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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

We hope you enjoy exploring what we have been doing so far this year!

Meet the team:

3J - Miss Jamison is the class teacher and Mrs Parry-Jones is the teaching assistant.

3H - Miss Hutchings is the class teacher, and Mrs Akhtar and Madame Taylor are the teaching assistants.

The Autumn Term

Humanities:

This term, we have been learning all about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. We learnt that the Stone Age covered a huge period of time, over 3 million years! It started with the first human-like animals who migrated lots due to climate change and lack of food sources. People were called hunter-gatherers and used stones to make tools. We explored how their houses changed over time, designed our own tools using flint and created fact files about Skara Brae. We learnt the names of 3 eras within the Stone Age: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. Next, we explored how the Bronze Age came about; people discovered how to make bronze tools which were more useful. We researched about the famous Amesbury Archer. Finally, we looked at the Iron Age where humans became more clever and began settling in one place, building hill forts and fighting over them.

Science:

In science this term year 3 have covered two topics, including rocks and Forces and Magnets.

 

Rocks:

In this topic, the children really enjoyed being able to handle and classify real rocks and fossils. We started the topic by learning about the three main different types of rock, which are metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary. Then we moved onto learning about the rock cycle, fossil types, the process of fossilisation, soil types and soil formation. One of the children’s favourite lessons was carrying out an experiment to help them classify the rocks. This involved them testing the different rocks to see how permeable, durable, and dense each rock was.

 

Forces and Magnets:

After half term, the children in year 3 started their new topic looking at ‘Forces and magnets’. The children started by developing their understanding of what forces were and identifying the different types of forces. They enjoyed going around the classroom finding what everyday items that they push and pull.  When learning about friction the children carried out an investigation, looking at the impact different surfaces had on the level of friction. When looking at magnets the children completed a ‘scrap yard challenge', in this needed to sort the objects into magnet and non-magnetic. After carrying this out they discovered that an object had to be metal in order to be magnetic.

 

Art and DT:

 

In Art, we started by learning how to finger knit. This took a lots of perseverance and practice.

After half term, we moved onto learning about cave painting and then ended up printing our own cave painting animal, using polystyrene sheets and paint.

English:

During the Autumn term, we studied three books; Stone Age Boy, Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age, and The Green Ship. We engaged in various reading, writing and drama tasks based on these books. We wrote predictions, book reviews, instruction texts, setting and character descriptions, dialogue, comic strips, diary entries, poems, and we innovated and invented a new version of the story. We practised our comprehension skills through answering questions about what had happened in the story. We really enjoyed the illustrations within the books and found the storylines interesting too!

Maths:

We have been practising our number skills by focussing on place value, addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division. We looked at how to represent numbers in various ways, partition them to explore their value, order and compare them. We got better at adding and subtracting mentally and we learnt how to use the expanded column method for written addition and subtraction. We continued to practise our times tables knowledge and learnt about how multiplication relates to division. We learnt the grid method for written multiplication and we looked at division in terms of sharing and grouping. 

Other:

In Music, the children rewrote the lyrics to Queens 'we will rock you' to make it Stone Age themed. They then performed these to the class. 

During Computing lessons, we became more confident with skills such as logging on and off, navigating apps, resizing windows, saving our work, creating folders, refining our google searches, bookmarking a web page, using shift key to change to upper case letters, and using shift key symbols. We also did some E-safety where we learnt the importance of keeping passwords private.

Our topic in PSHE was ‘Health and Wellbeing’. We explored ‘healthy lifestyles’ including, what makes a balanced diet and how our habits can change. We also looked at ‘growing and changing’ where we talked about our targets, our feelings and changes. Finally, we discussed ‘keeping safe’ including, school rules about health and safety, hazards and risk, and who can help in an emergency.

In RE, the children learned about places of worship and the main features of churches and mosques.

During French lessons, we greeted each other, introduced ourselves and understood some classroom instructions in French. We began counting to 30 and discussing our ages. 

In PE we developed out balls skills, focusing on throwing and catching.

The Spring Term

Humanities:

This term we have been focussing more on our Geography skills. We have learnt how to use a map to locate UK countries and cities, seas and rivers, counties, and hills and mountains. We also explored the continents and oceans of the world. 

We will be studying local land use and learning how to draw our own maps, focussing on the use of a key and map symbols. We will be using google maps to support this. We will be exploring the meaning of urban and rural, as well as how land is used for different types of farming.

Science:

During the first half term, we focused on Animals including humans. The children learnt how to group animals based on their diet and then we moved onto looking at the human body. The children explored the skeleton and were introduced to the scientific names of the bones. After that they were taught how the muscles in our body work in pairs to produce movement.

 

This half term the children will be moving onto plants. In this topic we will be learning lots of different things about plants, including the different parts of plants and their functions, what plants need to grow, how water is transported through a plant and about the life cycle of plants. This learning will be supported by practical investigation and experiments, which we think the children will really enjoy.

Art and DT:

In the first half term, the children were learning about the art form 'pointillism'. They started by learning about the history of pointillism and how it was invented and then moved onto to creating their own masterpieces. The children really enjoyed being able to create their own pointillism pictures both on the computer and on paper. There were some amazing pieces of artwork produced.

During the second half term, the children will be focusing on still life art, mainly looking at observation drawing and sketching. This topic will link into our science learning as the children will end up using a mixed-media approach to create their own flowers.

English:

During the first half term, we studied the book 'Tales of Wisdom and Wonder' which is a book that comprises of 7 short tales from around the world. The children enjoyed the uniqueness of the stories and the morals they told. We had fun acting out the tales and engaging in various writing tasks including, poems, letters, postcards, newspaper reports and a book review.

Maths:

So far in maths this term, we have explored the topics 'Money', 'Statistics' and 'Properties of Shape'. We practised how to calculate with money including giving change. We learnt about different types of graphs including, tally charts, pictograms and bar charts, and we practised interpreting data. Finally we recapped our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes. We learnt about what angles are and the different types of lines for example, horizontal and vertical, and parallel and perpendicular.

Other:

In Music, the children have been engaging in live Rock Steady music lessons.

During Computing lessons, we have been practising our typing and coding skills.

Our main topic in PSHE is ‘Relationships’. We have been exploring ‘Feelings and emotions', 'Healthy relationships' and 'Difference' including, looking at how to maintain good relationships, how our actions can affect ourselves and others, how to resolve conflict, the importance of confidentiality and similarities and differences in opinions. 

In RE, the children have been learning about religious and non-religious festivals and celebrations.

During French lessons, we have begun learning the language surrounding week days and months and hope to have a short conversation including our birthdates.

In PE we have been following live workouts and dance routines. We aim to continue to learn dance when we are back in school.

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