Welcome to Year 3
Year 3 have had an amazing first term in Shark class. During term 2, they had the opportunity to take part in a workshop run by Kik theatre. Ian is a fantastic teacher and showed the children how to act with enthusiasm and expression. This finished our topic, Stone Age to the Iron Age, really nicely and gave the children a great insight in to the roles played by different people at that time. We learnt all about the Celts and the Romans and even marched in to battle.
Term 3 will feature lots of learning all about the world around us. In topic lessons, we are going to be focusing on natural disasters. We’ll be learning all about how and why they occur and what different types of natural disasters there are. The children will also have the chance to make their own Seismograph (a tool to measure earthquakes). This unit of work provides a really fascinating insight in to the natural world and gets the children asking thought provoking questions. They will also have a chance to think about PSHE when looking at various natural disasters that have happened across the globe.
In science, we will be learning about magnets and poles. This unit of work links well to our topic lessons and further enhances the children’s understanding of various natural disasters. Furthermore, the children will get the chance to learn about tectonic plates and how these are related to earthquakes and tsunamis.
Our writing will focus on more non-fiction texts this term as we will be reading plenty of these during our topic and science lessons. We will also be reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes which also ties in well to our topic and science lessons. Over the course of term 3, the children will also be taught several strategies to support them when learning new words.
In maths, we will continue to focus on multiplication and division and will progress on to learning inverse relationships in mathematics. For example, if I know 5 + 4 = 9 then I also know 9 – 4 = 5.
Homework will be given out on a Friday each week and should be returned by the following Thursday. Homework will focus on consolidating the skills we have been practising during the week and there will often be a times table focus in maths. Next year, the children will take a national test to assess their times table recall so this will be of huge benefit for them.
PE will be on Monday & Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school on these days. Any earrings will need to be removed or covered with micropore medical tape during PE lessons (tape will need to be supplied by parents).
Thank you for your continued support,
Mr Marsh and Mrs Goodburn.