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Summer 2 Term

This half term, we have many exciting things planned. Our  topic is ‘Voyagers and Discoveries’.  In this  topic children will learn about significant people in History such as; Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson, Thomas Edison and Rosa Parks. They will be finding out about their achievements, contributions and lives. Our science topic is, Sources of Light, Shadow and Reflection. The children will be investigating how light travels from different sources in a straight line and how light can be reflected from a variety of surfaces.


In English, in support of our topic work, our focus text will be ‘Counting on Katherine’. This book tells the story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race. You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?

As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count and she longed to know as much as she could about maths, about the universe. She became a prominent mathematician at NASA, and not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history. We will find out about the Space Race, the life of Katherine and barriers she faced. The children will ask questions, build vocabulary, articulate and justify answers and  write for different purposes during our work on this book. 


 In Maths we will be working on Time, Geometry and then Statistics. We will learn to tell the time (to the minute), use am and pm, work out time durations. We will learn names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes, we will recognise, describe, draw and make them. We will collect and represent data in different ways. Each week in class, we will also spend time learning our times tables. Children should be confident with their 3s, 4s and 8s (as well as 2s, 5s and 10s) by the time they leave Year 3. We will continue to practice, including outside of our daily maths lessons, by playing times tables games including Around the World, and will complete our weekly times tables test each Wednesday - Quick Maths, (where the children will get a chance to progress onto the next times table by answering 40 questions in 4 minutes!). Children will get certificates to bring home when they get all 40 questions right! They will also bring home their marked and corrected weekly test sheets so parents can see, at home, how your child is performing and which times table facts they need to be practicing.


Please spend some time practicing times tables at home with your child, looking at their weekly Quick Maths sheet together and seeing how they're doing, and using Times Table Rockstars to help with this. We have regular Times Tables Rockstars tournaments within our class and against other classes in school too so the children can get playing and answering questions correctly to score points for their team!


Reading and library books and reading records must be in school every day. Children should be reading at home a few times each week and having their reading record signed by a grown up.


Homework will continue to be set on the Century app. Please make sure children are completing 'teacher set' tasks  on the Century app. They can complete learning tasks on their individual pathway too. Tasks are set each Monday and due the following Thursday. Spellings will be given each Friday for a spelling test the following Friday.


P.E kits will be needed on Tuesdays for this. P.E. this half term.  We are fortunate to be having P.E. lessons with a Sports Coach. Please ensure your child is equipped with the correct P.E. kit. Indoor P.E. kit consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps.


All uniform and PE kits, including pumps, should have names in them. If your child wears earrings (small studs only please) then they need to be removed for these lessons.


Please take a look at our Long Term plan below and also our Knowledge Organisers which will give you an insight into what we are teaching in class this term and how you may be able to support your child's learning at home.  


As usual, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Miss Ryan.


Year 3 Knowledge Organiser Summer 1