Year 3 – Yew Class
As well as doing lots and lots of times tables practise (which will be ongoing throughout the year) we started the term with place value. To the right is an example of one of the ways we can represent 3 digit numbers using place value counters. We’re now working on addition and subtraction – which will continue after half term – and have learnt to master the column method.
We have been focusing on forces – particularly magnetism – and buoyancy. During the last week of this half term, we did an experiment to see which objects sink or float and we learnt why some objects do and don’t float.
Topic – The Romans
We are loving learning about the Romans and have produced some amazing home learning projects, such as catapults. The quality of the work by the Y3 children has been really high. In DT, we designed shields and this week we marched in the playground and learnt some battle formations. We are looking forward to carrying on our Roman topic after half term.
Welcome back! It was really lovely to see all of the children before the summer holidays and talk about what an amazing year Y3 is going to be. We have some really exciting topics coming up this year, more of which I will talk about below. Just to clarify, the children are moving up to Y3, however, they will remain known as Yew class and will still be in the same classroom. Mr. Towe will be sharing information separately regarding ‘class bubbles’ via the school app, however, this letter is to inform you of the class routines and which staff will be working with the Y3 children.
English and maths will be taught every morning and foundation subjects and science will be taught in the afternoon. Our topic this term is ‘The Romans’ in which the children will learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. Along with the history of the Romans, the children will be able to practise their art and design skills by making a shield and mosaics and in geography we will focus on the location and extent of the empire – a very exciting topic indeed! In English, we will start the year by focussing on the Power of Reading text ‘Mouse, Bird, Snake and Wolf’ by David Almond. We will also be learning about Roman myths, which links nicely into our topic.
This year we will be supported by Mrs Hall and Miss France, who will work both in the classroom and with small intervention groups, and every Friday Mrs Kenyon will teach the class. On Monday afternoons Calvin will continue to teach the children PE and Mrs Kenyon will teach them music/computing. Due to current policy, children will be required to come to school in their PE kits on PE days (Monday and Friday). Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit, consisting of blue shorts, white T-shirt, trainers, spare socks and when the weather gets colder and wetter, tracksuit bottoms, fleece and coat. Please could you ensure all items of clothing are clearly named. Long hair must be tied back and all jewellery removed. If earrings cannot be removed, they must be covered with tape, which needs to be provided please.
Even though the children will remain in the same classroom, they will now be in the juniors and it is very important they begin to get more independent as they get older. Please can you encourage this by dropping and picking them up from the main gates and allowing them to line up with their class at the start of the day. At home time, unless on the bus, the children will come to greet you from the main entrance.
We ask that you continue to listen to your children read, out loud, at home as often as possible. We will continue to send the children home with reading books to suit their ability and we will be working towards the children being able to choose their own reading books – within their ability – towards the end of year 3. Due to the current situation, we are unable to accept any volunteers in school, which means for the time being we will not have our amazing weekly reading volunteers. We will aim to listen to your children as often as we can, plus we will have a weekly guided reading session which allows the class teacher to listen to children individually, however, it is now more important than ever that children have the chance read to an adult at home.
When we get settled into the school term, I will send home a list of activities based around our Romans topic that the children can complete as part of their home learning. Please can the children complete at least 2 activities per half term from the sheet. Weekly spellings will be sent out every Friday, in order for the children to learn over the week – these will be checked every Thursday afternoon ready for new ones to be sent on Friday. Maths homework will also be sent sporadically, which will help consolidate learning. This will usually be in the form of a worksheet or a Mathletics task. We will also be learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables during the year, so it would be great if we could work together to ensure the children can learn these as fluently as possible.
Children are encouraged to bring in their own pencil case to school, which will avoid sharing classroom equipment. The pencil case should be able to fit in their tray and the children should bring a sharp pencil, rubber, and ruler. We encourage the children to leave glitter pens, biros and felt tips at home.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me via the Yew email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you have any queries.
I am really looking forward to the new school year and working with your children again.