Teachers: Ms Harrison & Mrs Rozhdestvenskaya
LSAs: Miss Vick, Miss Jones, Mrs Green, Mrs Pascoe
Topic - Pharoahs!
Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.
Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.
Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and old-age artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes (striped head cloth) and you’ll really look the part!
Our focus for the half term is going to be on length, mass and volume as well as still practising using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. By the end of Year 3, all children are expected to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 10 times tables and division facts. We will continue to have a times tables test every week to help the children learn these.
We will be linking our English learning to our Egyptian topic of ‘Pharaohs.’ We will be using the book ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ to help us to write our own adventure stories. We will also study fact files, instruction texts and newspaper reports.
In Science, we will be learning all about plants. We will be identifying and describing the parts of a plant and their function and finding out what plants need in order to grow. We will be working with our peers comparing the effect of different factors on plant growth and conducting experiments.
During this term we will be using the laptops to develop our research skills by using child-friendly websites about Ancient Egypt. We will be collecting information to use in our documents which will be saved and edited using our own Year 3 Google Docs folder.
We will be learning how to use different features of Word Processing applications, such as text alignment, capitalisation, punctuation, etc. to help us edit, improve and publish our own work.
PE will take place on Tuesday and Thursday (both classes). Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school and that all items are clearly labelled. PE kits will be taken home at the end of every half term to be washed. The PE kit is compulsory, pupils will need: A pair of pumps - preferably slip on ones, a white plain t-shirt, blue, black or white shorts. A reminder that PE Kit with the school logo is also available from the school office.
Homework is sent out each Wednesday to be handed in the following Wednesday. Each week a task is set linked to our learning for the forthcoming week. Each task will have a different focus and style of activity to keep the children’s learning interesting. We ask parents to support us with reading with their child every week and completing spelling and times tables tasks sent out.
Reading at home
Reading is brilliant and we want to encourage children to do it as much as possible. We are going to be reading books together as a class but we would also like the children to read regularly at home. They will have a reading folder to take home and a reading log to record any reading they do. We would like them to read at least 5 times during the week – this can be anything that they are interested in reading, not just books, but useful information that they need, such as (appropriate) websites, television guides, menus, magazines,… the list is endless! The reading logs will be checked regularly. Prizes will be given out for those children that read the most.
Please take time to help your child learn their spellings each week by doing the activities on spellingframe.co.uk and practising keywords from the list attached.
If you have any questions or queries we are always around at the end of the day to have a quick chat or feel free to contact the office to make an appointment!