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Thomas Harding Junior School

Achievement Through Aspiration

Year 3



We have two classes in Year 3. In 3T, the children will be taught by Miss Thornhill and in 3S, the children will be taught by Miss Smith.

We will be supported in our learning by our Learning Support Assistants who are: Mrs Bennett, Mrs Connell and Mrs Digby.


Spring Term 2022





This term, we are focusing on persuasive writing and narrative writing based on playscripts. Our writing unit the first term is a narrative based on the playscript of The Twits by Roald Dahl. Then we will move on to our persuasive writing. We will be reading a variety of texts about plastic and pollution using what we have read to write persuasive letters. We will focusing on how we structure sentences and paragraphs to persuade our reader, making sure we include our ambitious vocabulary that we will be learning in class.  We will be looking at the different features of persuasive writing to help us to successfully write our letters.



This half term we are going to be continuing our work on multiplication and division, learning formal methods for these operations. We will then move on to money, statistics, length and perimeter and finally fractions. We will continue to work on learning and embedding our times table knowledge. You have logins for Times Table Rockstar to learn and practise your times tables at home. 



We will be reading a variety of texts during the Spring Term alongside our class texts. We will continue with our text The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley, followed by the Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah. 

 The children will have an opportunity to explore different types of text and develop a love of reading in our Whole Class Reading Sessions alongside the books they read and enjoy at home. 



These are checked regularly. Children must aim to read at least 5 times a week for at least 10 minutes. If reading on their own, we expect children to be writing comments in their records using the VIPERS at the front of the book to guide them. The children should aim to write at a minimum of 2 sentences per comment. Don't forget to tick off the tic-tac-toe grid at the front in order to move on to the next reading challenge and collect their certificate. 



We are continuing with our History topic which is all about the Stone Age to the Iron Age, where we will be focusing on their civilisation's achievements. We will move on to Geography in the second half of the term building on our locational and place knowledge as well as human geography. We will compare the geographical features of the U.K. and Egypt, this then will lead into our summer term history on Ancient Egypt.  



We will continue to study rocks, looking specifically at how fossils are formed as well as the composition of soil. After this we will move onto light and how shadows are formed. In the second half of the term we will celebrate British Science Week and hope to engage with inspiring scientists through history to the modern day. Our learning will include lots of practical experiments and child-led learning, applied through the various streams of working scientifically. 



PE kits need to be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. We have PE lessons every Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, the children will be learning invasion game skills and on Wednesday they will be developing our dance skills which will hopefully all being well lead to our Dance Festival at the end of the term. 

PE kits consist of: a white or burgundy t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls or plain black/white trainers. Please make sure your children's PE kit is labelled. 



Spellings - Your child will be given their spellings on the Friday and will then be tested on their spellings on the following Friday. Please make sure spelling journals are brought into school everyday. 


Homework grid  - We will be setting some homework on Google Classrooms in order to re-familiarise the children with this learning platform. We will be sending out a tic-tac-toe grid for children to complete a variety of tasks. One week the children complete something from the tic-tac-toe and the next they complete online maths which will be set via MyMaths. Each child has a login for MyMaths at the front of their homework books.