Spring Term Year 3
Welcome back after a well-earned Christmas break. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.
This spring we have a host of excellent topics to get stuck in to and I’m really excited about the new term. Now that we’ve had a term to get used to life in the juniors, we can really get down to business!
As always, please ensure children come to school with a named drinks bottle and ensure all belongings are clearly named to avoid complications with lost property.
I’m always available to chat so please feel free to make an appointment to talk to me or grab a quick word with me on the playground.
So let’s talk about this term...
Topics – Greeks Vs Romans
For our topic this half term we will be working looking at the Romans and the Greeks and their impact on the world and our life today. The children will compare and contrast the two super powers, key events in their history and some key locations and geographical features from their empires. Our trip will be a visit to Chester to experience life as a Roman soldier and find evidence of Roman life – details to be announced.
During the first half term children will be studying Jeremy Strong’s ‘Romans on the Rampage’. This is a great take on Roman life with a Jeremy Strong twist. The children will be producing a range of texts to support their progress towards the year 3 writing standards including re-writing part of the story, creating their own characters and describing the Circus Maximus.
We will also be studying Greek Myths taken from the Usborne book of Greek Myths for Younger Children. We will create our own guide to mythical creatures, character and gods, study a short animation of the King Midas myth and write our own modern version of the story. We'll also look at the story of Icarus and Daedalus during art week and use our work to create our own play - with masks!
Our main focus this half term is Science and we will be carrying out a number of investigations where we study magnetic forces, friction as well as push and pull. We then move on to our study of light, where it comes from, how it behaves and its role in enabling us to see.
We will be creating a series of different pieces of Roman/Greek inspired art including Roman mosaics, Greek architecture sketches and chalk work, a Greek vase and Greek alphabet printing.
For our main DT focus this term we will be studying mechanisms of catapults, creating levers and designing and evaluating our own catapults.
There will be a school wide focus on e-safety this term as part of World Safer Internet Day. Children will continue to produce a range of digital content through their topic work and will be using apps to code animations and control audio.
In music, the children shall be creating their own compositions this term. They will be using physical instruments as well as using Garage Band to create their own compositions.
In PE we will be developing our skills in ball games including throwing, catching and rule following. The main focus of these lessons will be the game of bench ball and will be played indoors on Thursday mornings.
Swimming will be taking place on Tuesday afternoon’s for the first half term commencing on Tuesday 9th January. We will be leaving school after lunch and returning in time for the end of the day.
Children will need:
Goggles (with written parental approval)
Carrier bag to bring home wet kit
If you need any further details please contact the office.
In the second half-term we will be studying Gymnastics which will include floor based sequences, forward, backward rolls, springs and linking movements.
PE takes place twice a week and children must have their own PE kit which they will keep in school, including a house team t-shirt which can be purchased from the school office. PE kits will be sent home at the end of each week for cleaning. As with previous years, children must have long hair tied back and jewellery should be removed.
RE and PSHE
RE and PSHE will be taught by Miss Pickup. In PSHE the children will be learning about positive and negative behaviours, acts of kindness and why rules are important. In RE children will learn about…
French is taught on Wednesday morning by Madame Leydon. The children will be learning about food, healthy eating, days of the week and months of the year.