Welcome to Year 3
Welcome to Shark class - Year 3!
We hope that everyone enjoyed their Summer holidays and feels rested and relaxed.
Our English lessons this term will focus on Ug by Raymond Briggs and Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. These are some fantastic story books that offer the children a great entry point for learning about the Stone Age. They help to address some of the misconceptions that children may have and help to give them a better understanding of the Stone Age. Over the course of the term, we will be writing narratives, character descriptions and diary entries. Our grammar and punctuation work will focus on different word classes, such as: nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
TT rockstars is continuing at Dymchurch primary school and I would like to ask all parents to ensure there child uses this whenever they can (please ask if you need your login details). TT rockstars is set up to help children identify areas of strength and weakness and it also provides valuable feedback to the teachers. By the end of year 3, it is expected that the children will know their 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Lessons in term 1 will focus on place value, addition and subtraction. The children will be moving on to using formal written methods for addition and subtraction which will help to increase the speed of their calculations.
Topic lessons this term will focus on the Stone Age. The children will have a chance to create cave art and also turn their hand to sewing - to help Ug complete his quest for soft trousers. We will learn about the chronology of the Stone Age and when different developments occurred. We will also be doing an in depth study of Skara Brae and will attempt to create some models of the Neolithic village.
In Science, we will be learning all about rocks, soils and minerals. We will look at the three main rock types - sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous and learn how these are formed. We will be examining the properties of different rocks and learning about how the hardness of different rock types are measured. Our Science lessons link well to the rest of the learning that will be happening in Topic and English and will help to give the children a complete understanding of the Stone Age.
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 Tuesday and Thursday 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.