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  Dear Parents and Guardians,   

     Welcome back to a new term in year 3! We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Below is an overview of what your child will be learning about this term;

SCIENCE:

ROCKS AND FOSSILS

In this unit, the children will learn the names and characteristics of various rock and soil types and will investigate their properties. They will also learn about the formation and discovery of fossils and the life of Mary Anning.

MAGNETS

After half term, the children will observe that magnetic forces can act without direct contact, unlike most forces, where direct contact is necessary. They will enjoy exploring the behaviour and everyday uses of different magnets.

GEOGRAPHY:

EXTREME EARTH

In this unit children will learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. They will learn about the make-up of the earth and how tectonic plates create these natural disasters. They will also consider how these affect the lives of the people in and near to these occurrences.

HISTORY:

ANGLO SAXONS

In History, we will be looking at Invaders and Settlers. Why do people move away from the area where they were born? To know when and from where the Anglo-Saxons came and identify key features of Anglo-Saxon life. They will also be considering the role of an archaeologist.

ART: INVESTIGATING PATTERN

In this unit children investigate patterns in textiles from different times and cultures. They use ideas from these as a starting point for developing their own designs. They investigate stencilling and print-making techniques and explore ways of combining and organising shapes, colours and patterns to make a decorative textile piece.

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: SANDWICHES

The children will learn basic food preparation and ways of combining components to create simple food products. They will develop designing skills and evaluate existing products. They will create their own product through considering taste, appearance, texture and a healthy diet.

P.E.

GAMES, DANCE,

As we will continue to be outside whenever possible please remember to bring in jogging trousers and a jumper. We will have lots of fun building up our multi-skills ball and coordination skills.

SWIMMING

After half term, we will begin swimming lessons on a Thursday and will need a full swimming kit. A letter about this will be sent nearer the time.

COMPUTING

WE ARE DEBUGGERS!

In this topic, the children will learn about how computer programmers find and solve problems. The children will learn how to read algorithms and pick out mistakes. They will then be able to correct these mistakes to ensure the programme runs smoothly.

INTRODUCTION TO DATA BASES

The children will learn to enter data into a database and use it to answer straightforward questions and produce bar charts.

MATHS

The children will be covering a number of areas in maths, including place value, addition, subtraction, measures, fractions and time. Please continue to practise times tables with your child for our weekly test. It would also be advantageous to practice mental maths with your child so that they are used to thinking and solving mathematical questions in their head.

ENGLISH

In English the children will be covering a number of areas, including looking closely at poetry, Greek myths and Arthurian legends, recounts and non-chronological reports.

Please encourage your children to read to you. It is important to have a variety of audiences to improve expression and fluency. Spellings are given out at the beginning of term and spelling tests are every Monday.

A gentle reminder, homework is an extension of school learning, frequently preparing children for up and coming lessons as well as practising what we have already done in class.

Finally, if you have any worries, concerns or questions about your child and their learning please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. We are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable term!

Best wishes

Mrs Tong and Mrs Stanton