Curriculum - Year 3 – Spring Term 1
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the second half of the spring term. We hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing break. Although the last half term was short, there were many highlights! It was wonderful to see the children share their learning in their fantastic class assemblies and we also enjoyed inviting you into the classrooms to share in our online safety learning. We’re excited for everything that this half-term will bring!
The children will be exploring narrative writing through a study of The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. Then, they will write non-chronological reports about oceans before looking at performance poetry with a focus on the work of Benjamin Zephaniah.
We will start by learning formal written methods for multiplication and division supported by the use of place value counters. Then, the children will move onto learning about fractions, with a particular focus on unit fractions (fractions where the numerator is one).
The children will continue to learn about light and shadows.
The children will continue their learning about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain, focusing on Marcus Aurelius and the legacy of the Romans in Britain.
We will start our unit, ‘The oceans and the water cycle’. Through each lesson, the children will explore the big question, ‘Why are rivers and oceans important to us?’
We will begin by learning about the story of Rama and Sita and its significance to the Hindu faith. Then, we will move on to explore our new big question ‘Why are some journeys and places special?’ with a focus on Christian pilgrimage.
Our PSHCE topic is health and wellbeing. The children will be taught to identify hazards in the home and at school, and fire safety.
We will start our computing learning with an online safety discussion about what to do if someone is mean to you online. The children will then learn how to use and construct a branching database.
Design and technology
In DT, the children will design and create their own mechanical sea creature toy inspired by the sea creature paintings of Hailey E Herrera.
The children will continue to have two PE sessions each week. One will be focussed on developing the children’s netball skills, and the other on the children’s tennis skills. On their PE day (see the timetable below), the children should come to school in PE kits. This should consist of a top, shorts, trainers or plimsolls and, if the weather is cold, jogging bottoms or leggings and a long-sleeved top.
Suggestions for parents and carers
Maths – Please support your child by practising using written methods to multiply and divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. Please also continue to support your child with practising their times tables. They should already know 2s, 5s and 10s and leave Year 3 with secure recall of the 3s, 4s and 8s.
English – Explore different poems with your child. Can you take turns to read and perform your favourite poems aloud? Please also continue to listen to your child read each day and ask your child questions to check that they have fully understood what they have read.
Science – On a sunny day, measure shadows. Discuss with your child why we have a shadow and how cloudy weather affects this.
Computing – Discuss online safety with your child to reinforce the safety messages we give at school. Remember to regularly monitor your child whenever they are online.
Geography – You might like to support your child to do some research on oceans and the water cycle. Visiting the local library could be beneficial as they will have lots of books on our topic.
We use four online platforms to support the children’s learning at home: Google Classroom, Mathletics, Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed. Your child has their own unique login details for each of the four platforms.
Homework will be set via Google Classroom on a Thursday and is due back the following Tuesday. The homework will include a maths task to complete on Mathletics, a spelling task to complete on Spelling Shed and a list of spelling words that your child will be tested on the following week. In addition, homework will also include a written or alternative task linked to what the children have been learning about during the week.
If you do not have internet access at home, or if your child requires additional support with their homework, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
We feel that homework allows children to develop their independence and take responsibility for themselves. We hugely appreciate your assistance in supporting your child to complete their homework.
To support reading in school, your child will be given a school book-banded reading book and a reading record. We would appreciate your help in listening to your child read for at least 15 minutes every day at home. We ask that they complete their reading record three times a week as part of their homework. Please sign their reading record at least once a week and remind your child to bring both their school book-banded reading book and reading record to school every day.
Wednesday 6th March – Afternoon trip to Holy Innocents Church
Friday 8th March – World Book Day celebrations in school
Monday 18th March – London Mithraeum Museum online workshop linked to the Romans
Monday 25th March – Parents in to look at books
Tuesday 26th March and Wednesday 27th March – Online parents’ evening
Wednesday 27th March – Easter egg competition
Thursday 28th March – Last day of term
Monday 15th April – Children return to school
Rokesly Junior School
London, N8 8NH
Phone: 020 8348 0290
Headteacher: Bola Soneye-Thomas