Class Teacher – Mr Collett
Spring Term 2017
Topic: What have the Romans done for us?
The Romans is a fantastic topic for Year 3. We have started by learning about Britain before the Romans, looking at iron age houses and the lives of people in Britain around the time of the Roman Invasion. We have also started learning about the Roman army and what made it the most effective army in the world at the time. We will also be learning about Roman houses, mosaics, food, clothing, religion… it’s a huge topic and any extra research or learning the children want to do at home, whether on the internet or through books, is very welcome. Keep an eye on the Oystercatchers section of the school website to see what we’ve been up to!
We have started our Literacy work by looking at information texts. We are using information texts that are all topic-related from history books and encyclopedias, picking them apart and looking at how they are structured. In the coming weeks we will be producing our own information texts and pamphlets about a Roman topic of their own choice.
Guided Reading with small groups continues daily, as well as 1:1 reading with children several times per week. Over half of Oystercatchers are now using AR (Accelerated Reader) books and are choosing their own books from the range they have been given. Please make sure that your child is reading regularly at home. Ask them questions about what they have read and talk about their choice of reading books.
Individual spellings will continue to be sent home in the children’s homework books, alongside their maths games and (usually) another piece of reading or maths homework. Please also continue to remind your child about their handwriting and presentation when completing homework tasks.
This term we have started by looking at the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, including symmetry, angles, and parallel and perpendicular lines. We also managed to use Roman numerals! Later in the term we will be revisiting place value and addition and subtraction methods.
We have been using the Manga High website in class and all the children have been given laminated password cards so they can access the website from home.
Times tables tests are (usually) held on a Friday afternoon and are on 2 levels, straight multiplication questions (e.g. 3 x 4 = ?) and then missing numbers and divisions (e.g. 3 x ? = 12). These are practised daily in class during the register but any extra practice at home would be beneficial.
We are learning about Forces and Magnets in class this term, which will include learning about pushes, pulls, how to draw and label forces, and magnetism.
This term we have started using the Bee-Bots to learn how to solve problems using instructions and will be introducing the children to terms like Coding, de-bugging and algorithms. We will be continuing to improve our typing skills using the BBC schools website (www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing) as well as using the internet to research our Romans topic.
D+T & Art
We will be using wood and woodworking tools to make our own versions of Roman “siege engines” (in a miniature way of course!). Our art this term will be a combination of watercolours, sketches and mosaics all topic-based.
We are very lucky to have the services of Miss Betty (“Miss B”) this term who is teaching Dance on a Thursday afternoon – tying it into our Romans topic… more details (and possibly a video!) to come later. On a Monday we are learning gymnastic skills in the hall.
A note about earrings – if they cannot be taken out for these sessions please provide your child with some micropore tape to put over them, as the staff at school are not allowed to help children remove / re-insert their earrings or apply protective tape
The children will be developing their music skills with Miss Jackson, at the minute we are using ukuleles and guitars – if you have a ukulele at home you are very welcome to bring it in on a Tuesday!
Will be issued on a Thursday for return the following Tuesday – usually consisting of a set of individual spellings, a maths game and another piece of homework. The spellings are tested on a Tuesday and Wednesday.