Year 3 @ Mount Street Primary
Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 3!
This term, we will be studying an engaging array of topics across the subjects, including continuing to develop our love of reading. Our author study this term will be on Jeremy Strong, who wrote ‘Romans on the Rampage’ (this term’s whole class novel).
As ever, if you have any questions or queries, please do get in touch via Dojo or the school office. We will always do our best to answer any questions while ensuring that your child is happy in school.
In Maths, we will be consolidating our learning of place value and operations from the Autumn term, with daily arithmetic questions. At the start of the term we will extending our multiplication and division knowledge by applying it to questions. After half term, we will start to learn about money, statistics, measurements and fractions. All children will be expected to revise their times tables at home daily.
Our class book for this term is ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong. In English, we will be using our class book as inspiration for writing a story with a historical setting. We will also be discussing and writing our own persuasive texts. Within all our writing, we will be working on a range of grammatical features including the use of fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and continuing to use a range of conjunctions to expand our sentences. Reading, spelling and handwriting will be practised weekly.
In Science, we will be investigating animals including humans. We will be learning about what food we need to eat to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Additionally, we will look at the function of the skeleton and it it’s purpose. Throughout our lessons, we will use our scientific skills to conduct experiments and discuss our findings.
This term we will be developing our skills in using ceramics, by creating mosaic tiles. We will explore Roman Art, then we will use these examples to design and create our own ceramic tiles.
In Computing, we will be developing our understanding of computer systems and how information is transferred between systems and devices. We will consider small-scale systems as well as large-scale systems and explain the input, output, and process aspects of a variety of different real-world systems. This term, we will also be developing our coding skills, by planning, writing and debugging our own simple computer games. We will design characters and backgrounds and create a working prototype.
This term we will be focusing on Food technology. We will learn about seasonal foods, the nutritional and health benefits of using fruit and vegetables our meals. We will develop our cooking knowledge and skills using a range of tools to develop techniques including different styles of chopping and grating to create and make pizzas.
This term we will be developing our vocabulary around a range of subjects including numbers, school and animals. We will listen to stories, learn phrases and rehearse speaking and writing in French.
Our History focus this term is The Roman. We will be discovering how the Roman empire grew and why it was so successful. We will also be learning about Hadrian’s Wall, Caesar and Boudicca. Furthermore, we will use a timeline to study significant dates and explore the impact the Romans have had upon us today.
At the beginning of this term all the learning is focused around one song: Three Little Birds. During this unit we will considering different elements of music including, pulse, rhythm and pitch. This unit will also consist of us learning new songs, singing and playing instruments. The children will also appraise other Reggae songs. In the later part of the term, we will be learning a song about kindness, respect, friendship, acceptance and happiness.
In Spring 1, we will be continuing to develop our gymnastic skills, with a focus on using turns whilst travelling in a variety of ways. We will also be developing our knowledge and skills in invasion games, with a focus on improving our ball skills and how we can link these together in a game. In Spring 2, we will start to work on our athletic skills, with a focus on running at different speeds and performing a running jump.
This term we will be thinking about our own dreams and goals. We will be thinking about different challenges people face and how this is overcome. We will consider our own ambitions and the best way to achieve them, including the obstacles we may face. We will also be learning how to be healthy, by learning about the importance of exercise and by considering our understanding and attitude towards drugs.
This term we will be asking the question ‘How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim?’. We will identify and explain Muslim beliefs about God, the Holy Qur’an and pupils will make clear connections between Muslim beliefs and the festivals they celebrate. Later in the term, we will be asking the question ‘How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jews?’ We will be learning about Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Pesach and explore why the commandments and blessings are important to Jewish people
This will be set at the following times:
Maths and English – Monday to be handed in on Friday.
Reading – 10 minutes reading daily. We ask that an adult signs the reading diary and it is handed in at least once per week.
Times Tables: TT Rock Stars daily.
Games and PE
Children will need their PE kit in school all week as children MUST have P.E. kit to take part for health and safety reasons.
Kit: Trainers, white shirt, blue/black shorts, football/trainer socks.
In colder weather, a plain tracksuit may be worn outdoors for games.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. A small named bag containing your PE kit is all that is necessary as cloakroom space is limited. Please keep your PE kit in school and we will ensure that it is sent home each half term for washing.
As so many of us are spending more and more time online, it is important that the children have a secure knowledge of how to be safe. We will discuss various issues regarding this each week. If your child or yourself have any questions linked to their online world, then please do not hesitate to get in touch or have a look at some of the links below.
- P.E. will be on Wednesday and Friday
- Homework will be given out on a Monday and will be due in on the following Friday.
- Guided reading books will be checked daily. The children are expected to read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day. This will need to be recorded in their books and signed by an adult.
- Please come in to see me if you want to discuss anything.