Spring 2, 2024
Welcome back to Year 3!
We have lots more exciting learning planned for the spring term and we can’t wait to get started!
Please click on the link below to find the information shared during our Beginning of Year meeting.
A few key points to remember:
Homework will be sent out on Friday and will be due back the following Friday.
PE is now on a Monday afternoon - please send children to school in their school uniform as they will get changed into their PE kits after lunch.
Reading books are to be returned to school on Thursdays.
If you have any questions, concerns or worries, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to respond as soon as we can.
Here is a summary of what we will be learning in Year 3 during the Spring term:
Our theme for Geography this half term is ‘What is a biome and where in the world are they?'
We will be identifying the position and significance of the Equator, Arctic and Antarctic Circle. They will also be describing and explaining key aspects of biomes and vegetation belts. The children will also look into the different types of settlement and land use while using maps, atlases, globes and digital /computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
Our writing this half-term will be based on two books ‘This Morning I Met a Whale' by Michael Morpurgo and also 'Big Blue Whale' by Nicola Davies.
In response to the book, we will be writing an informative article about whales persuading for the protection of the blue whale which will tie in with climate change. Within this unit, the children will be revisit how to use adverbs to express time, place and cause and they will build an increasing range of sentence structures through the use of a variety of different conjunctions. The children will also revisit how to use headings and sub-headings to aid presentation and they will be able to assess the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing.
We will be doing daily reading sessions where we will focus on a short reading text from a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. Within the lessons, we will develop the six key reading skills (VIPERS) - Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Summary as well as improving fluency. Reading books are changed every Thursday so please ensure your child has their book and reading record in school on this day.
Children will be following the Head-Start spelling programme again this year with a dedicated spelling lesson each day which will include daily practise.
This half term we will continue to focus on multiplication and division facts. We will also be learning to tell the time to the nearest minute, and we will also be studying fractions and angles of different shapes. Our times table focus for this year is to learn the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
To further support your children at home, please encourage them to learn their times tables and to practise and remember our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) for Spring. Please click on the link below for Year 3 Spring KIRFs.
Science – Rock Detectives
This half term, the children will begin to learn about the different properties of rocks and soils. They will learn to compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. They will also then begin to form an understanding that soils are made from rocks and organic material. The children will then describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.
We will take part in a range of musical activities based on Reggae and we will continue to find the pulse, identify the rhythm and perform songs vocally and with instruments. The learning is focused around one song: 'Three Little Birds'. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked. In addition to this, the children will continue to learn how to play the recorder and they will begin to learn the songs for their Easter service which will be performed in church.
Our theme for this half term is Christianity and the story of Easter. Our enquiry question is 'Why do Christians call the day Jesus died Good Friday? By the end of this unit, children will be able to offer suggestions for what the texts about the entry into Jerusalem, and the death and resurrection of Jesus might mean. They will be able to give examples of what the texts studied mean to some Christians and they will be able to make simple links between the Gospel texts and how Christians mark the Easter events in their church communities. We will also be describing how Christians show their beliefs about Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday in worship. They will be able to make links between some of the stories and teachings in the Bible and life in the world today.
In our Art lessons this term, we will be focusing on developing our painting skills. This unit builds on the colour mixing skills of mixing primary into secondary colours using powder paint, to using watercolour effectively. They will also
learn about composition using a viewfinder. We will also be studying the works of painters Albrecht Durer and Michele Clamp.
Children will participate in weekly French lessons and will learn how to:
pinpoint France and other French speaking countries on a map of the world.
ask and answer the question ‘How are you?’ in French.
say ‘Hello’ and ‘Goodbye’ in French.
ask and answer the question ‘What is your name?’ in French.
count to 10 in French.
say 10 colours in French.
Year 3 will have their PE lesson on Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child comes to school in the correct PE uniform. If your child wears earrings, these must be removed or provide tape to cover them.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to speak to a member of the Year 3 team.
Mrs Costello, Mrs Holman and Mrs Stewardson.