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Welcome to Class 3 - Miss Barber

Welcome back to Class 3

PE Kits: PE will be on a Tuesday and swimming will be on a Thursday during this term. PE kits will be sent home to be washed at half term.  Kits and pumps should be named.   

Reading: Children should be listened to read out loud at least 3 times a week and this should be noted in the planner. Please work on asking the children questions about what they have read, how the characters may be feeling and author’s intent.

Homework: SPAG homework will be set on a Friday and is due the following Friday. Please also practise times tables and related division facts to improve rapid recall. The times tables Year 3 are expected to know are 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x, and 10x however this is not a limit. All children in Year 3 and 4 will be given an additional homework activity linked to our topic of ‘Rivers and Coasts’. Please bring in any independent learning from this, week commencing the 30th March, to share.

Spelling: Children will be working on spelling patterns including suffixes, prefixes and silent letters as well as focusing on the Year 3 and 4 Spelling list. Please see the English page of the website for this information.

English: This term in English we will be looking at some different types of poetry, write our own poems and have a go at performing some of our favourite poems. One of our fictional texts this term will be ‘Wolves in the walls’ by David McKean. We will be looking at the language the author uses and how they have developed characters and settings within all books. Whilst reading these texts, the children will be writing different genres including letters, diary entries, narrative and non-chronological reports. We will link in all relative grammar and punctuation throughout the term.

Maths: The children will be following their curriculum year workbook for Singapore Maths. Year 3 will focus on measuring length, mass and capacity during the first half term before starting a unit of work on fractions.

Foundation: In Science, our topic is ‘States of matter’. The children will learn to identify and group solids, liquids and gases. They will investigate how materials change state when heated or cooled and also learn about the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle.

Our Geography topic for the term is ‘Rivers and Coasts’. During the term, we will be locating rivers and coasts in the UK and around the world using various maps and atlases. We will also be carrying out fieldwork to observe, measure and record human and physical features that we are learning about.

In RE, our class focus is ‘How is life like a journey?’ for the first half term. We will be focusing on traditions carried out in the Christian and Jewish faiths. During the second half term, we will be learning about the Easter story.

In Art, we will all be creating some artwork for the exhibition at the Pyramid linked to the title ‘Same but different’ before moving onto practising skills for shadow and reflection.

For Music, the Year 3 children will be taught Gospel singing from an outside provider. You can look forward to some more performances later in the year.

In Computing, our topics are ‘We are network engineers’ and ‘We are communicators’. The children will use various apps and online resources to improve their programming skills and they will also discuss the importance of e-safety throughout the topics.

In French, we will look at animals, carnival & playground games and Easter celebrations.

PE: One session per week is provided by an outside agency where the children will be focussing on gymnastics. The second session for this term is a swimming lesson.

If you require to speak to me, please do not hesitate to call into school. I look forward to working with both you and your children.


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