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Welcome to Year 3!
In Year 3 we have two classes - Alexandre and Discovery Class.
In Alexandre class the teacher is Mrs Alexandre and the teaching assistants are Mrs Mackey and Dr James 1:1.
In Discovery class the teacher is Mr Fenna and the teaching assistant is Mrs Rubie-Todd.
In Term 1, Year 3 will be exploring the topic of the Stone Age. The children will be exploring a text known as 'The Stone Age Boy' which will be connected to their English learning this term. The children will learn to retell a story and write their own version of the story throughout the term. At the end of the unit, the children will learn to reinvent parts of the text to make an invented version of the story. Year 3 will focus on punctuation such as commas for lists and for clauses, ellipsis for suspense, exclamations and question marks to intrigue the reader and continue with basic punctuation skills such as capital letters and full stops. The children will also learn to edit their stories and publish final versions of work in neatest handwriting.
In Maths, the children will learn to understand place value further. This will mean understanding the value of the digits in 3 digit numbers. The children will begin to learn that once there are more than 9 ones in a two or three digit number, this will have an effect on the value of neighbouring digits. Ten ones will cause the ones to become a 0 value and increase the tens column by 1. This is an important skill for the children to understand throughout their school life. The focus on place value will ensure a greater understanding of addition and subtraction. We are encouraging the children to explain their learning more so written reasoning responses and problem-solving tasks will be part of each Maths lesson.
In Topic, we are exploring the Stone Age. The children will learn to order events in chronological order on timelines and explore the terms BC and AD. They will also learn to make comparisons between the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Through Art, we will create cave paintings using chalks, card and shading techniques. We will also explore the Stone Age village of Skara Brae which was discovered in 1850 and is located in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. Year 3 will also learn how to gather historical evidence from clues.
In Term 2, Year 3 have been exploring the topic of Survival. The children have analysed a non-chronological report on Antarctica and learnt to structure a report using titles, sub-headings, images and a range of factual terms. This week in Term 2, we are exploring our new unit of 'Diary entries' and the children will learn to compose their own diary openings. Linked to the topic of Survival, we are exploring Mowgli's adventures from the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. We will explore informal language and a range of pronouns; the children will learn to write about themselves playing the character i.e. I went into the jungle instead of Mowgli went into the Jungle.
We are almost halfway through this academic year now and have already explored many avenues of learning. From Survival to Stone Age and now Illuminations in Term 3. Our Topic will be greatly focused towards Light as part of our Science topic. The children will explore shadows and sources of light, alongside their learning of transparent, translucent and opaque materials.
In writing this term, we are exploring persuasive writing and play scripts. The children will learn to use formal language and learn how to alter/change a person's viewpoint through their language choices. This term, we are discussing the positive and negative views towards zoological parks and learning to create a balanced argument within their writing. Focusing on spelling, punctuation choices and persuasive language will be the class focus.
With play scripts, the children will learn to explore characters, dialogue, scenes, stage directions and draw on informal language to create a play script of their own. The children will also get to perform play scripts to allow them greater understanding of how a play works.
In Term 4, we are exploring Rivers as our main topic. We will also explore the course of a river and the children will learn vocabulary associated with rivers i.e. source, mouth, tributary and meander to name but a few.
In English, we are exploring The Wind in the Willows as our new class text. The children will be learning about rebirth tales and how the character of Mr Toad goes on a rebirth of his own. By the end of the story, he learns how valuable his friends are and knows that friendship is far more important than the material objects he has previously fixated on.
We will continue to explore a range of spelling, punctuation and grammar activities alongside our main learning and encourage the children to utilise these features within their storytelling. The children will also continue to edit their work to make viable improvements to their spellings and vocabulary choices, as well as publishing their work to make improvements to their handwriting and presentation choices.
In Maths, we will be exploring measures as our new topic. The children will learn to convert between metres, cm, mm and km. They will also learn how to estimate and record accurate measurements. The importance of lining up rulers and other measuring tools from an accurate starting point, will be emphasised to the pupils throughout this unit of learning. Links to real-life contexts and how measuring applies to many aspects of our lives, will make this new unit of mathematics enjoyable and useful for the children.
This term our new topic is Blooming Wonderful! We are heavily focused on the children learning about plants through Science and other areas of the curriculum. In Art, we are focused on exploring artists through history and relevant to the topic, we are exploring Van Gogh's painting of Sunflowers. We are also exploring Georgia O'Keeffe's work on close-up observational paintings of plants and their petals.
The children will be exploring Islam in their work in R.E and will be learning to make a PowerPoint as part of their Computing learning. We are also exploring Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as part of our Music learning. The children have an exciting term ahead!
In our writing this term, we are exploring poetry linked to our topic of plants. The children have learnt about syllables, alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhyme as part of our learning. To apply this knowledge, the children were encouraged to write Haiku poems which followed a set syllable pattern of 5-7-5 syllable over 3 lines. This learning was furthered by encouraging the children to explore Limericks which are 5-line poems that follow a set rhyming pattern. The children's learning on syllable pattern and line length has aided their understanding of rhythm within poems. Please ask your child to share their amazing Haiku and Limerick poems with you!
In our maths this term, we are studying fractions. This term our focus is on fractions. We are exploring equivalence and comparing fraction sizes. The children have used diagrams, reasoning skills and solved a range of complex problems using their developing knowledge of fractions. This is a particularly complex topic for the children and it is understanding the numerator and denominator aspect that causes initial confusion. We are encouraging the children to note that when the denominator is the same, the larger numerator indicates the larger fraction.