Welcome to Year 3
We hope you have all had a lovely summer break and are ready to get back into come exciting new learning. We have some exciting lessons activities coming up this term.
Our narrative text is ‘The Willow Pattern Story’ by Alan Drummond. This book has given us some great ideas for exciting drama lessons as the characters are so fierce and strong. We will also be using it as a base for some research into China and also some interesting textile art.
English – Stories from other cultures/ poetry
We will begin our half term by looking carefully at the events and characters in ‘The Willow Pattern Story’. We will be thinking about the actions of the characters, dialogue between them and how powerful language can be used in letters. We will then think of our own stories based on the ending of ‘The Willow Pattern Story’ but we aren’t giving that away yet! We will illustrate our stories with our own plate designs and make them into a display in the corridor. We will finish the half term by writing our own shape poetry inspired by the shape of the willow tree.
Our Maths topic this term is: Number and place value
Children will be working on ‘number’. This will include place value, ordering numbers and learning their number bonds. Children will be exploring a variety of methods, including pictorial interpretations, to demonstrate their knowledge of place value. Children will also be completing sequences and writing numbers in words and numerals. Children will also focus on using and applying addition and subtraction methods, which will include both mental and written strategies. They will continue to learn their 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times table, and the corresponding division facts.
Our Geography topic this term is: China
We will look in detail at the geography of China. We will investigate the continents and look at the differing landscapes found within China. We will look at food, language, school, customs and traditions of China before finishing our topic by making our own BBC Newsround reports about everything we have learned.
Our Science topic this term is: Living things and their habitats
We will be looking what animals need to survive. The children will explore different habitats around China. We will look at examples of different food chains and carry out research to create our own food chains. The children will create a WWF poster about the animals they have researched in China.
What you can do at home:
Take a look on https://earth.google.com/web/ What continents can you see? Where is the UK? Where is China?
Take a look at an atlas – how does the view of the world change?
Some important information for Year 3 parents/carers:
- Children will have weekly Spanish lessons on a Tuesday via Zoom
- Reading books should be brought into school every Friday
Year 3 teachers would like to encourage children to bring in water bottles and a piece of fruit for snack, if they wish.