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
Miss Thistlethwaite - Teaching Assistant
Things to remember
Please remember that homework is due in by WEDNESDAY each week.
P.E. lessons - For Summer 1, PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday. 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.... Summer Term 1 (April - May 2021)
Our first full half term back following lockdown and we are going to be busy little bees!
English - Initially we will be spending some time linking PHSE and well bring into our writing with a key stage mini project on the book 'An Emotional Menagerie'. The children will think about what animals their emotions could be and will spend a little time writing their own versions of an emotion poem using an animal as a simile. Our writing continues to follow the Write Stuff approach and, following this, our writing will be based on the book My Strong Mind. Here, we will consider features of non fiction texts before creating some instructions on How to Create a Strong Mind. We will continue to develop our writing skills through the Writing Rainbow lenses, and expand our ever-growing vocabulary bank. We will then apply our skills to writing instructions in a similar style. Grammar and punctuation focuses are headings/subheadings, regular and irregular past tense verbs, identifying word classes including adverbs and prepositions and main & subordinate clauses.
Our reading skills focus will use the book 'After the Fall' to develop our VIPERS skills, in particular the skills of inference and summary.
Our class reader for this half term will be The Boy Who Grew Dragons.
Spellings - We continue to use Spelling Shed, following the Year 3 scheme as well as dipping back to review any spelling rules needed. We will also focus on the Year 3 statutory word lists.
Maths- Here we will focus heavily on mental and written calculation methods, number facts and bonds and times tables. The children will have access to an active maths lesson each week to help to consolidate objectives from previous learning. The children will continue to apply their current number knowledge, using it to solve problems using related facts and inverse relationships. We will use known times table facts to help us to solve division by grouping and sharing. Finally the children will also cover properties of shape, reviewing important vocabulary, features of shape, line and angles.
Geography & Art We will spend the whole of summer term developing our geography skills! We begin by looking at Leigh and the local area, identifying where Leigh is in the UK, understanding human and physical features of landscapes (including our local area) before comparing Leigh now to 100 years ago and looking at how the land use has changed. We will then hopefully be able to go on small group field trips to the local area, taking photographs in order to create aerial maps. We finish with creating an aerial map of our school building. Our art topic links closely with this work - LS Lowry. The children will spend some time finding out who LS Lowry was and why he is significant for us and in the wider country. They then use his works to learn about perspective and layering. During their geography field trips, the children will take photos of landmarks and landscapes around school, including buildings, in order to create their own Lowry style 'Leigh'. Some children will use ICT to research older buildings were around in industrial Leigh in order to create a collage of a mixture of eras. They will then add their own matchstick figures!
Computing - 'We are presenters' - Also closely linked to the geography work, Year 3 will firstly investigate what makes a good film, specifically thinking about what needs to be included in a persuasive advert video. They will then consider different camera shots and do a little experimenting with these to see the effects. Following their field trip, they will then use their research and footage to create a 1 minute advert 'Visit Leigh'on iMovie.
Music- The children will explore 'Connect It', a work by composer Anna Meredith, especially composed as one of the BBC Ten Pieces. Under the musical wings of Mrs Loughney, they will recreate the piece using body percussion and movement and they will learn to follow and create their own graphic score. They will use musical ideas from 'Connect It' to create their own body-percussion composition and will also learn how a canon works in music and how to use this device to structure their own work. I can't wait to see their finished pieces!
PE - Our School Games Value is HONESTY
This complements the Heartsmart theme of 'Fake is a Mistake' which teaches the children to be proud of who they are and to communicate truths bravely. Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.
Swimming - Happy news! This half term we will return to swimming lessons each Wednesday! The children will also be introduced to different athletics events in their outdoor lesson each Friday, including sprinting, throwing and jumping - all in preparation for Summer 2's Sports Day!
We will be continuing with out Daily Mile Destination challenge through out school, ensuring that are children are active and moving.
RE - Which rules should be follow? - This unit encourages the children to think about what God's rules are for us, and where they came from. They learn about Moses and the Ten Commandments, before reflecting on Jesus's greatest commandment. We then consider how relevant these rules are today, whether some are more important than others and how Christians live them in the actions they choose.
Dates for your Diary:
Parents Evening: 20th and 21st April 2021
During Spring term we were in Lockdown, so News updates were done collaboratively through Seesaw.
Autumn Term 2 NEWS!
During Autumn 2 we carried on working our socks off! The children are now thoroughly settled into Year 3 life. As always the children worked VERY hard in November and had an exciting December beginning to celebrate Christmas.
After spending a little time further developing our narrative writing skills using the short film 'La Luna', we wrote a Remembrance poem using similes before learning about prehistoric Skara Brae and writing a persuasive leaflet for this Neolithic luxury 'Hotel'. Our class reader was @The Boy Who Made The World Disappear' which was very much enjoyed by the children! We also used 'Cave Girl' and 'Flotsom' to develop our inference skills. Within maths, the children focused heavily on addition and subtraction, learning patterns and bonds to support mental strategies as well as being introduced to writing methods. They have also continued to learn their times tables in preparation for using these number facts this term.
Cross-curricular links were strong across history and art. As the class learned about the Stone Age in Britain, they created their own versions of cave art based on the Lascaux caves in France. We even went on a virtual tour there! The children used pastels and charcoal to create a huge cave wall. They then improved their sketching skills in pencil whilst learning about Stone Henge! The children have discovered how farming made Stone Age life much better, how important skills like hunting and creativity were and how the development of the use of bronze and iron led to exciting inventions like the chariot and mirrors!
Our science work saw us spend a lot of exciting time investigating how magnets behave! The children were amazed the find they could move things 'by magic'. They also learnt how contact forces are different from magnetic forces and about how friction affects how things move.
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!
During P.E. the children continued their Gymnastics skills, with a continued focus on stability, balance and control. Through out the term they have worked on such skills as balances, using their body to create different shapes, using rolls to travel and link movements, jumps, spins and turns. They had just been introduced to the vault when we managed to secure extra swimming lessons and so, happily, Year 3 began their swimming journey!
In our RE learning, we have learnt all about the prophets who were called by God. We considered how God called them, why he chose them and how they felt and behaved. We had a virtual interview with Reverend Saunders and Adam about how they were called by God and what impact it has had on their lives. The children asked some thoughtful questions and were able to understand that receiving a calling can require courage and bravery and isn't always easy.
After a very long and very different term, the children finished off the year in style with outdoor Christmas party games, indoor pin-the-carrot-on-the-snowman, a Santa dash and a virtual Rapunzel pantomime!
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!