Summer term 2017

'A Long Time Ago...' is the theme for this term - we will be studying the Ancient Greeks.  We will be aiming to find out enough information to answer the question 'Would you prefer to live in a modern or Ancient Greek family?'

Please encourage children to bring in topic related items from home to share at any point during the term. 

PE during the first half-term will be swimming and athletics on a Thursday at William Brookes School.  After half-term we will be doing Forest Schools on a Tuesday and Dance on a Thursday.

 

English

Children should be reading either independently or with someone at home every day.  They have reading records to bring home which should be filled in every time they read.  We also have daily Guided Reading sessions where the children read with their teacher in a group and complete tasks based on their reading.

In English lessons for the first half-term we are going to be studying performance poetry and playscripts.  Then after half-term we will turn our attention to quest stories and diary entries.  All the writing produced at the end of each English topic will link to our topic of 'Ancient Greeks.'  Punctuation and grammar learning will continue to have a different focus each week; pronouns, main and subordinate clauses, present perfect tense, inverted commas, vowels and consonants, use of a/an, direct speech and prepositions.

 We continue to use 'Read, Write, Inc.' as our spelling scheme.  Children will be taking part in fun, interactive spelling lessons for 20 minutes 4 times a week.   We will be sending home lists which the children will be tested on.

Handwriting and presentation are really improving in Year 3 thanks to the focus on this.  We are continuing to give out lots of 'pen licences' and are looking forward to giving out even more.

Homework is set on a Thursday and due in on a Tuesday.

Please have your Ukulele in school on a Wednesday.  Watch this space for details of our performance date.

 

 

Maths

Children should be learning their times tables up to 12 x 12 so they can quickly recall and use them.  By the end of Year 3 they are expected to know multiplication and division facts for 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x and 8x tables.

 We are using a Maths scheme called 'Busy Ants' as the foundation of daily Maths lessons.  In the Summer term this will focus on the following areas of mastery:

Fractions

Measurement (perimeter)

Number and Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Properties of Shape

Multiplication and Division

Measurement (volume and capacity)

Measurement (time)

 

Science

Our Science topics this term are 'Light' and 'Plants'. As well as building on their knowledge and understanding, the children will be doing lots of practical investigative work to build on their ability to work scientifically and this will feed into their writing too.

Computing

The children will be using 'Scratch' to create their own racing car games.

 

PSHE

The whole school themes of Tolerance and Resilience provide the basis for our work this term.  During the first week of term the children explore the theme of Tolerance in depth a cross-curricular way, logging their own learning journey throughout the week.  We will be thinking about how we can be kinder to one another and will be creating a 'kindness tree' in class.  After half-term we explore Resilience through a topic called 'Bouncing Back.'

Relationship and Sex Education will take place in the second half of term.

 

RE

In RE we will be exploring the questions 'How should I lead my life' and 'How can I get on with others that are different?'

Music

We will be carrying on with learning to play the Ukulele, which is planned and taught by, Mr Kitcher, a specialist music teacher from Shropshire Music Service.  Children are allowed to take their Ukuleles home to practise, but must remember them on a Wednesday morning for their lesson.

Art

Art will be the focus of the first half of term commencing with carefully studying and drawing Ancient Greek pots.

DT

In Design Technology lessons we will complete our work about the structure and design of bridges and will be building our own. We will also be designing and making our own Ancient Greek pots.

French

French is taught weekly and integrated into class routines.  We will be learning numbers about celebrating birthdays, body parts and colours.  

 

Please do not hesitate to come in and ask any questions you have.

Many thanks for your support,

 

Mrs Wright and Mrs Wheeler