Year 3

Mrs Brennan

Spring 2020
Dear Parents/Carers

I hope that you have all had a happy and relaxing time over the Christmas holidays. Here are the details of the topics we will be learning about in the Spring term.

Under the Sea & The Anglo Saxons

Literacy: We will be studying non-chronological reports and writing our own report on creatures from under the sea. We will then be using different creative language techniques to write a diary entry as an underwater explorer. In the Anglo-Saxon topic, we will be writing a newspaper article and a set of instructions.

Numeracy: This half term we will continue with multiplication and division using different written and mental methods, including multiplying two 2-digit numbers together. We will then move onto money calculations. We will finish by studying statistics, for example: reading, drawing and interpreting graphs.

Science: Our topic this term is Rocks & Soils. Children will discover the different types of rocks and how they are formed. Children will compare and group rocks based on appearance and similar properties. They will learn how fossils are formed and about the contribution of Mary Anning to the field of palaeontology.

Computing: This term we will learn how to stay safe online. We will conduct research using simple search technologies and recognise that some sources are more reliable than others.

Homework is given out on Fridays. Homework books/sheets should be handed in on the following Wednesday.

What you can do to help:
• Help your child learn their times tables and division facts (x2, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 10). You could do this by quizzing them regularly using the times tables sheer (copies are hanging up by the classroom door) or using online games. Monster Multiplication on purple mash is very good.
• Encourage your children to regularly read the time using an analogue clock.
• Ensure labelled PE kits are in school – PE lessons will generally be on Mondays and Tuesdays term.
• To remind your children to bring their reading records to school.
• Read with your child or encourage them to read at least 3 times a week, helping them to develop a love of books and working on their inference and comprehension skills.

Please remember we are a healthy school and the children are only allowed to bring in a healthy snack for their morning break time. Check out http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/ for ideas on swapping to healthier snacks.

We also have several children and adults with severe nut allergies in school so please remember Henham is nut-free. If your child does bring in a food item that may contain nuts, please be advised that we will place this back in their school bag to be returned home. Thank you for your continued support.

As always, if you would like to know more about what we are doing, or you have any questions, please make an appointment to see me after school.

Warm regards,

Mrs Georgie Brennan,

Year 3 Class teacher