Autumn Term in Year 3 - half termly letter
We 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 Raymond Briggs’ Ug, Boy Genius of the Stone Age and the non-fiction text The Pebble in My Pocket by Meredith Hooper. 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 will be developing the children’s coding skills using Hopscotch on the ipads.
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. We have started the topic with an exciting trip to Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire to experience how people in these periods really lived and find out how we learn about the past.
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.
We will be taking part in Wandsworth Music Service's specially designed Year 3 Programme. The children will study the recorder, djembe drumming and whole group singing with two specialist music teachers, working towards regular performances throughout the year. Alongside instrumental skills, children will learn the basics of music theory and notation, skills for making music in groups and collaboratively composing their own pieces. Mr Moss will be sending further details.
The children will focus on developing responsibilty and taking an active role in the school and wider community as they move up into Key Stage 2. We will also follow the PATHS programme for establishing a positive classroom environment and building self-esteem.
As the children start having weekly Spanish lessons this term, they will learn to greet others, say how they are and introduce themselves. They will begin to respond to and ask questions about name and age eg by asking and replying to the questions ¿Cómo te llamas? and ¿Cuántos años tienes? The children will learn how to present members of their family; understand and use numbers 1–10 and begin to recognise and pronounce the sounds of Spanish words.
3B will be learning basketball; 3KB and 3F netball. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times throughout the week.
Swimming lessons will start at The Aspire Centre next week on Wednesday mornings. Each class will have 12 lessons over the course of the next 3 half terms. This half term, 3F and 3KB will be going swimming. Further details will follow. Please note that children need to wear a swimming hat.
We will be learning about Islam 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 September 13th
We look forward to meeting you in the 3KB classroom straight after school on Friday 14th September.