Welcome back to Spring Term in Year 3

This half term our topic is all about Chocolate! The children have been learning about how chocolate was first discovered, and how is it made. They will trace the journey chocolate makes, from the cocoa bean on the tree to the chocolate bar in the shop. Children will explore what Fairtrade means and how it affects communities around the word. Through this, we will learn about the ancient civilization of the Aztecs. The children will learn about who the Aztecs were, where they came from and how they are connected to the chocolate that they enjoy so much today!

Maths

We have been learning how to interpret and present information in bar charts, pictograms and tables. We will also solve 1 and 2 step-word problems using this information. Again, there will be a class focus on key language skills used to support the understanding of problem based Maths. Until the end of the academic year, the children will be given weekly timetables to practice. To help your child at home, please practice securing times tables 2’s 5’s and 10’s, as this will help immensely in all areas of their number work.

Literacy

We are reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We will use the text to write diary entries supporting grammar skills such as past tense and writing in the first person. The children will be writing their own version of the story through their story structure work. We will continue to plan and edit our work, all of which will help to make us much better writers.

Reading

To check progress, we listen to your child read at least twice a week. Miss D’Silva also reads with any children who need extra support particularly with their comprehension skills. Reading and Library books are regularly changed to provide children with a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts. You can help your child at home by asking questions about the characters and events of the story so that they have a good understanding of what they have read. Please also encourage your child to return books to school when they need to be changed.

PE

PE has changed from Thursdays to Fridays and on Wednesdays, the children will continue have an additional sports session with Jack from The Manchester City Sports. Our school PE kit is a white t-shirt and black/ navy blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers or pumps. Children should have their PE kits in at the start of the week and take it home each Friday to be washed.

Homework

Weekly homework will be a Maths activity linked to your child’s current learning in class. Children will also complete one Topic based homework challenge per week, handed out each Friday and to be returned on Wednesday. Please encourage your child to not only bring homework in on time but also to put it in the blue tray in the classroom. This will ensure that we know that it has been completed and it can be marked on time without a backlog.

Please do not hesitate to come and ask if there are any questions that you might have. We are out on the playground before and after school.

Thank you for your continued support. Miss Hull and Miss D’Silva