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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 3

Summer Term!

Welcome back! 

Our topic this term Extraordinary Earth.

We will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes and, more locally, we will be looking at how plants grow and what helps them survive. We will understand how volcanoes are formed, be able to identify the parts of a volcano and explain where they are most likely to be found on Earth. We will look at how and why earthquakes happen and consider how we might keep ourselves safe.

Our grammar lessons this term will focus on using present perfect form of verbs, inverted commas to punctuate direct speech; choosing appropriate pronouns and nouns within and across sentences and extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions.

In our English lessons this term we will be linking our reading and writing to our amazing geography topic.  It will be taught using high quality texts that engage and inspire.
This term’s books include:

• Escape from Pompeii
• When the Giant Stirs

Last term we focused on using adverbs and prepositions to express time, place and cause and sequencing using these to help us with paragraphing. We explored Stone Age Boy and The Pebble in my Pocket as part of our Stone Age topic. We explored lots of non-fiction related to history as well such as writing our own diary entries as a character and writing explanation texts. We also created tourist information leaflets for Stonehenge to hone our geography skills.

We loved our last topic of Stone Age to Iron Age. We became adventurous archaeologists when we went to Burwardsley on our residential and excavated a variety of different artefacts! We learnt about the geography of the UK now and in the Stone Age. In history lessons, we created historically valid questions, looked at how people lived and explored historically important places such as Stonehenge and Skara Brae. Previously, in our Ancient Egypt topic, we learnt all about the achievements and accomplishments of this impressive civilization. We created a timeline of events, investigated Ancient Egyptian life, explored the role of a Pharaoh (including Tutankhamun), found out about ancient Egyptian deities, discovered what the pyramids were built for, explored hieroglyphs, looked at the mummification process and the use of canopic jars. We used a variety of texts and stimulus linked to Ancient Egypt. We read Zeraffa Giraffa by Dianne Hofmeyr and The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. We used these high-quality texts to produce our own narrative writing as well as exploring non-fiction texts such as explanation, instructions and information.

In maths, we are learning about time, shape and measurement. During this term, we learn a lot of our maths outdoors, using the equipment from the maths shed and exploring the learning within our grounds. In time, we will explore different units of time from years to seconds and putting our knowledge to the test by solving problems. In shape, we will be learning about angles and relating these to 2D and 3D shapes. In measurement, we will use lots of practical activities to put measuring different lengths into context. Last term, we were learning more about multiplication and division, using money, statistics and fractions. Previously, we learnt about place value – understanding the value of each digit up to 1000; read, write, order and compare numbers up to 1000; Addition – mental arithmetic and written formal methods; Subtraction – mental arithmetic and written formal methods Wherever possible, maths will be linked into our topic. There will also be lots of opportunities to explore number in both numeral and word problems during our maths investigations. Regular black belt challenges will help us hone our reasoning and explanation skills so that we develop a deeper understanding of how we use and apply our mathematical knowledge.

In science, we will be exploring plants and how they grow. As a class, we will be planting and growing vegetables and herbs and observing their environment and changes over time. This is a nice link into our previous topic of rocks and soils. There will be opportunities to work scientifically through lots of investigation and observation activities. Last term, we explored how rocks are made, the rock cycle and what soil is made of. Previously, we explored light and shadow. We looked at different light sources and what makes an object a light source. We discussed sun safety and created sun safety. We conducted our own experiments and considered scientific questions. We have also learnt about magnets and forces.

In our Forest School sessions, we will be looking at how our climate affects our environment and the similarities and differences between Willaston and other areas across the world. We are completing lots of cross-curricular activities to support our learning outside the classroom. We made and cooked Stone Age food, createdur own cave paintings and made our own Stone Age dens.

In computing, this term we will continue to work on our understanding of programming using Code Studio and using a variety of apps to help us create pieces of work for our topic. Last term, we used our class set of iPads and laptops for learning e-safety as well as researching different aspects of the curriculum such as our history and geography topics. We have been using different apps such as, 'Alex' and 'Light Bot' to support our programming skills.

In RE, we looked at the Good News of Christianity and the how the word of God was spread. This term, we will look at parables and the teachings of Jesus and the ideas of salvation and forgiveness. We will have opportunities to creatively demonstrate what we understand and reflect about what we can learn from these teachings today. We spend time in our classroom reflecting on the importance of 'British Values' - Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law, Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and Democracy.

Please read our Year 3 Summer Term 2019 Newsletter, attached, for more curriculum information.

Drop-in sessions will be available on Mondays, between 3.15pm and 3.45pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss with me any questions or concerns you may have. You can also arrange a time to speak to myself on the phone or I am able to offer a meeting at a later time, by prior arrangement.

I look forward to continuing to work with you during your child’s last term in Year 3.

Miss Hull


Summer newsletter 2019.pdf (PDF 599.1KB)
Beat the clock.pdf (PDF 249.3KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 3 and 4, including word lists.pdf (PDF 69.2KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 3.pdf (PDF 63.9KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 3.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)