Year 3


Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the new term! We hope you had a restful holiday and enjoyed the Easter break with friends and family. 

We at Trent recognise that your child’s success is often attributed to tremendous commitment from the whole family team, so thank you in advance for your support.  This letter is for your information, outlining the learning taking place in Year 3 this term. This half term we will be covering the following:

Subject / Area

Learning intentions

How you can help

Cross Curricular Topic

History, Geography, Art, ICT, Literacy, Science, D&T and PSHE. 

Our Creative Curriculum Topic for the first half of the Summer will be ‘Predator!’ It is a science based project. We will be learning new skills in History, Geography, Science and Computing around this theme too. After half term, our topic is ‘Urban Pioneers’ which is an art based project.

In PSHE our topic is ‘Let’s go shopping!’ We will learn about the value of money, spending, saving and how to make choices based on one’s own needs and resources.

Children should be able to carry out individual research and project work to develop understanding in areas of interest to them.

Use of reference books and appropriate internet sites are encouraged.

www.bbc.co.uk/education  is a good starting point for topic learning.

 

Literacy

Throughout the term we will be using high quality texts to inspire the children in developing their writing skills. To link with our Summer Term topic we will explore writing our own Haiku poetry and non-chronological reports about predators.

We will continue to practice SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) skills in every English lesson. We will be focusing on further homophones, suffixes, possessive apostrophe, conjunctions and dictionary skills.

Please discuss the learning from the current topic with your child and ask them what their writing targets are. 

Encourage use of a dictionary during home learning. Please support your child in completing their reading journals and by signing off their reading challenges for books read at home. Try to ensure that your child maintains their reading habit (at least 20 minutes every day is advisable for this age group). Please support your child with any SPaG related home learning.

 

 

Maths

Maths will continue to follow the New National Curriculum objectives for Year 3, as well as working through investigations and mathematical puzzles, linked to our topics. There will be a strong focus on multiplication and division with children receiving regular opportunities to practice and develop their understanding of place value too.

 

We will also develop our knowledge on measurement by measuring, comparing, adding and subtracting lengths.

 

We will continue with our ‘Speedy Tables’. 

Please try to make sure your child knows their multiplication tables and support them with their home-learning if needed.

Please encourage your child to use Mathletics to develop their mathematical skills. The website for this is: www.mathletics.co.uk

Please make use of every opportunity to help your child tell the time, with a focus on using ‘past’ and ‘to’ the hour. Additionally, please encourage them to calculate the cost of items when out shopping and to work out how much change will be received.

R.E.

We will be continuing to follow the scheme of work from the London Diocesan Board for Schools. This term we will focus on ‘Judaism’.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional research.

P.E.

This term, Non-Stop Action will continue to teach the children skills in gymnastics and dance during indoor PE lessons. They will also teach the children tennis during outdoor lessons. 

Please support your child to become independent in remembering their P.E. kit. Indoor PE continues to be every Monday. Outdoor PE lessons will be on Wednesday.

Music

In music this term your child will continue learning to play the recorder.
You can support your child by encouraging them to practice. The children are beginning to look at staff notation for the notes they learn.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

Remember to bring your recorder to school on Monday!

French

The children will receive a specialist French lesson each week. They will be revising and adding to their vocabulary including links to the Creative Curriculum topic.  This term the children will be learning about animals.

You can support your child by discussing lessons or topics and encourage additional personal research or practice.

Year 3 will have indoor PE every Monday and outdoor PE every Wednesday. Please ensure they have full P.E kit with them, including trainers, plimsolls and both indoor and outdoor attire. Please make sure that if your child wears tights to school, they have a pair socks to change in to.

Home-learning

Home-learning will continue to be set on a Friday and will usually consist of a piece of Maths, English and either Science, Topic or RE. Mental Maths and SPaG activities may also be included. Home-learning is due in on a Wednesday.  Please continue to encourage your child to get into the routine of returning home-learning on time as this will help encourage positive work habits and independence. We would be grateful if you could please ensure your child’s home learning is checked and signed before it is returned.

Reading

Your child will continue to benefit from guided reading at school. The children have daily opportunities to change their school levelled book if they need to so please make sure your child reads every night. Currently your child has a reading journal which should be signed each day by an adult at home. Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish. Reading journals will be checked when your child reads with an adult.

Equipment

Thank you to all who have organised the school pencil case containing the equipment your child will need this term, each item will need to be labelled with your child’s name. The children have already shown responsibility in looking after their own equipment, however if items need replacing, we would be grateful if you could support us in this. The items your Year 3 child will need are: a  school clear pencil case, an HB pencil, a straight rigid 30 cm ruler, a sharpener, a rubber, a glue stick and a whiteboard pen.

Behaviour Policy

The Behaviour Policy has been clearly explained to all the children across the school. They understand the standard of behaviour expected of them and are responding positively. In Year 3 we will be encouraging and recognising positive behaviour by rewarding children who do well in a variety of ways. We continue to monitor and guide the children in suitable ways to get along with each other in and out of the classroom.

School Trips

We have planned some very exciting trips this term!

We will be visiting:

Whipsnade Zoo on Thursday 4th May 2017

St Paul’s Cathedral (re-scheduled trip) on Thursday 22nd June 2017

With Best Wishes,

Miss Wheeler and Miss Anastasi

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