Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 3
Our topic this term is The Romans.
In writing, we will be exploring a text called ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. The children will be learning how to change the text into their own historical fiction story and create a playscript. We will develop our skills in using subordinating and coordinating conjunctions and learn how to use inverted commas (speech marks) and apostrophes correctly. We will also look at using a thesaurus to up-level their vocabulary.
In maths we will continue to work on developing our multiplication and division skills. As well as recapping our 3,4, and 8 times tables, we will be moving on to using short multiplication to multiply a 2-digit number to a 1-digit number and use sharing and equal grouping to divide. We will then use money to recap and consolidate our knowledge of addition and subtraction. After this, we will use bar charts, pictograms and tables to analyse data in our statistics unit. Our focus after this will be ‘length and perimeter’ where we will be using centimetres and metres to measure length, add lengths, subtract lengths and calculate perimeter.
This term the children will be learning about ‘Animals including Humans.’ They will be learning about the different nutrients that animals need to survive and thrive. They will be comparing the diet of different groups of animals. Sorting animals based on their skeletons and identifying and naming bones. They will be identifying and explaining the main functions of a skeleton and learning about muscles.
P.E. will be on Tuesdays (outdoors) and Wednesdays (indoors)
Our topic this term is The Romans. We will find out about the history of Rome and how they managed to conquer so many countries. In Art, we will be learning how to make Roman mosaics. Computing lessons will involve coding a conversation between two Romans using Scratch and also learning about Cyberbullying in E-Safety. In R.E., we’ll examine ‘Islam and Judaism’ and the different ways they celebrate their beliefs. For P.E. we will be practising our badminton skills. The children will be learning to use a racquet correctly and how to pass a shuttlecock to one another. We will also be learning about gymnastics. In Spanish we be learning Spanish phrases and using them in conversations, we will also be consolidating the vocabulary that we already know.
Key Dates and General Reminders
- Reading books are needed in school every day.
- Homework is given out on a Friday to be returned to school on Thursday.
- Spellings will come home on a Thursday and are tested on the Thursday after.
- Year 3 swimming starts on the 24th February and will last for 3 weeks.
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