Welcome to Year 3

2016/2017

Our class has been looking carefully at the new school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience and has discussed what we would like our class ethos to be. We believe in supporting and encouraging each other, treating each other fairly, listening to each other, respecting each other and having a positive attitude to everything we do.

Summer Literacy

In literacy we will be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in our guided reading session and we will use this as inspiration for our writing. The children will immerse themselves within the text analysing the vocabulary, characters and settings used and will replicate the writing style of Roald Dahl in their own stories. We will write diaries and recounts of our own experiences of visiting a chocolate factory and producing our own chocolate.

Summer Science

In Science we will be looking at nutrition and what types of food our bodies need and how often we should eat different food groups. We will also look at the effects of food on our team and how we can keep our teeth healthy. We will also explore the human skeleton and muscles and how these work.

Summer Homework and PE days

Homework is given at the start of each half term and the completed pieces are due in before the end of the half term where they will be marked and returned. At the beginning of each week children will be given a new set of spellings that are in line with the new curriculum and they will be tested on them at the beginning of the following week. We ask that children read to an adult at least three times a week and reading logs will be checked and signed in school.

 

PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children need to have t-shirt and shorts for indoor sessions and a suitable jumper, pair of trousers and trainers for outside sessions.

                            Spring Literacy

In literacy this term we are focusing on our class text of 'How to train your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell. We will use this text as a basis for both our narrative and non narrative texts, learning how to include appropriate features so that we can write a fantasy story that contains a Viking hero and will write a set of instructions that looks at how to tell whether dragons are real or not. We will be immersing ourselves in the book by looking at the story during guided reading sessions, paying attention to author's use of language and how the author has developed the historical setting. We also be comparing how the book is different to the film. During the second half of the term we will be exploring the narrative of Viking sagas and will base our own narratives on some of the existing stories. Our non narrative text will focus on how to write a non chronological report using headings, subheadings and technical vocabulary.

Summer Mathematics

In Maths we will revisit place value and our four number operations which form the foundation of our understanding of maths.

We will be exploring the properties of  2D and 3D shapes and identifying the shapes by name. We will also be identifying parallel and perpendicular lines in shapes. Furthermore more, we will develop our understanding of measurement by comparing, adding and subtracting measure of length, mass and capacity using them to solve real life problems.

Summer Theme

Our theme for this term is The Golden Ticket and we will be focusing our research on finding out about the wonderfully magical world of chocolate. In Geography we will be using our map skills to find out where the chocolate originated, how it is exported and where . As historians we shall investigate the origins of chocolate from the ancient Mayan civilisation of South America and discover how chocolate was a part of their culture. In art children will take inspiration from Andy Warhol and create our own print of popular chocolate bars. 

 

Summer RE

In RE we will focus on the uniqueness of the Earth as Our World that everyone has a duty to respect and conserve. We will explore how various faiths have explained some of life's big and difficult to answer questions.

Summer Trips and Visits

We are looking forward to visiting The York Chocolate Story near the beginning of term which will hopefully inspire our learning journey over the coming weeks. Whilst there we are looking forward to sampling, tasting and making our own chocolate. Additionally we will be taking part in a workshop learning all about the characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At the end of the term we are hoping to hold a special event to celebrate and share all our hard work.

                                  Spring Maths

In maths this term we will be looking at time, learning how to tell the time using roman numerals, 12 hour and 24 hour clocks. We will be using the context of money to develop our addition and subtraction skills and in the second half of the term we will be improving our multiplication and division skills, learning how to use reliable written methods.

 

We will continue to follow our new maths approach, using concrete and pictorial methods to develop our understanding and reasoning skills.

 

                             Spring Science

Our science topic for this term is Light and we will be learning all about shadows, reflections and light. We will learn about different light sources and children will work collaboratively to investigate different reflective surfaces. We will learn why it is important to take care in the sun and will develop our scientificenquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.

Spring Theme

Our theme for this term is Invaders and Settlers and we will be focusing our research on finding out about the Vikings. In Geography we will be using our map skills to find out where the Vikings came from originally, how they travelled and where they settled when they landed in Britain. Our history skills will help us to uncover what life was like for the Viking, what happened during a raid and where where his period fits in with the timeline of British history. In art children will be using clay to make their own versions of Viking pots and drinking mugs and in DT they will attempt to make their own longship and shield.

 

 

Spring RE

In RE this term we will look at how different faiths were founded. In particular, we will be finding out about Christianity and the beliefs that play an important part of this religion. We will be exploring the role of Jesus, finding out about miracles from the Bible  and we'll learn how Mother Theresa followed Christians principles in her life and charity work.

Spring Homework and PE days

Homework is given at the start of each half term and the completed pieces are due in before the end of the half term where they will be marked and returned. At the beginning of each week children will be given a new set of spellings that are in line with the new curriculum and they will be tested on them at the beginning of the following week. We ask that children read to an adult at least three times a week and reading logs will be checked and signed in school.

 

PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children need to have t-shirt and shorts for indoor sessions and a suitable jumper, pair of trousers and trainers for outside sessions.

                          Spring Trips and Visits

We are hoping to have a Viking visit near the beginning of term which will hopefully inspire our learning journey over the coming weeks. At the end of the term we are hoping to hold a special event to celebrate and share all our hard work.

Autumn Literacy

In Literacy this term we are exploring an array of non fiction text types. We will begin by looking at a range of letters in order to become familiar with features that can be found in both formal and informal styles. We will then link our letter writing to our Olympic theme as we will write letters to a pen pal from Brazil. We will also be learning how to write a set of detailed instructions that include imperative verbs and have a clear chronological order. We will start by looking at how to make paper hats before going on to write our own set of instructions for our friends to follow.

Autumn Science

In Science this term we have been looking at States of Matter. We have learnt how to distinguish between a solid, liquid and a gas and can define their properties. We have also been finding out about the water cycle and what happens to cause condensation and evaporation. We have conducted a range of interesting investigations to test out some of our theories.

Autumn Maths

In the first half of the term we are using our new approach to maths to help develop our skills within addition and subtraction. We will be learning how to add and subtract hundreds, tens and ones mentally from three digit numbers and then we will move on to using a formal columnar approach.

We will be aiming to apply these skills in a range of problem solving contexts such as finding perimeter and comparing measures.

Autumn Theme

Our topic for this term is all about important sporting events so we decided to link this to the recent Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. Our History has focused on the Ancient Olympics and we have looked at the origins of the games as well as looking at what life would have been like for the athletes. In Art we have designed and made carnival masks using a wide variety of collage materials whilst our DT will explore sculpture, making our own version of the famous Greek vases that display Olympic images. Our geography will explore the human and physical features of a rainforest, looking at the climate and the impact people have on the environment.

 

Autumn RE

Our topic this term is remembering. We have looked at at how Christians celebrate and remember special life events such as weddings and compare this with how other faiths celebrate similar occasions. We will also be exploring the importance of remembrance Sunday and how this relates to the British Value of liberty and democracy.

Autumn Homework and PE days

Homework is given at the start of each half term and a completed piece is due in every Monday. Children will also be set a piece of maths work on the website www.mymaths.co.uk  Children receive ten new spellings every week and are tested the following Monday.

 

PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children need to have t-shirt and shorts for indoor sessions and a suitable jumper, pair of trousers and trainers for outside sessions.

Autumn Trips and visits

We had great fun taking part in the soccer speed challenge and were delighted that one of our class now holds the speed record for Y3/4 pupils in Hull and East Riding – well done Tommy! We are really excited to announce that we will be receiving a visit from the acoustic roots music group ‘Mambo Jambo’ on Tuesday 8th November. This visit will link with our topic as children will be learning about Latin music and taking part in workshops before performing for an audience.