Welcome to Year 3!
In Year 3 we have two classes - Alexander and Discovery Class:
Class Teacher: Miss S Amor
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Y Sarwar (am)
Key Workers: Miss C Parker (am) and Miss M Hadrill (pm)
Class Teacher: Mrs M Stockwell-Thompson
Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Mackey (am)
Monday (Every other week) - PPA Time all day
Mrs D McLeish - Alexander Class
Miss H Rootes - Discovery Class
Term 3 2019/20
This term, we will focus on issues related to the rain forests around the world.
Our book of the term is The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. The book looks at how the cutting down of rain forests affects animals and knock-on effects around the globe. Children will be describing the rain forest using their senses and imagining they are the animals speaking to the tree cutter. They will look at the global importance of rain forests, using this knowledge to convince the tree cutter why the great kapok tree (and indeed, the rest of the world's rain forests) should not be cut down.
We are starting the term by looking at number lines and then fractions.
This term, our topic is Geography-based. Children will further their learning about rain forests of South America and around the world. They will learn about the equator and the climate there. They will be able to point out rain forests on a globe or a world map and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of deforestation.
In line with our topic-based studies on the rain forest, we are studying plants in Science this term. Children will learn about the different parts of a plant ans what role the parts play in the plant's development and healthy growth. Children will dissect a plant and use dye to see how the plant and roots absorb water and nutrients. Children will find out what a plant needs to grow healthily.
We will be looking at the art work of Henri Rousseau and emulating his style by experimenting with different brushes and painting washes.
La mode, c'est la vie! Children will be able to name items of French clothing to describe their uniform and what they are wearing, being able to use correct word order and to be aware of grammatical issues such as masculine and feminine words and how these affect the spelling of describing adjectives. They will know the difference between un, une and des and be able to use these effectively.
This term is about learning to touch type and how to send an email.
We will be discussing different schools across the world and realising how fortunate we are. We will be looking at the senses and how the words we say can affect others.
Children will be listening to the work of different composers and making notes on how the different music makes them feel. they will then be linking that to the rain forest and eventually composing a piece to bring the rain forest alive using sound.
We will be looking at Chinese New Year and then at Islam: prayers at home.
This term, indoors PE will be dance and outdoors PE will be outdoors adventures....
Term 2 2019/20
Way, Way Back, Stone Age
This term we are sharing the book The Pebble in my pocket, a wonderful book about how and where a pebble comes from. The pebble starts 480 million years ago inside a volcano and we will be sharing its journey through the years until today. Our writing will include describing a volcano erupting and writing the journey of our pebble.
We will start the term continuing with our work on addition and subtraction, using Dienes and place value counters to help us understand how to add and subtract three digit numbers. This term we will also learn how to add and subtract using the column method. We will then move onto multiplication and division. focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
HIstory is our focus this term and in particular the Stone Age. We will be looking at how the stone age fits on a timeline, what the homes were like, what they ate and what life was like for the people at that time.
Rocks is our focus this term, starting with sorting different types of rock, thinking about how they are the same and different. We will also look at how igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed and then investigate which rocks are permeable and how hard different rocks are.
We will be using clay this term to create our own Stone Age tile, decorated with inspirations from cave paintings.
This term we are looking at how to stay safe online and then how to use spreadsheets.
We will continue to think about what makes us special and how we can look out for each other.
As we head towards Christmas our focus is on how and why Christians celebrate Christmas.
This term we will be learning to play the recorder.
We will continue to learn parts of the body this term and also learn colours in French.
This term we will be improving our hockey skills outside and our gymnastic skills inside.
Term 1 2019/2020
Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th October - Parent consultations
Wednesday 16th October - Y3 day trip to Horton Kirby
TOPIC TITLE: OUR LAND, OUR COUNTRY
Topic: We are thinking about Geography this term, as we learn about rivers in the UK. This will involve locating rivers in an atlas, understanding the importance of rivers and finding out more about the River Medway. We will also look at the water cycle.
English: We will start by sharing ‘Tuesday’ by David Weisner (a book about flying frogs), looking in great detail at the pictures to fully understand the story and to give us great words, which we can then use in our own stories. We will then move onto ‘The Rhythm of the Rain’, which we will use to help us to understand and write about the water cycle. Handwriting and spelling of common exception words will also remain a focus.
Maths: We will begin by exploring what each digit in a 2 and 3 digit number is worth, whilst counting on and back in 10s and 100s. Addition and subtraction will then be our focus for the remainder of the term. Please remember to continue to use Times Tables Rock Stars at home to practise the times tables.
Science: Our theme this term is light, exploring what we mean by light, investigating how and why we get shadows and how and why they move and change. Please see the video link.
Computing: We will be using coding to move images around the screen this term. E-safety will also be covered.
RE: The focus this term is Islam, as we think about if praying regularly through the day helps Muslims in their everyday lives.
Art: This term we are sketching, exploring tone and textures in pictures and then using that knowledge to create our own pictures.
Music: We will be learning to sing in time with our class so we can sing in rounds. Please see the video link.
PE: We will be developing football and fitness skills this term.
PSHE/SMSC: We will be developing our ability to recognise the needs of all members of a community, before creating a park where they will all be happy. We will then acknowledge what makes our peers special.
Check your Times Tables knowledge...
Test your maths skills with this problem solving game:
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra:
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!