Our topic this half term:
This topic has a Design Technology focus. We will learn about bridge structures and designs, with an emphasis on techniques to stiffen, strengthen and reinforce structures. In science we will learn about states of matter, noting the properties of solids, liquids and gases.
Please continue to support your child with their homework tasks. Mathletics, spellings and reading will continue as before. Any additional work which is related to our topic will be gratefully received and celebrated in class.
The Year 3 team:
Mrs Loynds - 3 Crystal
Mrs Davis and Mrs Downing - 3 Lion
Mrs Perks supports Year 3
In Maths this term Year 3 will cover:
- Number - Multiplication and Division
- Measurement: Money
- Measurement: length and perimeter
- Number - Fractions
In English this term Year 3 will cover:
- Traditional Tales with a twist
- Explanation texts
- Concrete poetry
If you have some spare time, you might like to try some of these activities:
- Read!! Enjoy a book, read about the places you visit or research your favourite science or history topic.
- Practise your times tables. In year 3, our aim is to know the following times tables forwards andbackwards (eg. 2 x 3 = 6 and 3 x 2 = 6 so 6 ÷ 2 = 3 and 6 ÷ 3 = 2): 2 x table, 10 x table, 5 x table then 3 x table, 4 x table and 8 x table.
- Maths: Keep working on telling the time, using money when you go to the shops, measuring in the kitchen and playing games involving dice and counting.
- Writing: You might like to write a diary, send a postcard, make up a quiz to test your family or friends, write a story or copy from a book to work on your handwriting.
With best wishes from
Mrs Loynds, Mrs Davis, Mrs Downing and Mrs Perks
The Year 3 Team
Reading - All children have access to our class book shelves every day. They can choose any book and change it when they wish. Children have been asked to write down the title of their chosen book in a notebook which stays at school. We encourage children to take the book home and share it with you, but ask that it is brought into school each day for registration time and other reading opportunities. If your child has chosen a particularly challenging book, you may like to take it in turns to read or even read the entire book and ask questions to check that they have understood the text. Some children may also have a Rapid Reader book to support their reading at a specific level. These will be changed each week.
Spelling - The children will be sent home with a list of spellings each week. Some time to learn and practise their spellings will be given in school. Please practise at home too. We will look at whether the children are able to use their learnt spellings in their everyday class work.
Number Heroes (times tables) - Times tables are essential as building blocks to all maths. The expectation for year 3 pupils is to have learnt the following times tables by the end of the academic year: x2, x10, x5, x3, x4, x8. This includes division as well as multiplication (eg. 2 x 3 = 6 and 6 ÷ 2 = 3) The following webpage explains the government's plans:
Each week (Fridays) we will do our 'Number Heroes' times tables sheet. Children will be sent home with their paper as soon as possible after their test day to inform you of their progress and to help children know which tables they need to work on. Some practise time will be built into our school week, but additional practise at home would be hugely beneficial.
Mathletics - You can access this website here, using the tab Parents then Useful Links. We will set some tasks which are linked to our class learning. There are lots of activities to do following the set task, many of which will support times tables learning.
We hope that this information is useful, but if you have any further questions, please ask.
Many thanks for your support,
The Year 3 Team
Suggested Additional Activities:
- Build a bridge using construction materials at home, eg. lego, meccano, paper and card, junk materials. Bring in a photo or the bridge itself if possible!
- Read 'The Troll' by Julia Donaldson.
- Find out about bridges in our local area - take a photograph or draw a sketch to keep a record of the different types of bridges seen. Locate them on a map.
- Find out about bridges from around the world. Which is your favourite and why?
- Ask questions then try to find the answers, eg. Which is the tallest bridge? Which bridge is the longest? Where could I find a bridge made from just wood? How old is the oldest bridge in the UK?
Class Assemblies: 3 Crystal - Thursday 21st May
3 Lion - Friday 22nd May
TT Rockstars - Please encourage your child to play often to improve the speed of the recall of multiplication and division facts
If your child needs medication in school, such as inhalers, please ensure that these are sent in as soon as possible.
Water bottles are encouraged. They should be taken home each day and brought back to school with fresh water. A clear sports topped bottle is preferred.
The children have already begun to learn some of the new routines for Key Stage 2. In the morning, on or before hearing the first bell at 8:50am, children should say their goodbyes and make their way to the top playground. When the second bell sounds at 8:55am, children should enter the school building via the double doors on the top playground. At the end of the day, the children will be brought onto the top playground where they will wait with staff until we are able to send them directly to you. Please wait on the top playground near the fence between the steps and the slope, and bear with us while we learn who collects each child. A wave may be helpful to us as well as your children!
There is no afternoon break timetabled for KS2 pupils, but during the initial transition period, should they need it, we will take them outside for a break.
We hope you find this information useful.
Our PE days are on Wednesdays and Fridays. Trainers are preferred while we are able to go outside.
Indoor kit: T-shirt, shorts, pumps
Outdoor kit: T-shirt, shorts or long tracksuit trousers/joggers, tracksuit top, trainers or pumps
For PE, please note that long hair must be tied back and jewellery must be removed (including earrings)