Our Autumn Vehicle is all about 'Journeys'. We will be journeying back in time with a focus on our local area and the improvement of transport throughout the years. We will explore life in the 18th century.
Our units in RE this term are Belonging to God's Family and We Listen to God's Word at Mass. We will learn about being welcomed into the family of God through the Sacrament of Baptism.
We will learn about the structure of the Mass and why is it important to listen to the Word of God. We will hear and respond to Old Testament stories and New Testament Parables that give us a message of how to live as a members of God's family.
During the Autumn term, Year 3 will be studying the following genres of writing: poetry, instruction writing, writing a setting description, constructing a non-chronological report and writing a persuasive text.
In Maths we will revise our understanding of place value in 2 digit numbers before moving on to 3 digit numbers. We will learn about greater than and less than and place numbers up to 1000 on a number line. Once our place value understanding is secure, we will learn how to add and subtract 3 digit numbers. We will also be learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables. We will use the 22 Club to help us learn them.
Our topic for Science Animals, including humans. We will be naming and sorting animals according to their diet, using the key words omnivore, herbivore and carnivore. We will learn about eating healthy foods, the 5 main food groups and a balanced diet.
We will also learn about the human skeleton and how our muscles work.
In History we will be learning about the famous potter from Stoke on Trent, Josiah Wedgewood. We will learn about his life and work and the life of children in the 18th Century. We will also learn about his involvement in the abolition of slavery. We will use a range of primary and secondary sources to ask and answer questions about the past. We will learn about chronology and be able to order dates on timeline, correctly stating what BC and AD mean.
This term, our geography is all about the United Kingdom. We will be identifying physical and human features of all countries that make up the UK, describing their locations using compass points and what their land borders look like. We will also be studying the different cities that are within the UK, the highest mountains/longest rivers, how the UK's landscape has changed over time and the main industries within the United Kingdom.
In Art we will be basing our work on the famous sculptor Antony Gormley. We will develop our sketching skills by drawing some famous sculptures. We will use watercolour techniques to create an image of ourselves and then become sculptors as we work with clay to create human form sculptures.
D & T
Our focus for the first half term is Structures whereby we will be constructing a castle. We will be learning more about advanced construction techniques and plan for complex arrangements of structures with continual emphasis on evaluating throughout. We will also be studying the features of castles, learning how nets make up structures and can make them stronger.
During the second half term, our learning focus is Mechanisms where we will be creating pneumatic toys. Within this unit, we will examine pneumatic systems using syringes and balloons then apply our understanding of mechanical systems to create our own pneumatic toys.
In music we will be developing notation and enjoying improvisation. We will be considering how music brings us closer together and asking what stories does music tell us about our past.