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Welcome to Year 3 - Miss Walsh & Mr Evison

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our last two terms of the year!

Overview of Terms 5 & 6

Year 3 will be starting this term with our topic ‘From Source to Sea’ where we will become river explorers, following the course of a river from its source to the sea! We will have opportunities to find out about a local river and have excursions into the local area to observe at first hand the water course and plant life, making observational drawings and paintings.

Later in the term, 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 children 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 Year 3. This will cover place value, money, fractions, addition and subtraction, shape, statistics, measurement, multiplication and division. We will be encouraging the children to use what they know to solve a variety of problems.

Multiplication Tables Check

The 2014 National Curriculum states that: "By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work." And that: "Pupils should be taught to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12."

The Multiplication Tables Check will be introduced to all schools in England as a statutory requirement in June 2020 (2019/20 academic year). This means that towards the end of Year 4, pupils will be expected to sit an online, on-screen digital assessment consisting of 25 multiplication questions. In preparation for this, Year 3 pupils are encouraged to practice their times tables regularly throughout the week. Websites/apps such as Times Tables Rockstars can be a fun way to engage children in practicing theirs!

Homework

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.

PE

We will continue to have PE on a Thursday, 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 me.

Miss Walsh

Welcome to our Overview for Terms 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 children reach Key Stage 2 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. 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 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.

Miss Walsh                                                     

Overview of Terms 1 and 2 - 2018

The Class Teacher, Miss Walsh, and the Teaching Assistant, Mr Evison welcome you to Year 3. We are looking forward to learning together, and making sure that the start of Key Stage 2 is fun, challenging and rewarding!

As a school, St. Augustine’s follows the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ which allows teachers to deliver the curriculum in different units over the academic year. Many of the subjects will interlink, so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. All children will be encouraged to draw on their past experience and existing knowledge to discover new facts and truths. There will be opportunities to interact with the world around them using a variety of thinking skills to be creative and solve problems.

We are kicking off the new academic year with our first Science based topic ‘Animals Including Humans’, and a visit to Wingham Wildlife Park.  During our lessons, we 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, we will be exploring a variety of techniques to create sketches of animals and objects in movement, using ‘futurism’ as an art source.

Our second topic is called ‘Set in Stone’; a History based topic 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 and Design, we will be producing cave paintings, and for Design and Technology the pupils will be designing and building their 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. This unit will then lead into the Christmas season, where we will enjoy some festive cheer and time for art, craft and the KS2 Christmas performance!

Literacy lessons will be exciting and inspiring, and children will have opportunities to read, write and discuss various genres. We will also be focusing on setting out, handwriting and presentation, as this becomes even more important in Key Stage 2!

There will be daily Maths lessons which will cover the national curriculum new programme of study for Year 3. 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.

We will be having PE on Thursdays, and are hoping to make the most of the outdoor space whilst the sunshine is still here! Please remember to take out or cover earrings on this day, and ensure that labelled PE kits are in school every day, in case there are other activities where children might need them.

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 will also follow spelling rules and patterns.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your support!

Miss Walsh.

Archive photos from Year 2

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September 2017

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