Our Year 3 Class
A very warm welcome to our Year 3 class page. In Year 3 the children are new to the juniors and sometimes a little nervous, so they need to spend time adjusting to new routines and expectations. The children enjoy the opportunity to develop their skills further and generally settle in really quickly to Key Stage 2. They become confident working both independently and in groups, seeing the huge benefits of sharing their ideas and learning. They especially enjoy Wednesdays because they get to go swimming!
Our Year 3 Class 2020-2021
Mrs Evans- Year 3 teacher
Mrs Cottrell- Teaching Assistant
Mr Simpson- Teaching Assistant
Things to remember
Please remember that homework is due in by WEDNESDAY each week.
P.E. lessons - For Autumn 2 PE will be on a Wednesday. The children will need to come to school in their outdoor PE kits.
Please remember to write your child's name on all of their uniform and sports kits to avoid confusion within class.
It is important that children read regularly at home, we appreciate that it may not always be possible but encourage you to do so. The reading record is now to be sent through on Seesaw, with the Reading Record folder tagged. We ask for one video every few weeks to be sent as we can give feedback on how you can help your child improve at home.
This half term.... Autumn 2 (November - December 2020)
Over the next half term we will be Stone Age Historians!
English The children will continue to follow The Write Stuff approach to our writing. This helps the writing process through The Writing Rainbow, teaching the children how to build sentences using different elements of writing and grammar. Writing is demonstrated and modelled, with rich experience days to support comprehension of their genre.
This half term, to support our history learning, Year 3 will be writing a holiday brochure for the historical site of Skara Brae, before writing their own persuasive brochure about another prehistoric site. They will consider the features and vocabulary needed for a persuasive text and entwine their historical knowledge into their writing.
The children will also spend a short time during Remembrance writing their own poem using similes and alliteration. These are two key Boomtastics on the Writing Rainbow!
Reading - Our class reader will be Stig of the Dump by Clive King. It is the story of an unlikely friendship between Barney and his best friend Stig. Our writing and history learning will also be supplemented by lots of VIPERS comprehension work on books such as Cave Girl, Wild Girl and the Time Traveller's Guide to Skara Brae.
Spellings - We continue to use Spelling Shed, following the Year 3 scheme and reviewing some Year 2 rules. It is very important that Year 2 and Year 3 statutory words are practised at home.
Mathematics- Place value and number will continue to be embedded through starter activities and homework as we move on to addition and subtraction. For this, teaching will follow the Power Maths scheme; we will add and subtract ones, tens and hundreds within 1000. Encouraging children to share their methods at home is a great way to further their learning and will help you to support your child at home, particularly as many of the strategies are different from several years ago. Children will be exposed to problems and reasoning, aswell as Active Maths once a week. This is a fun way of practising strands of maths, and keeping those all important skills based around place value bubbling along. At home, you can support your child by counting across hundreds, in 1s, 5s or 10s as this often is needed when using number lines. Accessing Top Marks Daily 10 is also a simple and very effective way to support mental skills, and can be set to suit your child's ability.
TT Rockstars remains a key resource for the children both in and out of school. We will be continuing to consolidate the 3 times table and moving on to counting in 4s. Times tables will be tested once a week.
Children will also spend a little time on Time as we feel this needs to be 'drip-fed' and referred to often. If children have a watch at home, they are welcome to wear it in school (though please only watches with hands and no beeping!).
History - This half term we are prehistoric adventurers! We learn about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age in Britain through historical skills. We first need to understand what evidence is available from a time before writing, then use this evidence to make inferences and judgements about life in prehistoric times. The children track changes such as how people lived and gathered food, farming and settlements, as well as the way settlements created a certain amount of tribal fighting in the Iron Age. They will learn that Stone Age man was more than just a hunter; they were creative, innovative inventors as well as amazing architects! The children will do a short study of Stone Henge and Skara Brae as well as looking at the mystery of Maiden Castle!
Art -Working cross curricularly with english and history, Art this half term sees us looking at the cave drawings in the Lascaux caves, and experimenting with pastel blending techniques before creating our own cave drawing. The children will then practise pencil sketching skills, focusing on sketching Stonehenge using techniques such as hatching, scumbling and blending.
Science - Magnets As a stand alone unit, this is great for investigation and scientific working; the chidlren love it! Beginning with exploring push and pull forces and friction, before moving onto investigate the non-contact force of magnetism. The children discover about a magnet's poles and how they behave and the kinds of materials that are magnetic. They consider some real life uses of magnets before applying their learning by designing a tool to reach something from far away.
PE - School Games Value is SELF BELIEF which complements the Heart Smart theme of Don't Forget to Let Love In which teaches the children to value themselves and see that they are worthy of being loved.
Swimming - We are in the fortunate position to take the children swimming earlier this year and so, from Autumn 2, swimming lessons will begin! Due to Covid restrictions and space within school, classes are currently only receiving one PE lesson per week. Swimming therefore is Year 3's PE lesson. Physically activity will be included within the school day by the Daily Mile and Active Maths.
RE - We firstly complete our unit Called By God. This unit explores stories about Prophets as special messengers of God and thinks about people in the more recent past who have been Called by God. The children spend time looking at Mary Seacole before interviewing someone from the local commnunity who has been called upon. They develop their Christian understanding and values through understanding what God asks of us.
We then move on to God With Us. This is our unit focusing on the Christmas story which thinks about how God is with us at this time and what it feels like to be in the presence of God; getting ready for the arrival of someone special and important. We think about how we prepare for a special visitor and read the story of Papa Panov.
Computing - We further our learning on coding and animations by developing our understanding about how to debug codes. In this unit we will use the program Scratch, rather than Tynker, to allow the children to see that coding can be done in different ways. They will need lots of perseverance as they learn to spot bugs and fix them!
French - Our first unit of French, ‘Moi’ (All About Me) has got off to a flying start! We spent a long time considering France as a country, where French is spoken in the world and investigating different aspects of French culture – the children were most impressed with some footage shown to them of the moment when contact was made between British and French engineers in the Euro Tunnel back in 1990! We’ve also made some impressive progress with early vocabulary learning (focusing on greeting each other, introducing themselves and saying how they are feeling), and hope next half-term to progress towards responding to and asking questions about ages as we attempt to learn numbers from 1 to 10. Work with possessive adjectives (mon and ma) and some further phonetical work as we also move towards learning colours, will hopefully keep us busy and allow us to even take a look at Christmas traditions in France!
Heartsmart- 'Don't Forget to let Love In'
Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.
Autumn Term 1 NEWS!
During the first half of Autumn term........
We were very busy settling in, and we did a great job too! We are all now used to the Key Stage 2 routines and the children have made good head way into more independent decision making and organisation. Moving into Year 3 has been a huge step, particularly given current challenges and I look forward to watching the children grow even more during the coming weeks.
In our learning, we have absolutely enjoyed learning about volcanoes, mountains, earthquakes, rocks, fossils, soil....! The children have been so engaged and have responded well to cross curricular links between subjects. The children have also designed and coded an animation based on Mary Anning's fossil discovery! PE and music were also linked closely with this topic, using the same piece pf music 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' to create a dance and a class composition! Our writing saw us meet The Write Stuff. The children responded well to this new approach and, after producing a class piece based on the book 'Flood', the then wrote their own narrative based around fleeing an erupting volcano. In addition, they have maintained their regular reading at home, which has enabled us to begin to develop VIPERS skills within class. We have read several books this half term, including 'When the Giant Stirred', 'Ruby's Worry', 'The Lion Inside' and 'The Boy Who Made The World Disappear'. In maths, the children have worked hard on 3 digit numbers, trying hard to secure their place value knowledge, trying to apply it fluently, yet flexibly around problems and reasoning. They have worked particularly hard on using the correct vocabulary - digit, place value, sum, to name just a few. They have also spent time catching up and refreshing times table knowledge and have really progressed well! We have learnt about how different countries celebrate Harvest, and understood that it is a festival that is celebrated by many faiths. We spent time learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot and then used our DT lessons to design and build our own Sukkah!
The class as a whole have been practising listening skills, and trying to find solutions for small problems we might come across during the day. They are gaining confidence in making such decisions (and seeing how it goes!) and have the potential to be a very mature and responsible group of young people. They have been a pleasure to spend my days with, especially as they have begun to 'come out of their shells!'.
We can't wait to get cracking next half term - it's a busy one and always has a lovely feel as we move towards Christmas!