Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 3
Our topic this term is ‘World War Two’
In Literacy, we are going to be writing descriptive paragraphs about Plymouth in the Blitz. Our main focus will be ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will be focusing on using ambitious vocabulary, coordinating conjunctions and continuing to improve our joined letters in handwriting. We will also be learning how to structure an explanation text, using ‘Until I met Dudley’ as our main text.
In maths, we are continuing with our fractions unit and will be comparing the size of non-unit fractions. After this, our topic will be time and we will be telling the time to the nearest minute on an analogue clock. Our next is shape, where we will be looking at 2d and 3d shapes. Our final topic is mass and capacity. We will continue working on our 3,4 and 8 times tables.
This term, we will continue our unit on rocks, looking at the different types of rocks and their properties. Our final unit of the year will be ‘plants and living things’ where we will be looking at the different parts of a plant and identifying what a plant needs to grow.
In computing, we are starting the term by looking at how we use technology to communicate, with a focus on email. We will then look at how to use technology to create opinion polls. In PE, we are very lucky to have coaches from Lipson Academy and from Argyle supporting us with our athletics and fundamental skills units. In RE, we are looking at sacred texts and artefacts across different religions. Our SMSC focus this term is developing and maintaining positive relationships. Our topic this term is World War Two and we will be looking at propaganda, Hitler, Churchill, the blitz and key events from the war. In art, we are creating caricatures of Hitler and Churchill. In music, we will be adding percussion instruments to our singing.
Key Dates and General Reminders
P.E. will be on Tuesdays (outdoors) and Thursdays (indoors) Please ensure the children have their kits in school on these days.
Spelling books will go out on a Monday .The children’s spelling test will be on Fridays. We visit the Library on Monday. Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday.
In Literacy, we will be developing a love for and understanding of poetry. We will learn a poem off by heart to perform to the rest of the school as well as creating our own creative pieces. Following on from this, we will move on to exploring Instruction writing linking to our Stone Age topic. We will be working on using subordination, inverted commas for direct speech and continuing to use a range of conjunctions in our writing. Reading, spelling and handwriting will continue on a daily basis.
During the first half term we are looking at light. We will consider light sources and reflection as well as how shadows are formed. We will also consider how reflective substances can be used for safety.
In the second half term we are studying forces and magnets. We will use practical experiments to study gravity and force, we will explore magnetism and learn how to record data.
Our topic is ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’ We will be learning about this fascinating period of history and the children will be using their enquiry skills to find out lots of facts about this period of time including how people lived, what clothes they had, what they ate, how they lived and how they survived.
In art we will look at cave paintings and research famous artists. In D.T. we are making clay pots.
In music, we will be learning to play the glockenspiel, singing and learning about the pentatonic scale.
In computing we will begin to look at computer based programming using the programme Scratch, this will include the children making their own animation.
In P.E. the children will be continuing with their fundamental skills and they will be introduced to basketball and hockey.
In R.E. we will be exploring Hinduism and the Christmas Story.
This year we are going to be learning Spanish, which will start with basic conversational skills and counting. We will also be learning about Christmas in Spain
For SMSC we will be taking part in Friendship Week, visiting the Life Ed Caravan and looking at what makes us unique.
- P.E. will be on Tuesdays (Outdoors) and Thursdays (Indoors.)
- The children’s spelling test will be on Fridays. The children will be given their new spellings on Mondays.
- We visit the Library on Monday.
- Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday.
- Please come in to see us if you want to discuss anything.
Mr Young, Miss Sykes and Miss Ramsden