Welcome to Year 3! Year 3 is a very exciting year in which the children grow their independence as Juniors through in-class learning and at home. We have lots of interesting topics that we will be looking at this year, including The Railways, the Stone Age, Shakespeare, plus Black History Month and Global Goals.

Please remember to sign your child’s reading record at least three times a week to show that they are reading at home.

Year 3 Team

Miss Wainer (Class Teacher) and Mrs Hough (Teaching Assistant)

Timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading folder Reading folder Reading folder Reading folder Reading folder
Maths and Topic/LiteracyHomework is due

Recorders

P.E. Kit Spelling testTimes Tables Challenge
Swimming Kit (after Half Term) Homework is given out

Autumn

This first half term we will be learning about The Railways, particularly around us in Camden. We will be learning about the history of the railways all over the country and how it affected the people in our local area. We will be reading The Railway Children by E. Nesbit, and thinking about how the railways transformed the lives of people living in England.

In Maths, we will revise what we learnt in KS1 about place value and build on this with 3-digit numbers. We will learn how to represent 3-digit numbers in many different ways, and how to partition, order and compare them. We will also practice our mental and written skills in rounding, addition, subtraction with up to 3-digit numbers, and will be building on our knowledge of multiplication.

In Science, we will be focusing on Magnets and Forces. We will be comparing this to what we are learning about trains, and we will also learn about other uses for Magnets in the world.

In Art we will be exploring Pop Art with Ms Periton.

In RE, we will be learning all about Buddhism, the stories and questions about life. We will be reflecting on how we can learn from these values.

Important dates for Year 3 this Autumn:

Class Trip to London Transport Museum: Friday 20th September

Class Assembly: Friday 27th September

Spring

This first half term Year 3 will be exploring all about the Rainforest! We will be starting off the term investigating this through our Geography focus. We will use map skills to identify the location of rainforests in the world, examine their climates and physical features, and investigate the impact of deforestation. We will be using this information to create fact files which we can then use to create a Year 3’s Rainforest Facts book for the classroom. We will then examine the Rainforest through our Science topic of plants. We will investigate what plants need to grow, and will be experimenting with this in the classroom. We will be using this to inspire our writing, creating instructions for looking after plants.

We will then be starting our work on our Shakespeare play of the year, The Tempest. Year 3 and Year 4 will be collaborating next half term on a production together, so we will first be exploring the play through drama, art and music.

In Maths we will be learning about multiplication and money.

In Art we will be exploring a project of making mistakes into beautiful artwork.

In RE we will be learning about the books of the Bible and where they came from.

In Character and Wellbeing we will be exploring the theme of courage.

Important dates for Year 3 this Spring:

Class Assembly: Friday 31st January 2019

Spring 2

This half term, Year 3 will be focusing on our Shakespeare topic, The Tempest. We will be writing persuasive letters, inspired by the dilemmas in the play, and writing magical spells in poetry. We will also be exploring Shakespeare’s London, answering the Big Question ‘What did Shakespeare’s London look like?’. In Maths, we will be looking at money, statistics and fractions.

In Art, we will be creating digital art using iPads, to create multimedia work inspired by The Tempest.

In RE, we will be discussing the act of Pilgrimage, and focusing on the story of Easter.

Important dates for Year 3 this Spring:

Shakespeare Performance: Thursday 26th March @ 2pm.

Summer 1

This half term we will be using our archaeology skills to explore the Stone Age to the Iron Age! We will be finding out about what it was like to live in these periods of history, and what significance their developments have for us.

In writing, we will be looking at five different books as context for story writing. The books are: Arthur and the Golden Rope, The Wild Robot, Charlotte’s Web, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, and Pugs of the Frozen North.

In science, we will be learning about Food and our Bodies. We will be looking at what types of food different animals need, and what food can do for our overall health and nutrition. We will be researching animal’s diets, and creating our own food diaries.

In maths, we will be learning Fractions, Measurement and Time.

In spelling and grammar (SPAG) we will be learning about the present perfect tense, the use of paragraphs to group material, word families to find definitions, the use of the possessive apostrophe, and inverted commas to show direct speech.

In RE we will be learning about Islam.

In Character and Wellbeing, we will be looking at mental health strategies.