Summer Term in Year 3 - Half termly letter
This term we will continue to enjoy writing in response to E Nesbit’s ‘Five Children and It’ before moving on to write in a range of genres linked to our reading of ‘Charlotte’s Web’. We will continue to work on correct use of sentence punctuation, paragraphs and knowing when to use the determiners a or an.
This half term we will continue to work on arithmetic skills using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be learning how to solve practical problems involving equivalent fractions, comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions. We will also be telling and writing the time using an analogue clock, and 12-hour or 24-hour clocks.
As part of this work, we will recognise and use Roman numerals from I to XII.
We will continue with the Forces and Magnets topic linking our work to a visit from the Lego Engineers on Thursday 10th May. We will move on to look at plants including researching the functions of the parts of flowering plants and different methods of seed dispersal and pollination. We will be visiting the gardens at Hampton Court on 22nd May in connection with this topic.
The children will continue to work on their iMovie news report. They will then move on to look at simulations, considering what they are, when they might be useful and the advantages and disadvantages of using a simulation compared to real life scenarios.
We are continuing to look at the question “Is it better to reduce, re-use or recycle?” with a focus on the adjustments we can make in our daily lives to reduce waste and pollution. We will move on to introduce the final topic of the year, “Who were the Ancient Egyptians and what was their greatest achievement?”
Continuing with our exploration of upcycling resources, we will be designing and making clothes from recycled newspaper; if you are able to save any papers you use over the Easter break, we would be very grateful if you could send them in on our return to school.
We will continue with the PATHS (promoting alternative thinking strategies) programme.This half term the focus is looking at steps for calming down and self-control.
We will learn all the vocabulary related to the family in Spanish. We will also learn the names of different transport in Spanish and talk about which one we use to come to school.
3F will be doing cricket and 3GK tennis with our PE coaches. They will have an additional session on Monday afternoons working on a range of ball skills.
The children will be continuing with recorder and learning how to read music.
This term we will be learning about Hinduism; learning the story of Holika and Prahlad and how it links with the festival of Holi. We will talk about how statues of Hindu gods and goddesses show different things about what Hindus believe about God and start to draw comparisons with other religions that we are familiar with.
Trips and Special Events
Visit from the Wandsworth Recycling Centre on Thursday 19th April. (Each child needs a clean, rinsed plastic bottle with the lid, some scrap fabric and paper eg. old wrapping paper, ribbon, foil)
Lego Engineers workshop - Thursday 10th May.
Hampton Court Gardens - Tuesday 22nd May
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 child and support them to learn times tables and complete Mathletics homework.