Letters – Year 3

Year 3 – Spring Term Newsletter

Friday 20th January 2017

Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s),
A huge welcome back and happy new year to you all, I hope that 2017 brings happiness, health and laughter for you all. Thank you all so much for all the lovely gifts and beautiful cards over Christmas, they were very much appreciated. As we begin the spring term it is a great opportunity to look back at how far the children have come and all of their successes in the first term of Year Three. For all of the children the Autumn term brought harder work, higher expectations and an increase in independence; I am very proud of every single one of them as they all stepped up and started the year off brilliantly. They all took their new learning experiences in their stride and took huge leaps in confidence and the ability to try and try again even when things got a little tough. I hope this continues this term, with even more success for every child. A very exciting term lies ahead of us, with some very important dates for your diary below.

Spring Term Curriculum
The table below gives an overview of the different units/themes that will be covered in Year 3 this term, with the best interests some plans are subject to change due to other factors, so this may be changed and updated:
Spring 1 Spring 2
Maths Fractions
Finding halves, quarters, tenths, thirds and fifths of numbers as well as ordering fractions. Measure
Measuring lengths, mass and volume using a range of units of measure. Developing competency with money. Number Sense
Recap of learning from autumn term including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Literacy Poetry
Looking at a range of different poetry including shape poems and rhyming poems, creating our own and performing these. Letters
Looking at the writing techniques needed to write letters and writing our own letters focused on the book, The Crayons that Quit Report Writing
Writing reports of real life and fictional events, including newspaper articles. Focusing on the book, Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone.
Science Animals, Including Humans
Focusing on the reasons why animals including humans need skeletons and muscles to move, protect and support their bodies. Looking at nutrition and how to keep ourselves healthy as well as how other animals receive nutrition. Light
Exploring what happens when light reflects off a mirror or other reflective surfaces. Focus on shadows, finding out how they are formed, how light changes impact these and what might cause the shadows to change
RE Christmas
Looking at the importance of the crib at Christmas time and the work of Saint Francis Assisi. Discovering why the shepherds are important in the Christmas story and their role in the tradition of Christmas. Listening to God’s word
Thinking about why we listen during mass and what we find out during the Liturgy of the Word. Explore the value and importance of listening to a responding to the Word of God in scriptures. Discuss stories from the Bible. Lent
To understand the season of Lent and why we change to be more like Jesus during this time. Explore a range of stories about Jesus which brought change into people’s lives who were sick and in need of help.
Geography Climate across the world
Looking at the different climate zones across the world, and discovering how these climates differ from one another as well as what causes these climates to alter and change. Explore how climate impacts life within different countries and draw comparisons between different climate zones as well as direct comparisons between the UK and other countries.
PE Monday – Gymnastics
Wednesday – Dodgeball Monday – Gaelic Football
Friday – Fitness
Reading: It is the school’s requirement that your child is spending 15-20mins (minimum) reading every day at home. Please try to hear your child read Reading is vital to developing children’s imagination and creativity and an imperative element of being able to access all parts of the curriculum and learning within the classroom. For this reason it is given a very high focus and priority. Children are expected to read for 15 minutes every night, with an adult listening to this reading. All reading should be recorded in your child’s reading record. The reading book and record needs to be brought into school every day, and will be signed on a Friday by myself or Miss Quinn.
Times tables: Children should also be practising their times tables on a daily basis at home. Times tables are essential to your child’s development in Numeracy, with all areas of numeracy needing quick and accurate recall of multiplication facts. Times tables will be practised and checked at school, but children should be spending time on these at home as well to develop their recall and accuracy.
Spellings: Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested on the following Wednesday, spellings are differentiated based on reflection of individual child’s spellings within lessons and following the scheme of spellings in place as a school policy.
Sacrament of Reconciliation and Communion
These sacraments are fast approaching and the children have been in preparation for these since September, the Sacramental preparation is continuing this year and we expect to see all of the children receiving the sacrament, with their parents there each week this is on. This is only one Sunday a month and these sessions are vital to ensure the children are all prepared for the sacraments. We hope that you will continue to support this process this year, as the children’s next steps into the Catholic faith will soon be here. These key dates will be Saturday 6th May 2017 (2pm – 6.30pm) for First Reconciliation and Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2017 for First Holy Communion.

Key dates for your diary:
Tuesday 31st January 2017 (9:15am) – Year 3 and 4 mass
Sunday 5th February 2017 (9am) – Sacramental family meeting followed by mass
Friday 17th February 2017- Mid-Year Report Cards
Friday 10th February 2017 – Half term
Thursday 2nd March- World Book Day
Sunday 5th March 2017 (9am) – Sacramental family meeting followed by mass
Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th April 2017 -Year Three and Four Easter Play
Friday 7th April 2017– Easter Holidays
Monday 24th April 2017– First day back

As this New Year begins, I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for your support the last term and hope that this continues this year. Hopefully this spring term will be even more successful than last term and the children will continue to progress, grow and develop as the year goes on, I am very much looking forward to sharing this next term with them, full of fun, laughter and learning. I will continue to create every opportunity possible at school for the children to achieve and I am sure you will work to support me with this, to ensure the children are happy, healthy and confident individuals in the year ahead. As always, if there are any concerns do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,

Miss R. Corkerry