Welcome back to St. Luke’s! We hope that all our pupils have had a great summer break. The Year 3 team are eager to meet their new classes coming up from from KS1, and to get things back on track after last year’s difficulties with the COVID crisis.
Let’s take a quick look at what we’re going to be covering in the first half-term. Remember that any extra research or practice that you can give your child at home on these subjects will give them an advantage when they come to look at them in class.
We’re going to be kickstarting this year’s literacy by looking at recounts. Particularly, the children will be creating fictional recounts in the form of diary entries, letters, and postcards based on stories. They’ll be learning about first and third person writing, past and present tense, how to select interesting information and group it in paragraphs, and about the correct format for each type of writing.
The start of the year will focus on arithmetic and word problems that require use of the four operations. These areas are, of course, essential to the pupils’ understanding of most other units we’ll approach later in the year, and we recommend that they also practise the methods they learn in class at home.
In the first Science unit the children will be learning about forces; the different things which can exert forces on objects or matter; the difference between pushes and pulls; different practical uses that forces are put to; and unseen forces such as those created by magnets.
The children’s first ICT unit will be on coding, where they’ll learn to write simple programs to make objects on a screen obey their commands. This will be done through the Purple Mash learning platform, which your child can access outside of school on most devices using their username and password. We recommend that children do this to gain extra practice and familiarity with the applications we’re using.
This year the children are going to be finding out about early Britain, and we’ll be starting by learning about life, culture, technology and developments in the Stone Age, moving on to the Iron Age later in the year.
The first geography topic we’ll be approaching will be based around earthquakes. The classes will be able to discover the causes and effects of this terrifying phenomenon, and how scientific understanding, modern technology, effective preparation, and emergency services often save many lives.
In art classes we’re going to be learning how to sketch both countryside and urban landscapes. We’ll be exploring different techniques and media, and looking at the ways in which different artists can approach landscape art.
Both classes will have PE twice a week (gymnastics or dance, and also outdoor games). It’s essential that your child always has their kit in school, and we recommend leaving it on the premises – only taking it home during the half-term breaks for cleaning. It’s also important that your child has the correct St. Luke’s kit: a plain, white t-shirt; black shorts or knee-length leggings; and pumps or trainers.
Literacy and Numeracy homework will be given out each Friday. Please make sure that it is completed and returned to school on the following Monday, as children who do not hand it in on time will be asked to redo it in detention. In addition to this, children will have weekly spellings which must be learnt for a test the following week.
Please read at home daily with your child (for about 15-20 minutes each night) and sign their reading record. Children will need to know all of their times tables by the end of Year 3 for the Government times tables test they’ll need to take next year.
All children should have a Times Table Rockstars account, and should practise each night.