Welcome to Year Three
Our theme for this half term is the rainforest!
In Literacy we will be reading ‘The Great Kapok Tree’, we will then write our rainforest fables. We will also look at information texts. As non-negotiables, we would expect children to be using their handwriting joins, extending a range of sentences with more than one clause, using prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs to express time and cause, using fronted adverbials and using inverted commas for direct speech.
How you can help your child? Encourage your child to read their reading book and ask them questions about the text which they are reading.
You can listen to the story on YouTube via the link below:
How you can help your child at home-
It is important to read a variety of texts with your child; this can be anything from their school reading books and newspapers, to advertising leaflets. This will help your child to extend their vocabulary and their understanding of different text types, which will in turn help to improve their writing. It is expected that your child regularly practises how to confidently read, spell and form sentences with the following common exception words. Your child will be tested on these words throughout the half term and their progress will be recorded in their reading diaries.
In Numeracy we will be exploring fractions. We will:
- count up and down in tenths;
- Recognise, find and write fractions of a set of objects: including unit fractions and non-unit fractions.
- recognise and use fractions as numbers
- Recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions.
- add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole [for example, + = ]
- compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators
- solve problems that involve all of the above
It is also really important that your child regularly practises their times tables. I am looking forward to seeing who can get their Times Tables Champion badge this term.
Please ensure that you regularly practice and test your child with their times tables so that they can earn their math badges. Don’t forget to get your children to log into Sum Dog and complete the various challenges.
Learning Logs are due in on the first day of the new term (26th February 2018)
Monday - Reading comprehension/SPAG (to be submitted by Wednesday).
Spellings given on a Monday to be tested on a Friday
Wednesday – Numeracy (to be submitted by Friday).
Friday – Literacy (to be submitted by Monday).
As Geographers, we will locate Rainforests around the world. We will learn about the Equator, Tropic of Cancer/Capricorn. We also look at Climate and weather in the Rainforest. As Artists, we will examine the work of Henri Rousseau and create our own rainforest inspired collages.
In Science, we will investigate and explore plants. Pupils will;
- identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
- explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
- Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
- explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal