Autumn Term in Year 3 - half termly letter
We will start by learning poetry for the House Performance Poetry competition. Our writing will focus on non-fiction genres inspired by The Pebble in My Pocket by Meredith Hooper. We will then move on to create a narrative text inspired by Robert Swindell’s Ice Palace. In addition to this, we will continue to develop comprehension, dictionary and reading skills in Guided Reading lessons as well as working on the spelling and grammar curriculum for Year 3.
Continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics, we will revisit multiplication & division. The children will learn how to solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and known multiplication and division facts. We will move on to explore measurement, adding and subtracting lengths and weights, and look at problem solving in practical contexts. You can support your children at home with this by carrying out practical tasks such as cooking, measuring and cutting lengths of fabric etc. We will continue to practise mental arithmetic skills and there will be a weekly tables test to help the children practise rapid and fluent recall of the 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
We will continue our work on rocks, focusing on scientific skills such as making predictions, testing hypotheses, recording results and drawing conclusions. We will be visiting the Natural History Museum at the end of November. We will then move on to the topic Animals including Humans, learning about nutrition and what makes a healthy diet as well as the main body parts associated with the skeleton and muscles. The children will raise and answer scientific questions, collect data, make observations and find links with the world around them.
This term our focus will be online safety, using Purple Mash resources. The children will learn how to create and use secure passwords and why they are important. They will begin to recognise the difference between genuine and “spoof” websites.
Our topic question this half term continues to be: “Would you rather have lived in the Stone age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?” We will move on to explore the religious beliefs of early people and the impact of discovering how to make and use metal.
The children will build on their knowledge of early shelters and homes to research, design, build and evaluate a shelter within an Iron Age settlement.
We will continue with the Wandsworth Music Service’s programme, building on the children’s growing familiarity with the recorder and djembe drums as well as singing together in preparation for the end of term performances.
Using PATHS we will explore the basic emotions of scared, afraid, safe and angry. We will look at recognising anger and strategies that can help to manage these uncomfortable feelings in a positive and healthy way. Autumn 2 also includes Anti-Bullying Week. This year’s theme is to choose respect over bullying. We will be exploring what respect means, how bullying is a behaviour choice, and how to respectfully disagree with others.
We will be working on extending their knowledge on numbers to 20 and learn to describe colours and play familiar playground games. We will also be working on a well known Spanish song, Tengo,tengo, tengo (‘I have, I have, I have’).
3F and 3KB will be learning basketball; 3B netball. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times throughout the week. Swimming lessons will continue at The Aspire Centre on Wednesday mornings. 3KB will have their final 9.30 lesson on 31st October with 3F going for the later lesson. For the following six weeks, 3B will have swimming at 9.30 and 3KB will take the later lesson.
We will continue learning about Islam with a focus on prayer.
Trips and Special Events
We will be going to the Natural History Museum on 30th November to support work in science.
The Year 3 and 4 end of term production will take place on Wednesday 19th December at 9.30 am. Further details will follow.
Please continue to support your children at home with spellings, reading and discussing books together, learning times tables facts and completing Mathletics tasks.
Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times. Thank you!