Welcome to Year 3D!





Welcome to your 2nd half term in year 3.  We now know the routines and expectations of year 3 and have all gained so much independence already.  We will continue to work on independence and routine this half term in preparation for the rest of the year.  We are still focusing on times tables with TT Rockstars being a big hit, all children have also been given a paper copy of the times tables to 12 to practice.  Please continue reading at home every night, lots of children have now taken accelerated reader quizzes and we are getting used to the new system.


Here's what we will be learning during this half term:




In Maths, we will continue with multiplication and division.  The focus will be on 3,4 and 8 times tables and division facts.  We will be using lots of concrete and pictorial support to really develop our understanding of number.  We will also spend time on the language of word problems, creating our own and understanding how to work out what mathematical operation is required in a given challenge in order to solve a problem. 



For the first part of this half term we will be using Charlie and the Chocolate factory as our focus text.  We have watched some clips of the film and discussed extracts of text from the book working on inference and prediction skills.  We will be writing a newspaper report on the announcement of the golden tickets and the 5 winners stories, in preparation for this we have role played a news report and interviewed eye witnesses.  The focus will be on non-fiction writing targets.  We will then move on to something with a Christmas theme to end the half term with a narrative or poetry based piece of writing.





In Autumn 2 our science topic is sound.  We have discussed what sound is, how it is made and experimented with making different sounds with different types of instrument.  We will be making our own pan pipes and junk model instruments as well as presenting a science show on the topic.  We will; learn about volume and pitch and what factors effect these two things.



Our topic this half term is The Romans, we will be looking at the spread of the Roman Empire, countries in Europe, Boudicca and the Celts and The Romans effect on Britain.  Using a range of sources of information to help us, we will be answering answer questions about the past and writing in the style of an autobiography. We will also be linking our topic to our dance lessons to create a performance that shows the different strategies and styles of the Roman and Celtic army





  • Each Monday and Thursday is PE, the children must bring the appropriate PE Kit in a labelled PE bag. This can be left in school for the half term if you prefer.  
  • Spellings will go home for the half term.  Spelling tests will be on a Friday. You will receive 6 weeks of spellings to practice, there is also opportunities for children to practice these in class at our spelling wall.  
  • Learning Logs will be sent home on a Friday to be returned the following Friday where children will share and peer mark their work.  There will be a cover sheet of learning choices for the half term so you and your child can choose what you would like to do each week.
  • Reading Records need to be written in each night and shown in class every morning along with reading books.
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