Welcome to Year 3S
Welcome back! We hope you have had a relaxing and enjoyable Easter break and have recharged your batteries ready for a busy half term ahead!
During this half term we will be answering the question ‘Why do so many people go to the Mediterranean for their holidays?' as part of our Geography unit. We will be learning all about the location of the Mediterranean and the countries that form the Mediterranean. We will use an atlas to improve our map skills, learn the name of countries and their corresponding capital cities and use grid references and OS symbols. We will create a Mediterranean collage out of recycling materials and produce a travel advert about a Mediterranean country of our choice.
In Science we will be answering the question ‘How did that blossom become an apple?' as part of our unit on Plants. During this unit, we will learn about the four main parts of a plant: roots, stem, leaves and flower; and discover their function and purpose. We will learn what a plant needs to grow, how water is transported, how a plant makes its own food and how a plant reproduces. We will conduct a long experiment looking at what a plant needs to grow over the entire half term.
In Literacy, the children will be learning how to write a playscript. We will be learning about stage directions and dialogue and creating a mini-group play using our own characters and settings. It should be a fun, mini-project. We will then finish the half term by writing a narrative based on the Oscar winning short animation 'Oktapodi'. We will produce storyboards to summarise the video and then turn it into a 5 part narrative using a story mountain. The video has got no dialogue so we will be adding our own speech using inverted commas. The children will be introduced to a new grammatical features such as paragraphing, inverted commas (speech marks), prefixes and homophones which will help them to write a fantastic narrative. The children will continue to use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions to extend sentences as well as using adjectives, adverbs and expanded noun phrases to describe.
In Numeracy, the children will be learning to tell the time from analogue and 12/24 hr digital clocks. We will develop our time knowledge from Y2 to read time to the nearest minute whilst using the correct vocabulary to record and compare time. We will also be interpreting and representing data through bar graphs, pictograms and tables. We should end the half term by starting our fractions topic. We will learn how to count in tenths, how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator up to 1 whole, use equivalent fractions and compare and order fractions.
In R.E the children will be learning all about 'Religions in the local community'.
In Music, the children will finish learning how to player the recorder. They will learn how to hold and play different notes as well as applying the different inter-related dimensions to simple melodies.
Please visit this page regularly as it will be updated with photos of our work and links to aid learning. Take a look at our planning documents to find out more about what we will be learning this year.
Children will require their P.E. kits every Thursday and Friday. They should leave it in school until the half term holiday. This will ensure that they don’t regularly forget their P.E. kit. The children will need either pumps or trainers as the children will participate in outdoor and indoor activities throughout the term. If your child doesn’t have the correct footwear, they may not be able to participate in certain activities, which would have a negative impact on their physical development.
Children will be given a spelling list every Wednesday, please ensure your child practices these as they will be tested on these spellings the following week. To support them further, encourage children to form sentences with the words given.
Children will be given learning log challenges each term which is linked to the work they have been covering throughout the topic. This needs to be handed in on specific dates, please take this opportunity to work with your child and tackle the challenges with a creative, imaginative mind that celebrates your child's ideas. Please look at our homework grid below.
Reading books and library books will be changed every Tuesday. Please ensure that reading records are signed and brought into school every Tuesday to allow books to be changed. It is important that your child reads every evening. This could be done independently or with the help of an adult or older sibling.
Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS)
The children have been given logins for Times Tables Rock Stars. They can access the app at home on a laptop or iPad and even get the opportunity to play against the teachers some evenings. Please encourage your child to access the website at home as this will give them much needed practice of the Times Tables they are unsure of.
Please click below to assess the TTRS website
Please do not hesitate to see me before or after the school day if you have any questions or need any further information.
Thank you for your support.
Miss Shaikh and Mrs Baig