Year 3 Autumn Term 2

We will be starting 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.

The topic links well with our Science, 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 and provides the children with lots of facts 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 exploring emotions and relationships between siblings. 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 use ‘Power Maths’. We will be focusing on addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division. As we move through the units we will be introducing the children to different strategies including column methods, number lines and recall of number facts. We will look at using and applying these skills in different contexts too.

In Jigsaw (PSHE) the 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 of ‘Striving for Accuracy’, ‘Perseverance’, ‘Independence’, ‘Cooperation’ and ‘Taking Responsible Risks’.

Year 3 Autumn Term 1

At the very start of Year 3 we will stay on holiday for a few days! We will be exploring stories, texts and artwork around being at the seaside. We will then move onto some books that the children will be familiar with from their work in the Infant school. This will also involve lots of team building tasks so they quickly become an enthusiastic team in their new class groups.

We will then be 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 introducing ‘Power maths’ which is a mastery approach to teaching maths. We will be starting by exploring number and place value before moving onto the four operations.

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. We will also be introducing our learning behaviours including resilience and perseverance which links with having a ‘Growth Mindset’. The children will be encouraged to see mistakes as OK and part of life. They can be very beneficial to their learning so long as they learn from and build on them.