Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 with Miss Pierides and Mrs Michael

We hope you had an amazing Easter holiday.  We are looking forward to the exciting final term ahead. One term left in Year 3!
Please read below for details on our Summer term.

Subject Area Learning

How you can help at home

English Year 3 will do most of their writing through their topic, Tremors and Gods and Mortals. During Tremors, they will begin by writing some descriptive narrative where they imagine that they are in an earthquake. After learning about different monstrous natural disasters, they will move on to learn about the savage and deadly effects of the monstrous volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on the ancient city of Pompeii. Then they will then use their learning to help them write suspense filled narratives about their narrow escapes from Pompeii.

During Gods and Mortals, they will be writing about their experience at the Wallace collection. They will use their research skills to learn about different gods and create vivid character descriptions. Next, they will enjoy reading different Greek myths and use them to create different text.

There will also be daily spelling, grammar or handwriting lessons to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing.

Talk about their topics. Any additional research will make them better writer!

Practise looking up words in a dictionary and choosing the relevant meaning.

Reading for at least 30 minutes each day makes a huge difference.

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meanings. Use a dictionary to look them up.

Spelling for this term will be sent home each week and taken from the year 3 and 4 common exceptional words. Click for list of year 3 and 4 common exceptional words. 

Make sure that anything they write is in joined up handwriting (except for capital letters), the spelling is correct and the sentences make sense. Practise makes permanent.

Maths The children will start by focusing on fractions of amounts and finding equivalent fractions. Next, they will be reading and writing the time from an analogue clock and 24 hour clock. They will also look at the properties of shapes 2D shapes and 3D shapes. Finally, they will look at mass and capacity.

On Fridays, they will be challenged on their times tables. They will complete 30 questions on a specific times table, in 5 minutes. To pass and move onto the next challenge, they need 30/30. After they complete a sequence of challenges, they will receive a badge in assembly. Children can be quite competitive and it has been a successful way to get children to learn their tables.

Children would benefit from seeing both analogue and 24 clock at home. Ask children to read the time as much as possible.They would also benefit from helping you measure mass, length and capacity around the house.

They should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables from year 2.

By the end of year 3, they are expected to know 3, 4 and 8s times table and division facts.

E.g.      3 x 4 = 12

12 ÷ 3 = 4

Monkfrith encourage them to learn all their tables through the weekly times table challenge. Click for list of times table challenge order.

http://tablestest.com/

MyMaths.co.uk homework will be set weekly but can also be used to anytime to practise anything they have learnt.

Information about how we teach calculations is available here – Year 3 Calculation Policy Leaflet

Creative

Curriculum

In Summer 1, the children’s exciting topic is called Tremors and will focus on Science and Geography, that will explore Mother Nature’s power. Awesome energies hissing and roaring deep within the earth, plates colliding, spewing lava, rocks raining down, mudslides, torrents and towns and cities vanishing under ash clouds, are many of the dangerous and ferocious natural disasters that they will explore throughout this topic.

In Summer 2, they will focus on the topic Gods and Mortals, a stimulating topic with a history focus, where they will discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis, and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.

On the 10th June or the 19th June (depending on which class) children will visit the Wallace Collection for the Classical Myth: Gods, Heroes and Monsters workshop.

Please talk about the topic and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge, using history and scientific words and feel more confident to contribute in class.

In addition, you could:

Tremors

·       Visit the local library to research Natural Disasters.

·       Research a famous volcanic eruption, earthquake or tsunami of your choice – produce a fact file about the eruption.

·       Look on a map

·       Find out why peoples still live close to volcanoes despite the risk.

·       Imagine you have just survived an earthquake. Write a short story about what happened.

·       Create a topic dictionary that explains key vocabulary in your own words.

Gods and Mortals

·       Read and retell the story of Medusa, the Gorgon, who could turn people to stone if they looked at her. Illustrate your story with a detailed drawing of Medusa’s face, showing the venomous snakes that sprouted from her head instead of hair.

·       Design a mythical creature. Which animals’ body parts could you include in your design? What personality will your creature have?

·       Be inspired by Greek art! Look at online examples of pottery and create a design for an ancient Greek jug or bowl. You could choose a scene from Greek mythology to represent in your artwork or maybe another familiar story.

·       Spot buildings influenced by Greek architecture around your nearest town or city and take photographs to show in school. Hunt for columns, statues or pillars.

·       Read about Narcissus, the young man who fell in love with his own reflection. What is the moral of the story? Write a letter to Narcissus, telling him to change his ways!

Computing In Summer term, we will continue teaching the children the importance of how to be safe online. Ensuring they remember what they have learnt in the previous terms.

They will also build on their understanding of what an algorithm is and create them to move, direct and control each other and objects.

Please talk to them about the importance of being safe online. Ask them to tell you the Monkfrith online safety rules. Ensure that they are using these rules at home too.

The following websites have more information and advice for parents on how to help your child stay safe online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

http://www.netsmartzkids.org/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Algorithms can be used every day when giving or following instructions and directing objects, not only through online games but with describing the movements of practical objects.

Encourage them to use word processing software and a keyboard to improve the speed and accuracy of their typing.

This website teaches them how to use all their fingers on the keyboard:

http://play.bbc.co.uk/play/pen/g8s4pb547b

PE Our PE lessons will take place on Tuesday this year. Please ensure that all kits are in on the right days. Navy tracksuits are advised for the colder months as they will be going outside. Children can also bring in trainers for these lessons.
Spanish

 

 

Spanish lessons are taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum, on Thursday mornings.

3P have Spanish Summer 1

3M have Spanish Summer 2

Please ask them what new words they have learnt in Spanish and songs they’ve learnt in music.
Music Music lessons are also taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum, on Tuesday afternoons.

In addition to this, they will learning to play the African Drums on Fridays.

Please ask them what music or instruments they have learning and playing or to play you a rhythm they have learnt in African drumming.
Art In addition to the art they are doing through the topics, we are super excited to be part of the

The Year 3 Tate Project on 24th April.

Please discuss the excitement about being part of this and that their image will be in the Tate Britain Gallery once it is complete.https://www.tateyear3project.org.uk

Reading

Your child will be reading each week during their guided reading session and independently reading daily, encouraging reading a range of genre, including non-fiction text, from the class book corner or a book of their choice from home. We expect them to have their guided reading in their book bag every day, in case they need to read it to an adult.

Guided reading books will continue to go out on a Friday and will be collected in on a Wednesday.

Home Learning

This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.

It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and then either grammar or something related to our topic.

We also expect each child to do:

    • 20 minutes independent reading everyday
  • 10 minutes mental maths/times tables everyday (Year 3 are expect to know a 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 and know ALL their times tables by the end of Year 4. They will begin the Monkfrith times table challenge each week).

If the piece of work is project based, it may extend across several weeks. 

Workshops:

The Year 3 Tate Project – 24th April –

https://www.tateyear3project.org.uk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuC3zjjkZBk&feature=youtu.be 

Trip Dates to look forward to:

Wallace Collection – 10th June or 19th June – Classical Myth: Gods, Heroes and Monsters – FREE

In addition

  • Any tissues would be greatly appreciated! As would any unwanted newspaper or magazines, as we use these frequently during our lessons.
  • If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to write me a note or make an appointment to see me.
  • We look forward to the term ahead.

Miss Pierides, Mrs Michael and their teaching team

Spring Term

Subject Area Learning How you can help at home
English We will do most of our writing through our topic: Tribal Tales and Flow. The children will be writing a diary entry, explanation text, instructions, recounts, setting descriptions and poems.

There will also be daily Spelling, grammar or handwriting lessons to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing.

Talk about our topics. Any additional research will make them better writer!

Practise looking up words in a dictionary and choosing the relevant meaning.

Reading for at least 30 minutes each day makes a huge difference.

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meanings. Use a dictionary to look them up.

Spelling for this term will be sent home each week and taken from the year 3 and 4 common exceptional words. Click for list of year 3 and 4 common exceptional words. 

Make sure that anything they write is in joined up handwriting (except for capital letters), the spelling is correct and the sentences make sense. Practise makes permanent.

Maths

The children will start by focusing on multiplication using the grid method to multiply 2 digits by 1 digit. Moving on to using their addition and subtraction skills to solve money problems, including: recognising money, converting pounds and pence, finding change. Next, they will be interpreting and presenting data using tables, pictograms and bar charts. They will also learn to add, subtract, compare length including calculating perimeter of 2D shapes. Finally, they will look at fractions.

On Fridays, they will be challenged on their times tables. They will complete 30 questions on a specific times tables, in 5 minutes. To pass and move onto the next challenge, they need 30/30. After they complete six challenges, they will receive a badge in assembly. This is a Monkfrith School Challenge (Times Tables Tests List) that they will continue through to Year 6. Children can be quite competitive and it has been a successful way to get children to learn their tables.

Mrs Powel will teach one maths lesson a week on Thursday mornings.

Children would benefit from using money in practical situations, including asking them to work out how much change should be given.

They would also benefit from helping you measure mass, length and capacity around the house.

They should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables from year 2.

By the end of year 3, they are expected to know 3, 4 and 8s times table and division facts.

E.g.    3 x 4 = 12         12 ÷ 3 = 4

Monkfrith encourage them to learn all their tables through the weekly times table challenge. Click for list of times table challenge order.

http://tablestest.com/

MyMaths.co.uk homework will be set weekly but can also be used to anytime to practise anything they have learnt.

Information about how we teach calculations is available here – Year 3 Calculation Policy Leaf

The website below has lots of great maths games. Choose the area you want to work on at the top and select a game to play. The link takes you to the problem solving games.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/problem-solving

Hit the button is one of the children’s favourites.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Other good websites:
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular 

Learn the number of day in each month
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drH3_Flt85g 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYshA2ybFdY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Ma0D-fN38

If your child enjoys song, try learning times tables through these songs:
3 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY
4 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ue9Kux95H0
6 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9os1VUUp5io
7 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEnQbnxWtqM
8 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X620IeUkYE
9 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGsrC6ZPVGM

Creative

Curriculum

In Spring 1 our topic is called Tribal Tales and will focus on History.

The children will be travelling back in time and heading back thousands of years ago to prehistoric times, where we will be gathering berries, hunting down our dinners and unearthing ancient objects to revel secrets of an ancient time.

During our history based learning project, Year 3 will learn how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age.

We will learn about prehistoric tools, designing and making our own, looking at prehistoric structures and studying different forms of Neolithic art and Iron Age pottery and jewellery.

In Spring 2 our topic in called Flow and will focus on science and geography. The children will put on their wellies and explore our local river, discussing the soil types, the topic vocabulary they have learnt and observing the living things around. They will hop on an imaginary journey from the mountains where the river begins to the sea mouth where it ends.

On the 3rd or the 4th April – the children go on a trip to the Barnet Environment Centre, where children will be taking part in the hands-on Rock, Soil and Materials workshop.

Please talk about the topic and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge, using history and scientific words and feel more confident to contribute in class.

In addition, you could:

Tribal Tales

·      Visit the local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area.

·      Visit a local prehistoric site.

·      Discuss the understand of the British history timeline.

·      Research what they eat during these times. can you still find them in their local shops?

 

 

Flow

·      Visit a river and test the flow by dropping sticks into the water and seeing how fast is flows.

·      Visit a gallery and look at painting inspired by water. Why do you think so many artists are inspired by water?

·      Grow something edible.

·      Go pond dipping. Take a net and a light-coloured bowl or bucket to get a good view of your collected specimens. Remember to take care of your environment and return any creatures found.

Computing In Spring term, we will continue teaching the children the importance of how to be safe online. Ensuring they remember what they have learnt in the previous term.

We will also build on their understanding of what an algorithm is and create them to move, direct and control each other and objects.

Please talk to them about the importance of being safe online. Ask them to tell you the Monkfrith online safety rules. Ensure that they are using these rules at home too.The following websites have more information and advice for parents on how to help your child stay safe online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

http://www.netsmartzkids.org/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Algorithms can be used every day when giving or following instructions and directing objects, not only through online games but with describing the movements of practical objects.

Encourage them to use word processing software and a keyboard to improve the speed and accuracy of their typing.

This website teaches them how to use all their fingers on the keyboard:

http://play.bbc.co.uk/play/pen/g8s4pb547b

PE Our PE lessons will take place on Tuesday afternoons this year. Please ensure that all kits are in on the right days. Navy tracksuits are advised for the colder months as they will be going outside. Children can also bring in trainers for these lessons.
Spanish

 

 

Spanish lessons are taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum, on Thursday mornings.

3P have Spanish Spring 1

3M have Spanish Spring 2

Please ask them what new words they have learnt in Spanish and songs they’ve learnt in music.
Music Music lessons are also taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum, on Tuesday afternoons. Please ask them what music or instruments they have learning and playing.

Reading

Your child will be reading each week during their guided reading session and independently reading daily, encouraging reading a range of genre, including non-fiction text, from the class book corner or a book of their choice from home. We expect them to have their guided reading in their book bag every day, in case they need to read it to an adult.

Guided reading books will continue to go out on a Friday and will be collected in on a Wednesday.

Below is a link to suggested reading list for year 3 children:
Year 3 suggested reading list

Home Learning

This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.

It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and then either grammar or something related to our topic.

We also expect each child to do:

  • 20 minutes independent reading everyday
  • 10 minutes mental maths/times tables everyday (Year 3 are expect to know a 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 and know ALL their times tables by the end of Year 4. They will begin the Monkfrith times table challenge each week).

If the piece of work is project based, it may extend across several weeks.

Workshop or Trip Dates to look forward to:

Barnet Environmental Centre – 3rd and 4th April– investigate and explore soil, rocks and materials (approx. £5.50 each).

In addition

  • Any tissues would be greatly appreciated! As would any unwanted newspaper or magazines, as we use these frequently during our lessons.
  • If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to write me a note or make an appointment to see me.
  • We look forward to the term ahead.

Miss Pierides, Mrs Michael and their teaching team

Autumn Term

Subject Learning How you can help at home
English We will do most of our writing through our topic, Predator and Heroes and Villains. The children will start by learning how to use a dictionary and find relevant meanings. They will be writing character descriptions, recounts, leaflets, scripts, biographies, narratives and presentations.

There will also be daily Spelling, grammar or handwriting lessons to develop technical skills that they can apply to their writing.

Dictation will take place on Fridays.

Talk about our topics. Any additional research will make them better writer!

Practise looking up words in a dictionary and choosing the relevant meaning.

Reading for at least 30 minutes each day makes a huge difference.

Talk about new and interesting vocabulary that they come across and make sure they understand the meanings. Use a dictionary to look them up.

Spelling for this term will be sent home each week and taken from the year 3 and 4 common exceptional words. Click for list of year 3 and 4 common exceptional words.

Make sure that anything they write is in joined up handwriting (except for capital letters), the spelling is correct and the sentences make sense. Practise makes permanent.

Maths The children will start by focusing on place value up to 3 digit numbers, then move on to carrying out calculations with all four operations and then ending the term with measurement.

Click for the list of objectives for the next 12 weeks. This is rough guide and may change depending on the classes progress and understanding. 

On Fridays, they will be challenged on their times tables. They will complete 30 questions on a specific times tables, in 5 minutes. To pass and move onto the next challenge, they need 30/30. After they complete six challenges, they will receive a badge in assembly. This is a Monkfrith School Challenge that they will continue through to Year 6. Children can be quite competitive and it has been a successful way to get children to learn their tables.

Mrs Powell will teach one lesson a week on Thursday mornings.

They should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables from year 2.

By the end of year 3, they are expected to know 3, 4 and 8s times table and division facts.

E.g.    3 x 4 = 12

12 ÷ 3 = 4

Monkfrith encourage them to learn all their tables through the weekly times table challenge.

http://tablestest.com/

MyMaths.co.uk homework will be set weekly but can also be used to anytime to practise anything they have learnt.

Information about how we teach calculations is available here – Year 3 Calculation Policy Leaflet

The website below has lots of great maths games. Choose the area you want to work on at the top and select a game to play. The link takes you to the problem solving games.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/problem-solving

Hit the button is one of the children’s favourites.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Other good websites:
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular 

Learn the number of day in each month
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drH3_Flt85g 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYshA2ybFdY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Ma0D-fN38

If your child enjoys song, try learning times tables through these songs:
3 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzfQUXqiYY
4 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ue9Kux95H0
6 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9os1VUUp5io
7 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEnQbnxWtqM
8 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X620IeUkYE
9 times table:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGsrC6ZPVGM

Creative

Curriculum

In Autumn 1 our topic is called Predator and will focus on Science.

The children will learn about insect predators, food chains, skeletons, and plants – how they live.

We will be drawing close ups of predator eyes and using art straws to build skeletons.

In Autumn 2 our topic in called Heroes and Villains. The children will be learning about real life heroes and villains and creating comic script style cityscape.

We hope to see 3P parents at their class assembly on the 28th November, so your child can show you all they have learnt.

Please talk about the topic and encourage your child to do additional research to help improve their knowledge, using scientific words and feel more confident to contribute in class.

In addition, you could:

Predator

·      Visit the local library to find non-fiction books about predators. Look for information using contents, glossaries and index pages. Write down any new facts you have learnt.

·      Research a predator from each of the subgroups: mammals, birds, mini breasts, reptiles, amphibians, fish and plants.

·      Discuss what predator they would be for the day and why? Where would they live? What features would help them hunt, catch and kill their prey?

·      Research what different predators eat, creating different food chains.

Heroes and Villains

·      Read newspapers and magazines about everyday heroes. Heroic acts might include saving people or animals from danger, fighting fires or donating organs to help another person.

·      Visit the local library. Use contents and index pages to find information on heroes and villains from the past and present.

·      Ask them to imagine they are a hero. What heroic act did they perform? What happened and who was involved? They could record this as a newspaper report.

·      Make a list of five positive things that they and their friends could do to improve their school environment.

·      Write a set of instructions to explain how to be or what makes a hero.

Computing In Autumn term, we will start by teaching the children the importance of how to be safe online. Ensuring they remember what they have learnt in previous years and creating avatars of themselves that they can use online instead of photos.

We will also build on their understanding of what an algorithm is and create them to move, direct and control each other and objects.

Please talk to them about the importance of being safe online. Ask them to tell you the Monkfrith online safety rules. Ensure that they are using these rules at home too.

The following websites have more information and advice for parents on how to help your child stay safe online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

http://www.netsmartzkids.org/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Algorithms can be used every day when giving or following instructions and directing objects, not only through online games but with describing the movements of practical objects.

Encourage them to use word processing software and a keyboard to improve the speed and accuracy of their typing.

This website teaches them how to use all their fingers on the keyboard:

http://play.bbc.co.uk/play/pen/g8s4pb547b

PE Our PE lessons will take place on Tuesday afternoons this year. Please ensure that all kits are in on the right days. Navy tracksuits are advised for the colder months as they will be going outside. Children can also bring in trainers for these lessons.

This term they have started with gymnastics in the hall so they will not need trainers and tracksuits this term.

Spanish Spanish lessons are taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum, on Thursday mornings.

3P have Spanish Autumn 1

3M have Spanish Autumn 2

Please ask them what new words they have learnt in Spanish and songs they’ve learnt in music.
Music Music lessons are also taught by specialist teachers following the National Curriculum, on Tuesday afternoons. Please ask them what music or instruments they have learning and playing.

Reading

Your child will be reading each week during their guided reading session and independently reading daily, encouraging reading a range of genre, including non-fiction text, from the class book corner or a book of their choice from home. We expect them to have their guided reading in their book bag every day, in case they need to read it to an adult.

Guided reading books will continue to go out on a Friday and will be collected in on a Wednesday.

Below is a link to suggested reading list for year 3 children:
Year 3 suggested reading list

Home Learning

This will be set on a Friday and should be handed in on Wednesday.

It will consist of spellings to practice, maths and then either grammar or something related to our topic.

We also expect each child to do:

  • 20 minutes independent reading everyday
  • 10 minutes mental maths/times tables everyday (Year 3 are expect to know a 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 and know ALL their times tables by the end of Year 4. They will begin the Monkfrith times table challenge each week).

If the piece of work is project based, it may extend across several weeks.

Workshop or Trip Dates to look forward to:

Safari Pete will be visiting our classes on the 21st September with a range of exciting predators (£8 each). This is on Parent Pay and a letter has been sent home.

In addition

  • Any tissues would be greatly appreciated! As would any unwanted newspaper or magazines, as we use these frequently during our lessons.
  • If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to write me a note or make an appointment to see me.
  • We look forward to the term ahead.

Miss Pierides, Mrs Michael and their teaching team