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Year 3

Spring Term Update

Wow, what an amazing term!  The children have continued to work very hard and we have done some incredible work.

In English we have been writing newspaper reports.  First, we read and understood a newspaper report about an emperor vanishing at sea and used it to help us write our own report about a famous person going missing.  After that, we created our own newspaper report about Queen Boudicca of the Iceni tribe which linked with our history topic on the Roman invasion of Britain.  The children really immersed themselves in the learning and can now be described as budding reporters.

In Maths we have been learning about fractions.  We have been looking at ½ , ¼ and 1/10s.  It has been amazing to see the children use their understanding of sharing and applying it to this subject.  They are now starting to find 1/10 of numbers under one hundred e.g. 1/10 of 4 being 4.  If time allows, keep practising at home.

Our Geography topic has been all about India.  The children started the subject by trying new foods from the sub-continent.  There were a few funny faces as they tried things like lime pickle, but they loved the poppadums and mango chutney.

In science we learnt about forces and later in the term looked at rocks.  In our forces lessons, we focused on pushes, pulls, friction and magnetism.  The children had a great time investigating with magnets and had a fantastic time learning when at the Intech centre in Winchester (see our photos).  When learning about Rocks we investigated igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

It’s been an excellent term and we are now excitedly preparing for Summer.   Let’s hope that we have plenty of sunshine whilst we continue to make progress and enjoy our learning.

The Year 3 Team


 

Home Learning

Supporting your children at home with their reading and spelling

Where possible, we would ask that you read with your children at home on a regular basis.  We aim for a minimum of 3 reads per week on separate days.  In addition, the children are revising their 2,5 and 10 times tables.  Please can you practice these with your children at home through chanting, singing, writing and playing games.  If you need any ideas, please do not hesitate to ask.  If you have a computer, the following website is good for fun times tables games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/times-tables .

We wish everyone a restful half-term and look forward to seeing you all after the short break.

Rainforest

Your children have made an amazing start to the year and are working really hard in lessons whilst having a great time. During our first week the children created some Rainforest 3D collages and sketched some pictures of themselves to go on display. We have also had lots of fun in the first few weeks, including a day when we introduced music as a topic and got to watch a music based movie – The Greatest Showman.

Learning at School

In English, we have been reading and writing stories about dragons and other monsters. Please have a look at the pictures we took when we discovered the Havant Dragon.

In Maths, we are working with numbers from 1 – 1000, exploring all four operations practically and investigating numbers in a fun way. Most recently, we have been looking at part-whole models and have introduced fractions.

During our afternoon sessions, we have studied Plants as a science topic and the children investigated what happens to plants if we deprive them of things such as water and light. In addition, we have studied Rainforests, looking at the plants, animals and people that are there. Next half term we will be studying European geography and in Science we will be studying ‘Animals, including Humans’.