Year 3 - Autumn Term Curriculum
Welcome back after the summer holidays! We hope that you have all enjoyed your summer break and are looking forward to the academic year ahead.
Year 3 Staff : Class Teachers: Miss K. Naylor (3N) & Mr. N. Haigh (3H)
Support Assistants: Mrs. K. Dudley, Mrs. C. McGee, Mr. S. Jones & Mrs. J. Halford
This term we are looking forward to lots of new and exciting things.
Our first topic will be ‘We came, We saw, We conquered ’.
As part of this we will be studying the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain today.
We will also be learning about Roman Gods, myths, and legends in order
to enhance and improve our reading and writing skills.
We will be studying Italy, including its geographical features, climate and coastlines.
The topic will be brought to life by creating our own Roman weapons and pizza!
(See Topic Plan for full details)
In R.E. the topic is ‘The Christian Family’. During this term we will learn about the Christian Family, think about what it means to be part of a Christian family, know that we can join the Christian family when we are baptised, know what happens when we are baptised and know baptism is a sacrament.
In Maths we will be focusing on place value, and the basic skills of addition and subtraction. When these skills are secure we will be applying them to reasoning and problem solving activities linked in to our topic as much as possible. As mathematicians we will recognise the place value of each digit in a 3-digit number, read and write numerals to 100 in numbers and words, count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 and estimate numbers; add and subtract numbers mentally including 3-digit numbers and units, tens and hundreds; we will solve problems including missing numbers and place value and more complex addition and subtraction; use and recall multiplication and division facts for 3, 4 and 8 times table; be able to multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number; solve problems including missing numbers involving multiplication and division; learn to measure, compare and add and subtract lengths; learn how to measure the perimeter of simple 2D shapes; learn to draw 2D shapes and make 3D shapes using models and materials; learn how to identify horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines in relation to other lines. This will be taught through stimulating and interactive lessons using a variety of resources to allow the children to engage and access the curriculum to meet all their required needs to ensure we see progression.
In English we will be carrying out lots of different writing techniques focusing on mythical creatures and stories containing mythical legends. We will be writing stories, letters, instructions and character descriptions. We will engage in lots of discussions and learn a wide range of specific vocabulary.
In Science we will be looking at rocks and soils along with plants and animals. We will work scientifically to investigate and study this area of science. We will be digging up fossils and going back in time. We will be studying the structure of a plant and its features and why they are important. We will be looking at animals in detail and how they live in comparison to humans. This is all very exciting.
Physical Education (P.E.) – this term the PE will take place on Monday (afternoon) and Friday (morning), so children must ensure their P.E. kits are in school ready to be worn on those days. A P.E. kit consists of: a white t-shirt, blue (or black) shorts, and a pair of sports trainers for outdoor use, which they should leave in school. All P.E. kit must be labelled clearly with your child’s name. As an optional extra, a dark coloured pair of jogging trousers and a jumper can also be worn when we are outside / during the winter months.
In addition, the only jewellery permitted in school is a pair of plain small stud earrings. Due to Health and Safety, pupils are not allowed to wear earrings for P.E., so please ensure your child can remove and replace their earrings as staff cannot do this. If they have just been pierced they must be made safe, i.e. taped at home and additional coverings sent in case of loss during the day to prevent injury during the lesson. The taping should be sufficient to prevent the stud post penetrating the bone behind the ear. If taping is not suitable for the lesson, then your child will miss out on P.E, and an alternative task will be provided for the child.
Homework - this will be handed out on a Friday and must be completed and returned to school by the following Thursday to be checked unless it is a given project, then we will give out specific time limits for that. Homework should take no longer than thirty to forty minutes per week and will consist of a written piece and a Maths piece along with spellings. All we ask in Year 3 is that the homework is attempted and you have a go.
In Year 3 we take great pleasure in reading so therefore there is an expectation for children to bring their reading books daily to school. We would like children to read at home with an adult at least three times per week and this to be signed in their reading records. A reading reward chart will be used in class for the children who put in the most effort and a reward will be given out at the end of each full term for the winner.
Spelling test will take place on Thursdays.
Assembly - We will be having a joint Year 3 assembly on Friday, 6th October 2017, 2:30 pm.
Additional letters will be sent out with regards to the following:
• School trips, Masses, Christmas Presentation, etc.
Miss K. Naylor & Mr. N. Haigh
Year 3 Class Teachers
In our topic lessons we have been designing and making Roman mosaics. We have really enjoyed this and Miss Naylor has put the best ones up on display. That means those children get ten dojos. Wow!!
We have been having lots of fun in R.E. We have been learning about the Christian family and what it means to be part of this family. One of our lessons we did some drama. It was ‘hotseating’. We worked in grouos. One person was Father John and the rest were interviwers. We interviews Father John about the Christian family, church, who could be part of the family and why it was a special family. We had lots of fun doing this task and Miss Naylor was really impressed with our detailed answers along with our confidence.
RE Book Work
Here is a snippet of our work from our books. It shows the planning we did and the questions we wanted to ask. We then worked as a group to come up with detailed answers.
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