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Year 3 Spring 2 Newsletter

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great break. We are looking forward to our new topic, Out and About.


In English our focus this term is tenses and we will be reading The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. We will be using the different forms of the past tense in our writing and we will also be looking at the present progressive and present perfect tenses.


In Maths, we will be recalling and using division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables so it is still very important that your child continues to learn their times tables and I would encourage you to support your child to learn their tables. We will also be writing and calculating mathematical statements for division using the multiplication tables we know, including solving missing number problems involving multiplication and division. In addition to this we will be solving word problems or puzzles involving division.


In Science, our topic is Plants and we will be identifying and describing the functions of the different parts of flowering plants. We will explore the requirements of plants for life and growth and how these vary from plant to plant. We will be working scientifically to investigate the way in which water is transported within plants. We will also be exploring the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal. We will be asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them. We will be developing our scientific language and will use this to report on our findings.


In Geography, we will be exploring the physical and human geography of the Charnwood area. We will be visiting Beacon Hill where we will be learning about the different types of trees and plants growing there. We will also be learning about the counties and cities of the United Kingdom and will be looking at how these have changed over time.


In Art, we will be doing observational drawings of leaves and plants and will be learning new techniques to improve the quality of our drawings and sketches.


In PE this term the children will be receiving instruction in swimming at Loughborough Leisure Centre. This will take place on Monday afternoons for a period of ten weeks. They will be taught how to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. They will also be taught how to use a range of strokes effectively and will be taught self-rescue. We will also be developing our gymnastic skills and techniques. For safety reasons, we follow the ‘NO jewellery’ policy for PE so please can I ask that children with pierced ears do not wear earrings to school on PE days. Please check that your child’s PE kit includes suitable footwear, as well as a pair of black tracksuit trousers and a black jumper for when the weather is cold.


In Computing, we will become opinion pollsters where we will be learning about surveys and how to create them using the internet. As usual on-line safety is paramount and we will continue to learn about internet safety and responsible internet use.


Our Learning Leaps for this half term are:

Maths: Division

Writing: Tenses

Reading: Viewpoint


Your child’s personalised targets can be found in their partnership books. Please continue to support your child at home with their spellings, reading and times tables.


As always, if you think you can support our Topic this term in any way, I would love to hear from you.


Best Wishes,


Mr Wood

  • St. Paul's CE Primary School
  • Meadow Road
  • Woodhouse Eaves
  • Loughborough
  • LE12 8SA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01509 890483
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