Year 3 Autumn Term 2

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 addition to this we will be continuing to work hard on grammar, looking at different work classes and how to build varied and interesting sentences.

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. The children will continue to use part whole models and bar models to help with this.

Our topic this half term is Tremors which will involve looking at different rock formations, volcanoes and earthquakes. This links well with the stories in English as well as our Science which is 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 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.

Year 3 Autumn Term 1

At the start of Year 3 we will take part in a whole school project looking at the book ‘Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth’ by Oliver Jeffers. In the first week or so we will look in detail at this book aiming to help the children settle back into school. Oliver Jeffers has written lots of lovely picture books, some of which maybe familiar to the children already. We have planned a few other activities linked with some of his other books too.

Our aim is to settle the children back into a school routine and make things as ‘normal’ as we can. At the same time, they need to get to know their new school! There will be creative, physical and team building tasks as well as activities to build on written and maths skills.

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.

Grammar, writing and reading will have an increased focus. Whilst we will teach these things, we will also focus on them whilst teaching and learning across the curriculum.

In our Topic 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 using ‘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. We understand that the children have not been in school for a while so we will, of course, be supporting them from where they are and building on their prior learning so they are able to access the maths curriculum.

Our first PSHE unit is ‘Being Me in My World’, this will help the children to build confidence in their new class and support them being back in school 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 flexibility, determination, curiosity and being brave with their learning. The children will be encouraged to see mistakes as being OK and part of life for everyone. They can be very beneficial to their learning so long as they learn from and build on them.