Our Topic this term is 'Where are we in the world?' focusing on map skills, understanding the names for different sizes of places and learning about the features of towns, villages and cities. We will be using Google Maps to navigate the local area, including an online treasure hunt. Topic, maths and computing skills will be integrated into these lessons.
Fractions, multiplication and division are our maths topics. The children will be using concrete and pictorial methods to support their understanding of the written methods.
We are exploring a new 'sentence stacking' method for writing in English lessons. The children are loving 'chotting' (chatting and jotting) to generate lots of fabulous vocabulary to use in their writing. The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton is one of the books we will be using as a stimulus for writing.
In Design and Technology Y3 are evaluating photo frames and generating criteria to design and make their own. They will also use this process to design and make a container to hold stationary.
The children have made a fantastic start to Year 3 and have quickly adjusted to their new routines, including excellent conga dancing for washing hands!
We have been focussing on the book 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers during our English lessons. The children have written list poems, created environmental posters and leaflets about how to stay healthy. They have also done some brilliant descriptive writing.
In Maths we have been learning about 3-digit numbers and representing these in a variety of ways. We have been doing lots of investigating too.
We are looking forward to learning all about the Stone Age and in Science all about Rocks. We have lots of Art , Computing and investigations linked to these topics. The children will be using Seesaw to share their wonderful work with people at home.
For whole class reading on Thursdays and Fridays the children will be reading Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson.
Previous Home Learning
Y3 have settled into the new year extremely well. Mrs Scaife is enjoying teaching Natural Art first thing on a Monday morning and the children have already loved dashing outside to scavenge for twigs, pebbles and leaves to create natural sculptures imitating the style of Andy Goldsworthy.
This term our topic is all about maps, we have been orienteering in the rain but that didn’t stop our eager hunters. Over the next few weeks we will be learning to use all sorts of essential map skills.
Maths is speeding by as the children enjoy learning to tell the time using plenty of practical examples, clocks, calendars and school timetables. We are also getting to grips with subtraction; the children are demonstrating a lot of perseverance.
Our class book this term is Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson. The children are loving it. We can’t wait, each week, to find out more about the adventures of Tim, Biscuits, Giles and Kelly. We are basing our writing this term on the book. Already, the children have produced some fantastic diary entries.
On display in school are the Y3s posters about plastic pollution and global warming. They are using graphics and formatting skills in computing to do this- there are some fantastic results.
Science, this term, is all about magnets. The children are investigating the strength of magnets and are using quite a lot of paper clips in the process!
In P.E, the children are dancing again; something they love to do! They are really enthusiastic performers. This term's theme is our natural world. The children are creating dance motifs to represent weather and physical features. In our other PE lesson, we are working on improving our balance. We are trying to set PBs which has included working with partners and running three-legged races - this has caused quite a lot of amusement on a Monday afternoon. Some of the class have had the opportunity to attend an athletics tournament with other Y3s from local schools. Our children performed very well, and their behaviour was even better! Well done Y3!
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We have made a fantastic start in year 3. We have been focussing on key skills to become better organised and to become more independent learners.
We have impressed other classes with our behaviour outside of the classroom, often having the smartest line in the playground! Keep it up Y3!
We have already completed many exciting parts of our topic on Prehistoric Britain. The trip to Creswell Crags was a particular highlight where the children had a taste of life in the Stone Age. Stunning art work has also been produced by the children and can be seen hanging in our class cave, along with our friend “Woolly” the Woolly mammoth.
To also link with our topic , in science we are studying rocks– we have been learning about how rocks are formed and over the next few weeks, we will be carrying out different experiments to identify different rocks and their properties.
The children are enjoying our class stories – The Stone Age Boy, Stig of the Dump and Flat Stanley and lots of work English work has been based around these books.
We are really impressed with Year 3s enthusiasm in maths – our main focus this half term being place value, addition, the 6 and 8 times tables and shape. Lots of investigating is taking place in the classroom and lots of measuring too. The children are keen to get into our measuring area, being able to use number in a real context.