We hope you had a happy Easter and we are so happy to have you all back.
It is amazing how time flies. It feels like only yesterday the class entered year 3 full of excitement and intrigue in becoming a part of Key stage 2. Everyone has worked so incredibly hard to learn all of the new and interesting subjects and topics in year 3 and we expect this dedication and effort will continue into the summer term.
Our team this term continues to be Mr Provo and Mrs Vincelli with Miss Pantelli taking on a more permanent support role within the classroom. Mr Bailey is still responsible for PE lessons alongside Miss Plant. Mrs Hart will continue take the children for Computing, Art and Music lessons.
Teaching year 3 is a joy. This is the last term of the year and we are excited to see how much they continue to grow and learn as the summer holidays draw closer.
What will learning look like this term in Year 3
It is extremely important for children to read every day. We give children opportunities to read every day in class as part of their early morning work and as part of our book talk reading sessions. Children will continue with the Accelerated Reader programme and children have the freedom to test on books they have read when they feel they are ready. Please listen to your children read and sign their reading records upon hearing them read. Children are given points each time they read at home and those who have the most points at the end of the term are given a prize. I imagine your children will be quite grumpy with you if they miss out on points because their records haven’t been signed. Not a position I would want to be in by any means.
How you can support your child?
Ask questions such as?
How do you think the characters are feeling?
What do you think will happen next?
Why did the characters do that?
What has happened so far?
What message is the author trying to convey?
What are the themes of this book?
What do you think will happen at the end?
What is your opinion of the characters?
How would you rate this book and why?
Writing: This term we will continue to work hard to consolidate writing skills. Children will continue to apply the grammar skills they have already learnt- such as writing in correctly punctuated paragraphs. We will continue to have regular grammar lessons and children will have the opportunity to consolidate what has been learnt via homework uploaded to google classroom. Physical copies are available in class to children who do not have access to google classroom. Last term year 3 wrote some amazing non-fiction reports. The work they produced really demonstrated how hard working year 3 are and how far they have come since the beginning of September. We are all so very proud of all they have achieved. This term in English, we are focusing on the narrative ‘Stone Age boy’ a story about a boy who travels back in time to the prehistoric ages. The class learnt a lot about prehistory as part our history topic last term and we are looking forward to seeing how they apply that knowledge to this new unit.
This term in maths, Children will be consolidating their understanding of multiplication and its relationship to division. We will then progress on to understanding fractions.
We will also continue to work on multiplication tables and mental arithmetic skills. We encourage practice of multiplication tables at home. Now our focus is on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
How can you support your child?
Encourage your child to feel confident with numbers. Take opportunities to practise mental maths in real life situations, for example, ask children to count an amount of red coloured cars they can see on the way to school and then multiply it by the amount of blue coloured cars. Talk to children about fractions, particularly halves, quarters and thirds. Please practise 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables. Remember, the children can always use Mathletics to consolidate their learning at home.
This term we will be studying the exciting topics of plants: How they grow, why they are so important for life and how they reproduce. After this, we will be recapping the science topics we have learnt this year and consolidating that knowledge.
Humanities – History/Geography:
We have begun learning about our local area and the history behind it. You would be amazed at how many children in the class thought they lived in London when asked what county they live in. Waltham cross has an interesting history and we will be exploring the local area via short walks around the area and to local interesting landmarks.
Religious Education and PSHE
This term, the RE focus will be on Pentecost and how people religious and non –religious make the world a better place. Our school values and ethos are as usual being promoted through worship in both school and Church. Children will continue PSHE lessons focusing on managing feelings, behavior and thoughts as well making healthy friendships with others.
MFL – Spanish
The children will continue to have fun and exciting Spanish lessons with Miss Esposito. They are all so excited when Miss Esposito comes in to teach and they work so hard to learn all that she has to teach. I think you all have very capable translators should you venture to Spain this summer.
ICT will follow National Curriculum requirements and be taught by Mrs Hart. Children are currently learning about E-Safety when using the internet. It is very important for children to understand the importance of staying safe and responsible when using the internet. As internet use is a part of children’s everyday lives understanding the importance of E-safety is an important skill to have.
- Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named
- Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labeled envelope
- Please make sure your child wears their PE kit to school on Monday and Friday
- Reading – children in Year 3 are expected to read at home every day and Reading Records will be checked. Opportunities for pupils to read within school time
- Remember to order your child’s lunch or they will be defaulted to a jacket potato.
Our motto is:
Alta Pete – Aim High
“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”
If, at any time, you have any questions or you are unsure of anything please ask! Just catch me at the end of the day or leave a message with whoever is on the gate in the mornings and I will get back to you at the end of the day.
We hope you have found this information useful and it gives you an insight into the Summer term. Thank you for all your support.
The Year 3 Team- Mr Provo, Mrs Vincelli, Mrs Hart and Miss Pantelli