Welcome to the Bear Class
Everyone has settled into Year 3 extremely well and both Mrs Lilly and Mrs Westwood are so impressed with everyone, especially the resilience shown to overcome new challenges and settle into the expectations held within KS2.
Our focus this year is to increase children’s confidence with their times tables and encourage them to continue with their love of reading.
Please click here to download the Y3 Topic Long Term Plan
Please click here to download the Y3 Maths Long Term Plan
Please click here to download the Y3 Writing Standards
Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘From Stones to Iron’. This will take us back to our first history topic, “The Stone Age” and work our way into the Bronze Age and then the Iron Age. We will be looking into the Beaker People and researching them. We will learn how life in Britain might have changed, whether iron was worth the fight, and we will look at hill forts and their uses. Finally, we will debate whether we would invade Britain if we were Julius Caesar.
Mesolithic Neolithic immigrated revolution Stone Age Iron Age Bronze Age Ice Age BC/BCE AD time period invaded
Magnetic Non-magnetic Forces
Learning what these words mean will help you during some of our topics.
In English, we will be kicking off the half-term by writing a set of instructions based on the book ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’. This will place a focus on time connectives, imperative verbs, adverbials of manner and apostrophes to show possession. Then we will be completing a book review on one of the books we have read so far this year – Stone Age Boy, How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth or The Wild Way Home. Finally, to end the half-term, we will be writing a narrative based on a familiar setting.
In Maths, we will begin the term by improving our multiplication and division knowledge, continuing on from last term. Then, we will be moving onto length and perimeter.
In Science, we will be moving onto magnets and forces. We will recap our last forces learning and move onto looking at magnetism. We will be looking at magnets and discussing the ‘south pole’ and ‘north pole’ and completing some investigations based on these.
In PSHE, we will look at how to manage feelings, how to keep our bodies healthy and how to have a healthy diet.
In our final week, we will be having a computer focus day looking at events and actions. We will also complete an RE day, answering the question, 'What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?'.
Our topic for Spring 2 is ‘What is beneath my feet?’.
In this half-term, we will be looking at how mountains are formed, how volcanoes are formed, why volcanoes are hazardous, what an earthquake is, how they are formed, how they are measured, where they happen and how they cause tsunamis.
Landscape Peak Summit Ridge Base camp
Core Mantle Crust Tectonic Plate
Fold Mountain Dome Mountain Block Mountain Ash
Altitude Magma Lava Vent Cone
Learning what these words mean will help you during our second topic.
In English, we will be writing a poem about Mount Everest using metaphors, personification and similes. We will create our own mythological monster and write a myth describing how these monsters cause earthquakes. Next, we will write an explanation text on how to survive an earthquake. We are going to end Spring 2 with a SPAG week recapping and learning new SPAG elements.
In Maths, we will move on to fractions part 1 – we will be looking at understanding the denominators of unit fractions, comparing and ordering unit fractions, understanding the numerators of non-unit fractions, understanding the whole, comparing and ordering non-unit fractions, fractions and scales, fractions on a number line, counting in fractions and looking at equivalent fractions. Then we will look at mass and capacity, including looking at and using scales, measuring in grams and kilograms and looking at equivalent masses. We will then be adding and subtracting mass before moving onto looking at measuring capacity.
In our topic lessons, we will learn all about light in Science – this will link to our school trip to Magna. Our Geography will be about mountains, volcanoes and natural hazards. In RE, we will learn about Easter. In Computing, we will look at connecting computers. We will also be completing music based on mountains.
Our P.E days are Monday and Wednesday.
Our weekly Spanish lesson will be on a Wednesday.
Our weekly spelling test will be on a Friday.
We will complete book swaps on a Monday.
Weekly times tables test on a Monday.
Dates for your diary
29th January - 7th March – Reading Challenge
W/C 22nd January – Careers Week
31st January – International Zebra Day
6th February (9am) – Parent workshop - supporting reading comprehension
27th February – International Polar Bear Day
6th March – Creative Afternoon
7th March – World Book Day
15th March – Magna school trip
15th March – Red Nose Day (we will celebrate on 14th March due to our school trip)
We ask for you to read 4 times weekly and sign your child's planner.
Play on TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed.
Each half-term we will also send out a home learning bingo grid with tasks for you to complete at home. Here are the Spring challenges for you to try (remember each challenge is worth 2 Dojos).
Spring 1 learning grid:
Spring 2 learning grid:
Other home learning activities for the Spring term are:
- Read to an adult at least 4 times a week.
- Revise your Spanish learning by teaching your adults.
- Practise your spellings.
- Practise the 2, 5, 10,3, 4,6 and 8 times tables. What about in reverse?
Times table rockstars – a useful webpage to practice times tables - https://ttrockstars.com/
Topmarks – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Spelling shed – a useful way to practise new spelling rules that have been taught - https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/
BBC Bitesize – this is a useful webpage where you can access learning with your child at home for different areas across the curriculum - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn