Autumn Term

Welcome to Year 3.

English

We began the term with our exciting chocolate theme, based around Roald Dahl’s story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Year 3 had lots of writing opportunities based around the theme of chocolate including describing our own Chocolate Room, inventions and writing character descriptions.

This term, Year 3 have also written their own poems inspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.  We have also created and performed descriptive shape poems based on Fireworks.

In Guided Reading, we will be reading other stories by Roald Dahl, including  George’s Marvellous Medicine.

During this term,  Year 3 also studied stories from other cultures. We read the folk tale Babushka and wrote our own version of the traditional tale.

Class 3 enjoying Roald Dahl Day:

We love role-play in Year 3. Here is an example of our re-enactment of the Russian tale Babushka:

 

Reading

Children will need to bring their reading book, library book and record into school every day. They should also read for at least ten minutes every evening. Please encourage your child to take care of their books. There will be a charge for any books lost or damaged.

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
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 Monday. There is a reward at the end of the year, ‘ice-cream sundaes’ for successfully learning their times tables.

Science

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

We also enjoyed an exciting Science trip to Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. We took part in a Forces and Flight workshop where we learnt about the importance of air resistance and friction. We also investigated how magnets attract and repel as well as how they can affect other objects.

Year 3 at MOSI:

 

Religion

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.

Class 3 role play to understand what happens during the Sacrament of Baptism:

Blessing our Christmas Crib:

History

Our topic this term was the Stone Age, we have completed lots of exciting activities to understand how the 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 create our own Stone Age necklaces and cave paintings.

Class 3 completing an archaeology dig examining Stone Age artefacts:

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 designed, created and evaluated a Christmas Snow Globe.

 

Geography

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

 

Computing

Our units this term are Coding, Online Safety and Spreadsheets. The children will be using the coding software ‘Purple Mash’ in order to make their own computer games.

 

French

Unit 1 is ‘Getting to Know You’. Class 3 will be learning how to greet one another in French.

 

PE

Children will need their PE kits, including black pumps, every Tuesday. We will not be giving out spare kit this year and so failure to have the correct kit, will mean children miss their session. This term children will be:

  • finding special ways of travelling
    isolated running, jumping. throwing and catching
    tag rugby
    hockey

 

Music

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

 

Homework

As well as practising their times tables, spellings and reading, children will be given a project to complete each half term. The first project is to create their own Stone Age house or Stonehenge.  These are just some of the amazing projects Year 3 created.

 

Finally…

Please try to make appointments after school or during half term. Holidays will not be authorised during term time. Also please ensure your child is punctual in the morning, as frequent lateness will be detrimental to their progress. Gates and doors open at 8:45am and close at 8:55am. There will be a start of day activity which children must complete during registration.

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 F Clark

Year 3 class teacher