Autumn Term

Welcome to Year 3!

English

During Autumn 1 we have taken inspiration from the book ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura to support our learning about Stone Age people. We have used our senses and expanded noun phrases to describe a Stone Age setting, a Stone Age character and we have written our own stories about travelling back in time to the Stone Age.We also read a book called ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’ by Michelle Robinson. This helped us to write instructions for how we think a woolly mammoth should be washed.
We did lots of drama to help us empathise with the thoughts and feelings of the characters from Stone Age Boy:

 

In Autumn 2 we have written our own poems inspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.  We also created and performed descriptive shape poems based on Fireworks.

During this term, we also studied stories from other cultures through reading the folk tale Babushka.  We love role-play in Year 3.
Here is an example of our re-enactment of the Russian tale Babushka:

Maths
This year we are continuing with Maths – No Problem! This follows the successful Singapore Maths approach but is fully in line with our National Curriculum.
Here is an overview for this term:Numbers to 1000, Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division.
It is really important children practice their times tables regularly at home. They will focus on a different times table each week and will be tested every Friday. There is a reward at the end of the year, ‘ice-cream sundaes’ for successfully learning their times tables.

Religious Education
During this term, Year 3 have learnt about the Christian Family and Mary Our Mother.  Our lessons included learning about the Sacrament of Baptism and reflecting on the meaning of this Sacrament. Towards the end of the term, we began to think about how we can prepare for Advent with the understanding that Advent is a time to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

 

History
Our topic this term was the Stone Age, we have completed lots of exciting activities to understand how Stone Age people lived from investigating and comparing their houses, to researching their jewellery and understanding what their cave art shows us about their lives. We also designed and created our own Stone Age necklaces and cave paintings.

Class 3 completing an archaeology dig examining Stone Age artefacts:

Geography
This term Year 3 have used atlases to study the geography of the UK from the rivers and seas to regions and counties.

Science
In Science this term our topics included Rocks and Soils. Some of our investigation work included carrying out experiments to test the permeability of different types of rocks.

Art and Design
We love art in Class 3 and we will have plenty of opportunities to paint, make and develop our artistic skills. This term we have studied the work of Claude Monet, in particular his waterlily paintings.

We have also created our own cave art inspired by the Stone Age using pastels and tea-stained parchment.

Design and Technology

This term we have linked our D.T work with our Stone Age topic. We have designed, created and evaluated our own Stone Age necklaces using clay.

 

We have also made a Christmas Snow Globes.

Computing

Our units this term is Coding. Year 3 will be using the coding software ‘Purple Mash’ in order to make their own computer games.

French

Unit 1 is ‘Getting to Know You’. This term, Class 3 have been learning how to greet one another in French.

Music
Music is every Friday with Mr Conway from Tameside Music Service. In Class 3, children begin to learn how to play a brass instrument.

Finally…

Please try to make appointments after school or during half term.
If you have any concerns or if your child is having problems with their work please do not hesitate to come and see me or any of the Year 3 team.

Miss Clark

Year 3 class teacher