Welcome to Year 3!
In English this term we will be reading Stig of the Dump. We will be developing our writing skills and broadening our experience of writing different types of text through reading Stig of the Dump. We will be writing diary entries, persuasive estate agent adverts and producing our very own play scripts! A real focus for us this term is to have more variety in our use of vocabulary, in particular adjectives, sentence openers and conjunctions.
In Maths, we will be spending a lot of time deepening our knowledge of numbers up to 1000. We will be looking closely at place value. This includes reading, writing, ordering and comparing 3 digit numbers as well as rounding them. We will then move onto furthering our understanding of addition and subtraction. We will be working hard to develop our reasoning and problem solving skills.
We will complete 2 enquiries in Term 1 - a Science enquiry and a History enquiry. For Science, we are learning about rocks, fossils and soil. Our launch day for this enquiry, which is a Rock Experience Day with Andrew Berry, was enjoyed by all, and more information on this can be found on the 'What have we been learning?' section of this page. After this, we will move onto our historical enquiry of Prehistoric Britain. We will be learning all about transition, change and progress from The Stone through to the Iron Age, whilst considering our Big Question of 'Did Prehistoric people live and look like Fred Flintstone?'.
Year 3 are really excited to be starting their Roman enquiry this term! Our big question for the term is going to be 'What did the Romans do for us?'
In English, all of our writing will be linked to our historical enquiry. We are going to be writing our own Roman Myths after learning all about Roman Gods and the stories of Romulus and Remus. After this, we will be reading Roman Diary: The Journey of Iliona; this is about a young girl forced into the slave trade in the Roman empire. The story explains how life was for Iliona and other civilians in the Roman Empire and the amazing discoveries that Iliona makes. This will form the basis of our writing for the rest of term and the children will be completing a range of written tasks, including empathy tasks, creating advertisements, examining description of Roman inventions, investigating diary features and writing our own diaries, creating fact files about Roman soldiers and many other activities. This term ,our focus will be on punctuation, especially varying the punctuation the children use in their work.
In Maths, we will be focusing on learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables before moving onto time, length and perimeter and, finally, we will begin our fractions unit. During our time unit, we will read and write the time from an analogue clock, including Roman numerals, and 12/24 hour clock. We will need to read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute and use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m./p.m., morning, afternoon and midnight. Our length and perimeter unit will involve measuring, comparing, adding and subtracting lengths and measuring the perimeter of 2d shapes. Our fractions unit will be centred on tenths.
Our enquiry this term is historical. We will be considering the impact that the Romans have had on our lives today, as well as using the terms BC and AD and placing events onto an historical timeline.
We also have an RE enquiry to complete this term. Our big question for this enquiry is 'Why is the Bible important to Christians today?'
Term 2 Update
Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the Romans! We learnt all about how the Romans have impacted our lives today. Many of us didn't know that the Romans invented so many things that we use today, such as calendars, laws and roads! We had an absolutely fantastic trip to the cinema to see Horrible Histories 'Rotten Romans'. The film was funny and engaging, yet very educational!
During our RE enquiry, we thought about the many different reasons why the Bible is important to Christians today. We considered aspects such as the Bible tells us where we came from and that the Bible helps people to feel closer to God.
This term we are learning all about Natural Disasters! This is a geographical enquiry and we have 2 big questions to answer: 'Why does an earthquake make the earth shake?' and 'Why are there volcanoes in the sea?'.
We will be applying a range of geographical skills to help us to answer our big questions.
These are the areas we will be learning about in Geography lessons are:
* The structure of the Earth
* A glossary of key terms around earthquakes
* Plate tectonics and earthquakes - what is an earthquake, how do they happen, where do they happen, famous earthquakes case study
* Measuring earthquakes.
* Volcanoes = what are they, how are they made, understand a volcanoes structure
* Researching major volcano sites.
* Pompeii case study
* Tsunamis - what causes tsunamis and a case study into the Sri Lankan tsunami.
* Monsoons and beat the flood investigation (fieldwork skill)
* News report on earthquakes or volcanoes to consolidate learning.
In Maths, we are continuing our work on perimeter and length. We will then move onto fractions, multiplication and division. We will be revisiting time during this term too.
In English, we are focusing on non-fiction writing for the first fortnight. We will be researching earthquakes in order to produce an information text by the end of week 2. We will then move onto shape poems and writing letters.
Finally, we also have RE Enquiries to complete where we will be answering the big questions: 'What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today?' and 'Why do people pray?'.