Topic Title: What did the ancient Egyptians believe?
We will be focusing on the Jeff Brown’s, ‘Flat Stanley; The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery.’
Our main focus this term will be writing a letter in the style of a recount and focusing on using narrative (story writing) to write all about Flat Stanley's next adventure. We will be using the past tense when writing our letters and adding in time conjunctions to recount past events as well as adding well chosen detail to describe the setting by using expanded noun phrases and adventurous adjectives to engage the reader.
At the beginning of this term we will be focusing on using formal methods when multiplying and dividing, including a high focus on reasoning. We will then move onto counting up and down in tenths. The children we be able to recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into ten equal parts and in dividing numbers or quantities by 10. Later in the term we will move onto adding and subtracting using measures. We will add and subtract weight, length and volume with up to three digits. Finally, we will move onto learning about Geometry properties. We will identify vertical and horizontal lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines. The key times table focus this term will be the 12 times table. Please encourage your son/daughter to use Times Tables Rockstars; a good knowledge of multiplication is needed throughout the Year 3 Maths curriculum. They can also use Hit the button on this link https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
In Science, our topic will be Forces & Magnets. We will begin by learning what forces are and to notice that some forces need contact between two objects. We will be exploring how magnetic force works and which materials are magnetic and which are not. We will finish off the topic by designing our own magnetic toys.
This term in History, we will be looking at the question: What did the ancient Egyptians believe? We will be learning who the Egyptians were and when did they live. We will be looking in depth at what the Egyptians believed in and will be learning about ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. We will then look at how and why the Egyptians were involved in mummification. Finally, we will explore how the pyramids were built and for what purpose.
This term we will be looking at the key question; why is the Bible important for Christians today? The children will be looking at why the Bible is important and what it teaches Christians. They will explore where Christians can find wisdom from in the Bible and how the Bible can help those who are tempted to do the wrong thing.
This term the children will be looking at traditional instruments and improvisations (theme: India). The children will learn about traditional Indian instruments. They will learn how to read music notation and to play the correct notes of a rag.
In Art, this term our focus will be designing and crafting ancient Egyptian scrolls. The children are going to explore various examples of Egyptian art and then design their own scroll. They are going to learn how to make paper and how ancient Egyptians would have created scrolls in their time in history.
Outdoor P.E- Athletics
We will be learning how to use different running techniques and to experiment with using pace whilst running. We will then look at using tactics to increase the distance jumped.
Indoor P.E – Dance
We be learning how to perform a sequence of moves to an audience. We will also focus on using step and action sequences.
The themes for PSHE are –
We will begin this topic with looking at the different ways in which we can pay for items. The children will understand that money is needed to pay for items when using a card or cheque. The children will learn that there are a wide range of jobs available and that personal skills and interests affect career choices.
How you can support your child’s learning at home:
Listen to them read, ideally 10 minutes daily.
Practise writing with them using cursive handwriting.
Read and spell the Year 3 and 4 common exception words.
Read and write numbers (no reversals!) to 1000.
Count on and back from any given number to 1000.
Practise counting on and back in 3’s, 4’s, 6’s, 8’s and 12’s.
Important things to remember:
P.E will be on a Thursday only.
Children will be required to come into school wearing their P.E Kit on this day.
P.E kit should comprise of:
Please dress according to the weather, as we will do all we can to get out, even if it is a spitting. We will be going outside for our lessons.
Please ensure long hair is tied back.
If your child has their ears pierced please leave them out on P.E days.
The Year 3 Team