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Year 3 - Mrs Brayshaw, Mrs Harrison and Mrs Wilkinson.

Bienvenue a Year 3!

So in other words….Welcome to Year 3 with Mrs Brayshaw and Mrs Harrison (the class teachers) and Mrs Wilkinson  (the teaching assistant).

TERMS 1 & 2

We are all incredibly excited as we kick off our new academic year with our cross curricular topic ‘Amazing Animals’ 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 music we will be composing and performing prehistoric music. We aren’t sure whether Simon Cowell will approve of this! In our Design and Technology work the pupils will be designing and building our own 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 PE on a Wednesday and a Friday and are hoping to make the most of the sunshine while it is still here. Please remember to take out your earrings on these days too! Ensure that you have your labelled PE kit in school every day however, just in case there are other activities which require kit.

Literacy 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. 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. 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 Monday to be tested on a Friday. Sometimes these will be related to our Topic work, but also rules and patterns too.

TERMS 3 & 4

Starting with the topic, ‘Around the world ’, which will follow on from our whole school Passport Days, we will explore countries around the world – using their own research, travels and family connections. We will learn continent names, capital cities, famous landmarks and features of selected countries.  We will explore similarities and differences between their lives and look at artefacts and photos to share an understanding of other cultures. In English, we will study fables and traditional tales from other countries.

Our other topic during the spring term, Shake, Rock and Roll, allows us to become a team of geologists, palaeontologists, seismologists and jewellery experts finding out about rocks and fossils in a variety of forms.

We will investigate rocks in the local environment and explore changes over times, as well as investigating rocks by searching for crystals and fossils within them. We will make links between rocks and volcanoes and between rocks and soils based on their own questioning and research. In addition to this, we will find out about how living things can be ‘turned to stone’ as fossils and will make their own fossil cast.

Pupils will meet a mix of fact and fiction adventure stories.

We will continue to have PE on Wednesday and Friday, so please remember to take out earrings on these days! Please ensure that your child has labelled PE kit in school every day, as there are often other activities which require kit.

There will be a daily maths lesson which will cover the national curriculum programme of study for Y3. This will cover place value, money, fractions, mental addition and subtraction facts, shape, data and measures, multiplication and division. Hopefully, as well as reading with your child, times tables practice and games will be a regular part of your support. 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 us.

TERMS 5 & 6

Welcome back to our last two terms of the year.

This term we will be meeting Shadow Dancer, a magical creature who has arrived from a cold and miserable Shadowland, devoid of light or colour. Shadow Dancer is on a quest to find new shadow dancers who will create enough energy for the next generation in Shadowland to survive. Shadow Dancer also wants to find out about the exciting phenomenon of light and happiness, because both are unfamiliar.

We will explore darkness, light and shadows in science, to give Shadow Dancer all the information she needs when she returns to her kingdom.

There will be opportunities to produce exciting writing which will include a shadow puppet script, as well as instructions for making shadow puppets or a shadow theatre. The children will read, write and perform their own poetry too.

Geography will enable them to consider the position and significance of countries they know, in relation to latitude, longitude, seasons and time zones.

In art and design sessions, pupils will create mirror art, shadow shapes and puppets.

Our final topic is ‘The Mighty Roman Empire’. The pupils will learn how Rome grew from a small city-state into a huge empire. We will learn about the Roman army and the role it played in conquering the tribes of Gaul, Britain and Germany. In addition to this, we will learn about many different aspects of Roman life, and the impact that it had on our native Britain.

We will start with the legend of Romulus and Remus explaining how Rome got its name and conclude with a reflection on the legacy of the Romans, in the famous words of the Monty Python team – What have the Romans ever done for us?

As part of our Roman study, we will be enjoying a Roman activity day. So this is a little early warning to start getting your toga outfit ready!

In class we will continue to be focusing on handwriting and presentation with more independence in approaching tasks and recording information.

There will be a daily maths lessons which will cover the national curriculum 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 will be encouraging the children to use what they know to solve a variety of problems.  The 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.

We will continue to have PE on a Friday, so please remember to take out your earrings on these days too! Ensure that you have your labelled PE kit in school every day however, just in case there are other activities which require kit…especially with the better weather!

We start swimming this term, on a Wednesday morning, so please don’t forget to bring in swimming kit on Wednesdays and make sure all your children’s clothes are labelled clearly, as we don’t want to lose anything!

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

Mrs Brayshaw and Mrs Harrison

Our visit to Wingham Wildlife Park - September 2016

Archive Photos from Year 2