We are really pleased to welcome back our pupils this week. Year 3 is a very important year for children as it provides the foundation for many of the skills they will learn throughout Key Stage 2.
We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly.
If you have any questions related to the reopening of school, please see the ‘September opening of school’ area on the school website.
This half term we will be learning about:
In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:
· Phonics – children will be looking at suffixes/prefixes and new spelling rules
· Phonics- children will continue to develop their sound recognition skills daily
· Sentence structures and types
· Use of basic punctuation , . ! ? “
· Using descriptive language/expanded noun phrases
· Word classes e.g. nouns, adjectives and adverbs
· Handwriting — correct letter formation and cursive script
Reading planners will have been issued to each child. Children should be undertaking regular reading practise at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning.
We will begin by looking at number and place value. We will be learning about:
· Reading and writing numbers in digits and words
· Place value and identifying the digits in a 3 digit number
· Sequencing and ordering numbers
· Mental and written methods for addition and subtraction, including introducing the column method
· Children are expected to know their 3, 4 and 8 times tables by the end of Year 3 and should already be fluent in their 2, 5 and 10 times tables from Year 2. We would be extremely grateful for any practise that can be done at home too.
Our first Science topic is Rocks, fossils and soils. We will be learning about:
· How fossils are made
· How soils are made
· Looking at the properties of different rocks and investigating them
Our first YPC topic is Our Local Area. We will be learning about:
· How Yardley has changed over time
· Looking at OS map symbols
· Physical and human features in Yardley and Birmingham
· Looking at the different types of houses
This term we will be learning about Digital Safety and how to stay safe online.
· We will begin by completing a unit on Digital Safety.
Children will learn how to keep their personal information private.
They will understand who they can trust and what to do if they have a problem online.
· We will then be moving on to Word Processing using Microsoft Word.
Children will learn how to use the basic functions of Word to format text.
They will become more familiar with the keyboard and practise typing, adding punctuation and using the spell checker.
PE/Sports: Tri Golf and Gymnastics
On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.
3G – Monday and Friday
3H – Tuesday and Thursday
3Q – Monday and Thursday
3S – Monday and Thursday
If your child wears earrings there are three options:
1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.
2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.
3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.
We will be learning about sharing and being generous - linking it to Islam and Christianity. We will also be looking at the festival of Harvest.
The ‘Autumn 1 Learning At Home’ pack is available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.
Thank you for your continued support.
Year 3 Team