Year 3 2023 - 2024
Miss Rochell - Gill
Year 3 Teacher
Maths and Geography Lead
Welcome to Year Three!
Welcome back for our second Spring term. This term is always my favourite as the cold weather eases, the days become brighter and we can spend more time learning in our fabulous outdoor spaces. Despite this half term being incredibly short, we have plenty of learning and fun experiences planned including another class visit to look forward to.
Forest school has now finished for our class so we will no longer require forest school clothing to be worn on a Wednesday. This means that we will regain a second PE slot which will take place on a MONDAY.
My PPA will be covered by Mrs Tomlinson on a Monday morning and she will teach Times Tables/Arithmetic, French and PE.
Our PE slot will take place on a MONDAY and THURSDAY this term.
Please ensure that full PE kit is worn on Thursday. It is advised that children wear trainers rather than plimsolls to provide greater support, particularly when taking part in PE outdoors.
You can follow our learning journey via our school twitter account @LittleLeighSch and our facebook page, where I will post updates and pictures.
If you need to discuss anything with me, please don't hesitate to contact me on my school email email@example.com.
Miss Rochell-Gill & Mrs Tomlinson
This half term in Geography we will be answering the question...
'Why was Anderton Boat lift built and how is it used today?'
Within this wonderful unit, we will build upon our prior knowledge of rivers to help us understand the significance of Anderton Boat lift in our local area. We will explore how the salt trade impacted trade in and around Northwich and compare the use of Anderton Boat lift then and now. This unit will provide the opportunity to learn more about our local area, it's history and make connections.
We will end our unit of learning with a visit to Anderton Boat lift where we will be able to see the lift functioning, enjoy a boat ride down the River Weaver and partake in some geography fieldwork along the way.
Our writing will focus around the beautiful book 'Dear Earth' written by Isabel Otter.
Within the book we meet a little girl, Tessa.
"When Tessa writes a love letter to the Earth, it's the beginning of a glorious adventure. She blows bubbles with whales, soars with birds and joins in with the noisy rainforest hullabaloo!
Tessa wants everyone to know how special our planet is. She believes that there is a chance to save the Earth if enough of us share the message..."
Our study of this book will work towards achieving the outcome of writing our own love letter to Earth and convincing others to help Tessa on her mission to protect it.
Our Shared Reading texts will incorporate a variety of genres, plots and writing styles to help broaden and strengthen our fluency, understanding and comprehension:
- Begin to use formal methods of multiplication and division
- Understand and calculate perimeter whilst embedding our measuring skills when working out length
Our maths homework will be focused on developing and securing our knowledge of times tables as this is such an integral part of our maths skillset. Children are expected to regularly access their TTRockstars account at home alongside other useful, free apps/games including White Rose 1-minute Maths and Topmarks.
Please find below some links to songs that we will be using in class to help with times table recall:
Hit the Button is also another fantastic online resource that aims to build confidence in multiplication and division recall and can be used regularly for free on the Topmarks website amongst other great interactive games.
Our focus will be on Animals and Humans (part two) and we will:
- understand that animals including humans cannot make their own food
- identify that animals, including humans need the right types of nutrition
- compare and contrast the diets of different animals and decide ways to group them
- research different food groups and how they keep us healthy
- design meals based on a balanced diet
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