Year 3 — 06 January 2014
Spring Term in Year 3

Welcome back to a new term in Year 3 and Happy New Year!

I hope you have all had a wonderful time over Christmas and that you have had a fantastic start to 2014 so far. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Year 3 children and parents for my lovely cards and presents. You have been very kind and generous.

We have an exciting Spring Term ahead of us with lots of new topics to begin and below is a brief summary of the topics we will be covering over the coming weeks.

Mrs Cohen will continue to work with the children every Wednesday morning, teaching Maths and also a new dance unit in PE.

There will be a few different genres to learn in English, starting with Myths and Legends and followed by Performance Poetry and Instruction writing. All of the children will have the opportunity to recite their favourite poem to the rest of the class and also to recommend a book they have recently enjoyed reading. Spellings will continue to be given out on a Monday and tested on Fridays.

In Science this term our unit will be ‘Animals (including Humans)’. We will learn about the importance of a balanced diet, different types of skeletons and how muscles and joints work.

Our History unit in the Spring Term is a study of ‘The Romans’ and we have chosen to link this work with our Art topic which will focus on ‘Mosaics’. To support this learning, we intend to visit the Roman Verulamium Museum on Tuesday 4th February. This always proves to be a fascinating experience for the children and really helps to bring their learning alive. More information about this trip will follow shortly.

In RE, we will continue to learn about Christianity, focusing on the Life of Jesus and the important events of Lent and Easter. We will work on several different units of PE over the course of the term including Gymnastics, Net/Wall Games and Indoor Athletics. Our Design and Technology topic is Moving Monsters, with the children designing and making their own pneumatic monster by the end of the unit.

Finally, the children will be covering a range of programs and skills in Computing during their ‘Keeping Informed’ unit. Over the course of the term, Year 3 will learn to understand the importance of data loggers, use and create databases and write simple algorithms.

As you will be aware, there is a Parents Evening in March which will provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress. However, if any issues should arise in the meantime, either socially or academically, please do not hesitate to come in and see me.

As always, any parents who can spare an hour or so to help in the classroom are greatly appreciated, so please let me know if you are interested.

I look forward to another busy and exciting term!

Miss Stevens

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