Autumn Term in Year 3 - Half termly letter
have started the term by using the award-winning picture book, “Mr Wuffles” as inspiration for a range of writing including narrative, descriptions and writing in role. Later this term, we will be building our written work around The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells and Raymond Briggs’ Ug, Boy Genius of the Stone Age. In addition to this, we will be developing comprehension and reading skills in targeted Guided Reading lessons as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 3. There will be a weekly spelling test.
We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics and focusing on the themes of number and place value- reading, writing and comparing numbers up to 1,000 and finding 10 or 100 more/less than given numbers; addition and subtraction- mental and formal written methods with numbers up to 3 digits, including estimating and using inverse operations to check; In addition, the children will have weekly times tables tests as the expectation is that all children in Year 3 should have fluent recall of the 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables up to by the end of the year. There will be a weekly tables test to help them practise rapid recall of the facts.
Our science topic this half term is: rocks, including an understanding of how fossils are formed and forces and magnets. Our work will include many opportunities for the children to raise questions and make links with the world around them. They will begin to learn how to plan investigations, collect data and draw simple conclusions based on their observations.
This term, we are fortunate to have support from the Wandsworth City Learning Centre who will be leading Year 3 computing lessons and developing their coding skills using Hopscotch.
Our topic question this half term is: “Would you rather have lived in the Stone age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?” There will be lots of opportunities to raise questions about this period, understand the concept of ancestry and conduct independent research to answer the questions we all have. This will be followed up by an exciting trip to Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire just after the half-term holiday where we will be able to experience how people in these periods really lived.
The art curriculum will link with our topic work and will include cave painting and designing and building a stone age shelter and an observational model of Stonehenge.
Our learning this half term will be based around “Let Your Spirit Fly”, an R&B song for children. We will: listen to and talk about this and other similar songs; build on our knowledge and understanding about the features of music through vocal warm-ups, learning to sing the song, composing and improvising; all in preparation for performance.
The children will focus on developing responsibilty and taking an active role in the school and wider community as they move up into Key Satge 2.
As the children start having weekly Spanish lessons this term, they will be learning greetings and basic questions/answers when meeting people, as well as how to provide other people with basic information about themselves. eg "Mi nombre es.... ", "Vivo en...". They will start to become familiar with the Spanish alphabet and sounds in Spanish and will learn numbers from 1-20.
PE will be taught by our sports coaches. 3F will be learning rugby and 3GK netball. After half term, we will reverse. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
We will be learning about Buddhism with a focus on Buddhist stories and what they teach us.
Trips and Special Events
Our main trip this term will be to Butser Ancient Farm on November 7th and further details will follow.
Swimming will now take place on Fridays. Children need to wear a swimming hat.