Summer Term in Year 3 - half termly letter
For the first two weeks we will be continuing our work inspired by Charlotte’s Web. Our next writing challenge will be a reworking of Jack and the Beanstalk transported to Ancient Egypt, before we finish the term by exploring the Cornish tale, The Mousehole Cat. We will continue to work on punctuation including the correct use of inverted commas for direct speech and building complex sentences through the use of conjunctions and adverbial phrases.
This half term our focus will be on the properties of shapes and statistics. We will continue to practise fluency in problem solving and mental arithmetic skills, including times tables, as well as reviewing formal written methods.
Following our trip to Hampton Court we will continue to build on our understanding of plants and their place in the environment. We will then move on to the topic of Light where we will focus on reflection and shadows.
Our focus this half-term will be on Information Technology; taking good quality images and editing them using the iPad. We will also become more familiar with using the new Chrome Books for cross-curricular work.
We will start to explore the question “Who were the Ancient Egyptians and what was their greatest achievement?” in greater depth, starting the new half-term with an Egyptian workshop. We would recommend a trip to the British Museum over half-term if you wish to explore the topic further with your children.
Linked to our topic question, we will be creating Egyptian portraits and making Egyptian flatbread with recipes that the children have adapted to include ingredients of their own choice.
Our focus this half-term will be on setting goals and preparing for the transition to Year 4. Following the Heartstart First Aid programme, we will learn how to respond to serious bleeding. We will also be providing sex and relationship education, using the Chris Winter Project materials. If you would like to find out more about the project, you can look on the website: https://cwpresources.co.uk/resources/sre_pri/ The focus in Year 3 is: Valuing Difference and Keeping Safe.
We will learn vocabulary related to animals and continue to work on being able to talk about different forms of transport.
This half-term’s focus will be athletics in preparation for sports day.
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. Both RE Days are now in this half term on Friday 8th June and Friday 6th July.
Trips and Special Events
Portals to the Past Ancient Egypt workshop funded by the PTA will be on the first day back at school after half-term; Tuesday 5th June. Please could you help your child to dress as an Ancient Egyptian or archaeologist for this event.
Spelling and times tables tests will continue each Friday. On the first Friday back after the holiday 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.