Firstly, it has been wonderful to see all the children back after the well-deserved Easter Break. All refreshed and ready for the summer term, I guess the sunshine aides to the positive vibe!
Coming up in Year 3, the ‘Romans’ will inspire half term 4 and 5’s learning. Initially, our English lessons are being led by ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit; this is the story of a young roman boy who describes what happens when Mount Vesuvius erupts in AD 79. Writing a newspaper report about this seems an obvious choice, as the Romans around the year 131 BC first invented newspapers. They were called Acta Diurna, which means ‘daily acts’.
In Maths, we are continuing to build our knowledge to solve problems involving fractions, firstly recognising halves, quarters, and thirds of shapes then of amounts, before moving onto adding and subtracting fractions. Mathematical vocabulary we are getting to know involve ‘denominator’ (bottom number) and ‘numerator’ (top number). In 3 NM, we have noticed that knowing your times tables helps to solve many of these. So keep up your times table practice!
In Science, we will be exploring the topic of light. Light enables us to see, we will also explore how light is reflected from surfaces, how shadows are formed and how they change.
Our P.E focus this term on ‘Rounders and Athletics’, all in preparation for the sports morning at the end of June. We are so excited to hear that our families will be able to join us this year to observe us competing.
As mentioned before the overall theme of the term is ‘The Romans’, foundations lessons will involve; the invasion of Julius Caesar, the Roman Empire and its army and the British resistance led by Boudica. We will learn about the Roman legacy – exploring those things that the Romans brought which affected our subsequent history and even our language. Explore Roman numerals and the calendar we use today, and begin to understand how many aspects of modern life can be traced back in some way to the Romans.
A heads up for parents, the last curriculum enrichment day of Year 3 (15th July 2022), will involve pupils dressing up as Romans!