live and their day-to-day lives.

Design Technology

Our DT topic will be part of the Different places, Similar lives topic.

Religious Education

We will be looking into the Jewish faith and learning about their beliefs.

Music

Music will be taught with Mr. Cowburn who introduces the children to a range of different instruments and teaches them to play a piece of music as a class.

French

This term we will build on previous learning, improving knowledge of day-to-day phrases and vocabulary.

 

Your support is much appreciated and please remember that you can make an appointment with us should you have any concerns that you wish to discuss.

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mr. Adams Mr Gowing

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Dear Parents

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and that the children have already begun to tell you some of the great things we have planned to do this term. We would like to thank you for your continued support.

Physical Education and Games

P.E days for year 3 will continue to be Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For both sessions the children will need to come into school in their PE kits. As they are coming into school in their PE kit, please ensure that they wear their tracksuit trousers over their shorts. Please can we remind you that for indoor PE, the children need black shorts and a plain white t-shirt. In the colder weather, dark coloured plain tracksuits/jogging bottoms are suitable for outdoor games and appropriate footwear is essential. Please make sure that children do not wear jewellery to school and that earrings are removed. Long hair should also be tied back on these days.

Reading and Library

As a school, we are continuing to have a focus on reading. Children are expected to read with an adult for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week. This needs to be evidenced in their reading records with a comment from you. Please make sure that a comment is written for every occasion. In addition to a reading book, children have the opportunity to visit the school library on a weekly basis to select a book of their own choice. We would like to remind you a fee will need to be paid to replace any lost books. Year 3 will be able to visit the library on Wednesday afternoons to choose or change their library books. The range of books available has continued to grow and we hope that this valuable resource will be used to its full potential. The school subscribes to a programme called Bug Club and each child has an individual login, which gives them access to books set at an appropriate level for them. This forms part of the weekly homework and it is important that your child take the opportunity to read these books.

Learning logs

Learning logs will be sent out on Friday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday. There will be at least two learning objectives to choose from and each child is only expected to choose one.

Spellings will be set on a Friday to be returned and tested the following Friday. As well as practising each spelling on a daily basis, children will need to write sentences to demonstrate their understanding of each word. This can be done on the back of the spelling sheet.

Times Tables are vital for fluency with number in mathematics and these will also be set on a Friday, to be learnt and tested the following Friday. All children will take part in the school’s 60/100 club, where children demonstrate their knowledge of times tables facts by answering a series of either 60 or 100 questions in a given time. Over the course of a number of weeks, as they improve, they receive recognition by receiving different badges. The whole of Key Stage 2 takes part in this activity.

Snacks

Children in year 3 have the option of bringing in a snack for a mid-morning ‘pit stop’. During this time we encourage children to eat fruit or vegetables whilst having the opportunity to watch BBC Newsround. Please only allow your children to bring in fruit or vegetables. No biscuit/cereal/cheese based snacks will be allowed. This is partially due to allergies and other factors. Thank you.

School visits

Year 3 will be visiting Dell Farm, the Oxford Natural History Museum and also the Safety Centre this year. Dates and costs for these visits will be confirmed as soon as possible. We know that all of these visits will prove very popular with the children.

Curriculum

Subject

Overview

English, Reading comprehension, spelling and grammar

In English, this term, we will be focusing on the following genres: Narrative and Story writing.

In Reading Comprehension we continue to focus on the skills of inference and deduction as well as increasing our vocabulary by looking at a wide range of texts. In Spelling, we will be focusing on specific spelling patterns as well as looking at prefixes and suffixes and how they change the root word. In Grammar, we will be increasing knowledge of punctuation, word classes, adverbial phrases and more!

Mathematics

In Maths, we will continue focus on securing the mental and written methods for the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will then look at applying this knowledge to help us solve word problems involving two or more steps. We will also continue to develop their understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. Aside from numbers, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes, identifying their properties and learning about their differing features.

Science

In Science, we will be investigating the life cycle of plants and looking at rocks and soils.

History

This term, in History, we will be finding out about Ancient Egypt. We will research their Gods, way of life and learning all about the importance of the River Nile and even how mummies were made!

Geography

In Geography, the main focus will be on Egypt and its primary features such as the River Nile and the ways in which this influenced people’s lives.

PE

In PE this term, we will be building on the skills required for invasion games along with throwing and catching. We will also be extending and developing skills with dance.

PSHE

We will be finding out more about growth mind set and how this can help us to become better learners. We will also be looking at creating a positive self-image and appreciating our own strengths.

Art

Art lessons are part of our overall topic, along with geography and history. As such, the main focus will be on Ancient Egypt and the amazing range of colours used.

Design Technology

Our DT topic will be part of the Ancient Egypt IPC topic. We will be looking at the construction of a sarcophagus and making our own mummy!

Religious Education

We will be looking into the deeper meanings of religious festivals and how people celebrate.

Music

Music will be taught by Mr. Cowburn who introduces the children to a range of different instruments and teaches them to play a piece of music as a class.

French

This term we will focus on greetings and common phrases, along with numbers and colours.

 

Your support is much appreciated and please remember that you can make an appointment with us should you have any concerns that you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely

Mr. Adams Mr Gowing

 

 

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