Learning in Year 3 this half term
I hope all our children had a well-deserved rest and well done on a sterling start to your first half term in year 3. I am looking forward to this next half term with the nights drawing in and the expectation of exciting times ahead. The year 3s embraced our last topic “Tribal Tales” with such great passion We had 2 Stone-age settlements on school grounds. I am slightly concerned that the following topic will give rise to the St Chads Mountain Range.
To correlate with our new topic, “Misty Mountains” we will be exploring persuasive writing. Children will focus on leaflets to achieve this. We will look at the key language features and layout features.
Further along in the term, we will develop our own explanation texts relating to an aspect of mountains/ mountaineering.
Grammar skills will involve revisiting word classes- nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and introducing adverbial phrases and clauses.
In guided reading we will be continuing with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which we all appear to be loving, I remember reading it a long time ago.
Spellings- we are going to recap some of the words from the first half term. Whilst many children can learn them for the spelling review when taken out of context children often make spelling mistakes, hence why we are revisiting. Also there will be weeks when children will focus on their individual spelling lists – these will be sent home with children and not appear on the website. There is a full list of spellings on the homework page.
We will be combatting the challenge of column subtraction. We are using the maths no problem scheme and this is providing children with talk time to fully embed their understanding of maths. We have just started to regroup tens into ones.
Children might want to access “Daily 10”. I did speak to a few parents about this site on parents’ night and the children love the time challenge. Of course please encourage children to carry on tackling those times tables.
Our topic as previously mentioned will be “Misty Mountains” there are lots of geography curriculum elements to this topic. We will have a large focus on world maps and mountain ranges- including local ones. Also the impact the humans have on their environment – we have touched upon this in RE during the first term.
We have decided to go with jumping this term. It seems to fit with the geography topic.
Children are asked to hand their weekly homework in on a Wednesday, this gives me time to glue sheets in and have it ready for children on Friday.
Spellings are Monday to Monday.
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