Let there be Light
For our final topic in Year 3, the children will be learning about light. This topic has a Science focus and we will be learning about how light travels, what light is, how shadows are formed and change and carry out experiments and observations to notice patterns in how lights and shadows change throughout the day.
In our English lessons, we will be using a short film as a stimulus for our fiction writing. There will be a particular focus on setting and character descriptions. We will also be reading a play called Light the Beacons as our reading focus and answering questions using our VIPERS approach. This will enable the children to develop their understanding of vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising of texts.
In PSHE, we will continue to follow our Jigsaw PSHE scheme with a focus on ‘Changing Me’ this half term.
The children will also be able to enjoy a visit to the Think Tank in Birmingham to support their learning in Science this year. We will be able to visit the Science Garden, take part in a workshop to recap our learning about forces and watch a lecture about Light.
Our topic this half term is all about the Romans and how they invaded Britain. The children will learn about the Roman army and their invasion but also about the lives of the Celts and Romans and how Britain changed during their rule over Britain. On our Topic Day, the children will have the chance to create their own Roman costumes and during our Reading, English, History, Maths and even Music lessons, the children will be immersed in a range of knowledge related to their time in power.
In PSHE, we will continue to follow our Jigsaw PSHE scheme with a focus on relationships this half term and in computing, children will be learning basic coding skills using scratch junior.
In our RE lessons, children will be exploring the different beliefs that people have of God.
I hope that the children enjoy learning about the Romans as much as I am enjoying planning and teaching it!
We will be learning all about rivers in this short half term. This will begin with looking at the River Nile using the BBC’s 360 degree view of the Nile and then following the human and physical geographical features of the River Themes from source to mouth.
Our special WOW event this half term will be a river study of our local river where children will be able to study measurements of the river and look at samples of water and wildlife to understand more about the importance of rivers locally and around the world.
Our topic learning will also be supported within English lessons with learning about rivers from non-fiction texts, we will explore some poetry and begin to write our own using The Owl and the Pussy Cat as our stimulus. The children will also have the chance to write their own stories based on the children’s classic, ‘The Wind in the Willows’.
This half term we will be learning all about the Ancient Egyptian. To begin with children will explore this time period during an Ancient Egyptian Dance and Drama workshop with StarStruck Performing Arts. In class, children will also discover what life was like in Egypt over 5000 years ago. They will explore Egyptian life, the story of Tutankhamun and how he was discovered by Howard Carter. They will also explore the burial ceremonies performed for the Ancient Egyptian kings.
Children will write stories, explanations of mummification and non-fiction texts about Ancient Egyptian Life and Tutankhamun. This learning will be supported and developed in ICT lessons, Music, Art and Geography and will culminate in the children re-creating their own burial ceremony with a whole class Sarcophagus and hand-made Canopic Jars.
In Maths children will be continuing to develop their understanding of multiplication and division and will then be developing their understanding of time, including 12 hour analogue, 12 hour digital and 24 hour digital time, including comparison time problems.
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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
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.