Year group - 3
Our topic for the Spring term is Ancient Egypt.
Religion: The Religion topics for this half term are ‘Jesus at Prayer’ and ‘Lent to Easter’. We will learn about the story of the ‘Passing Over’ of the angel of death recorded in the book of Exodus. It thus provides insight into the Passover festival as celebrated in the time of Jesus. We will be studying Lent to Easter to understand the events, people and meanings in the Easter story.
English: in Literacy the children will be looking at developing their use of vocabulary. This term we will be creating our own pieces of non-fiction writing. We will be looking at the use of speech and dialogue in our stories to use a wider range of punctuation. Children will also be continuing to develop their ability to use a range of vocabulary to interest the reader.
Handwriting: we will continue to work on joining up our writing and writing clearly in a legible style. Please make sure that children have a quite space to practise handwriting at home and that they use their finger spaces, capitals and punctuation when they write. Encourage them to read it back to you and edit their work if necessary.
Grammar: We are looking at using ‘a’ or ‘an’ correctly, adverbs and adverbial phrases, conjunctions (connectives) and prepositions within our writing. We will also be developing our understanding of representing speech in our writing with the use of inverted commas.
Maths: children are expected to know their 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 10s and 8s by the end of year 3 therefore it would be a great help if you could help your child learn their tables at home, or simply practise these on your way to and from school. We will also work on comparing, ordering and rounding numbers up to 1000, problem solving and shape and measure. Encourage your children to see the maths that is around them every day, when you are shopping it is great practice to refer to the change that you will be getting and getting the children to practise in real life situations. We will also be looking at time. Great practice can come from children being allowed to wear a watch of their own so that they can look at the time at different points in a day.
Topic: please support your child by getting library books on the topic, reading and discussing these with them. You can also help them research facts on the Internet or encourage them to keep an ”Egyptian journal” at home, where they can jot down their favourite things about Ancient Egypt, write a story set in that period or simply do a piece of Egyptian-inspired art.
The best prompt for your child is to see that you are interested in their learning so please do ask them questions about what they have studied so far.
Science: our topic is Plants. Children love being able to grow their own plants and this can get them quite enthusiastic about the topic as they have first-hand experience of it. We will be looking at the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant. We will also explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
Music: This term the children will be learning the cornet. Specialist teachers will be teaching the class on Wednesday afternoons and will culminate in a performance to parents at the end of the term.
Tuesday with Non Stop action staff
Wednesday – gymnastics with class teacher (note of advice – children could wear their PE shorts under their tracksuits bottoms as the hall does get quite warm during this lesson).
Friday Please ensure your child has their spelling journal on this day.
Literacy – Thursday, to be returned on Monday
Maths – Monday, to be returned on Thursday