Spring Termly letter
We will begin the term reading The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. The children will write their own narratives based on this version of the traditional tale. Next, we will look at an animation, Lucky Dip, to consolidate narrative writing skills leading up to retelling the story of the film in our own words. We will also be reading Ra The Shining Sun God.
In addition, the children will continue to develop their understanding of the Year 3 grammar, spelling and punctuation curriculum.
We will first learn the formal written methods of multiplication and division. We will then consolidate our understanding of money to add and subtract prices. After this we will be drawing and interpreting pictograms, bar charts and tables. We will look at measurement of length and the perimeter of 2D shapes using mm, cm and m units. We will also be reviewing our understanding of fractions.
Throughout the term, we will consolidate understanding of the four operations and mental calculation strategies as well as practising our times tables in regular maths meeting sessions.
We will be continuing with our Forces and Magnets unit, where we will looking at magnetic strengths and carrying out an investigation. We will then begin our unit Animals Including Humans, focusing on skeletons and muscles and different kinds of nutrition.
The children will develop touch typing skills through a variety of games and activities on the Purple Mash programme. They will then work together to create a short news report on the iPads, linked to topic work, using iMovie.
We will start to consider the new topic question, “Who were the Ancient Egyptians and what was their greatest achievement?” We will explore Howard Carter and the tomb of Tutankhamun, Egyptian gods, and the pyramids. To support our learning, we will have a whole day workshop on life in Ancient Egypt.
The children will produce hieroglyphs of their names. We will also create Egyptian portraits.
We will continue focusing on different emotions this term, including identifying and expressing feelings. We will be looking at improvfing self-control, self-awareness and anger management, as well as making links with sustainability and environmental.
The children continue to develop the skills that they were introduced to last term in greeting and responding to questions, building on their understanding of differences in social conventions and continuing to develop their vocabulary.
In PE the children will be doing large ball games including basketball.
The children will continue their lessons on the clarinet and saxophone with specialist teachers from Wandsworth Music Service, building on the skills learnt last term.
This term our focus is on Christianity and we will be answering the question, “What is the Bible and how do its teachings affect people?” This will include learning about the Trinity and inspirational people using key vocabulary to describe and compare aspects of religious beliefs and practices.
Trips and Special Events
Wednesday 10th February – Egyptian Workshop (in school)
We will continue with weekly spelling tests and regular times tables tests.
Please continue to read regularly with your children and support them to learn times tables and complete Mathletics homework.