|Mrs Helen Williams||Miss Lisa Howard||Miss Steph Bygrave|
This term we will be learning about…
Year 3 Topic Homework Summer 2
Please stay tuned for further updates on the new homework task for this half term!
This half term we will be exploring both fractions and time. We will use practical resources to develop our conceptual understanding of written methods and deepen our understanding in a variety of ways. Developing our ability to explain our thinking both orally and in writing will continue to be a focus over this term.
Throughout Year 3, we will be developing our arithmetic skills by carrying out daily activities which will aid with our fluency. This includes rapid recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts as well as fluent recall of place value, fractions and other key number skills. Children will have the opportunity to bring home further activities to practise these skills at home should they wish.
We have been consolidating our 2, 5 and 10 times tables facts- applying these in a variety of ways to challenge ourselves and improve our skills. All children have access to Times Tables Rockstars (https://ttrockstars.com/login) to support the development of these skills. We are now moving onto exploring our 3, 4 and 8 time tables.
To support your child further with this, please consolidate reciting these facts, finding related division facts and rapid recall in a variety of ways. These website links that may be of use:
Year 3 children will also have an account with Lumio (https://web.lumioeducation.com/app/signin.html) which can be accessed from home. Once all Year 3 new intake details have been uploaded, we will send home log-in details to each parent. Watch this space for updates!
This half term, we will be continuing to use powerful description to explore setting and character descriptions based around a selection myths and legends. We will begin to look at the features of newspapers with the aim to be writing our own articles later in the term. We will continue to consolidate a range of techniques for reading which will include skimming and scanning, using inference and exploring how texts are put together to give the reader a message.
All children started the year using a mechanical pencil to support the development and consolidation of neat, cursive handwriting. They are now more confident when using these to write, overcoming the challenge of inserting their own leads independently!
Once they can consistently demonstrate this skill, a special visit is arranged to see Mrs Bush who may award them their own special pen! We will continue to teach handwriting and look forward to seeing how many children gain their pen licence this half term.
Over the year we will be using our investigation skills to explore different spelling rules including the use of prefixes and suffixes. We will also be developing strategies for learning the Year Three National Curriculum exception words which you can find below. These will then be assessed in class at the end of each half term.
Our spellings for this half term are:
Perhaps, address, guard, material, recent, guide, forward, fruit.
Below are some of the ways that we will be learning these words if you would like to try them at home.
Animals Including Humans
This term, we will be learning about animals including humans. We have already explored the importance of nutrition and a healthy diet and this half term we will be looking at how the human musculoskeletal system works and comparing this to different animals. Each Science topic we cover allows children to work scientifically using their scientific skills such as questioning, predicting, observing and recording their findings.
In PSHE, we will continue to develop the skills of a Langstone Learner as well as exploring different customs and traditions within our families and the wider community.
Within R.E, we will be looking at the concept of good and evil, exploring these within stories and a religious context. We will use our thinking skills (Philosophy for Children) to challenge and question ideas.
In PE this term, we will be looking at different movement patterns and coordination skills as part of the teacher lead PE lessons. On Thursday’s, the children will be participating in a mixture of outdoor and indoor P.E. with sports coaches. The activity this half term will be football. Year 3 usually have PE on a Tuesday and Thursday unless weather or special events mean a change of timings. Therefore, it is best if your child leaves their PE kit in school during the week.
Please remind your child that they should have a complete change of clothes when participating in a PE lesson. This includes dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms (for outdoor PE if the weather is cold), a white t-shirt, socks and appropriate footwear. (Trainers or plimsolls – not school shoes)
In Music, we will be exploring beat and how to make different sounds to accompany a poem. We will be working as part of a small group to create a composition before performing as part of a whole class musical ensemble.
In French, we will continue to explore basic classroom commands, different body parts and animals.
In Computing, we will be exploring the technology that we have available to use in the Junior school, how to log on and use this equipment correctly and remain safe on-line. E-safety remains a priority at Langstone Junior School and we will create a ‘recipe’ to ensure that we keep passwords, log on details and ourselves safe in this virtual world.
1st March- World Book Day- Come dressed as your favourite book character for £1.
26th March- Overseas Visitors Experience Day- There will be an opportunity for your child to come to school in Fancy Dress.
All children in Year 3 have now been given a Home Learning Book. These should be in school every day for the teacher to check and also record their daily reading which happens each afternoon.
Our homework has 3 elements:
1 – Daily reading
Regular reading of a variety of genres is an integral part of the curriculum and develops a range of skills that children can utilise on a daily basis. Your child has been given a Home Learning Book in which they need to write in the reading that they do at home. We expect children to read regularly and aim for at least 5 times a week. They should record the book title and the pages that they read. We encourage them to reflect on their reading and record this in the comment box. For example, what was the best bit? What happened next? What interesting fact did they find out?
2 – Daily times tables practise
This could be chanting, rapid recall or quick fire questions with a family member, use of Times Tables Rockstar, playing different times tables games or completing different worksheets available on-line and from your child’s class teacher. The squares should be coloured in to show the different times tables facts that have been practised. By the end of Year 3, Government expectations are that children will have rapid and fluent recall of at least the 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x and 8x tables.
3- Project Homework
There will be details of a suggested project homework task sent home each half term. Children are encouraged to further their own learning at home by researching an area of the current topic that has particularly interested them. Children can choose to present this information in any way that they choose – we have had some brilliant models, presentations and other creative ideas in the past and look forward to seeing what projects appear from Year 3 in 2017-2018!
We will be visiting Treetops Library on a weekly basis during this half term, teaching the children various library skills and developing their love of reading both for pleasure and research.. They can borrow a fiction and a non-fiction book which they can read both in school and at home. Children are responsible for their chosen books at all times and must return or renew them regularly. Children can also visit the library during most breaktimes and lunchtimes.
Don’t forget that you can visit the library with your child on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the following times:
8.30am to 8.50am
3.30pm to 4.00pm.