Welcome to Year 3

Firstly, I’d like to say how happy I am to be back at school and returning to some sense of normalcy this year. Mrs. Cross, Mrs. Turner and I are really excited to work with the children and it has been a great first week getting to know them. Below is what we will be studying this term, which I hope you will find useful; I will be sending out the knowledge organisers as well if you would like to follow what we are learning at home.

Maths
The initial focus for this term will be to reinforce children’s understanding of place value of numbers up to one thousand. After that, we will concentrate on applying this learning to improve skills in addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers. Finally, the children will develop their understanding estimating and reverse calculations. Through the week there will also be further sessions of arithmetic and problem solving.

English
This term we will be studying a range of fiction and non-fiction, including the fantastical Jack and the Dreamsack where we will be stretching the children’s imagination and creativity. Our non-fiction text will be Penguins, where we will look at paragraphing and the use of sub-headings. We will continue to develop children’s literacy skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentence structure, vocabulary and handwriting. There will be daily spelling practice and a set of spellings to learn each week, so it is important that children practice these ready for a test on Friday. Every child will have a daily class guided reading session, with a focus on comprehension skills including inference and deduction.

Science
This subject will be taught separately from our topics and children will develop key scientific skills through hands-on, investigative sessions. We will be studying two topics this term Animals including humans, looking at physiological structure of humans, nutrition patterns and creating a bionic hand! We will then look at the formation of Rocks and investigate the properties of each.

History
Year 3 will learn to gather information from a range of primary and secondary sources to find out about the Stone Age following the enquiry question, ‘What was it like to live in the Stone Age?’. We will learn about the characteristics of the people who lived during this time period and explore when and why certain changes happened.

Geography
Year 3 will be exploring climate and weather patterns in the UK and across the world. We will be learning about world climate zones such as the polar and equatorial regions whilst using maps and keys to help us explore each area. We will also explore the relationship between climate zones and the seasons.

Art
Year 3 will be learning to draw portraits whilst studying the work and style of Pablo Picasso. We will be experimenting with a variety of different pencils and paints to create pieces with a focus on light and shadows.

RE
This term children will be looking at what Christians believe around the Trinity and why is it important. We will explore the significance of baptism and gospels of Jesus’ life. Although we currently cannot attend church; there will be online performances for harvest festival, and we are hoping to be able to put on a showstopping Christmas performance with Year 4.

Design Technology
Year 3 and 4 will be learning about what a varied and balanced diet looks like whilst designing, creating and evaluating products. We will be exploring the nutritional value of different foods and thinking about how to make our products cost effective.

Music
Whilst we are currently unable to sing as a whole class, children will still be accessing weekly music lessons using the Charanga scheme. In Year 3 we will be introducing them to listening for the structure of music and compose, improvise and play their own RnB song.

PE
Our focus on Invasion Games will allow us to practice key skills, strategies and game tactics allowing evaluation of themselves and their peers. Alongside this we will also be developing our agility, balance and coordination through the REAL PE scheme, which will be delivered by Mr. Jacobson on Thursday afternoons.

PSHE
On returning to school the children have had increased PSHE lessons to help them get back into the normal routine and protect their mental health. This term, children will be focusing on Health and Wellbeing under the topics ‘Healthy Lifestyles’, ‘Growing and Changing’ and ‘Keeping Safe’. Year 3 will look at what makes a balanced diet. Children will also be recognising what they are good at and setting goals and learning how to deal with change. Year 3 will learn about the school rules on health and safety.

French
We will develop speaking and listening skills in lively practical sessions alongside learning about French culture. In Year 3 we will be able to talk about themselves, their families, and the school. They will be able to write and read some words in the language and recognise numbers up to twenty.

Homework
We ask you to support your child’s learning by reading with him/her every night. In Year 3, we aim to have learnt 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x tables by the end of the year and will be asking children to practice these at home. The Times Tables Rockstar app is a great way to do this, the login you can find on the inside cover of their reading record. The new maths curriculum expects children to know all of their times tables by the end of Year 4 where the children will take part in a ‘’Multiplication Check’ devised nationally by the government. Alongside weekly spellings on a Friday, there may be the occasional extra piece of learning that we will ask the children to complete, perhaps to research information for our topic work.

Many thanks for your continued support for your child’s learning.

Best wishes, James Branch

This Year’s Curriculum

Stokenham Area Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.

This Term’s Topics

Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term.  If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mr Branch or Mrs Cowling.

Overview Autumn Term 2021 Year 3 Topics