Term 3 & 4 Newsletter – Class 3

Ancient Egypt

Dear all,

I hope you all had a restful Christmas break and enjoyed all the festivities. Welcome back to school for Term 3. We have got an exciting term ahead of us and I am delighted to be back with the children.

English

In term 3 we will be looking at the book ‘Flat Stanley and the Great Egyptian Grave Robbery’ by Jeff Brown. This book fits nicely in with our Egyptian theme and provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about life in Ancient Egypt at the same as developing our writing skills. The children will have an opportunity to produce writing from a variety of different genres including newspaper reports and letter writing. We will also be studying a piece of poetry after half term entitled ‘From a Railway Carriage’ by Robert Louis Stevenson where children will have a chance to look at some technical aspects of poetry, building up to writing their own.

Our whole class reading text for term 3 will be an abridged version of Treasure Island. After half term we will be looking Malala Yousafzai’s book, ‘Malala’s Magic Pencil’.

Science

Our science topic for Term 3 and 4 is forces and magnets. Children will study push and pull as well as the role of friction, before learning about the magnetic poles. Children will have the opportunity to test the strength of magnets as well as have hands on experience testing magnets and seeing the forces in action.

DT

Our DT work this term includes looking at the foods that the Ancient Egyptians ate. Children will plan an authentic Egyptian feast, choosing foods that would have been available to the Egyptians and design a menu. Children will then have the opportunity to make Aish Baladi, an ancient Egyptian bread.

Geography

Our geography topic is very heavily tied into the Ancient Egyptians. We will start by recapping at the Oceans and Continents of the world, before narrowing down to focus on the country of Egypt and the River Nile as part of our learning on Egypt. We will look at the climate of Egypt as well as some of the physical Geography of the country, with a focus on the Nile.

History

We will be spending terms 3 and 4 looking at the Ancient Egyptians. We will investigate why the Egyptian civilisation lasted so long as well as what archaeologists can teach us. Within that, we will be looking at who the Ancient Egyptians were, who the pharaohs were as well as why the Egyptians built the pyramids. We will also look at the pyramids, mummification, the Egyptian Gods and hieroglyphics. Children will also have the opportunity to learn about the discovery and importance of Tutankhamun as well as learning about Cleopatra.

Music

Children will have their weekly singing lessons on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Bayman. We will also be looking at the music of Ancient Egypt, looking at the instruments used and what we use in the modern day. Children will have the opportunity to create a piece of Ancient Egyptian music.

French

In French for terms 3 and 4 we will be learning our numbers to 31 in French as well as being able to ask ‘how old are you?’ Children will also learn the months and days in French as well as being able to ask ‘when is your birthday?’

Spelling

We will continue to work through the No-Nonsense Spelling programme. This term there is a focus on different suffixes (including ‘–ness’, ‘-ful’, ‘-less’ and ‘–ly’) as well as prefixes (‘sub-‘ and ‘tele-‘) Children will also spend time on their personal spelling lists which have been created for them. These generally include high frequency words, words that children spell incorrectly in their daily work and the Year 3 spelling words.

Maths

In Maths in term 3 we are carrying on with our learning of multiplication and division. This term sees children learn the formal method of multiplication, multiplying a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number. We will then be moving onto division and dividing 2 digits by 1 digit by partitioning into tens and ones and sharing into equal groups. After multiplication and division we will move onto looking at length and perimeter, learning to read measurements in both cm and mm as well as measure them ourselves correctly. After the half term we will move onto looking at fractions, revisiting non unit and unit fractions before looking at equivalent fractions. Finally our last topic before the Easter holidays will be mass and capacity where children will learn about grams and kilograms before moving onto measuring volume with millilitres and litres.

RE

Our RE topic for term 3 will look at Passover and how this connects to freedom in the Jewish religion. Term 4 will include two big questions – ‘What is it like to follow God’? and ‘What is the point of Lent?’

History

Our geography topic is very heavily tied into the Ancient Egyptians. We will start by recapping at the Oceans and Continents of the world, before narrowing down to focus on the country of Egypt and the River Nile as part of our learning on Egypt. We will look at the climate of Egypt as well as some of the physical Geography of the country, with a focus on the Nile.

PSHE

For PHSE children will be exploring their goals and their dreams as well as investigating how to overcome challenges they might face. After half term the children will be looking at what it means to be healthy.

Computing

In computing over terms 3 and 4 we will be looking at branching databases (a way of classifying groups of objects) and creating our own. We will also be looking at understanding the different types of digital platforms and the roles that they play in society/everyday life. Children will also practice their typing skills, increasing their skills and accuracy.

PE

PE will take place on a Tuesday morning with Miss Breeze who will be looking at dance and gym skills. PE will also take place on a Friday with myself and Mrs Hall. We will be focusing on fine tuning their gymnastic skills and sequences of movements. After half term children will have PE on a Wednesday as opposed to a Friday.

Notices

PE kits

Our PE lessons are on Tuesday and Fridays until half term, thereafter it will be Tuesday and Wednesdays, so please make sure children have their full kits. Children can wear tracksuit bottoms up to half term whilst it is still cold, then after half term children will be expected to wear shorts. Thank you.

Reading

Your children will each have an appropriately chosen reading book that will be sent home with them and they are able to change these books as regularly as necessary. We expect children to read every night, even if it is only for a short while. Please continue to record all reading in their Reading Records. The Reading Records will be stamped once a page is completed. Children will receive a certificate in assembly when they fill up their Reading Record. We will be checking children’s Reading Records once a week, so please do make sure it is in their schoolbags.

I encourage children to bring in books from home that they can have as their sole reading book, this minimises the amount of books they are reading at one time.

Homework

Homework is to be completed once a week and children have a piece of homework chosen for them from the homework menu which will be stuck in their books. It is also on the website. The orange Homework books will be handed out to children to take home on a Wednesday afternoon and will be expected back in school on a Monday morning. Please make sure you ask your child about their homework for the week and are working with them to complete it.

TT Rockstars/Mathletics

You will be familiar with Mathletics from last year and we encourage children to continue to work on Mathletics at home. I will not be setting any particular tasks on Mathletics, but the planning grid will help you to see where children are in their learning and therefore practice the skills that they have been learning at school. Children will also be able to use TT Rockstars (Times Tables Rockstars), which is a carefully sequenced program of daily times tables practice. Children will need to practice their 3,4 and 8 times tables regularly; this will be of a huge help to them in our daily maths lesson and consolidate our class learning.

Uniform

Please make sure children’s names are on their uniform so that we know exactly who owns what! We have had quite a few missing items of clothing (specifically jumpers!) last term; if an item isn’t named then it is unlikely to come back to you! In Class 3 children are expected to wear ties with their winter uniform. Please make sure your child has a tie and that it is named.

Water bottles

Please make sure your child’s water bottle is clearly named and that they bring them home with them every day.

Key dates

17th January – Parental English Workshop led by Federation English leader Miss Norvell

6th and 8th of February – Parents’ Evenings

7th Feb – Safer Internet Day

2nd March – World Book Day

17th March – PTA Quiz night

30th March – End of term

31st March – INSET day

Please do come up and chat at the end of the day or email me if you have any questions.

Many thanks,

Miss Reis

freis@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk