Miss Chappell
3GC Year Leader

Mrs O’Donnell
3JO

Mrs Lyne
3LT- Monday, Tuesday and alternative Wednesdays

Miss Thompson
3LT- Alternative Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays after October Half Term

Mrs Webb
Intervention Teacher

Contact details

Year Leader/3GC: [email protected]

3JO: jo’[email protected]

3LT: [email protected] or [email protected]

 

Useful Websites to use at home:

Accelerated Reader: https://ukhosted105.renlearn.co.uk/6708094/

Times table Rockstar: https://ttrockstars.com/

Sumdog: https://www.sumdog.com/en/

Spelling Shed: https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/

Myon: https://www.myon.co.uk/index.html

Overview of our current topics:

THIS TERM, OUR TOPIC IS…

Battle for the Kingdom

During this history topic we will be learning about the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings. We will use our experience at Stubbington Study Centre to begin to understand what life was like for the Anglo Saxons, where they came from and how they lived.  We will also conduct research, using more than one source, to discover all about the vicious Vikings and then discuss our findings using correct dates and historical facts.  We will then use our learning to write our very own Viking saga.

 

 

English

In English, we are reading Alfie’s Adventures in Ancient Egypt. In our guided reading lessons, we will be learning how to use front covers and blurbs to predict what will happen in a story. We will then move on to learning how to summarise a text. 

After we have read the book, we will write our own setting descriptions imagining we are in ancient Egypt. To be successful, we will also be recapping and learning new writing skills that will improve our descriptive writing such as expanded noun phrases and similes.

 

Spelling

Over the year, in class, we will be using our investigation skills to explore different spelling rules including the use of prefixes and suffixes.

As weekly homework, we will also be developing strategies for learning the Year Three National Curriculum exception words which are sent home every Friday. These will then be assessed in class at the end of each half term.

The spellings that will be sent home each week in the Spring term are:

actual

consider

decide

difficult

earth

enough

February

island

minute

 

Maths

This half term, we will be learning how to multiply and divide. We will start by learning that multiplication is repeated addition. We will also learn what a factor is and that a factor multiplied by a factor creates the product. After learning multiplication, we will explore how division is different and that there are two types: sharing and grouping.

After learning the concepts of multiplication and division, we will move onto written methods. We will use the expanded multiplication method to help us multiply 2 digits by 1 digit and we will use chunking on a number line to help us to divide.

 

We all have our own Times Table Rock Star accounts which is an online game which can help us learn our times tables. It can be accessed online from both school and home. By the end of year 3, pupils should be able to recall the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables.  This half term we will be focusing on our 5 and 3 times tables.

 

Times Table Rock Stars

To support your child further with this, please consolidate reciting these facts, finding related division facts and rapid recall in a variety of ways.

Science

For our third unit of Science in Year 3, we will be learning about animals including humans.   We will begin the unit by researching about the different food groups and explore what makes a healthy, balanced diet.  We will then share our learning by creating and recording our very own podcast aimed at other children. 

For the second part of this unit, children will begin to learn all about different types of skeletons, their importance and the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates.  Finally, the children will use their learning to be able to answer and justify a true or false statement using their scientific language.

Each Science topic we cover allows children to work scientifically using their scientific skills such as questioning, predicting, observing and recording their findings. This half term, we will be focusing on how to record and present findings.

 

PSHE

As part of our Health and Wellbeing topic in PSHE, we will be learning about balanced lifestyles. 

In this unit, we will be exploring what makes a healthy diet as well as other ways to maintain good health. We will also explore what a ‘balanced’ lifestyle looks like before exploring what it means to make an ‘informed’ choice.

Music

This term, we will be using art to inspire our own musical compositions based around the pentatonic scale. We will learn about the different sounds and effects that musical instruments can make and then choose the most appropriate to create our own music for a painting of our choice.

RE

In our third unit of RE we will be exploring the concept of Sacred Places. We will discuss what makes a place sacred.  Children will then explore the sacred places for Christians and Hindus and learn about what makes these places special by looking at their similarities and differences.  We will then apply our learning by drawing a picture of our own sacred special place and be able to explain why it is special to us.

 

French

For our next French unit, we will learn the names of different animals and how French nouns are either masculine or feminine. Children will also begin to learn the first 10 numbers in French.  They will build on their previous learning about colours and be able to write short sentences describing each animal. We will also continue our French phonics by learning new sounds to be able correctly pronounce animals, colours and numbers. 

Art and DT

This art unit will focus on our textiles skills. After learning about how the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings used ruins to write with, we will learn some different stitches. These will include running stitch and cross stitch. Our final outcome will be to sew our own intials in ruins. 

Computing

In our computing unit for this term, we will be learning about coding and programming.  Our outcome will be to write code to create an animation using Scratch. To do this, we will learn what an algorithm is and understand how sequencing instructions effects what happens. We will practise creating algorithms by completing challenges using the robots Dot and Dash. By completing these challenges we will also learn how to debug simple problems in our code.

 

PE

PE is on Monday and Tuesday. Please arrive at school in your PE kit and remain in this for the day.

Monday’s is Outdoor PE. Unit 1 will focus on Personal Skills. 

Tuesday’s is Indoor PE. Unit 1 will be Real Gym.

Each class will be taking part in Real Gym until February and these will take place in their indoor sessions. As always, the safety of our children is paramount and to ensure this remains, the PE uniform policy is listed below:

-Children must wear the correct PE uniform during Real Gym sessions; black shorts, leggings or ‘skins’ and a white tee shirt. Children cannot wear tracksuit bottoms or sweatshirts during Real Gym sessions. As we are asking your children to wear their PE kit into school, they could still wear tracksuit bottoms/sweatshirts to school in the winter months over their shorts and tee shirt. They can still wear tracksuit bottoms or sweatshirts during their outdoor PE session.
-No jewellery can be worn during Real Gym sessions, this includes any earrings, even studs. If your child cannot remove their own stud earrings for these sessions, please do not send them into school wearing them on their Real Gym days.
-Watches cannot must not be worn so we ask you not to send your child in with a watch on their Real Gym days.
-During Real Gym sessions, your child will be asked to remove their shoes and socks as this will increase their grip on the equipment greatly. If there is a medical reason why you would like your child to not go barefoot, please discuss this directly with their class teacher.

Our PE uniform for Real Gym sessions is based on advice by the British Gymnastics governing body and is designed to ensure your child is as safe as possible during their exciting Real Gym sessions.

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Dates for the Diary

Anglosaxon Trip to Stubbington Study Centre- Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January

Mary Rose Museum visit- 27th, 28th and 30th March

 

Homework

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. We expect children to read regularly and aim for at least 5 times a week. 

2 – Daily times tables practise
This could be chanting, rapid recall or quick fire questions with a family member, use of Times Tables Rockstar or playing different times tables games. 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- Spellings

We expect children to learn the Year 3 National Curriculum spellings and each week, a new word will be sent out to learn. In addition, they will be tested on them at the end of each half term.