Welcome to Year 3!
In Year 3 we have two classes - Alexander and Discovery Class:
Class Teacher: Miss S Amor
Teaching Assistant: Mrs E Matthews (am only)
Class Teacher: Mrs E Walsh (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs C Willingale ( Wednesday to Friday)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Mackey (am)
Topic Title: Far, Far Away
This term includes some really exciting topics that we will hopefully translate well both through home learning and for those children in school. We will be learning about The Amazon Rainforest, investigating Plants in Science and recreating ‘Tiger in a Tropical Rainstorm’ by Henry Rousseau for Art.
This term we are starting with poetry, using alliteration and then feelings to create our own poems. We will then create some acrostic poetry. After that we will look at The Gingerbread Man, specifically looking at speech and adverbs. Handwriting and spelling of common exception words will also remain a focus.
We will begin the term thinking about money, using our addition and subtraction skills to add different prices together and find change from a note. We will then move on to fractions, thinking about unit and non - unit fractions and finding fractions of shapes and numbers, before spending the remainder of the term on pictograms, bar charts and tables. Please remember to continue to use Times Tables Rock Stars at home to practise the times tables.
Purple Mash has a range of activities that children can access as well as activities that have been set to complete. These include English and Maths as well as other topics.
If your child is attending school and needs to come in wearing a P.E uniform, you will be informed via Class dojo.
Topic Title: Way, Way back / The Stone Age
This term we are focusing on History and after finding out where the Stone Age fits on a Timeline, will be finding out about homes were like and how the people lived at that time. We shall also discover why the Stone Age moved into the Bronze Age and look particularly at Skara Brae. This work will be enhanced by our school trip.
This term we are starting with Pebble in my Pocket by Meredith Hooper, which asks, where does a pebble come from? From this book we will begin by explain how a volcano erupts and then write our own version of how a pebble comes to be in our pocket. We will then move onto Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, which describes a boy from now going back in time to the Stone Age and his meeting with a girl called Om and her family.
Handwriting, apostrophes for possession and contraction and spelling of common exception words will also be a focus.
We will begin by going back to addition and subtraction, moving onto adding and subtraction two and three digit numbers using the column method. After that, we will work on multiplication and division, with a focus on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Please remember to continue to use Times Tables Rock Stars at home to practise the times tables. There are also games on Purple Mash that can help consolidate these tables.
PE:Tuesday for both classes.
Please could you ensure that your child is wearing their PE kit in school that is appropriate for the weather on that day.
Please ensure long hair is always tied back.
If your child has their ears pierced, they need to be able to remove these by themselves or leave them out on PE days.
2020 to 2021
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...
Try one of these to test how accurate you are with those place value skills!
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).
Test your maths skills with this problem solving game: