HAPPY NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Welcome to Year 3!
Mrs Davis (Class Teacher) and Mrs Jones (Teaching Assistant) are very excited to be working together and we are even more excited to be welcoming you into our classroom. Our aim is to make your learning journey fun and memorable.
Please visit our class page regularly and take a peek at what we have been up to. We intend to share samples of work, photographs of our activities and add any important dates too.
Happy 2020 everyone!
This Spring Term, in Year 3, our Curriculum Vehicle is to create an app for children of about 6 to 10 years of age. This app will be a platform game based on the International Space Station (I.S.S.) and it will include true facts and fun.
Please read below to find out what we will be covering in our subjects.
We will be completing units:
In Maths children will continue their learning of Multiplication and Division. It is so important that all children learn their Times Tables and develop a quick recall of number facts associated with them as it will improve their confidence with number and calculations.
Money - In this unit children will learn to convert between pounds and pence. Although children know from Year 2 that
there are 100 pence in one pound, they have not converted between them. Children will move on to converting amounts such as 720p into pounds and pence and vice versa. Notation with the decimal point is not used until Year 4 so children will continue to use the structure of x pounds and y pence or £x and yp. This will help them unitise 100 pence as £1. Children next go on to solve addition and subtraction problems relating to money. They add the units separately and convert for amounts bridging a pound. Working with money in context is an important skill.
Statistics - This unit exposes children to a range of ways in which information and data can be presented and interpreted. Children will explore pictograms in detail, including exploring the use of keys where one symbol represents
more than 1. Children will be introduced to data presented in bar charts and more complex tables. The unit also
provides a good opportunity for children to practise and apply their calculation and reasoning skills, including
addition and subtraction, and counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
Length - This unit focuses on measurement in mm, cm and m. Children will learn how these units of measurement relate to one another and convert between single and mixed units. They will apply their knowledge of number to compare, order, add and subtract measurements of length and calculate the perimeter of 2D shapes.
Fractions - Throughout the unit children use a variety of key representations, including the bar model and the number line, to help their understanding as they make a whole out of two fractional parts, explore tenths and fractions as a number, and calculate a unit and non-unit fraction of a set of objects.
ENGLISH and GUIDED READING :
We will be listening to 'Stories from Space', which are stories read by astronauts on the I.S.S. about adventures in Space. We will be comparing these stories and even writing a sequel for one of them. In addition to this we will be reading Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer. The overall aims of this are to:
In our writing opportunities we will be learning about and using: Adverbials, Prepositions and Conjunctions as well as the Present Perfect Tense and continuing to present our writing in paragraphs.
We will be learning about Light, both natural (God-made) and artificial (man-made). Children will develop their understanding of sources of light and reflectors of light. Shadows will be investigated and also created for story telling.
Leicester Space Centre will be visiting with two workshops for us to consolidate our learning, mid-way through our vehicle.
After half-term we will be learning about Forces and Magnets. Which materials are attracted to magnets, how magnets are made and what repel means.
Through the use of our Vehicle - The I.S.S. - children will learn about the 5 major lines of latitude and locate countries and significant places on each. They will also learn about the Prime Meridian and how these lines are invisible in the world, only visible on a map. Ariel photography will also be used. Countries and capitals of the British Isles will be explored along with regions and counties too. Children will be writing an astronauts guide to the U.K. An understanding of the difference between the UK and GB and British Isles will also be taught. Children will also be learning about mountains and rivers of the UK.
Ancient civilisations, in particular ancient Egypt will be explored. This will link to our Vehicle as we will be using aerial photography of the pyramids as a part of our stimulus. Children will learn about the four earliest civilisations and place them on a timeline. Order different classes of Egyptian society and investigate what their lives were like. Use historical evidence to find out about Egyptian clothing before designing and making their own jewellery (D and T) . After which, children will learn about Rosetta Stone and how she helped people to decipher hieroglyphics. Children will learn about the pyramids and the sphinx and write poems about them. Following this they will learn about Howard carter and his discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb and the artefacts that it contained.
Our focus during the first half term will be on Holst - The Planets. Children will listen to each movement and discuss how it makes them feel. They will also compare different movements to say which are similar and which are different. After half term pupils will learn to play the Recorder. We plan to attach soundbites from their Recorder playing and Holst to their end of vehicle Product - the I.S.S. app.
Art and D&T:
In art pupils will be practising and further developing their sketching skills by sketching parts of the I.S.S. and we will be learning about Alan Bean, a former Apollo 11 and Space Lab Astronaut who turned into a 'Moonscape' artist when he retired.
In addition to this, pupils will be designing a piece of moon- art in the style of Alan Bean (using prints).
In D&T, children will be designing and sculpting some Egyptian Jewellery and making a foil cartouche.
Children will be developing their programming skills with 'Scratch' and will design a game for their I.S.S. app.
Autumn Term: 2019
We are using a 'Whole Class Guided Read' approach, whereby the teacher reads to the class, teaches a skill and then pupils have the opportunity to practise those skills.
This term we will be reading: 'Tilly and the Time Machine,' written by Adrian Edmondson. After this text, we will be sharing a picture story book with a comic strip format called, 'Ug - Boy Genius of the Stone Age,' written by Raymond Briggs.
Vehicle: What is this?
It is a very exciting and new way of teaching pupils which includes a ‘real-life’ experience and/or product following a period of learning known as a project. This adds context to their learning.
Each vehicle focuses on key values, which will be assessed as part of the process:
Our Vehicle for the Autumn Term is: Time Travel – Back to the Stone Age and each Year 3 family will be invited to our class exhibition at the end of the term. This will be planned, organised and run by the children themselves.
We are pleased to announce that we are going to Sarehole Mill, in Birmingham for our trip. It will be quite a long day as we will have to depart early and we will more than likely be back between 4 and 4.30 pm. A text will go out to parents to give you a more informed time of return when we are 30 minutes away.