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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

This term our teachers are Miss Jackson (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri), Mrs Rees and Mrs Turner (Wed). Our TA is Mrs Howard and our LSA is Mrs Trott.

This half term we will be reading ‘creation stories’ in our guided reading sessions such as ‘How the Camel got his Hump’ from ‘Just So Stories’ by Rudyard Kipling and ‘How the Whale became’ by Ted Hughes. We will use these stories as inspiration to write our own imaginative ‘creation stories’. We will also we writing from different character’s perspectives.

In Geography we will be completing our topic about our local area, Chipperfield, and then start our topic on France. The children be investigating Europe and will be focusing on regions and major cities, including Paris and its famous landmarks. This will be linked to the Geographical skills using maps to find out information and comparing the physical and human features. Our English and maths work will also be linked to this as we shall be following and writing instructions, reading scales whilst weighing, as we try our hand at some French cookery. We will be creating our own non chronological report booklets about France. We will be comparing our school to a French school and to round off our topic we will be sampling a range of French bread and cheese! Bon appetite!

In maths this term we will be focussing on: Multiplication and division (including long division), telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and 1 minute, revising addition and subtraction strategies including mental and formal methods, Place value and decimal notation – ten times greater and smaller, regrouping, using money, addition and subtraction with money, measurement, and 3D shapes.

We are linking our Art with our study of plants in Science and we will be using William Morris as an inspiration to paint and print repeated and symmetrical flower shapes. When studying France our art work will be based on ‘Monet’ and we shall study Impressionism to inspire our own work. We will also produce Paris layered silhouette pictures.

In Science we will be finishing our work on plants, focusing more on what plants need to survive and then we will find out about Light and Shadows.

This term we start swimming lessons on Thursday mornings, which is very exciting! We will also be continuing with ‘striking and fielding’ and athletics activities to get us ready for Sports day!

In Computing we will be continuing with and completing our scratch animations, making sure we are debugging our code! We will also be looking at email and the need to be aware of online safety when using email accounts.

In PSHE are two topics are Relationships and Changing Me. Through the Relationships topic the children will explore the different roles and responsibilities in a family unit as well as the skills needed to form solid friendships.  Changing Me will focus on the changes animals, including humans go through from birth to adulthood, we will focus on the changes outside and inside a human body.