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 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 have been reading other stories by Roald Dahl, one of our favourites was George’s Marvellous Medicine. Our poetry work this term was based on Roald Dahls Revolting Rhymes.

Year 3 have also created and performed our own shape poems based on Fireworks. Which we performed in our Class Assembly.

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

 

Science

In Science this term we have been learning about rocks and comparing different types of soils. We have carried our lots of experiments to test the permeability of different types of rocks. Our Investigation question was to find out ‘Which rock would be the most suitable for making a monument’.

 

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 practise 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 every term ‘ice-cream sundaes’ for successfully learning their times tables.

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Enjoying our ice cream reward for successfully learning our 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.

 

 

Science

In Science, children will be learning about rocks and comparing different types of soil.

 

History

The STONE Age is our topic this term and we have carried out 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 even designed and created our own Stone Age necklaces and cave paintings.

After reading ‘Stone Age Boy’ by  we transported ourselves back to the time the Stone Age people and wrote our own diary entries imagining that we were there too it made us think even more about the daily lives of Stone Age people.

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Examples of our Stone Age jewellery.

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 first unit is ‘We are programmers’. The children will be using the coding software ‘Scratch’ in order to make their own computer games. The second unit is ‘Bug Fixers’. Again this will involve coding.

Image result for scratch

 

French

Unit 1 is ‘Je parle Francaise!’ which translate to ‘I can speak 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 was to create their own Stone Age house.  These are just some of the amazing houses Year 3 created.

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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