Spring Term 2020 – Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter
Happy New Year to you all!
We hope you had a restful Christmas and wish you all a very Happy New Year!
In English this term, our writing will be led by our Ancient Egypt topic. There will be lots of opportunities for creative writing including writing a biography of Cleopatra, diary entries from the day Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutanhkamun, retelling the story of Osiris and Seth and designing our own artistic Egyptian shape poems. We will also be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts based around this topic. We will be focusing particularly on our ability to make predictions and inferences using evidence from the text.
In Maths, we will be continuing with ‘Maths No Problem’. Over the course of the term, we will be looking at written methods of multiplication and division, measuring and comparing length, mass, volume, money and time. Please continue to practise your child’s times tables with them: 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 8 and beyond.
This term the children will learn about animals and humans as well as exploring their diets. They will also be studying skeletons and understand the role that muscles play in supporting, protecting and moving our bodies. The children will learn to make comparisons and draw conclusions from their evidence. We will also be learning about rocks and soils, looking into how fossils are formed and what they can tell us about the past.
As part of our History topic, we will be travelling back in time to Ancient Egypt. This term, our History learning will tie into many other areas of the curriculum and we will be exploring what it would have been like to live in the Egyptian era. We will study The River Nile, Tutankhamun, the pyramids, gods, hieroglyphs, the mummification process, and much more. We look forward to sharing our Ancient Egyptian assembly with you further on in the term and will let you know more about costumes nearer the time.
In Art and Design, the children will be painting silhouette pictures to show an Egyptian sunset. We will also be using various techniques to create Egyptian amulets, such as scarab beetles, out of clay. The children will learn how to manipulate the clay to form the shape they want and will glaze and fire their products in the kiln. In D.T. we will be designing our own Egyptian jewellery and later in the term we will be exploring how we can use nets to make 3D structures such as pyramids.
In Information Technology, we will be learning how to word process our work and will also be learning how to use the internet as a safe and effective research tool. In addition to this, we will be using augmented reality apps as well as simulations to experience Egyptian artifacts and landscapes.
PE & Games
This term, Year 3 will be learning more about Hockey, Netball, Squash and Tag Rugby in PE. The girls will be learning a number of techniques as appropriate to each sport, and they will be learning how and when to apply them by playing small, modified games. The girls will also be learning and applying some of the rules for each sport, as well as developing their decision making skills and learning more about using tactics and strategies within games. The only additional equipment that is needed for Year 3 PE this term, is a gum shield and shinpads (for Hockey). Mrs Anderson’s class will need this equipment every week until February half term, and Miss de Bourcier’s class will need this equipment every week from February half term until the Easter holidays.
In RE, our focus will be Christianity. We will be discussing our views on whether we believe Jesus could heal people and will learn the meaning behind ‘Good Friday’.
This term in music, all the girls in Year 3 will start to learn the recorder using the “Charanga” music scheme. They should have their own recorder and a folder for music in school every Wednesday for their lesson. We are learning about the basics of music theory including notation and rhythm. We will also be learning songs linked to the class topic on Ancient Egypt. Year 3 will also be involved in the House Music Competition after half term and will all be singing with their house choir.
Thank you as always for your continued support. We have Parent Teacher meetings and an Open Day this term, where we will be looking forward to sharing our experiences and our learning so far!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Miss de Bourcier Mrs Anderson