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Welcome back Year 3, we hope you had the best summer holidays ever and that you are enjoying being back at school.  There are lots of big changes this year as we move from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 and so far, everyone is really positive about the differences in how we will be learning.  This will be an exciting term with so much to do and learn. 

Our topic this term is all about our local area, so we will be sharpening up our Geography skills. We will be looking at mapping from world maps where we identify continents, countries and oceans to ordnance survey maps where we look more closely at Grain.  We will even get to take in the sights of our local area soon to help us with our study. 

In English we are sharing the book The Wilderness War by Julia Green.  This is an exciting adventure story about children who are a similar age to us.  They have a problem to solve and we will go on a journey with them and hopefully find a solution.  We will be writing some exciting stories as well as looking more closely at persuading people to change their mind with debates, posters and letter writing. 

In Maths, our focus is all around number, sharpening up our place value skills and reminding ourselves how to add, subtract, multiply and even divide.  Times tables are really important and we will be working on these each and every week in school, including weekly times table test.  There are lots of lovely websites that you could try to help you to practise these at home – can you be our times table champion?   Try to explore ‘Hit the Button’ and TT Rockstars. 

In Art, we are studying the famous artist Andy Goldsworthy.  Andy explores art in nature and we will be joining him on this mission.  We hope to create pieces of art using ideas and even resources form our local environment.  We hope to share some of these with you later this term.   

In Science we are looking at living things and their habitat. Last year we began to create a wildlife garden on the school field, and we will continue to develop this area as it will be the perfect resource to help us observe creatures in their habitats.  This will give us some great ideas for the work that we will complete in Science over the next few weeks.

On top of this we have French, PE and Games and Music – what fun is in store for us all!   Year 3 have Games with Mr Heath on a Thursday and PE on a Tuesday.

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