Welcome to a new term of exciting learning in Year 3! Our topic this half term is Secret Worlds and I’m looking forward to us having some magical adventures together.

English

Our English reading and writing this half term will be based on a very special and beautifully illustrated book. Our learning will be based on us discovering the book gradually together, so you’ll have to wait to find out the title! We will also be looking at nonsense poetry and the wonderful Edward Lear.

In our grammar lessons, we will be learning about adverbs and prepositions.

Maths

Our main focus in maths will be multiplication and division and really getting to grips with our x2, x3, x4, x5, x8 and x10 tables. We’ll be learning how to use known facts from these times tables to help us work out calculations using bigger numbers.

Science

Year 3 are super scientists and I’m sure they will all enjoy our topic of Light and Dark this half term. Our learning will include reflection and how shadows are made. We’ll be using our knowledge of shadows to put on a shadow puppet show!

History

Early civilisations are the focus for our history learning. We’ll be introduced to the ancient Sumerians, the Indus Valley civilisation, Ancient Egyptians, the Shang Dynasty and the Phoenicians (amongst others!) and finding out about how their achievements helped shape how we live today.

RE

Our RE this half term will focus on developing our understanding of the Christian Trinity.

Art

In art we will be looking at the work of Matisse and learning how he ‘painted with scissors’ as well as creating our own artwork in his style.

PE

Our PE lessons are on Monday and Wednesday. Children should come to school in their PE kits on these days.

Homework

Homework is set on a Friday and handed in the following Thursday. This is usually a short piece of grammar and maths linked to our learning in class that week. Children should be using Spelling Shed regularly at home to practise their spellings and there is a spelling test every Friday. All children should also regularly (ideally 10 minutes a day) be using Times Table Rockstars to practise their times tables. There is a times tables test every Friday.

Reading books and reading records should be in school every day and children are expected to read at home to an adult at least five times a week.