Welcome to 3SA
Summer Term A 2017
Our focus book for this term is The Gardener, by Sarah Stewart. Through drama, we will be learning to empathise with the characters. Focusing on the text we will identify the features the author uses to provoke a reaction from the reader.
The book is constructed from a series of letters providing an ideal opportunity to explore the features of letter writing.
Pupils will develop their observational drawing skills in art and explore the work of Vincent van Gogh (Sunflowers).
Developing this theme, we will devise poems on sunflowers using powerful verbs, similes and metaphors.
In geography, we will be comparing native plants of the UK and USA.
In science we will be investigating plants. Children will plant seeds as part of an investigation which will involve predicting, observing and recording. They will learn about the life cycle of flowering plants and develop their scientific vocabulary.
In Maths we will continue to focus on the children’s fluency with whole numbers and the four key operations, (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) including number facts and the concept of place value.
By the end of year 3 it is expected that the children will be able to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
This half term we are focusing on reasoning and problem solving using our knowledge of place value. Children will be learning about geometry; right angles, acute and obtuse angles. A range of resources, including money, will be used in addition and subtraction. Pupils will build on their knowledge
Library books and reading books will continue to be changed weekly. Please make sure your child has their book as they enjoy choosing new books. If anything has happened to their book, just let me know. What is most important is that your child has a book to read. Please either send me a note or catch me at the end of the day.
Please make it a habit to read with your child and to ask them open-ended questions such as 'why do you think...?' so that your child can really elaborate on their answer and you can also see how much your child has understood the text.
Homework will go out on Fridays and we will expect it to be in the following Wednesday.
The children will continue to have P.E. on Monday afternoon and on Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has his/her P.E. kit in school on these days.