Welcome to Year 3

Dear Parents
Welcome to the summer term! This term is always my favourite as there are so many opportunities to be outside and exploring nature in our learning, both in school and outside. Not to mention the abundance of opportunities for PE in the lead up to Sports Day! Thank you for getting behind our theme week about Japan, the play was brilliant. I have a recording I can share, which I will upload to the Stokenham YouTube Channel. Stay tuned for hopefully more exciting trip news.

Going forward from w/c 2/5/22, we are starting swimming on a Thursday so please can you make sure your child comes with the appropriate gear or they will not be allowed in the water. We have a Year 3 & 4 girls football tournament for schools all around Devon after half-term and practices for the boys and girls now we have good weather on a lunchtime.

Below is what we will be studying this term, which we hope you will find useful.
In Class 3 we will be continuing with our focus on fractions before half-term, building on last terms recap of year 2 fractions and incorporating new concepts such as equivalent fractions and covering adding/subtracting fractions in more detail. We will also be looking at the concept of time in more detail, in particular the 24-hour clock alongside properties of shapes plus mass and capacity after half-term. We will be covering the 6- and 8-times tables this term in detail, so any outside of school practice would be beneficial.

This term in Class 3 we will be studying excellent book Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World where we will be building on previous knowledge around building complex sentences, adverbials and paragraphing. After half-term we will be looking at the fiction text The Day of Ahmed’s Secret and within that, writing in the first person and punctuating speech correctly. There will be daily spelling practice and a set of spellings to learn each week, so it is important that children practice these ready for a test on Friday. Every child will have a daily class guided reading session, with a focus on comprehension skills including inference. Again, it is really important that the children are completing quizzes on their Accelerated Reader books as often as possible, which we will monitor from our end.

Over the summer term we will be looking at the topic of plants, from the conditions for growth to how water is transported within them from roots to shoots. We will have a visit from the Devon Waste Education Team with some hands-on work around composting, thanks to the fantastic new polytunnel we have planted tomatoes, fennel and lettuce to examine the germination of seeds and life cycle of plants after half term. If the weather is good, we will be out in the woods and exploring different seeds and leaves.

In History we are moving on from the Bronze Age and Iron Age from the UK and Europe to the Ancient Egyptians. Mr. Branch is very excited about this topic and we are looking forward to mummifying some fruit and exploring the rich, varied cornucopia of gods, values and beliefs that makes this topic so interesting.
A very exciting topic this term, we will be exploring coasts both figuratively and hopefully literally. We will be looking at different types of coastlines, how they change over time and the positives and negatives of human development in those areas. As we are incredibly lucky to live so close to such an amazing beach, we will be exploring Slapton Sands and how it has changed over time in terms of use and features.

This term our topic will be based around painting and in particular how to mix and blend colours. We will draw inspiration from the Masai tribes of Africa and the stunning landscape paintings they produce.

This term children will switch back to looking at the kingdom of god in Christianity and the impact of Pentecost. After half-term we will then be examining how and why do people mark significant events in their lives, comparing and contrasting different viewpoints from different beliefs.

Design Technology
Class 3 will be innovating simple circuits and switches and looking at how to include simple programming when designing a circuit.

In Class 3 we will be introducing the children to the groovy sounds of disco through listening and appraising classics from Chaka Khan and Nile Rodgers. The children will then have a go at putting together their own disco song. After half-term we will change pace, looking at classical or traditional music from around the world.

In PE for the first half-term, are lucky to have Mr. Mansell coming in to teach athletics to get the children ready for sports day. We will be looking at the game Foursquare to develop our basic motor skills and ball handling. On a Thursday we will be swimming; the groups will be limited to 8 per session and will be around half an hour.
We recognize that PSHE is continuing to be very important for the children, especially after COVID.  This half-term we will reflect on healthy behaviour patterns around eating, sleep and exercise followed by looking at how the children can make a difference in their local community after half-term.

This half-term we will be exploring saying what we can do, “je peux” and building on the excellent vocabulary we gained over the year so far. After half-term we are exploring L’ancienne Histoire de la Grande Bretagne or Ancient Britain.

We ask you to support your child’s learning by reading with him/her every night. Reading is so important for the children to be able to access the rest of the curriculum. In Year 3, we aim to have learnt 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x tables by the end of the year and will be asking children to practice these at home. The Times Tables Rockstar app is a great way to do this. Alongside weekly spellings on a Friday, there may be the occasional extra piece of learning that we will ask the children to complete, perhaps to research information for our topic work.
Many thanks for your continued support for your child’s learning.

Best wishes

James Branch Year 3

This Year’s Curriculum

Stokenham Area Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.