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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3! Our teachers are Miss Jackson and Miss Bateman. Our TA is Mrs Howard and our LSA is Mrs Trott.

This half term our History based topic is ‘Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.’ We will travel back to the beginning of our class timeline and learn about life in the Stone Age. Lots of our guided reading books will be based around the topic (eg Stone Age, Bone Age, Stone Age Boy and Little Nuts big Journey) and our main text will be ‘Stig of the Dump.’ When moving on to studying late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers we will be learning about ‘Skara Brae’ and ‘Stonehenge.’ We will learn about life in the Bronze Age before moving onto the Iron Age (Celts). We will be going on a school trip to The Celtic Harmony Camp and we hope you will join in dressing up as a Celt for the day!

In English we will focus on describing settings to set the scene of stories and also describing characters. We will also be writing our own ‘Stig’ adventures back in time to the Stone Age. We will be writing a recount of our school trip. We will then move onto reading myths and legends and write our own Celtic myth.

As well as linking maths with our topic work we will be focussing on: Aut 1 – Number and Place Value, Addition and subtraction, Geometry – 3D shapes, symmetry, angles, Multiplication and Division – including times tables, Measurement – telling the Time, measuring length, measuring capacity

Aut 2 – Number and Place Value, Fractions, Multiplication and Division – including times tables, Addition and subtraction, Problem Solving

In Science we will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. We will also describe how fossils are formed and recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

In Computing we will be researching aspects of our topic and use a Purple mash to create leaflets.

We will also begin to understand computer networks including the internet and how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web. We will continue to stress the importance of using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.

In dance we are going to create a whole class Stone Age dance sequence! We will also creating Celtic Dance sequences too! Our Art and Design Technology will be closely linked to our topic. We will research and create our own Stone Age cave paintings. Using clay we will create coil pots and design and create our own Stonehenge models in groups. We then will move on to researching, designing and creating Celtic round houses in groups. We will closely look at Celtic designs in jewellery and clothing too.

Later in the term we will start a new topic ‘World War 2’, which we will continue with in the Spring Term. We will create a timeline of learn key events and focus on children evacuated to Chipperfield. In English we will write evacuee informal letters and formal letters. We will describe a Blitz setting and create dramatic Blitz silhouette scenes in Art. We will even be given incite as to what Christmas was like during WW2!