St Michael'sChurch of England Primary School

Sandhurst, Berkshire

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Year 3

Forces and Magnets Investigation: What materials are magnetic?

Spring Term 2023


Welcome Back!


Welcome to 2023!   Mrs. Milanovic, Mr. Handy and Mrs. Lewis are looking forward to welcoming you all back, and hearing about your Christmas and New Year adventures.




Just a reminder: What to bring to the classroom

Each day, the children need to bring:

  • A small pencil case (large pencil cases will not fit in the children’s trays)
  • An eraser
  • Pencil sharpener (the type that collects the shavings please!)
  • If the children wish: a small number of colouring pencils


The school will provide:

  • A pencil
  • A glue stick
  • A 30cm ruler

We do ask that children replace equipment they have lost or broken (lost pencils, snapped rulers, glue sticks without tops, etc.) as we want to encourage them to look after their equipment and respect school property.


There is not a lot of room in the cloakroom, so we ask that children bring small rucksacks, not large, hiking backpacks!




During the Spring term the children will be continuing to learn about division.  This is very difficult if they do not know their multiplication tables, in particular, the 2x, 3, 4, 5x, 8x, and 10x tables, so it is vital they continue to learn these at home. Many of the children have been making impressive scores on Rockstars!


We will also to learning about area and perimeter of rectangular shapes, and deepening our knowledge of fractions.


The children will also continue to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills.




In the Spring term we will be writing fiction and non-fiction around out History and Geography topics; Egyptians and Riain Forests.




This term we will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians (there is a lot more to them than mussies and pyramids!) and, in Science, about forces and magnets (how many magnets can you find at home?)




We will be learning about Rainforests: where they can be found, why they are so important and what threats they face.




In the Spring term, we will be learning about forces, including magnetism.  Perhaps you could do some reading about Sir Isaac Newton?



We will be learning about the duties of Hindu children.  In the second half of the Spring term we will be investigating the meaning of Easter.



Alternating Maths and English homework will be sent home every Tuesday, and should be handed in by the following Monday. All children will be expected to complete their homework by this deadline.


We recommend that children complete their homework earlier in the week, as this gives them time to ask their teachers for help, if it is needed.


Of course, you are welcome to help your child complete their homework, but if they need a lot of help, please write a note in their homework books, so we can give them further support.


Please remind your child to bring in their homework every Monday (or earlier, if it is completed early) so that homework can be marked and new homework can be issued. However, you might like to let your child know we will not accept “My Mum/Dad forgot to put it in my bag” as an excuse!


Reading at home


We don't mlike to nag, but please ensure that your child reads aloud every day. This is absolutely vital if the children are to progress to their best ability. The children should bring in their reading record books every day, signed by an adult.



As ever, if you require any further information, please come and chat to the class teacher after school or send an email via the school office