Welcome back to the new school term. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and to thank you for all your kind wishes and Christmas gifts. There are lots of exciting activities planned for the Spring Term and the following information outlines what your child will be learning.
This term our topics will include Volcanoes and the Romans.
Main Areas of Study this term:
To begin with children will be using their knowledge of ‘Sensational Sentences’ to write an adventure story linked to the video ‘Taking Flight’ from the Literacy Shed. Also this term, the children will be learning how to become news reporters when they write a report about the volcanic eruption in Pompeii, linked to our topic of ‘Volcanoes’. Where appropriate, Literacy is linked to our class project work. This allows us to establish meaningful contexts in which to develop Oracy, Reading and Writing skills.
Reading: The children will continue to be introduced to a range of reading material through individual books, group guided reading books and class shared texts. Pupils are expected to read daily at home under the guidance of parents and for this to be recorded in the reading logs provided; please can these be brought in every Tuesday. Please take time to sit down and read with them and discuss the content/story-line to encourage greater understanding of the text. Guided reading sessions take place throughout the week so that all children have an opportunity to read and develop their reading skills. In addition, all children will read daily during Year 3’s ERIC time (Everyone Reads in Class), which takes place between 8:50 and 9:00am every morning.
Spellings: Pupils will be given spellings to learn on a Friday and will be tested on the following Friday. Lists are taken from the National Literacy Strategy and may also include class or topic spellings. There is usually a spelling pattern each week, which makes it easier for the children to internalise and recall. Please take a few minutes each day to use the Look, Cover, Write, Check method or any of the other suggested methods at the front of their homework books. Spellings for each week will be uploaded on to the website, on the Year 3 page.
Mathematics will continue to be taught daily consisting of development of both mental and written strategies, as well as arising through a cross curricular approach to other subjects. During the Spring Term the children will continue to develop their understanding of addition/subtraction and multiplication/division as inverse operations, fractions, position, movement and direction, area place value up to 1000, weight; reading scales, doubling and halving, handling data and multiplication tables. . Pupils are required to learn their tables on a regular basis. Pupil’s mental maths skills will also continue to be tested for speed and accuracy on a weekly basis.
This term our topic is ‘Earth Science’ which will explore the properties of materials, states of matter, rocks and fossils. The children will learn through scientific investigation, developing their thinking skills along with attaining knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts.
One of our projects this term is ‘Volcanoes’, which is an inclusive scheme of work based on key skills. The children enjoy this way of learning, and are full of enthusiasm for all its various aspects. They will develop their mapping skills by identifying the location of volcanoes and locating where the tectonic plates are under the Earth’s surface. To develop the use of maths across the curriculum, the children will also be conducting a maths based project, where they will be enhancing maths skills such as: direction, area and perimeter, data handling, doubling and halving, ordering and comparing money and mental calculation. The children will be tasked with the relocation and redevelopment of a village, which currently sits on a lava flow path. We will study the location of Volcanoes around the world and research what happens during an eruption as well as its causes and effects.
Our other topic for this term will be the Romans which links directly with our volcano topic. History is a central part of our volcano project as we look at the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii. We will consider the way this event gave us so much knowledge about life in Roman times. Throughout this year we will study aspects of Celtic and Roman life. We will continue by examining daily life for the Romans and the Roman army.
ICT – Throughout our project the children will use Word and PowerPoint to plan, create, develop and combine information with a sense of purpose and awareness of audience. They will also learn how to use the internet for research, following safety guidelines & discussing issues relating to internet safety.
DT: The children will be learning to how to create clay pots, which will be used in context with our volcanoes class project. They will also be creating their own Roman Mosaics.
ART – The children will be investigating Aztec based art and design. Following investigation the children will create their own Aztec inspired pieces.
In Music this term, the children will be exploring the art of creating/composing and performing, focussing on rhythmic patterns and the structure and formation of music and song. These skills include singing, playing instruments and practising; improvising, composing and arranging music; and listening to and appraising music.
Learners will continue to develop their language skills in Welsh this term. They will be using language patterns already learnt and building on these as well as new patterns, developing their skills in reading, writing and speaking.
This term we will be continuing with Dragon Multi- Skills. Our P.E. sessions are on Tuesday morning (Indoors) and Thursday afternoon (Outdoors). Due to Health and Safety issues, the children are not allowed to wear jewellery during P.E. and Games. It is really important that your child has their P.E. kit in school on these days so that they can participate in lessons.
Homework is given on a weekly basis to consolidate and support concepts that have been taught during the week. In addition to spellings and practicing multiplication facts, children will also be given homework relating to work completed in the class room. This term homework will also include test style questions in preparation for the National Tests in May. Your child will be sent home with test style questions that they can access online and comprehension style activities. Homework books are to be handed in every Thursday and will be sent home again on Friday with new homework. I also post the homework every week on the school website.
At Glasllwch the children are encouraged to participate in their own learning. We believe that asking pupils about what they would like to learn is fundamental to providing an engaging and inspiring curriculum. Therefore we shall be asking the children what they already know about the topic of Volcanoes and Romans and will be discussing what they would like to learn. Please could you highlight any further questions your child may have about this topic to support this child led approach.
Parent helpers are always welcome, if you feel you would like to help in any way with the above topics; perhaps you have specialist knowledge of a subject that you could share with the children or perhaps you have items of particular interest, then please do come in to see me.
I do hope this has given you some insight into what your child will be learning and participating in this term. If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.
I appreciate your support in all that we are striving to do in school, and hope that we can continue to work together to ensure that your child enjoys learning and reaches their full potential in Year 3.
Miss King (Y3 Class Teacher)