Year 3/4 - Birch, Willow & Ash

Spring Term – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 3

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a great holiday and that the children are rested and ready for a new school term. This term the children in Year 3 will be following a topic entitled…

Water, Water Everywhere!
Our topic consists of two parts. We will be kicking off our new topic by studying Venice. The children will be learning all about Venice and how it compares with us here in the UK. We have already made some paper gondolas that are currently floating around our rooms! The second part will involve human geography where we will be looking at settlements, trade and natural geography such as energy, food minerals and water. This newsletter will give you some ideas as to what your child(ren) will be learning about during this half term. 

 ENGLISH - we will start the term looking at persuasive writing. The children will be given the opportunity to write their own travel guide where they can use their best persuasive techniques to encourage others to visit Venice. In our fiction writing, we will be looking at the story of Atlantis; a lost empire under water.

READING- Guided reading takes place every day. The class will be continuing the story ‘’The Firework Maker’s Daughter” by Phillip Pullman where they will be guided by the teacher, on a daily basis, to unpick short extracts of text. During this time, children will use skills such as predicting, inferring, explaining retrieving and summerising.

HOME READING - Home reading continues to be an important aspect of school and is part of the children’s homework. Regular home reading is one of the most significant factors in helping your child become a successful reader. This does not need to be every day but in line with other schools we look for at least 3 times a week. Please record this in their Reading Record book with a signature.

 SPELLINGS & KEYWORDS- Keywords are practiced every day in class and always in a different order from the list which is glued inside your child’s reading record. Spellings are tested weekly.   It is also part of your child’s homework to practise their key words to read and spell every day with you.                                                                      

MATHS As ever this half-term we will be having a push on times tables. It is very important for children to know their times tables as it comes into so many aspects of their maths work and rapid recall of the multiplication facts is what we are aiming for. Please support your child with their times tables at home, or even on the way to school! They need to know their 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 8’s and 10’s fluently by the end of year 3.

We continue to build on the children’s previous learning from Year 2. This half-term we will be concentrating on multiplication and division and also statistics. There continues to be a real focus on children explaining their methods and being able to solve problems

SCIENCE This half-term the children will be focusing on plants and their need for water. This will include naming parts, drawing diagrams and creating various experiments.

GEOGRAPHY –This half-term we will firstly be looking at maps and locating various continents, countries and capital cities. We will then move onto human geography. We will be learning the points of a compass and reading ordnance survey maps. Furthermore, we will use fieldwork to observe and record human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods including sketch maps, plans, graphs and digital technologies.

 PE – Your child will need to have their PE kit in school all week. Please ensure all jumpers, t-shirts, shorts, plimsolls and bags are clearly named as they often get mixed up during changing.


Homework – will be handed out every Friday with the expectation of it being handed in by the following Wednesday.  This includes home reading, learning spellings, learning tables and either English or Maths. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to complete their homework to the best of their abilities each week, without you actually doing it for them.

 As always, if you have any concerns regarding your child, want to know about their progress or even just to have a look at their work, please speak to us when we are outside in a morning from 8:40 to 8:55 to arrange this.  After school is better as we will have more time to spend with you. Thank you.

 Miss Cowan & Mr Cross

The Year 3 Team.