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Year 3

Class teachers

Robin - Ms Barlow

Sparrow - Ms Grant

Welcome to Robin and Sparrow! 

Literacy

This term we will be using stories with a Stone Age setting to help us to write historical explanation texts about that period. There will be a big focus on word and sentence level work as the children develop their writing skills. We will be continuing to write a range of genres, including narratives, to explore different aspects of the Stone Age. There will be a continued focus on improving spelling, grammar and punctuation over the term.

Numeracy

We will be focusing on number and the number system, including writing ordering and partitioning larger numbers. The children will continue following the school calculation policy to practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. By the end of year three all the children need to be secure in their x2, x3, x4, x5, x6, x8, x10 tables, and any help you could give them to practice these at home would be much appreciated.

Topic

The Stone Age is a history driven topic, which will provide the children with plenty of opportunities to practise their historical investigation skills and learn about past societies. We will be going on a trip to Margaret McMillian House to take part in a survival challenge to help us understand how people may have lived in the Stone Age.

We will also be drawing heavily on our geography skills, using maps and computers to look at how mountains, hills, rivers and the European continent have changed since the Stone Age.

 Science

Linking to the Stone Age, we will be looking at different rock types and thinking about different soils, as well as a study on how fossils form and are preserved underground.

Art/DT

We will be looking at the world’s earliest art– cave paintings- and using hand prints to create our own clan cave painting in the classroom. We will then study Stone Age tools, and use them to inspire us when we design, make and test our own Stone Age axes.

Computing

In computing we will be writing instructions to create simple computer programs. We will also use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in programs.

RE

After a short diversity study, during which we will learn about the importance of inclusion and tolerance by comparing the six major religions. We will focus on Buddhism, particularly the Buddha and his teachings.

PSHE

Year 3 will continue to follow the PATHs program, which teaches about feelings and how to handle emotions in different situations. We will also be focusing on the UN Convention of Rights of the Child, and helping all of the children to know their rights and the responsibilities that go along with them. Later in the term we will have Sex and Relationship Education, with a focus on gender and family differences, and keeping safe. 

 PE

This term Robin and Sparrow class will have P.E. on Thursdays and Fridays. We will be focusing on health and well-being and our balancing and coordination skills, following the FUNS program of study. All children must change into full P.E. kit to participate, consisting of white t-shirt, navy/black shorts and trainers.

Homework

Homework will be set on a Friday afternoon and handed in on a Wednesday. There will be skills practise based on class work. Spellings will reflect the topic and high frequency words.

Reading

The children will read to adults on a regular basis, in a group and independently. Every day they will need their book bags, including reading books and reading records, which they will need to write a comment in. Please read with your child at home and encourage reading for pleasure. At Southwark Park we now use Accelerated Reader, so children will be using ipads to do comprehension tests on all the books that they read to deepen their understanding, and earning prizes for reading enough and understanding their books well.

We are looking forward to a fantastic year together in Year 3!

Miss Barlow and Miss Grant