Welcome back to Year 3, Term 4!

Over the next term, Year 3 will focus on our topic ‘Ancient Greece’. This will cover History, Geography and Art. We will be learning about who the Ancient Greek people were, where and when they lived and how they were able to establish their empire. We will learn how the political system worked in Ancient Greece and compare it with the political systems we have today. The children also compare and contrast the modern day events with the Ancient Greek events. We will also learn about and order events from the Battle of Marathon and the Trojan War, writing in role to present the events from a specific viewpoint. In addition to this we will research information about Greek gods and write our own version of a Greek myth.

In English we start the term studying ‘Myths and Legends’. The class will be story mapping, developing character profiles and writing our own Myth. 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.

In Mathematics we start the term learning to tell and write the time using an analogue clock,Roman numerals, 12-hour and 24-hour clocks.  This work involves estimating and reading time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute. Recording and comparing time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours; using vocabulary such as o’clock, am/pm, morning, afternoon, noon and midnight; knowing the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year, and also comparing durations of events [for example calculate the time taken by particular events or tasks].

Our Science topic is rocks, 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; • Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties • Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when the remains of things that have lived are trapped within rock • Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

In PE we will be focusing on tennis skills, 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.

In RE the children will be continuing to learn about Judaism, and the focus this term will be learning about Jewish children’s lives and their traditions.

In Music 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.