Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter - Spring term 2018
Welcome back after the half term. We look forward to the exciting term ahead. We will continue to use the award system in place this year called Brookhouse Monster's University dojo points. Homework has been set for the term and should be returned to school on Wednesdays at the latest. Spellings and Times Tables will be tested on a Monday so please ensure the children keep on top of learning them. Swimming will take place on a Friday morning. Please ensure that your child brings in their full swimming kit every Friday. Carry on working hard and we will enjoy another successful term!
At the start of this term we will be using novels as a theme to influence our own stories. We will be focusing on the novel ' The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes and will be analysing its features. This will lead on to the children writing their own chapter to the novel and creating their own character. After that we will be looking at recounts in the form of a diary entry and will explore subjects within our topic 'The Iron Man'. We will then be exploring our thoughts and feelings about the Iron man to recount an event in relation to our topic.
In Maths we will be describing and sorting 2D and 3D shapes whilst comparing them to everyday objects. We will also be recognising whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle and describing angles as a turn. Then we will identify horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines. Next we will be moving on to addition and subtraction, we will be solving problems using the written column method. After that we will compare and order fractions then we will solve addition and subtraction fraction problems. We will then be using different mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement on a squared grid. Lastly we will tell and write the time on an analogue clock, digital and a roman numeral clock. We will estimate and record the time to the nearest minute.
In Science we will be learning about magnetic forces. We will explore how different forces affect movement. We will research what is needed to create an invention and how movement can affect what invention we create. We will deliver different experiments to see which resources and materials move the best and how we can describe their movement. We will then explore various magnets. We will identify which materials are magnetic and which are non magnetic.
Our topic for this half term is 'The Iron Man'. We will be investigating different mechanisms and how they can create different outputs. We will also trial and consider different materials so that the product we create is robust. Children will design and plan their product and create design criteria to go alongside it. They will then create their own moving parts poster to advertise 'The Iron Man' by using their designs, plans and design criteria. After this we will research in to Laura Carlin's illustrations of the Iron Man. We will create our own observational drawings, water colour scenes and pastel drawings of scenes from 'The Iron Man.' Finally we will study score soundtracks from well know movies. We will review and identify different elements in the music. We will then plan and create our own soundtracks to go alongside a movie section.
If you have any concerns please book an appointment with a member of the year 3 staff at the office. Alternatively if you would like a more informal chat, please feel free to discuss with a member of staff before or after the end of school.
I hope your child finds this half term enjoyable and insightful!
Miss Heeks Mrs Khonat Mrs Robinson
Class Teacher Teaching Assistant Student Support Assistant
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