Spring Term in Year 3 - Termly letter
We will start by developing our letter writing skills by retelling the story of Ice Palace through correspondence. We will then move on to read Fly Eagle, Fly! by Christopher Gregorowski. The children will write their own narratives based on the pattern and language of this beautifully illustrated 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. Finally, we will write and perform play scripts, inspired by the classic E Nesbit story of Five Children and It.
In addition, the children will continue to develop their understanding of the Year 3 grammar, spelling and punctuation curriculum.
We will look at measurement of length and the perimeter of 2D shapes using mm, cm and m units. We will also be reviewing how to tell the time accurately from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals, 12-hour and 24-hour clocks. We will learn to record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours and to recall the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year.
We will then move on to formal written methods of multiplication and division before reviewing our understanding of fractions. We will also 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 topic Animals Including Humans, focusing on skeletons and muscles and different kinds of nutrition. We will then move on to look at Forces and Magnets, considering the difference between contact and non-contact forces and how objects move on different surfaces as well as observing how magnets attract or repel each other, relating this to our understanding of magnetic poles. This science topic links well with our topic work on sorting and recycling waste materials.
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 by looking at the question, “How and why have places and transport changed in the UK?” This will include a study of the local area as well as key cities in the UK. We will also be visiting the London Transport Museum. In the second half term, we will consider the question, “Is it better to reduce, re-use or recycle?” To complement this work and make links with our science topic, we will be visiting the Wandsworth Recycling Plant.
We will start our topic work by looking at the industrial landscape work of LS Lowry and recreating his style of painting. We will also be using charcoals and pencils to sketch different UK landmarks. We will use recycled material in collages and design clothing made from recycled materials.
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, environmental awareness and the UNCRC through topic work.
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.
3B will be starting swimming lessons on Wednesday 8th January. Further details have been issued.
In addition to this, they will be focusing on gymnastics and dance. 3KG will be working on games and dance.
The children will continue their lessons on djembe, recorder and singing 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
Friday 24th January - 3B’s Class Assembly at 9.10
Friday 7th February - London Transport Museum for Transport Through Time Workshops.
Friday 6th March - 3KG’s Class Assembly at 9.10
Tuesday 10th March - 3B to Wandsworth Recycling Plant
Friday 13th March - 3KG to Wandsworth Recycling Plant
Thursday 26th and Friday 27th March - Joint Y3/4 production at 9.30
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.