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Year 3

Welcome to the Autumn Term in Year 3

 

Our topic this term is ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’

 

English

Writing

In English, we will be learning all about instructions using the text ’How to train a Woolly Mammoth’ as inspiration. This links in with our key driver for the Autumn Term ‘Stone Age to the Iron Age’ and we will look at how to use fronted adverbials and time conjunctions to help us create our own instructions. Following this, we will look at the genre of adventure writing. We will consider the features of the genre and learn about the 5 parts that make up any story. We will learn all about the conventions of direct speech too.  Reading, spelling and handwriting will continue on a daily basis.

Reading

Our class book this term is Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. We will also be reading a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to the Stone Age and the Iron age and developing our retrieval, prediction and comprehension skills.

Maths

In maths we will learn about numbers and what they represent.  The children will be looking at three digit numbers and need to understand what each digit in a three digit number stands for.  In the first half term we will cover place value and addition and subtraction including using the formal columnar method for addition and subtraction.  During the second half term, we look at multiplication, division and measurement.  We will be developing problem solving skills and the use of the bar model to solve problems throughout these units.  We will also be learning our 3 times tables.

Science

During the first half term we are looking at plants. We will learn all about what plants need in order to grow well. We will move on to looking at the different parts of a plant and  then move on to looking at the lifecycles of flowering plants.

In the second half term we are studying forces and magnets. We will use practical experiments to study gravity and force, we will explore magnetism and learn how to record data.

 

 

Other Subjects

Our topic is ‘The Stone Age to The Iron Age.’ We will be using our enquiry skills to bring this period of history to life, learning lots of interesting facts. In art we will look at cave paintings and research famous artists. In D.T. we are making clay pots.  In music, we will be learning to play the glockenspiel, singing and learning about the pentatonic scale. In computing we will begin to look at computer based programming using the programme Scratch, this will include the children making their own animation.  In P.E. will be made up of basketball, hockey and FUNdamental skills, there will be a real emphasis on teamwork.. In R.E. we will be exploring Christianity and thinking about ‘The Creation Story’. This year we are going to be learning Spanish, which will start with basic conversational skills and counting.  We will also be learning about Christmas in Spain. For SMSC/PSHE we will be looking at what makes us unique.

 

PE Days

P.E. will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

 

Key Dates and General Reminders

Spellings will be sent home on a Thursday and then tested the following Thursday. Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday.

 

Literacy 

 

In Literacy, we will be developing a love for and understanding of poetry. We will learn a poem off by heart to perform to the rest of the school as well as creating our own creative pieces. Following on from this, we will move on to exploring Instruction writing linking to our Stone Age topic. We will be working on using subordination, inverted commas for direct speech and continuing to use a range of conjunctions in our writing. Reading, spelling and handwriting will continue on a daily basis. 

 

Science

 

During the first half term we are looking at light. We will consider light sources and reflection as well as how shadows are formed. We will also consider how reflective substances can be used for safety.

 

In the second half term we are studying forces and magnets. We will use practical experiments to study gravity and force, we will explore magnetism and learn how to record data.

 

Topic

Our topic is ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’  We will be learning about this fascinating period of history and the children will be using their enquiry skills to find out lots of facts about this period of time including how people lived, what clothes they had, what they ate, how they lived and how they survived.

 

In art we will look at cave paintings and research famous artists. In D.T. we are making clay pots.

 

In music, we will be learning to play the glockenspiel, singing and learning about the pentatonic scale.

In computing we will begin to look at computer based programming using the programme Scratch, this will include the children making their own animation.

 

 

 

 

In P.E. the children will be continuing with their fundamental skills and they will be introduced to basketball and hockey. 

In R.E. we will be exploring Hinduism and the Christmas Story.

 

This year we are going to be learning Spanish, which will start with basic conversational skills and counting. We will also be learning about Christmas in Spain

 

 

 

 

 

For SMSC we will be taking part in Friendship Week, visiting the Life Ed Caravan and looking at what makes us unique.

 

 

 

Class Information 

  • P.E. will be on Tuesdays (Outdoors) and Thursdays (Indoors.)
  • The children’s spelling test will be on Fridays. The children will be given their new spellings on Mondays.
  • We visit the Library on Monday.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday.
  • Please come in to see us if you want to discuss anything. 

Mr Young, Miss Sykes and Miss Ramsden

 

 
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