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Year 3 summer term letter

27 April 2018

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Easter break and a big welcome back to a new and very busy term!  This term has already got off to a great start and we have lots to look forward to.

Maths

In Maths we will be continuing to learn about fractions, exploring equivalent fractions and furthering our investigation skills. We will then be learning about time and telling the time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute. Please help the children by encouraging them to read the time at home with you and talk about how long different things take, e.g. how long it takes to have a bath or do the dishes.

Literacy

In Literacy we will continue to look at narratives and develop our descriptive writing. We will learn how to successfully edit our work, checking for errors and improve what we have written. We will then explore information texts, looking at the features of these texts and then write our own, linking to our unit.

I would like to say a huge thank you for the effort being made to support the children with their homework and reading at home. This term we will be continuing to encourage the children to discuss the books they are reading to improve their comprehension skills during our Guided Reading sessions and focussed weekly reading comprehension practice. Discussions at home regarding the books they are reading will help your child improve their understanding further. Similarly, don’t forget to regularly read and change your school library books.

Unit of Inquiry

This half term we will be exploring a Unit of Inquiry that focuses on the central idea:

Societies have a clear hierarchy and social structure.

During this exciting UoI the children will be going back in history and discovering what life was like in Ancient Egypt by exploring buildings and artworks and comparing the lifestyles, beliefs and social structures in Ancient Egypt to those of today’s society. We will also be looking at how hierarchies have changed through British history, looking at the Magna Carta and the monarchy.

If you would like to work on these topics at home with your child, the following websites are informative and support the work we will be doing in class:

Children’s University
An introduction to ancient Egypt
BBC History: The Magna Carta

P.E.

This term the class will have swimming lessons every Wednesday morning. Your child should bring his/her swimming kit in each week. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit for swimming – this includes a swimming hat for everyone and goggles if you have requested your child uses them. Please note that if your child does not bring the correct kit, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the swimming lessons.

Homework

We will continue as last term, each Friday the children will receive either Maths, Literacy or UoI homework to be completed and handed in by the following Wednesday as well as their weekly spellings.

Diary Dates

• Y3 started Swimming on 18 April
• Year 3 Cake sale – Wednesday 25 April
• KS2 Disco – Thursday 26 April
• British Museum trip – Tuesday 22 May
• Half Term – 28 May – 1 June
• Parent Lunch – Wednesday 20 June
• Class photo – Friday 22 June
• Sports Day – Tuesday 3 July
On a final note I would like to say again how much I appreciate your on-going support. It is fantastic to see the progress that the children are making in different areas of the curriculum, and I look forward to the busy term ahead.
Yours faithfully

Rachel Ing
Y3: Class Teacher

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