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Welcome to Year 3 - Mrs Deal and Mrs Ried

Welcome to Year 3 with Ms Deal (the class teacher) and Mrs Reid (the teaching assistant).

Happy New Year!

Welcome to Term 3 and 4 in Year 3.

Our first topic is called ‘What’s the Attraction?’. In this topic, the main focus is Science, where we will be learning all about forces and magnets through practical work and investigation.

In Geography we will consider how the school grounds can be represented effectively using maps and diagrams. This will link to our work in ICT where we will use drawing and auto shape tools to label our maps and photographs taken of the school area.

In Art we will explore colour and texture through sketching features within the school grounds (let’s hope the weather is dry if not warm!) We will also have the opportunity to produce works in both collage and print.

Our English lessons will focus on the book ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’, and will culminate in some exciting adventure story writing.

Our second topic ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’, picks up some of the work on rocks that we studied in term 2. Through this topic, we will be taking our understanding of rocks further by learning about volcanoes, earthquakes and fossils (Science and Geography). In English there will be opportunities for non-fiction writing as well as the study of legends about diamonds and other famous jewels.

In Art we will be painting on stones, leaf rubbing, making clay imprints and fossil casts. 

In our final topic during the spring term, ‘Around the world in 25 days’, we will be introduced to three children from around the world. We will explore their home countries (Great Britain, France and the USA) and find out about similarities and differences between their lives.

In geography, we will find out about the terrains, climate and customs of different countries using photographs, videos and music. The children will be working towards creating an interactive display for each country in the ICT suite.

In English, we will study a fable from each country and will write a similar one of our own. In addition to this we will also create a tourist information leaflet.

We will continue to have PE on Thursdays, so please remember to take out your earrings on these days! Ensure that you have your labelled PE kit in school every day however, just in case there are other activities which require kit.

We will continue to be focusing hard on setting out, handwriting and presentation, as once you are a junior this becomes even more important! Therefore, any additional practice you can give your child at home would be most appreciated.

There will be a daily maths lessons which will cover the national curriculum new programme of study for Y3. This will cover place value, money, fractions, mental addition and subtraction facts, shape, data and measures, multiplication and division. We are sure you have read in the press that the new curriculum 2014 has higher expectations for all children. One expectation is that most children should know all their times tables (to 12X) by the age of 9, and in Year 3, we particularly focus on learning our 3’s, 4’s and 8’s (we should all be confident with our 2’s, 5’s and 10’s by now!) Hopefully, as well as reading with your child, times tables practice will be a regular part of their weekly homework. Homework is set on Friday for the following Thursday and there is an expectation that reading is done on a daily basis with your child. Spellings will continue to be given and tested weekly.

Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ms C Deal                                                        

OVERVIEW TERMS 1 & 2

We are all incredibly excited as we kick off our new academic year with our cross curricular topic, ‘Animals and Humans’ and a visit to Wingham Wildlife Park.  During our lessons, the pupils will be carrying out research that involves caring for animals and keeping them healthy. Pupils will learn about the importance of nutrition in the diet for humans and animals, classifying them into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Children will also create a food database in computing and learn food vocabulary during our French sessions. In Art and Design they will be exploring a variety of techniques to create sketches of animals and objects in movement, using ‘futurism’ as an art source.

Our second cross curricular topic is called ‘Set in Stone’ in which the pupils will learn , through both fiction and non-fiction texts, about the lives and legacy of early Britons and Settlers, including those who lived during the stone, bronze and iron ages. In art we will be producing cave paintings and in our Design and Technology work the pupils will be designing and building shelters for a nomadic hunter gatherer family. Through this topic pupils will be able to think about how and why the ways of life adopted by prehistoric people slowly changed over time.

These units will take us comfortably into the Christmas season when we will enjoy some festive cheer and some time for art, craft and the KS2 Christmas performance.

We will be having a big P.E. session on Thursdays and are hoping to make the most of the sunshine while it is still here. Ensure that you have your labelled PE kit in school every day however, just in case there are other activities which require kit.

English lessons will be exciting and inspiring and will give your children an opportunity to read and write various genres. We will be focusing hard on setting out, handwriting and presentation too as once you are a junior this becomes even more important!

There will be a daily maths lessons which will cover the national curriculum new programme of study for Y3. This will cover place value, money, fractions, mental addition and subtraction facts, shape, data and measures, multiplication and division. One expectation is that most children should know all their times tables (to 12X) by the age of 9! Hopefully, as well as reading with your child, times tables practice will be a regular part of their weekly homework. Homework is set on Friday for the following Thursday and there is an expectation that reading is done on a daily basis with your child. Spellings will be given on a Friday to be tested the following Friday. Sometimes these will be related to our Topic work, but also rules and patterns too.

Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ms Deal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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