Happy New Year!
We hope you had a fantastic Christmas and are ready for an exciting Spring Term. As we begin 2024, we wanted to update you with some key information.
We ask that you ensure:
- All clothing is named to avoid any lost jumpers and cardigans.
- A named plastic water bottle is brought in daily, containing water.
- Reading records are brought into school daily
We would also ask for children not to bring in back packs as we have no room on pegs and have limited space. The pegs we have are only big enough to hold your child’s coats.
Our PE days continue to be every Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child is sent into school wearing their PE kit. On P.E. days, we kindly ask that your child wears their normal Warren Park polo shirt and jumper / cardigan with either shorts or tracksuit bottoms (blue, grey or black preferred if possible). For safety, suitable footwear like trainers or plimsoles is essential. If your child is unable to wear school PE kit then we have spare in school for them to change into.
A huge thank you for your support with home reading, 10 minutes reading a day can make such a difference! Reading in Year 3 is an absolute priority for us; it’s the key that opens the doorway to the whole curriculum. We kindly ask for your continued support over the rest of the year by listening to your child read at home a minimum of 3 times a week. Your child does not have to read the entire book, book talk is just as important, read a few pages and talk about the characters and the plot or make some predictions. Although we remind them, it is your child’s responsibility to change their book at the end of the day if they need to. We ask that reading records are bought in on a Friday to be signed off.
Your child will come home with weekly spellings to practise at home. There are lots of fun ways to practise spellings which mirror the strategies we use in school:
- Rainbow writing – Pyramids
- Bubble writing SPELLING
- Write in a sentence I’m amazing at practising my spellings.
There are a variety of ways the children can achieve their 3 times table home practices. All children have their Wonde login will give them access to Times Table Rock Stars online, a safe, secure and fun way to practice multiplication recall and develop sped. We have a drawer of paper activities and games in the classrooms that the children are free to help themselves to at anytime or their practicing might be as simple as counting in 3s as they climb the stairs. We ask that Times Table record books also come in to be checked on a Friday.
Our Spring Term Curriculum
All of our text drivers in the first half term are on the theme of ‘Confidence and Caution’. We are starting with a great text called ‘Black Dog’ by Levi Pinfold and then ‘The Day I Swapped My Dad For A Goldfish’ by Neil Gaiman. We will be using the texts to learn how to write dialogue.
Within our reading lessons we will be using the classic text Pinocchio.
We will be starting off the term by using analogue clocks to learn how to tell the time to five-minute intervals. We will also be continuing with our times table tests and practising our addition and subtraction.
Our science learning will focus on Rocks, where the children will learn about the 3 different types of rocks Metamorphic, Igneous and Sedimentary, exploring their different properties and characteristics. They will investigate fossils and may even get to make their own in order to understand the process of how they are formed.
Our History enquiry is based on the Romans. We will build upon our learning and understanding of the Stone Age and explore the rise of the Roman Empire and it’s impact on Britain. Later in the term, we have a theatre group coming in to work with us.
Our R.E. concept this term is ‘Sacred’ we will be looking at what sacred means and exploring sacred items and places. We are hoping to visit a local church and compare it with a Sikh Gurdwara.
In computing we will be programming Scratch to write algorithms to create a conversation.
We are very fortunate to be having Hampshire Music Service coming in on a Tuesday afternoon this term to teach the children African drumming. We will of course be inviting you in for a concert later in the term.
Our key skill this half term is collage. We will be studying the work of Antoni Gaudi and exploring many fantastic mosaics before creating our own tile coaster.
Please keep an eye on our Year 3 page on the school website where we will upload photos of our learning.
As always, we are always here to help! 😊
If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and see us and we will be more than happy to help.
Thank you for your continued support.
Year 3 Team