Our topic for this term is, ‘Ancient Egyptians’. The children have been sharing what they made and found out about over the holidays and have really impressed me with their knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic. 

In English we will be writing an alternative version to ‘Cinderella’. This will be based on the texts, The Egyptian Cinderella’ by Shirly Climo and incorporating the story of how Cleopatra and Julius Caesar first met. We will also be working on improving our grammar, punctuation, handwriting and spelling. 

In Maths we will be working on our understanding of place value, with a focus on multiplication and division facts to help use with understanding and solving fraction problems. We will also be developing our problem solving skills by completing investigations and challenges. 

In Science, we will be learning about forces and magnets; comparing how different things move on different surfaces and investigating the uses of magnets. We will then go on to explore light and shadow; identifying the Sun as a light source and the difference between night and day, as well as investigating how shadows are formed and how they behave. In Geography we will learn about the River Nile and why it is so significant to Egypt. We will identify the towns from the upper and lower parts of Ancient Egypt and examine the physical and human characteristics from that time. In History we will learn about the Ancient Egyptians. We will examine timelines, looks at real life artefacts and carry out research on the belief systems and ways of life for significant people of that time. 

In Art we will create a papyrus painting of a significant pharaoh. 

In D.T we will design, create and evaluate a shaduf. 

In Computing, we will be using laptops and iPads to help us research our topic. We will also continue to develop our coding skills. 

In RE we will be learning about the story of Easter, comparing it with beliefs from other religions. 

Year 3 will have PE sessions on Thursdays with Coach Charlie. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit, consisting of shorts or leggings, t-shirt, trainers or plimsolls, in school for these lessons. 

Children will also have a weekly French lesson on Monday afternoons with Marianne. 

Music lessons with Simon will continue on Thursdays but recorders are now with Vicky on Tuesdays. 

Home Learning 

Every Friday your child will be given a homework activity. This allows your child to share with you some of his/her school learning. Please participate in their homework but allow your child to take the lead, assisting only if they are unsure or need something reading or explaining. 

Homework is due back on the following Friday. 

A list of spellings will also be given out for children to learn at home. These must be learnt by the following Friday. 

Guided Reading: Your child will have guided reading every day during the week in which they will read with myself once a week and complete reading tasks focussing on comprehension skills. Your child will borrow a book from school to read at home and will have the opportunity to borrow a book of their choice. Please ensure your child is reading this book and reading to an adult at least three of four times a week. When reading with your child please ask questions about the text to develop comprehension skills and please encourage your children to fill in their pink reading records, every time they read. Books borrowed should be returned to school once read. 

Water bottles: Children should bring a water bottle to school and put it in the water boxes by the sink in the Year 3 classroom. 

Punctuality: Being punctual for school every day is vitally important to children’s learning and wellbeing in school. Children should be in the classroom at 8.55 am each morning. If they are not in the room by this time they are recorded as late. As a class we are aiming to be on time every day and win weekly whole school punctuality award. 

Yours sincerely, 

Louise Elliott