Introducing the Year 3 Team:
This term our Year 3 History and Geography topic is ‘From Athens to Zeus’. During this topic the children will be learning all about the wonders of Ancient Greece and exploring what one of the oldest civilizations in history did for us. Greek myths are the foundation of modern storytelling and are still some of the best loved stories around today, so we are very excited to be sharing these with the children in both class story time and in English. From Mount Olympus to the winding maze of Knossos, the children will be travelling all over Greece to learn the ancient way of life and to support their learning.
The children will also learn about this topic through their other subjects including English, Art, Design and Technology and Science.
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’ and ‘Writing to Inform’. In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number and place value before revisiting the four main operations and their various methods. We will also be continuing our ‘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. By the end of Year 3, the children are also expected to know their 4x and 8x tables in addition to 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables.
The children are expected to read every day and they will also 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. 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. We would also love to see photos of you completing your efforts; these photos can be emailed into the school office. Please make sure you put your child’s name and class in the subject line. They can also be uploaded to SeeSaw.
Year 3 will have PE on Thursdays and Fridays – please send the children to school on both these days in their PE kits.
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.
All of the staff are looking forward to working with you and your children over the next year. Thank you for your continued support throughout the year.
Year 2 & 3 Phase Leader