Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
We hope you have had a restful holiday with your family and are all fit and well.
Spring Term will begin on Tuesday 5th January 2021 and we are all looking forward to seeing everyone. Please take some time to remind yourself of the pick-up/drop off points and timings, you can find a copy of the letter at the top of this page.
During the Spring Term, as well as accessing the Year 3 Curriculum, your child will continue to receive catch up sessions for Maths, Reading and Writing in order to close gaps of learning missed from Year 2. At the top of this page you will find Year 3’s previous and current homework grid which heavily focuses on reading, spelling and times table practice. You will also find Year 3’s previous and current knowledge organisers. Please take some time to help your child prepare for topic quizzes which 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.
Please encourage your child to complete their homework each week. Homework is given out on a Friday and we expect it to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday. It is important that your child learns to read their spelling words and understands the meaning before attempting to copy them into their spelling book. A spelling test will take place every Monday. We will be taking note of their score to identify pupils who are not on target.
In preparation for Whole Class Guided Reading, your child will bring home a set of vocabulary words and definitions; please spend some time discussing the new words each week and encourage your child to apply them throughout the week.
All children are familiar with using the online learning platforms such as Reading Plus, Purple Mash, My Maths, Spag.com and TT Rockstar's, 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.
Writing is a big focus for Year 3. I have attached a copy of Year 3 Writing Criterion at the top of the page; please spend some time to become familiar with the expected Y3 Writing skills for your child. In English, we will begin with Poems on a Theme and then move onto Discussions. We will explore and apply Year 3 writing skills to write our own Poems and discussion pieces.
We are very proud to say Year 3 have really grasped the concept of adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers involving regrouping; however, it is as important to revise these skills as well as practice new ones. This term we will be using the column method to multiply and divide 2 digit numbers. It is absolutely vital that your child becomes fluent in their multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. Once your child is fluent in recalling the facts they can use this knowledge to solve problems involving larger numbers.
Our topic for this term is ‘Chemistry – Rocks and Soil’; Year 3 will work scientifically to conduct experiments on rocks and further their understanding of the important role rocks and soil play on Earth. 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.
Art, Craft and Design
Keeping to the topic, ‘Rocks and Soil’, Year 3 will learn all about Parietal Art. Year 3 will begin with researching and learning about the style of the artwork, experiment with using charcoal and pastels and finally create their own piece of art inspired by Parietal Art.
PE will continue to take place on a Tuesday 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.
Daily sessions will take place in the classroom during assembly time. 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 hope your child continues to have an amazing term being the best that they can be!
As always, we all hope you stay healthy, safe and most importantly stay happy!
From all the Year 3 Team,
Mrs Qureshi - Class Teacher
Mrs Patel - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Hussain - Special Support Assistant