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Spring Term 2

I look forward to another half term with year 3 and know we will continue to have lots of fun learning together. This half term we will be looking at the following topics:


In this unit, the children explore and compare legends. They read the interactive texts and watch a film, understanding plots and features of legends then recall and retell main events. They use drama to explore characters and dilemmas. They discuss punctuation, learning how to write dialogue. They plan, edit and write their own legends, following a familiar structure.

After, we will look at a poetry unit called 'Playing with words'

In this unit, the children enjoy listening and responding to a range of poems. They learn about poems that play with language. They compose class and individual poems, editing and improving their work as part of the process.


We will be continuing to follow the 'Power Maths' scheme and this half term we will be learning: fractions, mass and capacity.

PE days and PE kit We have 2 hours of PE each week with Mr Wolfe, on a Monday and a Thursday. Children will continue to come to school in their PE kit on PE days, please make sure the PE kit is: a white or navy polo top or t-shirt, black or navy jogging bottoms/shorts, a Booth Wood fleece or navy blue hoody/jumper and trainers. No branded sports kit should be worn.


Our unit this half term is 'Light' and children will learn about different sources of light, and that we need light to see. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate reflective materials, in the context of designing a new book bag. They will work in a hands on way to play a range of mirror games, finding out more about reflective surfaces. Furthermore, they will learn that the sun’s light can be dangerous, and will create an advert for a pair of sunglasses or a sun hat that they have designed. The children will have chance to test which objects are opaque in an exciting investigation to design the most effective curtains, and will find out how shadows change when the distance between the object and light source changes


Our unit this half term is 'Crime and Punishment' children will develop their chronological knowledge beyond 1066 through studying this aspect of social history. The children will find out about the legacy of the Roman justice system and crime and punishment through the Anglo-Saxon, Tudor and Victorian periods. They will also deepen their historical awareness and understanding of how our past is constructed through studying the famous highwayman Dick Turpin. The final lesson allows the children to reflect upon and evaluate what they have learnt in this unit, as well as comparing modern day crime prevention and detection methods with those from the past. We also hope to visit the 'National Justice Museum' in Nottingham this half term and further details will be sent out shortly.

D and T

Our unit this half term is 'Edible Garden' and children will learn where and how a variety of ingredients are grown. Firstly, they will learn how to plant seeds and care for their plants so they yield produce that can be used in their cooking. They will learn how to cook with the ingredients they are growing; following recipes and using different kitchen equipment. The lessons take into account the appropriate safety and hygiene rules.


Our unit this half term is 'Pitch', children will listen to a wide variety of music which will form the stimulus for class discussion and composition. Children will learn about using pitch to create different moods and emotional responses and will use some of the music they have heard as inspiration to create their own work. These compositions will eventually be performed and then evaluated by the class.


Our unit this half term is 'Healthy Me', we will be learning about making healthy food choices, staying fit and healthy, how to keep safe and what a healthy friendship is.

Homework and spellings Homework is given our weekly in KS2 and helps to keep you informed of your child's progress and the current topics in the classroom and also helps revise what we have learnt in school. Spellings will be set weekly and your child will receive a paper copy as well as the spellings being available on Twinkl Spelling and the website. Homework and new spellings will be set every Friday and will be expected to be completed by the following Friday. Children have logins to TT rockstars and Twinkl spelling (on the front of their reading diaries) and should be encouraged to do this at home where possible. Children should now be able to recall 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables facts quickly and off by heart. Please keep practising if they are not there yet. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home regularly, some children may now happily read on their own , which is brilliant. But reading out loud to an adult a few times a week is still great practise. Things your child needs

  • A bottle of water (no juice please in case of sticky spillages).

  • A healthy snack for break.

  • Fridays are 'treat' days, so your child can bring a treat for their snack. Alternatively, your child can bring money for our school tuck shop, which will allow them to buy a sausage roll/drink (50p each).

  • Book bag/rucksack with reading book and reading record.

  • Wear PE Kit to school on PE days (Monday and Thursday).

Contacting the Staff The year 3 team is always here for your child and you. If you just need a quick word then you may be able to catch one of us in the morning or after school. However, if it is something that requires a longer conversation then please email or phone the office to book an appt. The Year 3 Team

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