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Welcome to Class 3P - St. David!

Welcome to Year 3

 

Key Dates

 

PE: Tuesday

Swimming: Thursday

Forest School (Beginning Spring 2): Tuesday

 

Spring 2022

 

Welcome back Year 3! We hope you have had a lovely break and are ready to dive into some new and exciting topics this term. We can't wait to continue our learning journey with you all.

 

On our class page, you will be able to find information about this terms learning, including home learning projects and useful links to help you grow your knowledge and skills.

 

Curriculum Focus

 

English

 

      

 

 

In English, we will begin the half-term by looking at Historical Fiction based on The Stone Age. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore the difference between fact and fiction within these texts, compare similarities and differences between the text, self and world, and use text and illustrations to develop their inference skills. 

 

We will be exploring what life was like in the Stone Age by using our Forest School to create shelters and tools similar to those used in tribes. Pupils will use these to facilitate drama experiences to support descriptive and narrative writing.

 

The writing purposes this half-term are:

To entertain - we will be creating descriptive character and setting pieces and a historical narrative.

To inform - we will be creating letters and non-chronological reports.

 

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar:

To support pupil's in their writing, the SPaG focuses within our English units will include:

- Identifying regular and irregluar plurals

- using adverbials of time and place

- use of exclamatory and interrogative sentences for effect

- difference between possession and omission when using apostrophes

 

Reading:

Guided reading sessions, whole class reading sessions and our daily class read, will enable children to develop their reading skills and comprehension alongside an ever growing love of reading. 

 

Please help your child by listening to them read / reading with them for 30 minutes each day. Please sign their reading record each night to share their reading journey with us. Pupils should bring reading records in daily for a member of staff to sign and change the book where necessary.

 

 

Maths

 

 

 

Coming soon

 

Keep learning your times tables - You should know your 2s, 5s and 10s from Year 2!

                                                       - Year 3 will focus on 3s, 4s and 8s.

 

Practise reading the time every day!

 

Homework - Log on to TT Rockstars to practice those times tables and weekly activities will be set on My Maths, based on the topics being covered in class.  All children are expected to complete the weekly activities set on My Maths and this will be followed up in class.

 

Science

 

Coming soon

 

Religion

 

Coming soon

 

Topic

 

In Topic, we will be focusing on developing our enquiry skills in History through finding out what it was like to live in The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will be learning about the changes that occurred between the middle Stone Age (Mesolithic Times) to the Iron Age - a period of over 10,000 years! We will also be looking at continuities within these periods (where there was little change). 

As there were no written records for most of the period, archaeological records are very important. We will be investigating issues and solving historical questions considering the evidence our judgments and knowledge are based on. 

Our historical enquiries will be based around:

1. What was 'new' about the New Stone Age?

2. Which was better, bronze or iron?

3. If you were Julius Caesar, would you have invaded Britain in 55BC?

4. When do you think it was better to live - Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?

 

 

Some useful links to support learning:

Enquiry 1:

History KS2: The Story of Britain - BBC Teach

BBC - History: British Prehistory

BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: Britain's Oldest House?

Enquiry 2:

Prehistoric - KS2 History - BBC Bitesize

Wild, local meat and fish; international accessories; the latest household goods and turf roofs: how we lived in Bronze Age Britain | Historic England

How did Iron Age people live? - BBC Bitesize

History KS2: The Story of Britain - BBC Teach

 

In Art, we will be exploring cave paintings and using knowledge and skills gained to create our own.

 

PSHE

 

 

Coming soon

 

 

KEY DATES AND INFORMATION

 

PE

PE: Tuesday

Children should come to school dressed in their full PE Kit (white t-shirt & blue shorts, trainers, jumper & tracksuit bottoms). Please note, some sessions may be in the hall and your child will need their indoor kit (white t-shirt and blue shorts) on these days. As we are in the winter season, children should come to school with their indoor kits underneath their joggers in order to keep warm during break times and lunch times.

 

Swimming: Thursday

Year 3 are beginning weekly swimming sessions on Thursday 13th January. 3P's swimming session is at 9.20am. We will be leaving promptly after registration, please ensure you are in school on time.

Clothing requirements for School Swimming are as follows:-

 

Girls:-

  • One-piece swimming costume – no bikinis*
  • A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
  • A towel

* Please note that in order for your child to benefit from the swimming lessons appropriate aquatic clothing must be worn. Should your children wish to wear items of clothing that cover up parts of the body, there are specific aquatic clothing designed for this purpose. Cotton leggings are detrimental to teaching and are a risk to health and safety.

 

Boys:-

  • A pair of traditional swimming trunks
  • A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
  • A towel 

 

No Bermuda or long shorts are allowed, as these can be dangerous - for reasons of safety the swimwear should be sufficiently tight fitting to allow the freedom of body and limb movement without causing unsafe water resistance.  

 

Jewellery of any description should not be worn in the School Swimming lesson.  It is important that earrings in particular are removed.

 

Goggles are only permitted for medical reasons.  Parents must produce a letter from either a Doctor or Optician to state that your child has a medical condition and is required to wear goggles in the school swimming lesson. 

 

 

HOME LEARNING

Children are expected to complete home learning activities to help with their Maths and English.

 

Children have logins for Reading Eggs and Spelling Shed and should be going onto these websites regularly to practice their reading and spelling.

 
MONDAY - Weekly spellings are handed out, which children should learn and which are tested on Friday.
 
TTRockstar - Online activities linked to timetables and fluency practice - they are expected to complete the weekly activities set on this platform.
 
FRIDAY - Learning Logs - An ideas sheet will be handed out at the beginning of each half term. Learning Log activities should be completed and a picture uploaded onto Seesaw and brought in on Friday, when the children will share their work with the class.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
 
Thank you,
Year 3 Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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