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Wednesday 15 th April, 2015.

Dear Parents and Year 3 children,

We hope that you had a lovely Easter and are looking forward to our final term together.

Our themes for the term are entitled “Hail Caesar!(1 st half) and “The Brothers Grimm” (2 nd half), and our main areas of learning are as follows:

English

We will be studying non-chronological texts, with a focus on Roman life. During the theme we will also learn about play scripts, writing our own Roman scene.

The second half of the term sees us using The Brothers Grimm and others’ folk tales. This will include the modern tail of ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Gaiman, a truly memorable story!

We will continue to develop our skills in English with regular work in the following areas:

Grammar, which will develop the use of a variety of sentence structures, appropriate punctuation and spelling

Handwriting, including using a joined style

Reading a range of texts and extracts from them in our weekly guided reading sessions. These regular reading activities help children to develop fluency and expression in reading, broaden their experience of different text types and deepen understanding of plot, characters and events.

We will also continue to have regular extended writing sessions on Fridays, where children have the opportunity to put into practise the writing skills they have been developing.

Children will carry on having weekly spellings to learn, which are then checked in class every Friday.

Maths Maths lessons will continue to include practise of mental strategies and how these are then developed into written methods. Children will be learning about place value, fractions and division, volume, capacity and mass, measures and money. We will also be looking at 2-D and 3-D shapes, including angles, position, time and how information can be presented in graphs. Children will continue to practise multiplication tables throughout the term, to ensure they have a quick and secure recall of facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables (building on the end of Year 2 objective of 2, 5 and 10 times tables), plus others tables as appropriate.

In Science, we will be learning about the light and shadow in our last unit and, before that, we are exploring being astronauts.

Other areas of learning are:

Computing This half term we will be creating chariot racing games furthering our understanding of algorithms, debugging and decomposition. Next half term we will be learning about how the internet works, networks and the transfer of digital data.

History A significant focus on The Romans and how they have impacted on our lives.

Geography A study into the nearby region of the Lake District.

Art and Design mosaic collage and Roman mask work. We will also be creating individual and collaborative pieces to celebrate our school’s 50 th anniversary.

French La Famille (Family)

RE Searching for Meaning exploring answers offered by religion and belief.

Music This term we are focusing on R&B with the song ‘Let your spirit fly’ and in our final term we will be looking at the classical genre in our historical music unit.

Design Technology Designing Roman shields.

PSHE Demonstrating active listening skills; speaking confidently in front of others.

PE Athletics and dance. We will be having an extra PE session this half term. Please can indoors and outdoors kits be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday as our additional session time and day will change, depending on weather and where we are in our learning.

In addition, Kakapo (Mr. Sherwin’s) class swim on Thursdays, and Loris (Mr. Richardson’s) class swim on Wednesdays. Your child will need a swimming kit for this day.

Homework is given out each Friday and should be completed and returned to school by the following Thursday. Unfortunately, any homework returned to school after this will not be marked, unless in exceptional circumstances.

We would welcome any support you could give your child by hearing them read very regularly. Your child has a home/school reading book, at an appropriate level, which they can change any day of the week. After hearing your child read, please would you complete their reading record, adding comments if appropriate thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Sherwin and Mr. Richardson,

Year 3 teachers.