Welcome to Year 3
Below is information about what your child will be learning this term. Every Friday you'll also find homework for your child to practise over the course of the week.
Your child will have 2 PE sessions a week. One with their class teacher and another with our PE specialist. Please check your child’s PE day and ensure they are dressed in appropriate PE uniform on these days (jogging bottoms/leggings/white t-shirt, jumper and trainers)
Each class will have their PE lessons on:
|3G (Ms Goss)||3N (Ms Norman)||3M (Ms Muldoon)|
|Monday + Wednesday||Monday + Wednesday||Monday + Friday|
During this term your child will be focussing on using a wide range of reading strategies to support them in their reading and comprehension. We will be reading and exploring non-fiction texts in relation to geography and science in addition to reading our core text, The Iron Man.
Your child will be practising and revisiting the following strategies in their reading lessons:
We will continue to work on our reading habits encouraging all children to change their books regularly and bring their Rhomebooks in everyday. We encourage every child to read at home everyday for 10 minutes. Children will also have access to their Reading Eggs accounts, where they can access online books and practise comprehension questions.
In writing we will be looking at procedural writing, non-chronological reports as well as revisiting stories with a dilemma. Students will be exposed to a variety of high quality examples which can be found on Google Classroom; have opportunities to discuss, plan and edit; as well as receive feedback from peers and teachers. Some of the key features we will be learning are:
- Complete sentences and fragments
- Conjunctions to join ideas
- Developing vocabulary
- Fronted adverbials
- Apostrophes for contractions
- Inverted commas
- Dictionary skills
We will continue to teach and encourage children to write using horizontal and diagonal strokes to join letters together every time we write.
In maths, we will be exploring fractions in greater depth than in the previous curriculum. Children will begin by counting in tenths and understanding fractions as division. We will move on to finding fractions of whole numbers and look at simplifying fractions before comparing fractions with different denominators. Towards the end of the unit, pupils will be adding and subtracting fractions.
Later in the term we will be exploring angles using mathematical vocabulary and investigation. Children will begin by making and finding angles in shapes, then learn how to name certain angles, specifically right angles, acute angles and obtuse angles.
Throughout the term and year, we will also be working on a range of basic fluency skills, where children will be practising their number facts such as:
- Counting on in 4s, 8s, 50s and 100s
- Partitioning numbers to 1000 to support addition and subtraction
- Mentally adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers by looking at hundreds, tens and ones
- Mental addition and subtraction with 2 digits where the answer exceeds 100
- Recalling 3, 4 and 8 times table and connecting through doubling
We use https://play.ttrockstars.com/ to help with times tables practice. You can find your child's log in on the front cover of their homework book.
Our Jigsaw topics this term are Changing Me and Relationships. During these units children will learn:
- To celebrate what makes them different
- Express their feelings
- Understand and respect changes they see in others
- Develop strategies for coping with change
- Learn to be excited by change and uncertainty
This term in science, your child will continue to work scientifically and begin to explore plants, animals and the human body. During the plants unit, your child will secure their knowledge of:
- Identifying and describing the different functions of a plant
- Investigate the ways plants transport water
- Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
When learning about animals including the human body, children will be learning:
- That animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
- That humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
During this term we will be focusing on athletics in preparation for Sports Day! Keep an eye out in newsletters for when this will take place.
During Geography we will be learning about the physical structure of planet Earth, including looking at the tectonic plates, inner/outer core, crust and mantle. To support us with our learning, we will be visiting the Natural History Museum on Wednesday 3rd May.
We will also be classifying and sorting rocks and minerals, learning how the Earth works and exploring volcanoes.
During cooking and nutrition, children will follow a recipe to make a healthy meal. Focus will be on measuring ingredients accurately and controlling the temperatures whilst cooking.
In RE this term, children will continue to explore the key concept of Mutual Respect. Children will study our ‘big question’ of the year ‘What do symbols and sayings tell us about what people believe?’
Children will learn about ‘Sikh Signs and Sayings’’ through rich discussions, exploring artefacts, reading stories and watching videos. At the end of the unit, children will have a go at making connections and links back to themselves and the wider community.
In computer science we will be using Scratch to support our understanding of what algorithms are and how they are implemented as programs on digital devices.
Information about weekly homework can be found on your child's Google Classroom and in their red homework book. If you have any questions, please contact the school office on Info@sheringham.lihtrust.uk.