The children have made a fantastic start back to school after the Easter holidays and are set to have a brilliant final term in year 3.
This half term children will be looking at two different text types in Literacy.
To begin with they will be learning the features of a diary recount and will have a go at writing one of their own, based on events in their life. Children will be taught how to write in the past tense as well as how to use conjunctions and prepositions to express time.
After this children will then move on to reading the book 'The Lost Happy Endings'. Within this unit of work they will learn the features of a traditional fairy tale and will then have a go at mixing up well know fairy tales to create their own. Whilst doing this the children will revisit how to correctly use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech and will also extend sentences using a range of subordinating conjunctions.
This half term in maths there will be a strong focus on problem solving. We will be looking at formal written methods for all four areas of calculation; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and then learning to apply these skills to one and two step problems. As well as this, children will continue to work on their knowledge of time and how to work out the duration of time an event takes. Finally, children will learn what horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines are and will be able to identify them.
Our Topic this half term is 'Different Places, Similar Lives' and it will largely focus on Geography.
Within this topic children will be learning about the lives of people living in different countries and how their lives are similar and different to their own. We will be locating different continents and countries on maps and looking at their weather and climate. Also, we will be looking at what volcanoes and earthquakes are and how they work.
This half term in Science the children will be learning all about Light. They will be learning to recognise that light is needed in order to see things and that light can be reflected off different surfaces. On top of this children will also learn how shadows are formed and will find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.
The children have made a great start back to school after the Christmas holidays and are already showing great enthusiasm and determination.
Throughout this half term children will be reading the book 'Until I Met Dudley' and they will be using this to produce their own explanation text about how an everyday item works. Within this they will be learning how to write complex sentence, how to change the tense of their writing and also how layout features such as diagrams and sub-headings can help with the understanding of a text.
We will also be looking at a poem called 'From a Railway Carriage' which was written by R. L Stevenson. Using story maps and other techniques children will learn this poem by heart. They will then use this format to invent their own poem.
As in the previous term our daily maths lessons will cover and range of different areas. Children will be learning the place value of three digit numbers and how we can use this to help us order and compare them. They will learn how to use picture and diagrams to recognise and show equivalent fractions, how to recognise, write and find fractions of a group and also how to compare and order unit and non-unit fractions. After this children will be learning how to compare, add and subtract different measures including length, mass and capacity. As well as all of this children will recap written methods of multiplication and division and see how this can be linked to money.
Our topic for this half term is 'Railways'. Throughout this children will learn the history of trains and the railway and will see how this mode of transport changed people's lives for the better. We will look at a painting by the famous artist L.S.Lowery called 'Level Crossing' and give children the opportunity to re-create their own version of this. As part of our local history children will also learn about the history of the East Lancashire Railway and what advantages this brings to our town.
After a fantastic start back to school in Autumn 1 where the children produced some fantastic work we cannot wait to see what they achieve this half term.
This half term in Literacy children will be looking at two different purposes for writing; writing to entertain and writing to persuade. All of our work is going to be based on the fantastic book Gregory Cool.
Within writing to entertain children will create a story map for the book and use this to help them orally recall the main events in the book. They will then eventually move onto writing their own story about visiting a new country and the different experiences which may come with this.
When looking at writing to persuade children will be creating holiday broachers to try and persuade the reader to visit their country. They will begin by looking at the country of Tobago from the book and then moving on to a country of their own choice.
Our daily maths lessons will cover a range of different areas including; written and mental methods of multiplication and division for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables, telling the time on an analogue clock to the nearest minute including roman numeral clocks and recognising and making models of a variety of 3d shapes.
You could use the following YouTube videos to help your children with their times tables:
This half term our topic is ‘Digital Gamers' and within this topic children will be learning to create different algorithms and programs on the laptops to create their own digital game. it will involve them learning to do things such as give an on-screen robot directional instructions such as turn 45 degrees.
They will be using the website Scratch for most of this topic which they can assess online for free.
In science children will be looking at and learning all about the human body. They will be finding out that all animals including humans need to eat the right sorts of foods and have access to a balanced diet. As well as they will be discovering that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.
All children have made a fantastic start to the school year and have settled well into year 3 life. Already the children have produced some fantastic work and we cannot wait to see what the rest of the year holds.
Within our literacy lessons this half term children will be looking at a range of different poems which have a different structure. They will be reading and finding the features of Haikus, Tankas and Cinquains before having a go at writing their own which they will then perform to the class.
Our daily maths lessons will cover a range of different areas including; number and place value, learning how to find the perimeter of a selection of 2d shapes and finding out how to create and interpret different graphs. As well as this children will be learning to add and subtract numbers both mentally and using a formal column method.
This half term in year 3 our topic is ‘Scavengers and Settlers’ and throughout this unit children will be learning all about the history of the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will be looking at the everyday life of people who lived during this time and how this compares to our life now. Children will use a range of different sources explore the life of Otzi the ice man and find out what secrets Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands holds.
To link in with our ‘Scavengers and Settlers’ topic the children will be investigating the different properties of rocks, different types of rocks and what they are used for. We will also be looking at how fossils are formed.