Welcome back to Year 3, for Term 3!
Over the next term, Year 3 will focus on our topic ‘programming Turtle Logo and Scratch’. This will cover both IT and Design Technology, and we will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by breaking them down into smaller parts, use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output. Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
We start the term studying ‘The Snow Dragon’, a story by Vivian French. The class will be story mapping, developing character profiles and writing our own Fables. We will be breaking down the story one part at a time. We will still be running weekly grammar sessions, comprehension practice, handwriting and spelling tests. Spelling lists will be a combination of topic related vocabulary, recurring misspelt words and words from the Year 3/4 spelling list.
The children will be continuing to recall and use multiplication and division facts for 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables. They will solve problems involving multiplication and division, and also be measuring, comparing, adding, subtracting lengths, solve problems involving missing number problems, using number facts, place value and more complex addition and subtraction. They will write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables they know, including two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental methods and progressing to formal written methods. The children will also tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals, 12-hour and 24-hour clocks. Estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute. Record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours. Use vocabulary such as o’clock, am/pm, morning, afternoon, noon and midnight. Know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year, and also compare durations of events [for example calculate the time taken by particular events or tasks].
Our science topic is Light, and we will be exploring, talking about, testing and developing ideas, so that we broaden our scientific view of the World around us. We will be exploring/understanding the following;
• We need light in order to see things.
• Dark is the absence of light.
• Light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect our eyes.
• Shadows are formed when light from a light source is blocked by a solid object.
• Find patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.
We will be focusing on ball skills, including netball and basketball which will continue to take place on a Monday. However, some changes may occur so please ensure children have a suitable PE kit in school every day.
The children will be learning about Judaism; Jews believe that the Torah gives Mitzvot for all people; all people must keep seven laws that were taught to Noah and his children after the flood.
We will continue to learn a new song on recorders.
Home learning for this term is as follows:
Reading books; each child will continue to be given home reading books every week. It is helpful if you ask your child questions about the book as they read, to ensure they understand the text. Please note, when reading books have been finished please make a note and sign the reading records to ensure the books are changed.
Homework books will still be sent home on Fridays and are to be handed in by the following Monday.
Please don’t hesitate to come and see me either before or after school if you have any questions.