Spring Term

English

So far this term Year 3 have linked our English work to our History topic- The Ancient Egyptians. We have been writing explanation texts to explain the process of Ancient Egyptian Mummification as well as explaining how the Ancient Egyptians built pyramids.
We have also journeyed back to 1922 and were tasked with imagining that we were Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist who discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb.  We have learnt the features of diary writing and have written our own diaries from the point of view of Howard Carter describing his discoveries.

During this term, we will also be writing non-chronological reports about the rainforest.
Additionally, we will be completing work based on our class novel, Manfred the Baddie by John Fardell. This is a fantastic book and will enable us adapt the story and write our own versions.

Maths

We will continue with our Singapore Maths, with a focus on: length mass and volume, money, time, picture graphs and bar graphs. Also we will continue to practice our times tables and related division facts, as well as our arithmetic.

Science

So far this term, Year 3 have been investigating light and reflection. We have investigated which materials are the most reflective as well as how mirrors reflect light. We discussed why mirrors are good reflectors and then explored this by using them to reflect beams of light onto different objects. We had lots of fun investigating how an image in a mirror appears to be reversed by using mirrors to write a mirror messages to our partners.

Later this term, our science topic willl be ‘Animals- including Humans’. This topic will give us an understanding of how plants and animals obtain food in different ways. We will also be learning the different types of skeletons, idenifying the main bones in the body and how a skeleton protects and helps the body move as well as explaining how muscles work together to enable movement.

History 

During our Ancient Egypt topic we have been learning about the achievements of this ancient civilisation. Year 3 have learnt about how and where he ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. We have also learnt about  how Egyptian people used hieroglyphics to communicate and compare the powers of different gods.

Geography

Year 3’s Geography topic is The Rainforest. Later this term, we will be comparing a British forest with the Amazon rainforest and exploring some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest habitats.

Design & Technology

This term, Year 3 have designed and created their own Egyptian Death Masks. We have also designed canopic jars and ancient Egyptian amulets.

Art & Design

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’.

Computing

This term, we have been learning to use the internet safely during our topic ‘Online Safety’.

Religious Education

There are two themes for this term: Called to Change and Eucharist. We will be studying different stories from the bible including the story of Zacchaeus and the Parable of the Lost Sheep.

French

Year 3 will be talking about themselves in our topic Je me presente! (all about me).

PE

Children will need their PE kits, including black pumps, every Tuesday.  This term Year 3 will be finding different ways to link pairs of actions including football, gymnastics and dance.

Music

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

Forest School

This term Year 3 have taken part in Forest School. So far,  we have taken part in The Big Bird Watch, made bird feeders and helped to build a Bug Hotel. We are also beginning to learn how to make a fire using flint.

Homework

As well as practising their times tables, spellings and reading, Year 3 will be given a project to complete each half term.

This half term, Year 3 have completed Homework Projects based on our History Topic, The Ancient Egyptians. Our homework projects have ranged from writing our names in hieroglyphics, creating an Egyptian themed board game, researching and finding interesting landmarks in Egypt on a map, making a tomb for an Egyptian mummy, drawing a map of Egypt and labelling important landmarks as well as making Egyptian jewellery.