Summer term Curriculum Letter
Welcome back to school and to the summer term, the final term of the year. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and enjoyed eating lots of chocolate eggs. This is a very important term for the children. Not only will they be practising for the National Literacy and Numeracy tests, but we will also be consolidating and extending the work covered in Year 3, so that firm foundations are laid ready for the children’s transition in to Year 4.
There are lots of exciting activities planned for the summer term and the following information outlines what your child will be learning.
For the first half of the summer term we will be continuing with our project, ‘The Wonderful World of Games!’
After half term, we will be joining with Year 2 for a collaborative project, and we will again be asking for your suggestions and ideas linked with the new project.
Main areas of study:
Our literacy work this term will be linked directly to our project, where children will be continuing to consolidate and extend core literacy skills through various activities such as; writing a newspaper article, writing a persuasive letter, creating a questionnaire, as well as creating an iMovie trailer. We have linked all of our literacy work to our project which 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 summer Term the children will continue to consolidate and extend their understanding of addition/subtraction and multiplication/division as inverse operations, fractions, position, movement and direction, place value up to 1000, doubling and halving, shape, money, time, handling data and co-ordinates. 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 Science topic links to our class project, ‘Wonderful World of Games’. The children will focus on the topic ‘Electricity’ where we will look at electrical circuits and sustainable energy. The children will learn through scientific investigation, developing their thinking skills along with attaining knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts.
The children will develop their mapping skills by locating the different places around the world where games are made. This will develop their understanding of where different seas, continents and countries are located around the world. 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: budgeting, money, as well as a range of mental and written strategies.
Throughout our project the children will use Google Drive to plan, create, develop and combine information with a sense of purpose and awareness of audience, as well as collaborating with other learners. They will also learn how to use the internet for research, following safety guidelines & discussing issues relating to internet safety. We will also be focussing on data handling and coding this term.
Children will be designing and creating their own board games in small groups, which they will share at our gaming event.
To link with our class project, the children will be using Garage Band to create a them tune to accompany the advert they create for the board games that they created.
Learners will continue to develop, consolidate and extend 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 focusing on Athletics and Rounders. Our P.E. sessions are on Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning. 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. Children need their trainers in school for both sessions.
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. Before starting our new project, we will again be sending home a form for you to complete with suggestions and ideas that your children would like to cover within the project. Please could you highlight any experience you may have with this topic.
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)