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.
Both classes also share the teaching assistant Mrs Schweiso in the afternoon.
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.