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Mr Lomas

Teacher

s.lomas@worsthorne.lancs.sch.uk

Mrs Wallace

Summer Term 2 2022

The Summer 2 topic is:

 

‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’

Maths

We are still having a massive push on times tables. Remember, by the end of Year 3, children should be able to use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 multiplication tables.  TT Rockstars is a brilliant way of practicing.

 

The children still have a week’s worth of lessons about fractions.  We will then assess what the children can remember from the two units of fraction work that they have completed.

 

The children will then look at ‘time’ which is always a difficult concept for some.  They will find out about the different units of time e.g. seconds, moths and years.  The children will also learn how to tell the time using am and pm, and the 24 hour notation.  Any help with telling the time at home will be greatly appreciated and beneficial to your child.

 

The final two units of work will focus on properties of shapes – both 2-D and 3-D, and mass and capacity.

 

As you will be aware, we use a practical approach to our learning before moving onto pictorial then written methods.  All children will have the opportunity each week to work with adult support, in groups and individually through independent learning challenges related to the week’s teaching.

English

For the first part of the term, we will be studying classic poetry.  The children will be responding to poems, and learning them to create a group/class performance.

 

The second unit is adventure stories.  At the end of the unit, the children will use the skills that they have focussed on to produce their own story.

 

The final unit of work for the year is explanations.  At the end of this unit, the children will use the skills that they have focussed on to produce an explanation text in the form of a poster.

Science and Topic

The title of our topic for this half term is ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’. There will be a large emphasis on science, art, and design and technology.

 

In science, we will be locating the parts of flowering plants and studying the functions of each. We will investigates the conditions that they need to grow healthily.  The children will also look at the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

 

In design and technology, children will look at different planters and evaluate their effectiveness, before designing and making their own.

 

Children will be using various techniques and different mediums to create drawings and images of flowers.  We want to finish the year by creating a 3-D sculpture of a flower, and children will be able to use their artistic flair to create their final product.

Summer Term 1 2022

The Summer 1 topic is:

 

What the Romans Did For Us

We are still having a massive push on times tables.  By the end of Year 3, children should be able to use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 multiplication tables.

TT Rockstars is a brilliant way of practicing – there will be certificates given out for the most improved students.

 

Fractions are the main focus in maths.  We will be looking at quarters, thirds and halves, and how these relate to a whole.  We will also be using unit fractions and non-unit fractions to colour shapes and find fractions of an amount.

 

The second fractions unit will focus on counting, writing tenths as decimals, finding equivalent fractions, and adding and subtracting them.

 

As you will be aware, we use a practical approach to our learning before moving onto pictorial then written methods.  All children will have the opportunity each week to work with adult support, in groups and individually through independent learning challenges related to the week’s teaching.

For the first part of the term, we will be studying play scripts.  The children will read and perform some before planning and writing their own based on a class novel – ‘Romans on the Rampage’ by Jeremy Strong.

The second unit is non-chronological reports.  At the end of the unit, the children will use the skills that they have focussed on to produce a poster to inform the reader about Roman life in Britain.

Our topic this half term is ‘What the Romans did for us’ so there is a large emphasis on history.  The Roman invasion of Britain was hugely significant in shaping the British nation. The learning within this theme focuses on how the Romans settled in Britain, and the impact on British life and society that occurred as a result of this.

In geography we will be studying the Lake District.  We will study key aspects of human and physical geography there. The children will consider geographical similarities and differences between the Lake District and their own locality.   We will also investigate Roman influence in the Lake District.

Children will explore the role of artists in Roman times. By studying the frescoed wall in the House of Livia and mosaic designs for floors, children will investigate how the Romans decorated their villas and understand what was important to people in the past.

In Science, we will be studying magnets.  The children will find out which materials are magnetic, and they will be designing and performing fair tests to find the strength of different magnets.

Spring Term 2 2022

The Spring 2 topic is:

 

The Iron Man

We are having a massive push on timestables. By the end of Year 3, children should be able to use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 multiplication tables. TT Rockstars is a brilliant way of practicing – there will be certificates given out this term for the most correct answers and the most improved.

The first maths unit involves recognising money and adding / subtracting different amounts. Children will also learn how to convert between pounds and pence.
The second unit of work will involve children reading and creating tally charts, pictograms and bar charts.

The third unit of work involves using different units of measurements to measure and calculate lengths and perimeters. This will involve converting different measures, and adding and subtracting lengths.

For the first part of the term, we will be studying some poetry. The children will learn a poem and perform it, before writing their own.

The second unit is linked to ‘The Iron Giant’ by Ted Hughes. At the end of the unit, the children will use the skills that we focus on to produce their own narrative based on the story. We hope to draft these stories and create a class book that can be displayed and read in the library.

Our topic this half term is ‘The Iron Man’ and there is a large emphasis on Science, and Design and Technology within it.

In Science, we will be looking at forces, in particularly friction and magnets. The children will investigate how to slow down moving objects and will find out which materials are magnetic. They will also be designing tests to find the strength of different magnets.
In Design and Technology, the children will be using levers and linkages to change direction, make a movement larger, or make two movements interact.

Our PE days are still Mondays and Thursdays. Children should be wearing a plain white top with their PE hoodie, or a school jumper. Trainers and plain black shorts or plain black joggers should also be worn. Please don’t send your child to school with any clear branding, like stripes, or colourful patterns on their kit.
Earrings should be taken out or your child will need to make them ‘safe’ by covering them with tape. This can be done before your child comes to school or they can bring tape in with them and make them ‘safe’ prior to the lesson. For those wearing earrings, a letter will be coming home soon.

Home Learning
Reading is integral to your child’s education. Please try and read with your child daily – just 10
minutes a day can make a world of a difference. Reading books will be changed regularly but
please make sure books are in school every day as I do try and make it a priority for the children to read to an adult as much as possible.

Spellings appear on Seesaw every Sunday for the children to practise. We also practice these in class from 8.50am to 9.05am every day so please make sure your child arrives as close to 8.50am as possible so they don’t miss out. On a Friday, the children will have a quick spell check and any spellings they struggle with will be sent home to look at over the weekend.

Finally, please continue to work through Numbots and TTrockstars. The latter has been set up to practice the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s.

 

Home Learning Codes
Please email me if you need a copy of your log-in details for Seesaw, Numbots or TTockstars.

(Click on the photographs to  see an enlarged image)

Spring Term 1 2022

The Spring 1 Topic is:

Rock and Roll!

We will start the New Year with a focus on multiplication and division. By the end of Year 3, children should be able to use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 multiplication tables. The children will also be learning how to multiply and divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number. The final unit of work involves recognising money and adding / subtracting different amounts.

We use a practical approach to our learning before moving onto pictorial then written methods. All children will have the opportunity each week to work with adult support, in groups and individually through independent learning challenges related to the week’s teaching.

For the first part of the term we will be looking at ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King. This fits nicely with our history and geography topics. At the end of the unit, the children will use the skills that we focus on to produce their own narrative based on the story.  We will also study some poetry. The children will learn a poem and perform it, before writing their own.

Our topic this half term is ‘Rock and Roll’ and there is a large emphasis on Science, History and Geography within it. In Science, we will be looking at how the Earth is made of different layers and we will study different types of rocks.

In History, the children will be learning about what Britain was like after the extinction of the dinosaurs and what life was like after the Ice Age. The children will also learn about the first settlements and Stonehenge.

In geography, we will be studying earthquakes and volcanoes.

Our PE days are now Monday and Thursday. We have to follow regulations which states that all jewellery must be removed. Please ensure that your child does not wear items to school like earrings, necklaces and bracelets. If they do, then children will be asked to remove these. Studs must not be worn for PE so also please remove these on PE days.

Children should be wearing a plain white top with their PE hoodie, or a school jumper. Trainers and plain black shorts or plain black joggers should also be worn. Please don’t send your child to school with any clear branding, like stripes, or colourful patterns on their kit.

Home Learning
Reading is integral to your child’s education. Please try and read with your child daily – just 10
minutes a day can make a world of a difference. Reading books will be changed regularly but
please make sure books are in school every day as I do try and make it a priority for the children to read to an adult as much as possible.

Spellings appear on Seesaw every Sunday for the children to practise. We also practice these in class from 8.50am to 9.05am every day so please make sure your child arrives as close to 8.50am as possible so they don’t miss out. On a Friday, the children will have a quick spell check and any spellings they struggle with will be sent home to look at over the weekend.

Finally, please continue to work through Numbots and TTrockstars. The latter has been set up to practice the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s.

 

Home Learning Codes
Please email me if you need a copy of your log-in details for Seesaw, Numbots or TTockstars.

Autumn Term 2 2021

The Autumn 2 Topic is:

Healthy Me!

Autumn Term 1 2021

The Autumn 1 Topic is:

There’s No Place Like Home

Topic

Our topic this half term is ‘There’s No Place Like Home’.  In Geography, the children will learn where they are in the world and will describe a range of physical and human features of their locality.  They will begin to realise that different types of maps e.g. Ordnance Survey, Google Maps, Bing Maps and Google Earth show different features in more/less detail.

In History, we will be using maps from different ages to see how Lancashire has changed over the centuries.  The children will also study census data to see how people’s jobs have changed.

In Science, we are studying light and shadows.

 

Mathematics

This term we will be learning and practising skills to enable the children to:

  • Read and understand numbers to 1000.
  • Represent numbers in different ways.
  • Add and subtract mentally before moving onto written methods.
  • Use estimations to check answers.
  • Use multiplication and division focussing on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables.

We use a practical approach to our learning before moving onto pictorial then written methods.  All children will have the opportunity each week to work with adult support, in groups and individually through independent learning challenges related to the week’s teaching.

 

English 

Over this half term the children will be using a text called ‘The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle’ retold by Ann Douglas as a base for our English work.  We will also be studying the same story but retold in a different way.  We will compare these plots before writing our own.  Along the way we will be concentrating on different sentence structures, and using prepositions and the role of dialogue.

In the second part of this half term we will be focussing on biographies.  During this unit of work, we will study subordinate clauses and see how headings, sub headings, paragraphs, time connectives and conjunctions enhance a piece of writing.

 

Reading

Reading is vitally important and will take place each day.  During these sessions, there will be a mix of reading aloud, discussing parts of the text and activities based around the text.  All this will help the children become fluent, confident readers with a deep level of understanding.  The children should bring home a reading book each day, and I ask that when the book is completed you sign the reading record and make any relevant comments.  Daily reading at home and at school helps children to make steady and sustained progress.

 

Our PE days are still Mondays and Thursdays.  Children should be wearing a plain white top with their PE hoodie, or a school jumper.  Trainers and plain black shorts or plain black joggers should also be worn.  Please don’t send your child to school with any clear branding, like stripes, or colourful patterns on their kit. 

 

Earrings should be taken out or your child will need to make them ‘safe’ by covering them with tape.  This can be done before your child comes to school or they can bring tape in with them and make them ‘safe’ prior to the lesson.

Home Learning

 

As mentioned previously, reading is integral to your child’s education.  Please try and read with your child daily – just 10 minutes a day can make a world of a difference.  Reading books will be changed regularly but please make sure they are in school every day as I do try and make it a priority for the children to read to an adult as much as possible.

Spellings appear on Seesaw every Sunday/Monday for the children to practice.  We also practice these in class from 8.50am to 9.05am every day so please make sure your child arrives as close to 8.50am as possible so they don’t miss out.  On a Friday, the children will have a quick spell check and any spellings they struggle with will be sent home to look at over the weekend.

Finally, please continue to work through Numbots and TT Rockstars.  As mentioned previously, certificates will be given out in Wednesday’s assembly for the three most improved students.

 

Home Learning Codes

Please email me if you need a copy of your log-in details for Seesaw, Numbots or TT Rockstars.

Useful links

2020 – 2021

Over the last term, year 3 have completed a sponsored run. In teams we ran the length of Antonine wall that the Romans built. Every child ran 17 miles over a period of time. To celebrate completing these miles we had a Roman fancy dress day.

This term in science, Year 3 will be learning all about light and dark. Over the next few weeks, children will;

  • Recognise that they needs light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.
  • Notice that light is reflected from surfaces.
  • Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect eyes.
  • Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object.
  • Find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

In topic, we will be learning all about the River Nile and why it was so important to the Ancient Egyptians.

Scan the QR code below to see what we have learnt so far about the River Nile.

This half term, we have started to use Purple Mash for our computing lessons. The children have really enjoyed using Purple Mash and are looking forward to using it more next year. We have been using Purple Mash to learn all about spreadsheets.

What are Year 3 learning about this term?

Children in class 3 have been learning all about Roman Britain. Children learnt about the changes from the Iron Age into Roman Britain and how the Romans changed Britain. At the end of our topic, class 3 received a ‘letter from the government’ saying that they were considering removing the Romans from the Primary curriculum. The children were outraged and thought it was totally unacceptable. The children wrote letters to the ‘DFE’ and then emailed them to Mrs Nicholls. The children were so passionate about keeping the Roman topic and produced some fantastic letters.

This half term, Year 3 have been learning all about rocks and soil. Every lesson has been fun and hands on. Our first sessions started by comparing and sorting rocks by their physically appearances. The children then took part in an erosion experiment. Children then used their coding skills to show how fossils are formed. We then looked at how soil is formed by creating our own edible soil pots.

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This term, Year 3 will be learning about life in Prehistoric Britain. We will be looking at the changes from Stone Age to the Iron Age.

Also this term, Year 3 will be learning all about forces and magnets.

Whilst Year 3 have been at home ,they have been carrying out their own experiments. You will be able to see these soon on our class page.

Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home

Links to Learning

FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS

During the school closure, the Government is providing vouchers for families of children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  To check if you are eligible, please visit Lancashire’s Free School Meals web page by clicking on the link button below.

If you think you meet the criteria, fill in the online form and let Mrs Fox know by emailing her, info@worsthorne.lancs.sch.uk