Autumn term 1
The Come and See topic for RE this Autumn 1 is Homes. The children will be encouraged to reflect on what makes a house a home. They will explore the life of the Holy Family and some ways Christians live as people chosen by God.
In Year 3 children will enjoy reading a wide variety of texts, and will learn to write in a wide range of genres, as directed by the National Curriculum. We aim to instil in our pupils a love for reading and writing, confidence, stamina and creative, independent thinking.
Key texts covered: Here We Are, Was Tutankhamen Killed? Krindlekrax, Into the Forest, Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, Tuesday, Poetry anthologies
Writing genres: Information text, Writing in role, Diary writing, Letter writing, Newspaper reports, Explanation texts, Narrative —short story/descriptive writing, Poetry exploration
In Year 3 we introduce the children to Destination Reader, a school wide reading programme, in which daily lessons are taught to explicitly study each of the necessary skills for reading and comprehension of texts. Pupils also learn about each of the learning behaviours required for reading and discussing texts with their partners and small groups.
Key skills: Prediction, Questioning, Clarifying, Summarising, Inferring, Evaluating and Making Connections.
Grammar is taught alongside the teaching of writing.
Key skills: time, place and cause conjunctions, paragraphs, headings, subheadings, present perfect verbs, inverted commas.
Spellings are taught via a weekly list of words which are introduced to pupils in class, then set as activities on the Spelling Shed website.
In year 3, pupils extend their knowledge of number, shape and data through daily maths lessons. These will also include recap/revision sessions of previous learning in Year 2. Practical equipment is routinely used to help turn the abstract into concrete. Pupils are provided with enriching activities to practise their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.
Key skills include: Number work to 1000, mental arithmetic using 3 digit numbers, column addition and subtraction, multiplication of 2 digits by 1 digit, reading the time on analogue clocks, roman numerals, graph reading and perimeter and angles.
Our topic this half term is Animals including Humans. We will be exploring how to keep healthy and will develop our knowledge and understanding of nutrition, muscles, bones and joints. We will also think about why it is important to have a healthy lifestyle.
Children will regularly use PCs to develop their computing skills. E- safety is taught explicitly and is at the heart of all computing lessons. Alongside this, pupils are expected to use technology responsibly.
Pupils will be taught to use computing to communicate, problem solve, research and code through topics including; We are programmers, We are bug fixers, We are presenters, We are communicators.
In year 3, we focus on 2 points in history; Ancient Egypt and the Stone Age. We make curriculum links to other topics such as English and Art and provide enrichment by inviting specialist speakers into school, including an Egyptian Day, and by visiting The Museum Of London. Geography is taught alternately with history. This year’s topics are Extreme Weather and Rainforests. We relate topics to real life current events such as climate change and deforestation.
Year 3s take part in an LFA coach-led PE lesson every Thursday morning as well as a teacher led PE session on Monday. In addition to this, classes receive extra tennis, cricket and athletics lessons during the Summer term.
Art & Design
Art and design focuses on; Egyptian Art, Using pastels/chalk, Painting techniques, Illustrations and Origami. In addition to weekly lessons, we try to incorporate art and creativity into as many other curriculum subjects as possible. For example, the computing topic ‘We are programmers’ includes computer design as pupils create a short computer game.
Homework is set every Friday and is posted on google Classroom