Welcome to Year 3! I hope you have all had a great half term break and are ready to dive straight back in! This term we will be continuing learning all about 'Extreme Earth' and looking at 'Forces & Magnets' in Science.
In this Extreme Earth unit we will learn about the destructive powers of nature, from volcanoes and earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes. Through discussion and practical tasks, we will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur, and the ways in which they affect people and the environment. We will begin by looking at what is underneath our feet and discovering the different layers that the Earth is made up of. We will then look at how volcanoes are formed and discuss the pros and cons of living near an active volcano. We will then finish off the unit by finding out about what causes an earthquake and how they are measured as well as looking at what cause tsunamis and tornadoes and the effects they have.
Forces & Magnets
During this unit we will learn all about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. We will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling; identifying different actions as pushes or pulls. We will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. We will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials, as well as conducting an investigation into the strengths of different types of magnets. We will complete the unit by exploring they way magnetic poles attract and repel each other.
Things we need
Please ensure that your child has a suitable indoor and outdoor P.E. kit with trainers. P.E. kit should include: t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls/pumps. As some of our P.E. lessons will be outside, even when it is cold, it is recommended that children have jogging bottoms, a jumper/hoody and trainers as well. Even though we have set days for P.E. these can often change at short notice and therefore it is best to leave P.E. kit in school throughout the week and take it home at weekends to be washed.
In order to return items to your child should they lose them; please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their name .
Please ensure that your child brings their book bag with reading books and diaries into school every day
Homework is very important as it helps your child to revise what they have learnt in school. It also helps to keep you informed of their progress and the current topics in the classroom.
Spellings are set weekly and children will be tested on Fridays.
Times tables practice sheets and/or Maths homework are given out weekly and are due in on Fridays in preparation for our exciting 'Times Tables Challenge'.
Daily reading is also essential.