Spring Term

This is what Class 3 were up to in Spring term last year.

English

Class 3 have been writing non-chronological reports about wild animals.
We have also been reading Manfred the Baddie by John Fardell. This is a fantastic book and has enabled us to develop Talk for Writing techniques to adapt the story and write our own version. We have learnt to retell the story through using a story map and had lots of opportunities to carry out role play activities, our favourite so far has been hot-seating the main character Manfred The Baddie to gain a better understanding of his actions, thoughts and feelings.

 

Maths

We will continue with our Singapore Maths, with a focus on: mass and volume, money, time, picture graphs and bar graphs. Also we will continue to practise our times tables and related division facts, as well as our arithmetic.

Science

This term children have been studying light and reflection.  We have been investigating how mirrors reflect light. We discussed why mirrors are good reflectors and then explored this by using them to reflect beams of light onto different objects. We had lots of fun investigating how an image in a mirror appears to be reversed by using mirrors to write a mirror messages to our partners.

Geography

Children have been studying Europe with a particular focus on Russia. They will continue to develop their mapping skills, as well as cooking some delicious Russian food!

Design & Technology

This term, children will be designing and making their own photo frames.

Art & Design

Year 3  have been studying the French artist – Henri Rousseau. He is famous for his jungle paintings. We have created our own paintings inspired by Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’.

Computing

This term, we have been learning to use the internet safely and will be sending each other emails.

Religious Education

There are two themes for this term: Called to Change and Eucharist. We will be studying different stories from the bible including the story about Zacchaeus, where children will have the opportunity to retell the story.

French

Children will be talking about themselves in our topic Je me presente! (all about me).

PE

Children will need their PE kits, including black pumps, every Tuesday. We will not be giving out spare kit this year and so failure to have the correct kit, will mean children miss their session. This term children will be:

finding different ways to link pairs of actions
football
gymnastics
dance

Music

Music is every Friday with Mr Conway from Tameside Music Service. In Class 3, children will continue to learn how to play a brass instrument.

PSHE

Mental Health Awareness Week
As part of Mental Health Week, class 3 have taken part in a variety of activities to help us understand and explore being healthy on the inside and the outside. For example:
Forest School Reflection
In Forest School we sat around the reflection circle and took a moment to be still and silent. We listened to the sounds around us and shared any worries or feelings that we had.
Calm Before Bedtime
We have discussed how a good night sleep can affect us and thought about ways that we can get a good night sleep. We carried out an activity that we will be trying at home to help us to get a good night sleep. First, we brought a soft toy into class, whilst we listened to peaceful music and relaxed with a hot drink.
Mindfulness Yoga
We also had a yoga session to boost our confidence, coordination, body awareness as well as out inner strength.

Homework

As well as practising their times tables, spellings and reading, children will be given a project to complete each half term. This term, children will be focusing on projects about light.