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St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

 

 

The teachers in Year 3 are:
Miss Jordan (3J)

Ms Loftus and Miss Dawber (3LD)

 

Also working in Year 3 is Mrs Pinto

Welcome to the Year 3 class page

 

We have been settling in well to the new term! Here are our topics for the spring term:

 

Religious Education – People of Prayer

During this term, we will be exploring the story of the Epiphany and what its symbols represent.  After this, we will be studying the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes and investigating how we can live these out in our own lives as Catholics. After half term we will be starting our new topic “From Lent to Easter.”

 

English

Our first text is Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaimen, which is an exciting fantasy graphic novel. The next text is ‘The Secrets of Vesuvius, by Caroline Lawrence, a thrilling adventure based on a volcanic eruption.

We will be learning about the eruption and consequences of this event. This will lead to a newspaper report. Within our English lessons we will be exploring descriptive writing, persuasive letters, research our non-fiction writing and story mapping narratives.

SPaG: Spelling: We will continue to work through the spelling programme with a weekly test on Thursdays.

 

In our reading lessons, we will be focussing on inferences and prediction. There will also be weekly Guided Reading sessions.

 

Maths

Number – Multiplication and division using formal methods of these. The expanded method, grid method and bus stop method.

Fractions- identifying equivalent fractions, decimals and comparing fractions of amounts E.g. 3/8th of 16

Solve mathematical word problems based around money using addition and subtraction. Understanding geometrical shapes and patterns.

Identifying perpendicular and horizontal lines.

Statistics bar charts, pictograms, tables. Interpreting and presenting data.

Measurement – comparing and converting units of measure such as metres, centimetres and millimetres; litres and millilitres; comparing periods of time.

 

History

We will be looking at Who the Romans were and how they fit on the timeline of history, i.e. after the Celts and before the Angles and Saxons.

This will include:

  • The Roman invasion of Britain.
  • Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Gods and Goddesses.
  • Roman Baths.
  • The impact Roman life had on Celtic Britain.

 

Geography

After half term, we will be investigating Biomes and Vegetation.  We will be looking at different biomes and their locations around the world.  We will be discussing rainforests, ecosystems and threats to their survival.

 

Science

We will be investigating the force of friction between two surfaces, the effects and different strengths of magnets and identifying pushing and pulling forces. After half-term, we will be identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants.  We will explore the requirements of plants for life and growth.  We will also look at the way in which water is transported within plants and investigate the part that flowers play in the life cycle of plants.

Art and DT:

Materials

We will be designing and creating our own Roman shields. Children will explore the various colours and patterns that Romans used for the shields and why. Furthermore, they will experiment will different materials in order to create their shields. 

 

Colour

During spring term 2, we will be studying various natural forms in the world – tying in with our science topic of Plants – and relating it to our own artwork. We will also practise mixing, refining and applying colours, as well as improving and developing our painting skills and control when painting.

 

Expectations

As is the case throughout the school, we expect and encourage all children to adhere to high standards of behaviour both in class and on the playground.

The children in Year 3 have negotiated a set of class rules together and have all agreed to follow these with the understanding that doing so will create a happy learning environment that will help their learning.

Working together with parents and guardians plays a large part in ensuring there are good relationships and standards of behaviour in school.

 

General Reminders

  • Homework is set every-day and must be completed and returned on time. We really appreciate your support when helping children with homework. The task set is related to what we have covered in class that week and provides a chance for them to consolidate their learning. 
  • Spellings are set and tested every Thursday. 
  • PE takes place every Wednesday Afternoon. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school on this day. All items of uniform must also be named.
  • Please ensure that your child brings in a named bottle of water every day.

 

 

 

 

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