Welcome to Year 3 for Summer 1 term everyone!
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to Summer 1, we are almost at the end of an eventful academic year. We hope you have all enjoyed your Easter break, spending time with family and friends and you are looking forward to the new term ahead. We would like to say thank you again for all your continuous support with your children learning.
This term in English, we will be kicking off with an amazing text: The Jungle Book! This week the children have been excited to start the term by describing the jungle, where they have been using a variety of Alan Peat sentences.
Following this, we will complete a retell of events and write a persuasive letter as Baloo to Mowgli, asking him to not leave the jungle. This will allow your children to develop key skills needed to write persuasively in English
Finally, the children will move onto writing explanation texts linked to our science topic, where we will be looking at rocks and how they are formed. This will teach the children how to layout these sometimes difficult non-fiction genres of writing and how layout can help the reader’s understanding and engagement.
This term we will be continuing to learn about fractions. We will find equivalent fractions as well as ordering and comparing fractions. We will then move on to adding and subtracting fractions. In the last three weeks of term, we will move on to time where we will be converting between months and years and hours and days. We will also learn how to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes as well as learning how to use a 12-hour clock and 24 hour clock.
It is vital that the children continue their key maths skills including learning their timetables and number bonds. These skills are crucial to support the children’s maths understanding as they move up through the school.
In Science this term, we will be looking at rocks and soil. The children will describe how and where rocks are formed and explore the properties of different types of rocks. They will also carry out a scientific experiment, where they will observe rocks and be able to correctly identify how they were formed. They will also record their results.
In history, we will be continuing our learning about the Tudors and Henry VIII. This term the children will be looking into his death and exploring how Britain changed after he died. We will begin to look at the influence of Queen Elizabeth I over England and how she expanded maritime and trade. We will also look at understanding the phenomenon that is privateering.
In Geography, we will be exploring natural resources and how we use them. The children will learn to recognise the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy. We will understand that food can originate from other countries and how England import goods.
In RE, we are focusing on Judaism. The children will explore what a synagogue is, how Jews celebrate Shabbat and why Jewish ceremonies are so significant.
We are continuing athletics this term. Our PE days have now changed to Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure your children bring in their PE kit which will be kept in school for the term. Please also make sure your children have their full PE kit including trainers, school top and shorts. If it is cold, the children can still bring in black/purple tracksuit bottoms to wear outside.