Welcome to 2021!

A very warm welcome back, we hope that you and your child have had an enjoyable and restful break and are ready to continue with their learning in Year 3 in the Autumn term.

This term children will learn through a range of exciting and engaging topics:

In English, genres will include narrative writing, non-chronological reports, diary entry, instructions and setting descriptions all of which give children the opportunity to practice their writing skills. Children will make deliberate vocabulary choices including adverbs, adjectives and interesting sentence openers. They will also use a range of conjunctions to link more than one clause in their sentences.

Spelling will again be tested each week and as ever plays an important part in your child’s writing. Children are expected to read daily to support their progress and this should be recorded in their reading diary. Your support at home is so valuable with this, and we would like to thank you for your continued support.

In Maths children will be continuing to develop their mental maths skills including improving their times tables knowledge and speed (through Times Tables Rockstar and Superhero training). Times tables remain a priority, and we would appreciate your help in practising the 2x 5x 10x 4x tables this term please. Mental and written strategies of the four rules of number (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) will be a key focus. Children will be given opportunities to apply these strategies to solve a variety of abstract as well as reasoning and worded problems.

This term, we will be continuing with our thematic approach to teaching. Our topic in the Autumn term is ‘Time Tumblers’. Through our topic, we will be exploring different time periods in Britain and will be learning about aspects of human and physical Geography. We will develop our computing skills using data handling. Our theme will also link to History, Design Technology, Art and Music as the topic develops further through the term.

In our Science lessons, we will be completing investigations and experiments to explore our unit on ‘Rocks and Soils’ followed by ‘Plants’.
During PE lessons this term, children will be taking part in ‘Invasion games’. PE lessons will take place on Monday and Thursday mornings. Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines, these should not be worn for PE. Children will be asked to remove or tape earrings before PE sessions. Please wear school PE kit (consisting of green/black shorts, a white top and pumps) to ensure your child’s safety and participation, further details of the correct kit can be found on the school website.

Children will require a re-fillable water bottle every day and that all items of clothing brought into school are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day or via class dojo. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support your efforts are very much appreciated by the Year 3 team. Thank you so much!

Mr Holmes (Class 8)             Mrs Baig (Class 7)


January 2021