Year 3 Learning Overview - Spring 2 2018
What are we learning?
Our topic for this half of the term is ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’.
As Scientists, we will be learning about the five food groups and what makes a healthy and balanced diet. We will also be experimenting with different foods and predicting what changes will happen when we heat, cool, or mix foods together.
As Geographers, we will be exploring the journey of a banana and finding out how we can buy beautifully ripe fruits from the supermarket when they come from so far away.
We will also be learning what ‘Fairtrade’ means for us and the farmers.
In English we will studying the story ‘Cloud Tea Monkeys’, which is set in an Indian tea plantation. We will be writing letters to the characters, and adverts for tea using enticing phrases. We will be learning how to use prepositions and conjunctions to add detail to our sentences.
In Maths we will be using the column method to solve multiplication problems, learning about mass and how to read different measurements on a scale and angles.
In Mandarin we will be starting a unit called 'Chinese Kitchen' which will be all about Chinese food. We will be learning the names of foods.
In Philosophy for Children (P4C) we will focusing on how we listen and respond to other’s viewpoints.
In Music we will learning the violin.
Uniform: Children must be in the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt or polo shirt; purple school cardigan or jumper; white or grey socks or grey tights. Girls may also wear a purple and white school dress during the summer months. All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Hair longer than shoulder length should be tied back with a purple or black hair band.
P.E. Kit: Please make sure your children have shorts or tracksuit bottoms, a white t-shirt with the school logo, plimsolls and socks in a named P.E. bag in school. Children in Goldcrest class will have P.E on Tuesday and Friday, and children in Nightingale class will have P.E on Wednesday and Friday. P.E kits will be sent home on Friday and should return to school on Monday.
Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit. Please could you check your child’s kit as children have been doing quite a bit of growing over last term.
Violin Lessons: Violin lessons take place on Mondays; children will continue to take their violins home with them to enable them to practise during the week. We recommend that children practise every day for 10 minutes. Violins will be sent home on a Monday and must come back into school on Friday so that they can be tuned ready for the lesson on Monday.
Reading Challenge: We will be continuing the reading challenge this half term.
It is very important for children to read every day. As we are now in Year 3 we would like to encourage children to be a little more independent with their reading. To incentivise the children to read regularly, we have challenged the children to read at least 4 times per week and record this in their yellow reading journals. This can be a reading for pleasure book from school or a book from home. Each read must be recorded in their reading record with the date, title of the book and page numbers or comment. Children can record their own reading in their journal. Reading folders should be in school every day as children have the opportunity to change their book regularly.
Overview of our home learning: Home learning will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned to school on a Tuesday.
There will also be one half-termly homework project. This Half Term it is ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ . Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 27th March 2018.
The home learning project is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the term, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that interests them.
Helping in the Classroom - We welcome parents to help and support in classrooms, so please contact us if you are interested in contributing to an activity: from listening to readers, DIY or art activities for example. Please be aware that volunteering places you in a position of trust due to the range of information you have access to about the school community. Therefore you will be required to sign a confidentiality and privacy agreement before helping out in a classroom. Please contact the school office to complete relevant documentation.
We encourage children to develop character attributes, traits and behaviours that we believe underpin success in school and beyond. We call these the ‘Keys to Success’. These are Determination, Curiosity, Community Spirit, Respect, Integrity, Self-control, Conscientiousness and Responsibility.
In school, we continue to use the rainbow ladder to encourage positive behaviour. In Year 3 children have the opportunity to earn recognition for demonstrating the school’s Keys to Success and will receive a special sticker once they have moved to a key. We encourage you to ask your child why they have received a special sticker and what Key to Success they followed. Children whose behaviour causes them to be on the thunder cloud will be given a note to take home explaining their behaviour.
Children will attend a celebration assembly every Tuesday morning where two children from each Year 3 class will be awarded a Powerful Learner Certificate in honour of showing one of the above attributes.
Chinese New Year 26th February 2018
World Book Day 1st March 2018
Science Week 5th March 2018
Goldcrest’s Library visit Tuesday 13th March 2018
Nightingale’s library visit Tuesday 20th March 2018
End of Term projects due on Tuesday 27th March 2018
Learning Celebration Thursday 29th March 1.30pm