Dear Parents and carers,
Welcome back after the Easter holidays, we hope you and your families are well and have had a restful break. In Year 3 we will continue to remind children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will use our reward system 'Brookhouse Monsters University' to recognise good behaviour and attitudes. If your child is in the winning University team, they will be given a reward at the end of the term.
At the top of this page you will find Year 3’s previous and current homework grids, which heavily focuses on reading, spelling and times table practice. You will also find Year 3’s previous and current knowledge organisers, which will prepare your child for topic quizzes and will take place every week. We will have a quiz of quizzes at the end of the term to celebrate all the learning taken place across the whole curriculum so far.
Our topic for this term is ' What the Romans did for us'.
Please encourage your child to complete their homework each week. Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday. As well as completing the homework on the homework grid, your child will be given a list of words to explore on a weekly basis for our Whole Class Reading sessions. It is really important that your child completes this work so that they are ready to access the text that we will be reading the following week.
All children are familiar with using the online learning platforms such as Reading Plus, Purple Mash, Spag.com and TTRS, therefore your child should be able to login and complete any tasks assigned independently. You may feel your child is a fluent reader, however it is still crucial that you read with your child as much as possible at home to support their phonics and comprehension of different texts.
Our main focus for English will be reading and writing playscripts, we will do this through the use of ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy, where we will be imitating, innovating and inventing. We will be looking at and acting out various playscripts, using tone, intonation, expression and action. As well as this, we will be focusing on the skills needed to invent our own piece of writing and look at writing cross-curricular through other subject areas focusing on non-chronological reports.
Whole Class Reading will continue to take place every day, through which we encourage children to focus on new vocabulary in the text and the comprehension of the text.
The school has purchased a three year subscription with an online reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupils' reading age but it does rely on the children using this resource on a regular basis. Please make sure they are using it at home. Please support your children in their reading of school books, at home for ten minutes every day. We will continue to encourage children to improve their Oracy skills through participating in the project Voice 21.
Our Maths lessons will provide pupils with the opportunity to learn using concrete, pictorial and abstract models. They will then learn to apply this knowledge to reasoning and problem solving - QUACK (Please ask your children what this means). This term we will be looking at statistics - namely picture graphs and bar graphs and then move onto fractions, decimals and percentages. There will also be opportunity for online learning via Purple Mash. Please encourage your child to practice their timetables at home. It is really important that your child learns their times tables, in order to aid them with this, your child can use the online program 'Times Table Rockstars'.
Our topic for the Summer term is 'plants'. Year 3 will work scientifically and carry out observations to understand the functions of the different parts of plants, how water is transported in plants and explore the life cycles of flowering plants. At the beginning of each session we will deliver a quiz to test key learning, your child can prepare themselves by revising the Science Knowledge Organiser.
Our focus for Art will be 'Fresco Painting'. We will research and understand what Fresco painting is, looking at different examples and how it is created. We will practice the skills required using powder paint and then create and paint tiles in the style of Fresco.
PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day. The correct PE uniform must also be worn: Yellow PE shirt, black PE shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps. In Year 3 we will be focusing on athletics. In addition to this, the children will continue to have swimming lessons on Fridays. Please ensure that they bring their swimming kits, which should include: a swimming costume/swimming trunk, towel and a swimming cap by Friday morning.
We will be looking at Blackburn and comparing our town with other major cities around the UK. We will also be using OS maps, understand what they are and how to read them. We will then utilise local OS maps to find specific locations in Blackburn.
We will start off by looking at the Celts and who they were. We will be exploring the designs of a Celt roundhouse, looking at how they were built and what materials were used and why. We will then go on to explore how and why the Romans came to Britain, how they lived in Britain and finally how they changed life in Britain.
Children will have the opportunity to share and discuss any concerns or worries. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the beginning or end of the school day. Alternatively, you can arrange an appointment through the school office. We will be focusing on 'Friends and family' this term.
As always, we all hope you stay healthy, safe and most importantly stay happy!
From all the Year 3 Team,
Ms Begum (Class Teacher)
Mrs Alli (Class Teacher and Senior Leader)
Mrs Khonat (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Matadar (Special Support Assistant)