Autumn Term

 

Welcome to Year 3.

English

We have begun the term with our exciting chocolate theme, based around Roald Dahl’s story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Year 3 will have plenty of writing opportunities based around the theme of chocolate including describing our own Chocolate Room, Inventions character descriptions and writing a set of recipe instructions.

In guided reading we will be reading other stories by Roald Dahl, including  George’s Marvellous Medicine.
Our poetry work this term will be based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

Year 3 will also create and perform their own shape poems based on Fireworks.

During the Autumn Term we will also study stories from other cultures. We  will read the folk tale of Ravna and Sita and write our own traditional tales inspired by their adventures in India.

Class 3 enjoying Roald Dahl Day

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Science

In Science this term we have been learning about rocks and comparing different types of soils. We have carried out  experiments to test the permeability of different types of rocks.

 

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
Length

Also 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.

By the end of Year 3, all children should know by heart all times tables up to the 12 times table. There is a reward at the end of the year, ‘ice-cream sundaes’ for successfully learning their times tables.

Religion

During this term, children will be learning more about the Christian Family and Mary Our Mother.  As we get into December, our RE focus will be Advent and Christmas.

 

History

The Stone Age is our topic this term and we will be completing 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 can show us about their lives. We will also design and create our own Stone Age necklaces and cave paintings.

After reading ‘Stone Age Boy’  we will transport ourselves back to the time the Stone Age people and write  our own diary entries imagining that we were there too, encouraging us think even more about the daily lives of Stone Age people.

Class 3 completing an archaeology dig examining Stone Age artefacts:

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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 children will be studying the work of Claude Monet, in particular his waterlily paintings.

 

Design and Technology

Children will be designing and making their own chocolate bar linked to our English topic. We will also be making Christmas crafts.

 

Geography

This term Year 3 have studied 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.  These are just some of the amazing houses 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