Mr Goacher - Year 3 Teacher
I hope you all had a lovely time over Christmas and now feel excited at the prospect of a New Year. The children worked very hard over the Autumn Term, so hopefully they are now feeling revitalised and prepared for new challenges.
We will be looking at a number of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction) over the Spring Term. We will be looking at different examples of explanation texts and linking this with our topic work based on the water cycle. We will also look at turning these into factually accurate stories, retelling the journey of a water molecule. Also during this term we will be working on information texts and linking this in with research into the mysterious Loch Ness Monster.
As it is key to children’s progress, grammar, punctuation and spelling work will also continue this term.
In our reading comprehension sessions, children will have the opportunity to read, listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books. We will continue to focus on developing inference skills in order to interpret information in a text. This work will also help the children to develop their ability to infer characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, backing up their ideas with reference to the text.
Please continue to listen to your child reading at least three times a week. Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated.
This term we will be focusing on fractions, measurement, multiplication and division. Through this work the children will become equipped with a range of new problem solving skills, while developing existing ones. We will also set aside time during our lesson starters for work on addition and subtraction, property of shapes and statistics as it is important that all children revisit all areas of maths on a frequent basis to fully consolidate their understanding.
This term we are looking firstly at Animals including Humans and then moving onto Forces and Magnets. Through these units, children will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; learning how they get nutrition from what they eat. The children will also be able to identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. Through our work on Forces and Magnets children will have the opportunity to compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.
Our next cross curricular study is a geography topic called Rivers. During this topic work the children will be asked to locate rivers, both with the UK and beyond. We will look at the key aspects of rivers (including how they are formed) and the water cycle. In addition, we will look at examples of rivers from across the world and the different types of habitats and cultures that appear along their length.
We will continue to develop our skills in programming and presentations; linking our work to other areas of our learning such as data handling, where appropriate. The children will also be learning about simple ways to use Microsoft Excel.
P.E. lessons will continue to be taught alongside a specialist PE teacher on a Tuesday morning, which aims to develop their ability to follow rules of games and play fairly, while maintaining possession of the ball and passing it to teammates when appropriate. Elements of these lessons are then further developed during our Thursday afternoon PE lesson.
Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school and that pumps fit. Indoor kit should consist of shorts and t-shirt, while at this time of year long trousers, sweat shirts and trainers are required for outdoor games.
Homework will be changing during this half term. The children will no longer be set written homework in books, the focus will now be on their reading, spellings and using the Times Tables Rockstars. Spellings will continue to be sent home on a Monday and tested on Friday. The spellings are linked to the keywords and spelling rules set out in the National Curriculum. The children need to be reading their books at least 3 times a week with their diaries being signed by an adult. The children will also now be expected to complete at least 6 games on ‘Times Table Rockstars’, with each game only taking around 90 seconds to complete. If for any reason your child is not able to access ‘Times Table Rockstars’ at home, please notify myself and I shall ensure they are given the opportunity to access it within school.
If you have any questions or concerns please come to see me after school or make an appointment through the office.
Mr T. Goacher