Welcome to 3F!
Our focus in Maths at the start of this term will be multiplication and division. This time, children will focus on multiplying larger numbers using manipulatives (i.e. place value counters) to work out calculations involving larger numbers. Children will be provided with new KIRFs linked to times tables and division. For some children, KIRFs will also focus on number bonds to 100. These will be provided the second week back after half-term. As the term progresses,Year 3 will learn how to solve problems involving money and will also revisit fractions. There will also be a focus on statistics and measurement.
In English, we will be reading a new text called Escape from Pompeii. This is linked to their work on Romans and will get children to explore the history behind Pompeii and the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. At the end of this unit of work, children will be creating their own tourism leaflet on Pompeii. They will read information texts to gather facts and will learn about persuasive language before publishing their final leaflet. Later in the term, they will be reading Gregory Cool and will be linking this to geography lessons and holiday destinations.
In History this spring, Year 3 children will be learning about the Roman Empire and locating areas they ruled on maps. Later in the term, they will be using a range of non-fiction books to research the impact of the Roman invasion on Britain. They will focus on Roman roads, Hadrian’s Wall and Boudicca’s Rebellion.
In Science, children will be learning about Rocks and Soils and different types of rocks and soils and their uses. They will carry out investigations in their local environment and will collect and compare rocks, sorting them by their physical properties. In the second part of the term, we will be learning about Forces and magnets. Children will be comparing how things move across difference surfaces as well as observing how magnets attract or repel each other and why this happens.
Linked to our Science and History, in D&T the children will be creating a cross section of a Roman road, as well as an aqueduct—using different art materials to represent the soils and rocks used to construct them. They will also learn how to sew different stitches in a project linked to R.E. In Art, Year 3 will be using oil pastels to create drawings of Mount Vesuvius, experimenting with colour to create mood. They will also learn different shading techniques to sketch a Roman scene. Later in the term, they will be learning how to mix paints to create their own painting of a holiday destination.
In Geography, we will look at the countries the Roman Empire controlled, pinpointing them on a map. Year 3 will also look at the areas the Roman Empire invaded in the United Kingdom and the impact this had on different localities. In the second half of spring term, they will be developing ideas about weather conditions around the world. The focus will be the relationship between weather and tourism. They will also be looking at physical geography around the world.
For R.E. this term, children will be learning about Islam with a focus on the Prophet Muhammad and the five pillars of Islam. They will also study Sikhism and will learn about the importance of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak.
Year 3 will visit the British Museum and take part in a Roman workshop and tour. They will also be visiting the V&A later in the term. In February, they will be taking part in poetry workshops.
Homework is sent out every Friday and needs to be returned every Wednesday in their plastic wallet.
Please see swimming and P.E. days below:
Swimming: Monday (please bring a towel, swim suit and a swim hat)
P.E: Friday (please bring Julian's P.E. kit and black plimsoles)
MusicTrax Lessons are every Tuesday. Children will be learning the recorder and percussion instruments.
Year 3 teachers are really looking forward to all the interesting new learning this term. Please contact class teachers if you have any questions.