Class 3 – Spring Term

Spring Term in Year 3 Volcanoes and Earthquakes   

Maths: During the Spring term we will continue our study of multiplication and division followed by a unit of work using money in calculations. We will then explore using tally charts, reading pictograms and bar charts. After this we will learn more about measures and perimeter ending the term learning about fractions.

To support maths at home I have uploaded some revision lessons from the Autumn term onto ‘My Maths.’

To access – search My Maths.

Login username : Marlfields   password : square124

Then login to your child’s learning area with their personal logins.

Please make use of ‘TT Rock Stars’ weekly to practice times tables.

English: During the Spring term we will begin with an adventure story, followed by a unit of work focusing on how to write formal and informal letters. Our second halfterm will focus on the book, ‘When the Giant Stirred’ by Celia Godkin, which links well to our volcanoes topic. We will also write newspaper reports focusing on Pompeii. 

Reading: Pupils who have school reading books will be able to return them to a holding box in class where they will be kept for 72 hours before being wiped and put back on the shelf. Pupils also have access to Collins Ebooks (the login details for this are stored in the messages section of our Class dojo connection.

In school we will be using ‘Pathways to Reading scheme’ focusing on two texts-  The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and The Morning I Met a Whale by Michael Morpurgo. These texts will be used to explore a range of reading skills from basic decoding words and vocabulary exploration to inference and prediction.

Spelling:  We will continue to focus on suffixes, especially ed and ly endings. These will be learnt at home weekly. We will also use IDL and/or Nessy to support individual spelling needs.

Science: Our first unit of work focuses on forces, with lots of practical investigations our second half term explores magnetism.


History/ Geography: Pupils will explore the location of tectonic plate boundaries around the world and complete research about countries near to these. Pupils will find out about different types of volcanoes and consider why people would live in such dangerous areas.
Pupils will learn about Pompeii and record their findings in the style of a newspaper.
Art and DT: During our art sessions pupils will research the volcanic artwork of two-three famous artists; Nick Rowland, Margaret Godfrey and Andy Warhol. Pupils will use these pieces as stimuli for their own work. In DT we will create erupting volcanoes.

P.E: During PE sessions we will cover skills needed for Tag Rugby. Pupils will learn how to play short team games.
Music: During these lessons we will explore a range of different musical genres, including reggae and pupils will learn to play ‘three little birds’ on glockenspiels.

PSHCE: During our sessions we will explore two aspects of living in the wider world; laws, rights and responsibilities  and setting goals.
RE: During our lessons pupils will find out about various Jewish celebrations and will also learn about different types of churches.

Homework: Class Dojo will continue to be used for messages however most homework tasks will be set on Google classrooms. Most of these tasks can be completed on paper and returned via uploading a photograph. Alongside Google Classrooms there will still be weekly timestables through TTRockstars, Spellings through IDL or Nessy and reading through the Collins Ebooks.

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