Spring Term in Year 3 - half termly letter
This term we will enjoy a wide range of poetry and immerse ourselves in reading for the week of World Book Day. Our written work will include writing a play script, instructions and a news report, inspired by the classic E Nesbit story of ‘Five Children and It’.
We will focus on formal written methods of multiplication and division and move on to review our understanding of fractions. Every week, we will be consolidating our understanding of the four operations and mental calculation strategies as well as practising our skills across the maths curriculum in regular maths meeting sessions.
We will move on to a new topic, Light. The children will learn that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. Through practical activities, they will learn that light is reflected from surfaces and that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. They will further develop skills in
scientific enquiry through finding patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.
We will also be taking part in an engineering challenge for Science Week (w/c 11th March)
The children will work together to create a short news report, linked to topic work, using iMovie on the iPads.
We will be considering the question, “Is it better to reduce, re-use or recycle?”
As part of this work we will be visiting the Wandsworth Recycling Plant.
We will use recycled material in collages and design clothing made from newspaper and other waste paper.
We will continue with the PATHS (promoting alternative thinking strategies) programme as well as making links with sustainability and environmental awareness through topic work.
This half term children will learn the names for main parts of the body and describe colours. We will be working on asking and answering questions about physical appearance. The newly learnt vocabulary will allow children to describe themselves and others.
3F will continue with a range of dance styles and developing their own moves; 3B will be doing gymnastics; 3KB will alternate between hockey and basketball with some indoor gymnastics.
We will be starting the additional swimming lessons with 3KB swimming on Wednesday mornings after half term. The new timetable is attached.
The children will be continuing with recorder, learning crotchets, quavers, minims and semi-breves and the notes B A G C D. They will learn how to play simple tunes with the notes they have practised and work towards an end-of-term performance in school.
On RE day (Friday 29th March) we will continue our learning on Judaism, learning more about symbolism and significant stories in the Jewish faith.
Trips and Special Events
Wandsworth Recycling Plant trip on and 8th March for 3F, 12th March for 3B and 14th March for 3KB
Tuesday 19th March 9.30 am Year 3 Music performance, KS2 hall. Everyone invited, doors open 9.25am.
Spelling and Times Tables Tests will continue each Friday. On the first Friday of the new term we will test the children on a variety of spellings from the Year 3 curriculum.
Please continue to read regularly with your children and support them to learn times tables and complete Mathletics homework.