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Welcome to Year 3!

This term (Summer 2015), our Year 3 children will be learning:

 

English: Year 3 will be reading a selection of myths, legends and fables and discussing the similarities and differences between them. They will then use what they have learnt to write their own. The children will also analyse the features of different types of reports which will lead them to write their own police reports and newspaper reports based as a class text.  

To aid your children’s literacy skills, you could:

  • Read regularly with and to your child. Include a selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. Newspapers are a good source of recounts and the website: pitara.com has a number of interesting recounts on topical issues.
  • Encourage your child to practise their handwriting.
  • Test your child on their weekly spelling list.

 

Maths: Children will be learning how to use place value to aid a range of mathematical concepts. Children will be looking at applying maths in real life concepts; adding and subtracting money, ratio of ingredients, measuring health and exercise. Children will also be looking at the four operations and how they can be used in real life context, in the form of word problems.

There are key facts that are essential for your child to know. In order to support your child with the acquisition of these, you could:

  • Support your child to learn the multiplication facts so that they can recall them rapidly. Ask quick fire questions e.g. what is 4 x 3 , 6 x 6 etc.
  • Link x tables to division, for example: how many 6s are there in 42?    (www.teachingtables.co.uk).
  • Include them in practical maths activities e.g. telling the time, weighing and measuring, using money etc. Ask questions such as: A bouncy ball cost £1.46p. In the sale it is reduced by 50p. How much does it cost now? How do you know?
  • Remind them to use their personal login and to visit the website: sumdog.com to practice rapid recall calculations.

 

COMPUTING: Our unit this term is ‘We are programmers’. In this unit, the children create an animated cartoon using characters they design. They use a paint tool to create characters and backgrounds. They then create an animation by translating a storyboard into a series of scripted instructions (program) for graphic objects.

 

PSHE: Our topic this term is; Let’s go shopping. By the end of this module pupils should be able to: Understand that you can pay for goods in a range of ways, keep simple financial records and recognise influences on choices about spending and saving

 

Religious education: Our unit this term is; ‘What makes me the person I am?’ In this unit, pupils are given the opportunity to reflect on different aspects of their identity, on ideas about what is distinctive about them, and what they share with others and the world around them. The unit develops work on special qualities from Year 1 as well as ideas in two other Year 2 units: What does it mean to live with family and friends? And what makes us wonder about the world?

 

Topic (International Primary Curriculum):

This term’s theme is: Time, Place, Earth and Space. This unit gives the children a chance to find out what the Sun has to do with time. They will find out about the Sun and the Earth, how they move and interact and how this effects the passage of time, day and night and the seasons. They will also find out how the movement of the Earth around the Sun creates different seasons, different natural environments and weather patterns. Children will learn about shadows and how they are formed in relation to the position of the sun and how we can use them to find out the time. They will find out why it is a different time in many country around the world. Children will research festivals and traditions connected with light which measure the passage of time. Children will be finding out about communications technology worldwide and those that help society interact using transport, including journeys between different time zones.

 

Homework:

Reading books will be changed regularly and will be accompanied by a home/school record. Maths homework will be given out on a Thursday and should be returned to school by the following Tuesday when it will be marked. English homework will also be given out on a Thursday and should be returned to school the following Tuesday. Your child will also bring home a weekly spelling list to learn on a Thursday.

 

 

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