Class 3 – Normandie
Welcome to Year 3 and Normandie Class! I hope you’ve all had a relaxing time off and are ready for the Christmas term!
Below is an overview of learning in Term 2. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me.
In Class 3 this term we will initially be writing an information leaflet on Roman Britain and what the Romans did for us. To begin with, we will be developing our research skills and finding out facts about the Romans and how they have affected our lives today. We will then use this information to plan and create our leaflet. We will story-tell sections of an information leaflet in order to deepen our understanding of the structure of a leaflet, new vocabulary and language patterns.
Alongside this, the children will improve their use of vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structures. We will continue to develop our use of brackets and conjunctions. We will aim to improve the accuracy of our writing this term, with a further focus on editing our work.
In maths, we will be continuing to develop our knowledge and understanding of subtraction. We will continue to use formal and informal methods to work out subtraction problems. We will then begin learning about multiplication and division, exploring and investigating different strategies to solves problems. We will continue to explore different mental maths skills relating to addition and subtraction.
Every Mathematics lesson will begin with starters which will allow the children to actively participate in practise of their mental calculations and extend their knowledge of their times tables. Each week the children have an opportunity to work towards earning a ‘Table Bug’ – the children can receive one when a set of tables have been successfully learnt.
The focus for this term is ‘Rocks’. Normandie Class will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. Children will be able to name the different types of rocks and explain how that they are formed. We will investigate how fossils are formed; the children will learn fossils are formed when a plant or animal dies in a watery environment and is buried in mud and silt. We will be using the terms, sedimentary, metaphoric, igneous, permeable and impermeable
Our theme this term is ‘Roman Britain’. We will also introduce and use some ordnance survey map symbols. We will be investigating events from the past and using our mathematical knowledge to work out how long ago these events happened, we will then use this knowledge to place the events and time periods on a timeline. We will be learning about what the Romans did for us and how it still influences our lives today. We will also have visitors in school and will have the chance to dress up and engage in role play and drama.
This term the children will be learning about Christianity. We will be looking at the key messages in the Bible and what this teaches Christians.
PE, this term, will be focusing on netball and basketball skills. PE will take place on a Tuesday afternoon but I would be grateful if you would ensure that children have their kit in school every day. This term children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. 
Every Tuesday we will be going down to our woodland area. Please can children bring in some wellies or old shoes (that it doesn’t matter if they get muddy) and a water proof coat. If they have water proof trousers they can bring those in as well.
Homework will be set every Friday and I would appreciate the homework to be completed and returned to school on Monday. The homework will consist of spellings, Mathematics and English. The spellings are a selection of words the children have been practicing all week and there is a small section for a spelling test. The Mathematics and English will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to practice what they have learnt in class or introducing them to an upcoming topic.