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Learning for life with Jesus

Year 3

Year 3

Mr Hall

 

What a fantastic start our new year 3 children have had!

 

It is always such an incredible experience when you get to be with your class in these first few weeks and begin to take them on their learning journey for the year. 

Over this term we have some super topics to focus on. The  fabulous Ancient Greeks is our first block of learning which contains lots of wonderful stories to explore  and facts to learn. I'm sure it will set us up for an exciting beginning to the term.

 

 Their behaviour has been impeccable and parents should be feeling very proud.

 

They are such a 'brilliant bunch' and I know they will grow in their learning and skills as the year progresses. Keep it up year 3!

 

If you have any additional questions, please catch me at the end of the day or arrange an appointment through the office.

 

You can also contact me through the class email: year3@st-thomas-kidsgrove.staffs.sch.uk 

 

Mr Hall

 

Curriculum Overview

Weekly Timetable

What are we learning this term?

This term we are going to be learning about The Ancient Greeks. We will learn about key events that happened and look closely at how they affected people's lives. We will also discover what life was like for children and adults both at home and as their society grew.

 

Following this, we will look, in-depth, at some of their beliefs about their Gods and mythological creatures through our reading times, story writing and character analysis.

 

Finally, we will read about some of their famous battles and wonderful inventions.

 

Writing

 

This term we will be creating, telling and writing stories. This will include us:

  • Planning and telling stories varying our voice and intonation to create effects and sustain interest. Plan & write familiar whole stories altering & describing characters or setting. Use a structured sequence of events in paragraphs. Use complete sentences in 3rd person and past tense. Use story language, dialogue & “” .

  • Identify common features and themes in different types of traditional story: fables, myths, legends, fairy and folk tales. 

 

Biography Writing

We will be finding out about the life of Alexander the Great and writing about him in a biographical form.


Instructional Writing

We will write a set of instructions based around our key DT task on making storyboards.

 

Reading

We will be focusing on the VIPERS' skill of explaining. We will look at the layout and features of different fiction and non-fiction texts and consider how effective the layout is for the reader. We will also explain how we know who the audience is and how a text could be improved to suit their needs and interests.

 

Spelling

The spelling rules we are working on are;

 

  • Homophones and near homophones: to/two/ too, there/their/ they're, no/know, not/knot, meddle/medal, grate/ great, heel/heal, missed/mist, scene/seen, weather/whether, whose/who's,accept/except, affect/effect, brake/break, fair/fare.

 

Tricky words to spell:

 remember, address, answer, appear, arrive, different, disappear, difficult, famous, group, important, strange

 

Maths

Our first block of learning focuses on measurement. We will do this by:

 

  • Number: Place Value
  • Number: Addition and Subtraction
  • Number: Multiplication and Division

 

 

Our smaller steps to do this will be based around:

  • Representing numbers to 100
  • Tens and ones using addition
  • Hundreds
  • Representing numbers to 1000
  • Using an number line to 1000
  • Finding 1,10,100 more than a number
  • Comparing and ordering objects and numbers up to 1000
  • Counting in 50s

 

 

Wider curriculum

Science

Our new topic for this term in science is called, 'The Power of Force.' We will be exploring the use of forces and how they can help or hinder us. We will be experimenting with the force gravity and testing different springs for their power.

 

After half-term, we will explore the topic of our 'amazing bodies'- looking at keeping healthy and what are the functions of some of main organs.

 

 R.E.

We will focus on 'The Trinity.'  We will explore what God is like, listen to Bible stories  and explore what it means for us today.

 

 

 

Art

We will be studying some of the fantastic work of  the 'Ancient Greeks' and producing work in their style through a variety of media. Later on we will be exploring the topic of 'Indian Art'.

 

Music

Our violin lessons begin to take place at the start of the autumn term. Mrs Hollinshurst (who is an excellent violinist) will be joining the children on a Tuesday morning to take them on their very own musical journey.

 

D.T.

We will be planning, making and evaluating different types of storyboards.

     

 

 

Additional Information

Reading, spelling shed and TimeTable Rockstar should be completed 4-5 times a week.

 

PE will take place on  Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons  – make sure you come to school in your kit!

 

 

 

Useful Links

Times Tables Rock Stars (ttrockstars.com)  

EdShed 

Play Guardians Maths Game | Primary Games | Fun Online Games for Kids | BBC Bitesize - BBC Bitesize

KS2 maths - Topmarks Search

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