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Autumn 2

Bright Sparks – How does electricity work?




Our topic for this half of the term is ‘Bright Sparks – How does electricity work?’.

We will be looking at:

· Electricity

· Light

· Sound

· Magnets

Our topic will focus on the scientific approach to conducting experiments and exploring ideas.



In our fiction writing we will be focussing on writing narrative texts, building on the character and setting descriptions we looked at last half term. Non-fiction writing we will be learning about writing advertisements, looking at adverts and also writing instructional texts detailing numerical order and importance of decoding information. The children will have spelling sent home every Tuesday, with tests happening the Tuesday after. Thank you in advance for your support encouraging the learning of them.



Reading at home is greatly encouraged. Please can the children have their reading records signed to show they have read five times during a week. It can be anything at all (comics, internet articles, game instructions etc.) but please make notes and comments. We are looking in detail at comprehension of what we are reading questioning the children on what they have read is greatly appreciated.



In maths lessons, we will be looking at multiplication and division this half term. This will involve a range of methods for calculating larger multiplication and division, as well as learning our times table facts so we can recall them quickly and accurately. They will receive a house point if they complete these and return them back to school.



Year 3 will be learning about how to use the internet safely, practicing key computer skills and researching in ICT. Our Core Learning Skills topic will be ‘Learning with Others’’ and I will be running PHSE lessons with the children on Mondays and Class assemblies on Tuesdays. We are also very grateful that Mr G will also be running Spanish lessons as a modern foreign language with the children on Friday Mornings– please ask the children what new words they have learnt.



The children will be doing a variety of forest school with Miss Davis on Monday afternoons. PE will also happen every Tuesday with me so please ensure PE kit and forest school clothes are in school on these days.

The weather is getting colder and wetter but we will try to be outside during PE and break times as much as possible so could children please have their coats in school at all times.



Home Learning Activities- Autumn 2

Children can change these tasks being as creative as they want, and it is expected that at least two tasks are finished. These tasks can be brought in at any point during the half term. Homework will also go out weekly with a focus on spelling and times tables. The Bright Sparks project homework has been handed out and focuses on our topic. They will be presented on the Thursday 21st and can be handed in any day between now and then.

I am always available with any queries you may have, or if you just wanted to have a look at your child’s books.


Bright Sparks – How does electricity work?


As part of Japan’s class topic we have been learning about electricity and light. Due in Thursday 21st or before, children will need to complete one or more of the following activities:


· Make a poster on how to use electricity safely (around the home, outside, in school).


· Research famous inventors and inventions that use electricity (lightbulb, computer etc).


· Draw what an electrical circuit looks like and label where you can.


· Name and draw appliances around the house that use electricity (do they run on mains or batteries).

Year 3 Japan Class – Mr. Goodchild


Japan Class Spellings - Autumn 2 Term

Reading at home for Key Stage 2