Welcome back and a very Happy New Year to you all!
We hope everyone had a lovely holiday and are ready to start a new and exciting term as we begin 2018!
In Term 3, we will be time travelling back in time again to look at our new, history based topic: ‘Revolting but Remarkable Romans V Colourful and Crafty Celts’! This topic will be full of interesting, historical information and exciting cross curricular links. There will be a focus on the Roman conquest of Britain, identifying the reasons behind the invasions and researching Roman life, settlements, customs and army. We will also be looking at the opposing side, the Celts, and the Celtic warriors’ beliefs, the different tribes, settlements, fashion and jewellery. We will investigate Boudicca and how the Romans viewed her revolt through discussion and dance before comparing Roman and Celtic Britain.
To help us in our quest for information, Artorius, a Roman Centurion, has said that he will be marching along the Fosse Way from Corinium before heading south-east along Ermin Way to Silchester on Mercurii xvii IANVARIVS MMXVIII (that’s Wednesday 17th January 2018 to you and me!) Brook Field is on the junction on these two roads and he will join us for an epulum (public feast) to instruct us in Roman Culture. (Hopefully, he won’t be speaking in Latin all the time while he is here though?!) We will end our topic by visiting Corinium Museum in Cirencester on Thursday 8th February. More details of both these exciting opportunities will be given nearer the time.
In English, we will be looking at instructional writing linked to historical pizza making which we will be doing in DT. We will also be looking at recounts and writing from the perspective of a Roman soldier or Celtic solider, really getting to grips with the thoughts and feelings they might have felt at this time in history. We also hope to look at Roman Myths and Legends.
During Maths sessions, there will be a focus on Multiplication and Division looking at the long and short written methods of calculating using the multiplication tables that they know and progressing from mental strategies. We will be applying these skills to a variety of problem solving and reasoning activities. We will also be looking at Statistics; in particular interpreting and building bar charts and pictograms.
The children are sure to be very enthusiastic about Art as we will be looking at Roman mosaics, designing and making a Roman shield and making a clay relief of a Roman or Celt artefact! Throughout our Computing sessions we will be learning about collecting information from a variety of safe internet sources and learning how to manipulate fonts and formats. We will be making cross curricular links with Computing and P.E. (dance) to be able to capture still images of a battle scene or Gladiator fight and explore stop motion animation!
As you can see from the above, we have a very jam-packed term! More information can be found here on our topic web.
Swimming will start on Monday 15th January. Please ensure that your child’s swimming kit is in school each Monday. Our P.E. sessions are on Friday afternoon for our indoor sessions on dance; it is essential that PE kits and school uniform, including appropriate footwear, is named and remains in school all week long. Our day for using the allweather track during the “Wake and Shake” time is Thursday and your child will need to wear trainers/daps to be able to use it as the surface can spoil school shoes.
Maths and Topic homework is handed out on a Friday and is due back in the following Wednesday. Please make sure your child places their homework in the correct tray. Spellings are usually sent home on a Tuesday to be returned for the following Monday.
We thank you for your continued support! If you’d like to offer any expertise, please let us know!
Year 3 Team