Year 3 Autumn Term 2
We start the half term with an exciting visit from the Science Dome, this will be an excellent start to our Tremors topic which will involve looking at different rock formations, volcanoes and earthquakes.
This will link well with our science topic, Rocks and Soils. We will investigate and describe different types of rocks and soils and how they are made. We will find out how different rocks can be used for different jobs. Rocks can hold secrets too so we will be finding out about fossils, how they are made and the types of rocks they may be found in.
In English we will look at the book ‘Pebble in my Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper. This book follows a pebbles journey through time, from its beginning in a fiery volcano to its place in the busy modern world. It is informative, providing the children with lots of facts but also some brilliant vocabulary.
We will continue with the stone theme and move onto a story called ’The Stone Mouse’ by Jenny Nimmo. The story is set on a family holiday, it explores relationships between siblings and feelings. The story will lead to discussions around trying to talk about worries and concerns rather than keeping them inside, they can often be made better by sharing!
Soon it will be Christmas and we will be looking at the Christmas story and how Christians celebrate.
In maths we will be continuing to look at mental maths methods for addition, subtraction as well as strategies for multiplication and division. We will look at using and applying the maths skills in different contexts too.
Our new for the half term is Jigsaw PSHE unit is Celebrating difference. This will encourage the children to recognise that everyone is different and experiences feelings, we all often need to find ways to deal with them in order to resolve problems.
We will continue working on the learning behaviours for ‘Striving for Accuracy’, ‘Perseverance’, ‘Independence’, ‘Cooperation’ and ‘Taking Responsible Risks’. We will also be adding in a new one this half term of ‘Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations’.
Year 3 Autumn Term 1
In year 3 we will start the Autumn term looking at the picture book ‘Ssh! We have a plan’ by Chris Haughton. We will look at the characters, plot and making predictions as well as planning and writing our own stories. The children will be taking part in drama activities as well as art linked with the story.
In our curriculum work we will look at different periods in history through the topic ‘Tribal Tales’, creating timelines and finding out more about the Stone age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and how people lived and survived. The second book we will look at in English will link with this as we move onto the humorous story of ‘Ug Boy Genius of the Stone Age’ by Raymond. Ug is very inquisitive with many ideas ahead of his time. There will be opportunities for art, DT and geography as we move through this topic too.
In science we will be learning about ‘Forces and Magnets’. This will involve some investigations and recording of data as well as asking and answering questions about what they have found.
In maths we will be consolidating number facts such as times tables, number bonds and place value. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will be looked at as well as shape and time.
Our first PSHE unit is ‘Being Me in My World’, this will help the children to build confidence in their new class as well as celebrating each other. It will also help the children to create the feeling of being a team and how we all bring something important to that team.