Welcome to the Woodpeckers
This term we will be learning all about rainforests.
This term, year 3 will be starting their new topic 'Rainforests'.
During this topic, the children will learn about where rainforests are located around the world and their climate. They will explore the different layers of the rainforest and learn about the amazing plants, animals and people that live there. As the topic develops they will go on to investigate the threats posed to our rainforests and how we can protect them. They will use a range of resources to assist them from non-fiction texts, photographs, the internet and video and film clips.
They will make cross curricular links and explore the work of the artist Henri Rousseau who painted different aspects of the rainforest, despite never having ever been there! In design and technology they will design and make a poison dart frog beanbag. They will link our rainforest topic with food technology and create tropical fruit recipes and dishes and perform jungle dance routines and sequences in P.E.
In English this term, the children will be studying the wonderful book, 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. This text links with our rainforest topic as it is about four children who are on board a plane that crashes in The Amazon rainforest. In this story they must figure out the basics of survival and decide whether to wait to be rescued or find a way to rescue themselves.
After listening to and reading excerpts from the story they will examine the features of this genre and plan, draft, write and edit their own newspaper reports, diary accounts and adventure story.
In year 3, the children will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of place value and number and also learn about multiplication and division.
They will use a range of representations and resources to help develop their knowledge and understanding around these concepts. They will start by linking repeated addition to multiplication and then progress onto looking at arrays and use numicon to explore how they can use these to show the same calculation in different ways. They will compare number sentences and use base 10 and place value counters to help them learn how to multiply single digit numbers and two digit numbers by one digit numbers. They will learn how to multiply using the grid method. They will then move on to explore the link between multiplication and division and learn how to divide two digit numbers by a single digit using their knowledge and understanding of multiplication to help.
Children in year 3 take part in the times tables challenge and start aiming for their bronze, silver, gold or platinum award. This can be achieved by correctly answering multiplication and division questions linking to the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables, the 3's and 4's times tables and finally the 6's, 7's, 8's and 9's times tables.
They use Times Tables Rock Stars to help them become quicker and more confident with multiplication and division.
We also use Mymaths to help improve mathematical knowledge and understanding and develop skills.
This term, we are learning about 'Roots and Shoots'. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively through various investigations and conduct different experiments to explore what plants need in order to grow and stay healthy.
They will start by identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants and explore the requirements of plants for life and growth. They will investigate the way in which water is transported within plants and explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
The BIG Birdwatch
This year we will take part again in the BIG garden Birdwatch which takes place between the 25th - 27th January.
P.E. for Woodpeckers is on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday Mr Knight and Mr Sinclair will teach the children games and on a Thursday the children will be creating a rainforest dance.
It is a good idea to keep your kit at school.
Don't forget the weather is going to get colder so please make sure you have the appropriate clothing.
If your child consistently remembers their PE kit they will be entered into a prize draw so make sure that you don't miss out.
Year 3 Homework
Homework in year 3 goes home on a Friday and the children need to have completed it by the following Thursday.
The children have an English and Maths study book and homework from these will be set alternately.
In addition, the children will also bring home their spellings.The spelling sheet stays at home and extra copies are available if needed. Children should read regularly, at least 3-4 times per week and reading records need to be signed. Children will be entered into the Reading Challenge prize draw and awarded prizes as they achieve their Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum awards.
Any problems with homework please come and speak to one of us.
To help with the 'Times table Challenge', click on the link below to take your child to the Times Tables Rock Stars log in, 'My Maths' or Top Marks website.
Here your child can practise their times tables.
Remember there are bronze, silver and gold badges to be won.
In Year 3, we are focusing on reading so please encourage your child to read, read and read some more!
Each time they read their dairies must be signed so they can receive their stamp. Stamps mean prizes. Last year, some children achieved their platinum award and they were given a book of their choice!
Make sure you learn your spellings.
There are extra sheets available to help.
If you have any concerns or questions, please come in and we will do our best to solve them.
A BIG THANK YOU from the Year 3 Team for your help and support!