Year 3

SPaG


2017-2018

Autumn Term

Superheroes

‘Superheroes’ is a fantastic topic for inspiring the children’s writing right from the start of the year. The children will learn about different superheroes in short stories, create their own superhero characters and write their own stories. Children will also learn about real life heroes from history and create their own non-fiction texts using their new knowledge.

In Science, children will learn all about healthy food and how to keep their bodies healthy, they will study the skeletal and muscular systems in the human body and begin to understand how different foods sustain functions in their bodies.

In Topic lessons, Children will explore where foods come from, learn about Roy Lichtenstein and make their own pop art, research heroic acts from history and even learn a superhero song.

Maths this half term will focus on Place Value and mental addition and subtraction skills.

Tribal Tales

‘Tribal Tales’ is our topic based upon The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. To start this topic we will be having visitors from Heritage Education, who will be bringing a range of artefacts and activities for the children to explore and learn from. The children will then be learning about differences and similarities between these historic periods in British history. They will also have the chance to create cave paintings, learn basic rhythms using percussion instruments and take part in a camp fire. In Geography, we will begin to look at reasons why people settle in different areas.

In Science, children will be learning about rocks and soils and will then use ICT to create a PowerPoint presentation about what they have learnt.

Maths this half term will focus on measure, multiplication and division.

2016-2017

Summer Term

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are enjoying the warmer weather we are getting, most of the time!

Our new topic is ‘The Riotous Royals’, which will include looking at significant Kings and Queens throughout British history. We will also get a chance to include British Geography, map work and investigating the Empire within this topic. During this topic, we will study the period of the Victorians in more detail.

We are currently reading two Michael Morpurgo books and writing our own stories inspired by Morpurgo’s book, ‘Dolphin Tale’. After May half term we are going to be reading ‘Me, the Queen and Christopher’ by Giles Andreae and Tony Ross. The children will complete a rich range of activities to go alongside this fantastic book including diary writing, instruction writing, designing royal outfits and creating a menu fit for a queen!

In maths we will be mastering fractions, including equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and comparing and ordering unit fractions. After half term we will be looking at measurement and statistics. This will include comparing, adding and subtracting lengths, mass and volume. Year 3 will carry on with ‘Big Maths’ and we are hoping to retain our title as Big Maths champions!

In science we are looking at light, including light sources. The children will take part in various practical activities to help develop their understanding of this topic.

In art we will be studying portraits alongside our Royalty topic. Our DT this term will focus on food technology, which will link in with English, Maths and Topic this term.

Please continue to support your child at home by:

  • Reading regularly – aiming to be a gold reader by reading at least 6 times a week.
  • Completing all home learning and handing in on a Thursday.
  • Ensuring your child learns the weekly spellings for a Wednesday test
  • Practise the Y3/4 spellings

Thank you for your continued support.

Spring Term

Our topic for the term is ‘The Railways’, focusing on the development of the Railways in Great Britain giving them the children the opportunity to find out about the history of the railways and significant early locomotives. They will also investigate some important historical events, such as the opening of the first passenger carrying railway lines and the Rainhill Trials and they will learn about some of the key people who were influential in the development of the railways. In addition to this they will learn about the development of locomotive technology and examine the differences between steam, diesel and electric locomotives. The children will also learn about the growth and development of the railway network in Great Britain and use their geographical skills to map out some key routes. They will also use their speaking and listening skills to debate the positive and negative effects of the railways on different aspects of society.

In English we are reading different railway/train-themed books such as ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne and the picture book version of ‘The Railway Children’ by E Nesbit and we will be using these texts to write our own stories and to help improve our reading comprehension skills.

In maths we are completing a ‘Measuring Olympics’ to help us become master measurers of time, weight and length. We will also be mastering multiplication and division with a particular focus on our times tables and using our maths skills to complete ‘Big Maths’ challenges.

Thank you for supporting your child in their learning, please continue to do so particularly focusing on:

  • Helping them become a gold reader by reading at least 6 times a week
  • Completing all home learning and handing in on a Wednesday.
  • Ensuring your child learns the weekly spellings
  • Practise their times tables

Autumn Term

The ‘Stone Age to Bronze Age’ topic will teach the Year 3 about how the Stone Age to Bronze Age period impacted on life in Britain. They will learn about how early man survived in a harsh environment, why Skara Brae was important for understanding life in the Stone Age, how copper mining was crucial to the Bronze Age and why Stonehenge was built. The children will also learn about why Iron Age people developed hillforts and how important Druids were in Iron Age Britain.

The children will experience eating food in a similar way to early man by cooking meat on an open fire and make and bake flat bread. They will tell a story of a hunt through ‘cave style’ paintings.