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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 3

Autumn Term

Welcome back! 

Our topic this term Ancient Egypt!

We will be doing all kinds of exciting activities to help us learn about this fascinating time in world history including: creating a timeline of events, exploring the role of a Pharaoh and looking at the mummification process and the use of Canopic jars. Any extra reading you can do around this topic will help deepen your understanding.

From the beginning of this term we will be focusing on writing a setting description and travel report based on the book Return by Aaron Becker. We will also be reading some texts about the life and journeys of refugees. We will use high-quality texts to produce our own narrative writing as well as exploring non-fiction texts such as explanation, instructions and information. In guided reading, we will often explore different texts to the ones we are studying so that we engage with a breadth of literature as well as digging deeper.

For our grammar, we will be working on:

  • Organising writing into paragraphs around a theme.
  • Using prepositions to express time, place and cause.
  • Maintaining the correct tense throughout a piece of writing.
  • Consistent use of 1st person
  • Simple, compound and compex using a variety of conjunctions.

In maths, we are learning 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 light and shadow. We will look at different light sources and what makes an object a light source. We will discuss sun safety and why it’s important to never look at the sun. We will conduct our own experiments and consider scientific questions.

In computing, this term we will continue to work on our understanding of programming using Code Studio from Year 2 and be using a variety of apps to help us create pieces of work for our topic. We will use iPads and laptops for learning e-safety as well as researching different aspects of the curriculum such as our history and geography topics. We will be using different apps such as, 'Alex' and 'Light Bot' to support our programming skills.

In RE, we will explore the different ways Christians think about God and how this helps them to reflect on their own behavior. 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 Autumn 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 working with you in Year 3.

Miss Hull


Autumn Newsletter - Year 3 2019.pdf (PDF 627.1KB)
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)