Spring Term in Year 3:
3LM - Mrs Mayer – Class Teacher, Miss Goulding - LSA
3KC - Mrs Carboni – Class Teacher, Mrs Bland - LSA
This term our Year 3 theme is ‘Incredible Invaders’. This is a history based topic and the children will be learning all about the many invasions of Britain many hundreds of years ago. The topic will be starting with looking at the invasion of the rotten Romans and in turn, what they did for us. It wasn’t all bad! We will then be looking at the invasion of the smashing Saxons and the vicious Vikings! We are hopefully to get a trip booked in this term and will let you know of any that get booked, as soon as possible! In the meantime, to enhance your children’s learning, the nearby city of St. Albans has a wealth of Roman history and was once known as Verulamium. It is home to its very own museum, full of Roman artefacts. A great family day out!
The children will also learn about this theme through their other subjects including English, Art and Design and Technology. In Science, the children will be learning about ‘Animals including Humans’, with a focus on what us and animals need from our food to give us the energy and nutrients that we need.
Across the year in our writing, we will be spending four weeks on particular text types to really build our confidence with them. All writing has a purpose and we will be looking at ‘Writing to Entertain’, ‘Writing to Inform’ and ‘Writing to Persuade’. We will be starting the year writing an exciting newspaper report all about the invasion of the Romans!
In Maths, the children will re-start the term by looking at number and place value before moving onto addition and subtraction and developing their methods for these operations, as well as looking at division and multiplication. The children will be continuing to complete their weekly ‘Multiplication Marathons’. Each week the children will bring home a new set of multiplication and division questions to learn for their weekly ‘mile’ test. Children have three minutes to answer their questions and have to achieve full marks to be able to move on to the next mile! These weekly tests will support your child’s multiplication knowledge and general mental maths. In addition to this, children can continue to play the online maths games, Prodigy and Times Table Rockstars. If you have misplaced their usernames or passwords, then please see your class teacher.
I am excited to announce that the children in Years 2 and 3 will be treading the boards in March and will be putting on their very own production of Mary Poppins! The performance times are yet to be confirmed but please pop either Monday 18th or Wednesday 20th March into your diaries. If you have the opportunity, please share the film or book, Mary Poppins with your child to get them familiar with the story and songs. A trip to the cinema to see Mary Poppins Returns may also be a fun family activity! Further production details to follow…
The children are expected to read every day and they will be given a spelling rule to learn each week. Reading each day does not have to mean finishing an entire book; a few pages will do. Please remember to log in your child’s school diary if you need to keep the book or get a new one. Practising and learning spellings is an essential part of your child’s attainment throughout the year, so please ensure that your child is given the time and support to achieve the weekly scores that they deserve. You will also be able to find a homework grid on our website, which outlines six homework suggestions, in line with what we are learning about at school. The homework is optional; however is a great way for you to get involved in your child’s learning and to complete them together, as a family. The homework will be celebrated in a class show and tell session and may even make it onto our classroom displays! We would also love to see photos of you completing your efforts; these photos can be emailed into the school office.
Please make sure your child has their home school diary in school every day.
Year 3 will have PE on Thursdays and Fridays.
The children need to have their PE kit in school every day during term time and it will be sent home with the children at the end of each half term.
The children have one PE lesson with their class teacher and the other lesson with Mrs Westcott and Mr Andrews. Some of these lessons will take place outside so please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing in school at all times.
The children need to have a named Haydon Abbey PE T-shirt and black shorts for inside. As the weather becomes colder the children need to bring in warmer clothes for PE outside. They need to have a pair of trainers in school and they can bring in black or navy tracksuit bottoms and a black or navy jumper. Please remember to give your child an extra pair of socks if they are wearing tights that day.
The children have had their Forest School sessions for the year.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher they will be happy to make an appointment with you.
Incidentally, to help you to keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website. If however, you struggle to access information online then please do let us know. A small amount of paper letters will be available from the school office.
All of the staff in Year 3 are looking forward to continue working with you and your children over the next year.
Mrs K Thompson
Year 2 and 3 Phase Leader