Welcome to Year 3
Our classes are named after famous musicians, John Lennon and Aretha Franklin. During the opening two weeks of the year, we base our learning around their lives and achievements.
Highlights in Year 3 include:
visiting Creswell Crags to support the children’s understanding of Prehistoric Britain and the scientific topic Rocks and Soils;
experiencing the life of a Roman soldier when the children take a trip to Houlgate
A normal day in Year 3 begins with Spelling before moving onto English and Maths. After lunch, we focus on wider areas of the curriculum such as Science, History, Geography and Art. Before leaving for home, the children will practise their reading skills attend a whole-school assembly.
Our indoor PE and outdoor Games lessons are timetabled for a Monday (indoor) and Tuesday (outdoor). However, we advise that PE kits are brought into school on a Monday and taken home again on a Friday, just incase.
In Year 3, the children are expected to practise their spelling, reading and maths skills at home. Children should read four times a week from any text they wish (whether a school book or one from home). Every child’s spellings and Maths homework will be accessible on the Google Classroom. Homework is handed out on a Thursday and is expected to be handed back on the following Monday, having completed the Yellow and Green tasks. Blue is optional. However, we actively encourage the children to try to apply their skills to complete these challenging activities. In addition, TT Rockstars is an excellent resource for children to practise times tables.
As readers, we will use a variety of texts from the school reading spine, as well as texts to support the learning of Sikhism and the human body.
As writers, we will write a non-chronological report and a recount. We will also write a descriptive narrative and continue to develop our knowledge of poetic genres.
As mathematicians, we will continue to practise and increase our fluency in the areas we have previously learnt in Key Stage One. We will learn about place value to 1,000 and this will include addition and subtraction within 1,000. We will learn about multiplication and division, focussing on the 3, 4 and 8 x tables and will learn about multiples of 2,5 and 10.
As scientists, we learn how animals including humans need food and nutrition and how some animals need skeletons and muscles.
As geographers, we will build on previous years of learning and take a closer look at Broughton and how the town has developed and changed over time. We will take a walk around the local area and devise accurate sketch maps and graphs from data we collect as a class.
As theologians, we will learn about Hinduism and what Hindus believe. We will begin to learn about the Brahman life force and the samsara flow to the cycle of birth, life and death. We will explore the Hindu belief in a soul and how a person's actions affect this. We will also look at the symbols of Hinduism.
We will learn about the Muslim belief in God through Special Rights and Special responsibilities, the Shahadah statement of faith, justice and fairness, fasting and Ramamdam, the hajj pilgrimage and the role of human beings as servants.
As computer users, we will understand why it is important to use nicknames online and know how to make a strong password. Also, we will learn what to do if I, or someone I know, is cyber-bullied. We will use different ways to access different web pages.
As artists, we will develop our skills in mixing paint to produce secondary and tertiary colours. We will also learn how to mix shades of different colours and introduce patterning, which we will apply to our work to add interest, shade and tone. We will learn how to use dipping ink. We will implement our patterning skills to show light and shade.
As responsible citizens, we will learn about how our bodies and relationships have changed. We will learn about different types of bullying and discover how we are similar and different to each other. Also, we will look at how to keep safe at home; out and about; and online.
As musicians, we will explore traditional music of the British Isles and folk music. We will learn about the elements of music, and be able to discuss aspects of music including pitch, dynamics, tempo and articulation. We will start to learn to play the descant recorder. We will learn to recognise a range of orchestral instruments.
As sports people, we will start to learn the Chinese morning routine. Outside we will be learning the rules and regulations of ultimate dodgeball and jedi dodgeball.
As linguists, we will begin to learn about Spain and the language spoken there. In this term we will learn greetings, numbers, days and months of the year to help us start our learning journey.
As designers, we will design our own bread. We will taste other breads, create a design, make our final product and finally discuss how we would improve it.
As readers, we will use a variety of texts from the school reading spine, as well as texts related to Prehistoric Britain and non-fiction texts related to rocks and soils.
As writers, we will write an adventure fiction, acrostic poem, a formal letter and a set of instructions linked to the term's themes.
As mathematicians, we will learn about multiplication and division with a 2 digit number and a single digit number. In measurement, we will learn about length and perimeter. We will also learn about fractions, looking at numerators and denominators, unit and non-unit fractions and equivalent fractions. In measurement, we will learn about mass and capacity.
As scientists, we will recognise how we need light to see and how shadows are formed. We will also learn about magnets and how things move on different surfaces.
As geographers, we will explore volcanoes and earthquakes. We will find out where volcanic areas and earthquake zones are in the world through use of maps, atlases, globes and digital mapping. Children will be able to describe key aspects of volcanoes and earthquakes and think about their human and environmental impacts.
As historians, we will be learning about Prehistoric Britain and how ancestors lived in the far past.
As theologians, we will explore Christian belief in God and the Holy Trinity. We will look for signs of the trinity in symbols, stories, artwork, sculpture. We will begin to look at the Holy Communion and its links to the last supper.
As computer users, we will begin to touch-type on a keyboard. Also, we will know how to change the appearance of text and a document in different ways.
As artists, we will create pieces of artwork relating to Prehistoric Britain and will use paint, sewing, pen and ink and clay. We will also be looking at the work of Pablo Picasso, linking to our work on the Stone Age and cave paintings. We will spend time studying the history, techniques and styles of traditional Aboriginal artwork from Australia and create our own.
As responsible citizens, we will learn about a range of different feelings and emotions. We will learn how to deal with setbacks and where to get help and support. Also, we look at what makes a healthy diet and how being active improves our health.
As musicians, we will explore how sounds are combined and can create harmony. We will create music as a background to an animation and learn how sounds can be recorded and used together. We will sing some Australian songs and rounds.
As sports people, we will learn about a variety of rolls which will demonstrate good body tension.
As liguists, we will learn about the classroom, objects and instructions used in it.
As designers, we will use our existing historical knowledge of structures in order to create our own prehistoric structure. We will investigate existing structures, think about how to improve it, make a prototype, build our final design and then evaluate its performance.
As readers, we will use a variety of texts from the school reading spine, as well as a range of fictional and non-fictional texts relating to Roman Britain and Sikhism.
As writers, we will write a historical narrative, a non-chronological report, a diary entry and poem linked to the term's themes.
As mathematicians, we will learn about fractions, money and time in measurements, shapes in geometry and statistics.
As scientists, we will compare different types of rocks and learn how fossils are formed, as well as what the different parts of a plant are used for and the lifecycle of different plants.
As geographers, we will study Europe and understand that we are part of the continent of Europe as well as many other countries. We will use atlases and maps to name and locate countries of Europe and understand what is meant by topography, finding key topographical features of those European countries.
As historians, we will be learning about the Romans and why they were so successful in building an empire.
As theologians, we will investigate a ‘Big Question’. What does it mean to live a good life? What is good?
We will look at this through a range of perspectives. Jewish, Christian, Islam, Hindu, and Humanism.
As computer users, we will write an algorithm to move a car around a track on Scratch. Also, we will debug any control errors.
As artists, we will be using our skills in paint, sewing, and printing to create pieces of artwork linked to Roman Britain. We will also be looking at the work of Mondrian and Georgia O’Keeffe and apply their styles and techniques to our own work.
As responsible citizens, we wil learn about different jobs and the skills needed to perform them. We will explore the differences between safe and unsafe drugs and how to take medicines safely.
As musicians, we will explore music that reflects different countries by famous composers. We will listen to music that helps to tell a story, and will create our own pieces using symbols and pictures as prompts. We will start to think about structure in the music we perform and create.
As sports people, we will be starting to understand the importance of a P.B and we will work on overarm throwing for distance.
As linguists, this term we will use the Spanish versions of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Dear Zoo’ books to help extend our learning and vocabulary.
As designers, we will continue our explorations of different mechanisms such as levers, pivots and linkages to create a moving arm. We will make a moving arm and assess the product during the entire process and finally explain if the mechanisms worked well on the final product.