Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra:
Welcome to Year 3!
In Year 3 we have two classes - Alexander and Discovery Class.
In Alexander class the teacher is Mrs Alexandre and the Teaching Assistants are Mrs Mackey and Miss Jabar Key Worker.
In Discovery class the teacher is Mrs Jordan and the Teaching Assistant is Mrs Brooks.
PPA is currently on a Friday afternoon for Year 3 staff. During this time Alexander Class are taught by Mrs McLeish and Discovery are taught by Mrs L Ingram.
Term 4 - Row, Row, Row your boat!
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. There are lots of local places you could visit to support the children’s understanding of this topic. The locks at either Allington or Teston would be a great place to start or further afield the children could see how wide the river has got by the time it reaches Rochester. The Riverside Country Park at Lower Rainham is a great place to explore how the river becomes an estuary.
In English, we are exploring Tuesday by David Weisner. This book relies heavily on pictures and as such is great for capturing the children’s imaginations and getting them to add in their own details to furnish the story.
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 valuable 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.
The children will be exploring how to create and edit programs using Scratch. The link to the website is below and it is something the children are welcome to explore outside of lessons. They do not need an account but it is useful should they wish to save their work. If they do sign up for an account, it might be useful to write this into their contact books, so that they are able to log in when at school.
SCRATCH WEBSITE - https://scratch.mit.edu/
Term 3 - Illuminations
In Term 3, Year 3 are exploring the topic of Illuminations. The children will be looking at the following books “The Dark by Lemony Snicket’ and ‘The Tunnel by Anthony Browne’.
Our particular focus this term will be presentation, handwriting and spelling. We will be expecting very high standards!
In Maths we will be starting off with divisions and multiplication; then moving on to Money before touching on Statistics.
Please continue to make use of Times Tables Rockstars, as a good knowledge of multiplication is needed throughout the Maths curriculum and by the end of Year 4 children now need to know all their tables up to 12 x 12.
Our topic this term is Illuminations. We are going to learn about the importance of light, the dangers of light, find out about shadows and how they are created and investigate surfaces that reflect light.
I know we are all really looking forward to getting into this topic.
Term 2 -Survival
In Term 2, Year 3 are exploring the topic of Survival. The children 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 the book A Child’s Garden by Michael Foreman, which explores the theme of survival in a war torn country, seen through a child’s eyes. We will explore informal language, language to describe emotions as well as a range of pronouns; the children will learn to write about themselves playing the part of the character i.e. "I saw the speck of green amongst the rubble. I hoped it would survive."
We will also analyse a newspaper report and learn to structure our own, using titles, sub-headings, images and a range of factual terms.
In Maths, the children will develop their understanding of three digit numbers initially when adding and subtracting and then later in the term, they will use similar approaches when multiplying and dividing. 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. Likewise, if they need to exchange hundreds for tens or tens for ones in order to have enough they will learn to do this.
Eventually the children will become more secure with column methods such as this:
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 “survival” We will be spending a lot of time looking at different climates throughout the world and exploring how animals and humans have adapted in order to survive in these locations. We will spend a large portion of the term exploring the Arctic and Antarctic, including the accounts of many famous explorers who have travelled to these destinations.
Term 1 - Ug
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.
All the children in Year 3 and 4 made a poppy to represent the men who fought in the First World War. Their were 123 children in the block, the same number of men who were educated at Barming Parish School, as it was known at the time, who fought during the war.
FREE AUDIO BOOK AREA
Listening to stories is an invaluable way to increase understanding of vocabulary as well as developing good listening skills.
Here are a couple of websites which offer free audio books for children to listen to. This might be instead of reading aloud to a parent or in addition! (It is still important to hear your child read at least every few days).
Some useful place value websites:
Try one of these to test how accurate you are with those place value skills!
Skara Brae Websites:
Celtic Roundhouse Game: