This term we have been linking our English work to our History topic, The Ancient Egyptians. We have written explanation texts to explain the process of Ancient Egyptian Mummification as well as explaining how the Ancient Egyptians built pyramids. We have also been taken a journey back to 1922 and were tasked with imagining that we were Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist who discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb. We have been learning the features of diary writing and written our own diaries from the point of view of Howard Carter describing his discoveries.
Save the forests! Save the orangutans!
This half term we will also be linking our English work with our Geography topic. Year 3 will be investigating what makes the rainforest such an extraordinary place. We will take a 360 tour of rainforests and been in awe of the size of the emergent trees.
We will watch a video of the plight of the orangutans that live in the rainforests in Borneo and Sumatra and wonder and discuss how we would feel if we were the orangutans. We will then be starting a persuasive writing topic.
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: Further Multiplication and Division, Length, Mass and Volume.
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.
This term we are exploring and discussing the topics Called to Change and Eucharist. We will be doing this through The Way, The Truth and The Life. We will be studying different stories from the bible including the story of Zacchaeus and the Parable of the Lost Sheep.
We will end the term reflecting on what we can do to prepare for Easter. We pause to reflect on the ways that we will pray, fast and give.
During our Ancient Egypt topic, we will be learning about the achievements of this ancient civilisation. Year 3 will explore how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, examined ancient Egyptian artefacts, discover who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. We will also discover how the ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics to communicate and researched the ancient Egyptian Gods.
Our Geography topic this term is The Rainforest. We will be learning about the layers of the rainforest and explore some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest habitats. Later this term, we will be comparing a British forest with the Amazon rainforest.
Our Science topic this term is Plants!
Design & Technology
Year 3 will have lots of opportunities this term to research, design and create their own projects inspired by our ancient Egyptian topic. Class 3 have made a variety of projects from 3-D pyramids, ancient Egyptian jewellery and Egyptian death masks.
Art & Design
This term Class 3 will be exploring Op Art by creating optical illusions inspired by the artist Bridget Riley, who after her visit to Egypt in 1979-80 became fascinated with Egyptian Art and it inspired some of her work.
Later this term, Year 3 will be studying the French artist – Henri Rousseau. He is famous for his jungle paintings. We will be creating our own paintings inspired by Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’.
This term, we have been learning to use the internet safely during our topic ‘Online Safety’. As part of Safer Internet Day 2021 we have created information leaflets advising other children on ways that they can stay safe online.
We have also been making our own spreadsheets to organise information.
This term we are going to be looking at two topics – Food Glorious Food and Family and friends. We will be learning new vocabulary and also writing sentences using this.
We are going to be using Yumu a lot this term which is a website where Mr Conway will be setting us different tasks to complete. These tasks will vary each session but will develop on the skills that we already have. We will be singing, listening to different music and comparing different rhythms and tempos.