Our Year 3 Team

Teachers

                                                              

Jen Keneally

Maple

Sam Swaine

Yew

 

 

Teaching Assistants

              

Claire Thornton

TA2 

Kim Sedgley

TA2

Hannah Bletchley

TA1

2018 - 2019

Year 3 PE days are: 

Yew - Tuesday & Thursday

Maple - Wednesday & Thursday

Please ensure that children have a white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable footwear

Spring 1

ENGLISH

In English, the book which will be the focus of our learning is ‘The Frog Prince Continued’, written by Jon Scieszka. Stemming from the text, we will produce a role on the wall, a diary entry and a narrative with an alternative ending. In SPaG, we will continue to apply our knowledge of conjunctions and we will start to use a range of complex and compound sentences within our writing.

 

MATHS

In Maths, we will begin by finding and writing fractions with small denominators. After this, we will start to recognise equivalent fractions which will help us to order and compare them. In addition to our fraction work, we will develop our confidence around measuring length, mass and capacity. In addition to this, we will learn how to add and subtract a range of measurements. We will also begin to apply our multiplication skills to work out the cost of items in both pounds and pence.

 

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term, we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring the question ‘How did that blossom become an apple?’ Within this, we will be describing the needs of different plants for survival. In addition, we will also learn how to describe the life cycle of flowering plants. This topic enables us to set up our own fair test and observe how water is transported within plants.

TOPIC

Our topic for this half term is ‘Why do some families become famous?’. We will be learning about the Hopwood Family and how they impacted the local area.  Alongside this, we will be looking at comparisons of the Royal family, famous families and our own family. Within this, we will explore our own family in more detail with a focus on our family tree.

Autumn 2

ENGLISH

In English, the book which we will be the focus of our learning is The Iron Man, written by Ted Hughes and illustrated by Laura Carlin. Stemming from the text, we will produce character descriptions, a diary entry and a poem. The opportunity to use musical instruments will help us imagine the sounds which occur during the different parts of the story. In SPaG, we will continue to apply our knowledge of conjunctions and we will start to use a range of adverbs and prepositions within our writing.

MATHS

In Maths, the focus will be on mental multiplication and division by using a range of strategies. After this, we will progress on to using the formal written methods for both multiplication and division. In addition to our calculation work, we will develop our confidence around telling the time, using both an analogue clock and roman numerals. We will also begin to recognise different 3D shapes and learn how to make them using modelling materials. Adults, can help support telling the time and calculation  work at home as this will have a great impact on the children’s learning.

SCIENCE

Within Science this half term we will be continuing to work scientifically by exploring how objects are magnetic and explaining this by using scientific words such as ‘attract’ and ‘repel’. We will be carrying out multiple investigations to predict how magnets work and how they are used. In addition to this, we will be looking closely at other forces by discussing how objects move on a range of surfaces.

TOPIC

This half term within Topic, we will be looking at the question, “Why do so many people leave the UK to live in Australia?” Within this, we will be using our geographical knowledge to help us draw conclusions. We will have the opportunity to use our atlas and map skills to locate a range of geographical features in both the United Kingdom and Australia.

 

Autumn 1

ENGLISH

In English, we will produce annotated drawings, questions and a written letter. We will have the opportunities to draw comparisons through drama and role play. We will learn how to use a range of conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to make our work more exciting. Further to this, we will begin to develop our skills in using the diagonal and
horizontal strokes which are needed to join letters. The book which we will be focusing our learning around is called ‘UG , Boy Genius Of The Stone Age’.

MATHS

In Maths we will cover a range of areas, including place value. Alongside this, we will develop our understanding of addition and subtraction using the formal written
methods and mental strategies. We will also learn how to measure the perimeter using cm and m. Throughout the year, we will be focusing on our 3, 4 and 8 timetables. There will also be an element of reasoning and problem solving everyday in our lessons.

SCIENCE

Within Science this term, we are learning to work scientifically by investigating how shadows are formed and how factors may affect the size of our shadows. We will also know how light is reflected from a surface. By the end of this topic, we will understand the dangers of direct sunlight and will be able to explain how we can keep ourselves protected.

 

TOPIC

This half term within Topic, we will be looking at the question: ‘Who first lived in
Britain?’. We will be using our historical and geographical knowledge and skills to help us research the key question. Within this topic, we will have the opportunity to look at the early forms of communication and produce our own piece of art based upon this.

 

 

 

2018 - 2019

Spring 1

Family Coat of Arms

As part of our new Topic, we looked at the Hopwood Family and their family's coat of arms. We then looked at our surnames to see where they originated from and what the symbols may have represented. This was really exciting to find out about and it got us interested in the topic of 'Why do some families become famous?'

Autumn 2

Aboriginal Art


Within our Topic, we have been learning about the first inhabitants of Australia. After learning lots of interesting information about their art work, we produced our own aborginal art. Firstly, we used a template of the animal that we wanted to design. Then, we used brightly coloured paint to create a replica dot painting. 

Sharing Work with Y4


This term, Year 4 have been writing a TED Talk all about plastic. Once they had finished, they came to share it with us! We listened to a range of different arguments and then we had the opportunity to work alongside a partner from Year 4 to ask them questions about their learning.

Investigating Friction!


Within our Science topic of 'Forces and Magnets', we learnt about friction and how it acts against a force. After this, we carried out an investigation where we tested different surfaces in order to  understand how friction affects the speed of an object. We discovered that the carpet created more friction than the smooth surface. 

Freeze Frame


Within our English lesson, we used freeze frame to develop a better understanding of a character's emotions and behaviours.  

Window to the World
Our focus country this time was India. We used a style of art called Pointillism which used the tip of the brush and little dots to paint. In addition, we painted Rangoli patterns and used these to cover the outline of an elephant. We had a fantastic day!

Entry Point
Year 3 had to search the playground to find hidden scraps of metal using clues. These clues helped us locate jigsaw pieces of our main character.

Autumn 1

Problem Solving
To consolidate our learning on place value this term, we completed a coded 100 square challenge. It was important that we could recognise patterns within the number square and justify how the symbols matched the numbers. 

Exploring Shadows
Our Science topic for this half term was ‘Light and Dark’ and we needed to recognise factors which might affect our shadow size. As the weather was perfect for this, we went outside and drew around our shadows. It was really helpful for us to see the shadows and discuss why they might change size. 

Character Description
After producing a character description of UG, we went into Year 4 and read these aloud to a partner. The Year 4 children had to draw what they thought our character looked like. After this, we went back to our classroom and improved our work based upon their feedback. 

Freddy Fit
We were lucky enough to have Freddy Fit visit our school again. Team work was a big focus this time and Freddy Fit taught us how to be resilient. We really enjoyed keeping fit and also having a go at the limbo!

Cave Painting
Using a spray bottle and paint, Year 3 went outside and created a replica cave painting. We sprayed the paint over our hands and looked at the design it left underneath. After this, we discussed how cave art would have been produced in a similar way during the Stone Age.

Entry Point
For our entry point, we looked at archaeologists and how they help us to learn about the past. We looked at different materials from the inside of a bin and discussed what the items might tell people about us in the future.