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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 3

Autumn Term!

We have had a brilliant start to our new school year and we’re settling down into life in the juniors!

Our first exciting topic is Ancient Egypt! We will learn all about the achievements and accomplishments of this impressive civilization.
We will create a timeline of events, investigate Ancient Egyptian life, explore the role of a Pharaoh (including Tutankhamun), find out about ancient Egyptian deities, discover what the pyramids were built for, explore hieroglyphs, look at the mummification process and the use of canopic jars and explore the legacy of the Egyptians. 

In our English lessons, we will be using a variety of texts and stimulus linked to our topic of Ancient Egypt. We will be reading Zeraffa Giraffa by Dianne Hofmeyr and The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. We will use these high-quality texts to produce our own narrative writing as well as exploring non-fiction texts such as explanation, instructions and information.

We will learn about different parts of writing and how to use this in our writing. This will help us embed what we have learnt about grammar into our own written pieces. When reading, we will look at how authors organise their work, structure their writing and the devices they use to punctuate their work. This will help us to use more complex techniques in our own writing.

In maths we will be 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.

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 understanding.

In science, we will explore light and shadow. We will explore different light sources and what makes an object a light source. We will look at sun safety and we will make our own sun dials. We will conduct our own experiments and consider scientific questions.

In RE, we will be looking at the Good News of Christianity and the how the word of God was spread. We will look at parables and the teachings of Jesus. We will have opportunities to creatively demonstrate what we understand and reflect about what we can learn from these teachings today.

Our topic will run across the curriculum and links will be made where possible. We will learn about the geography of Egypt and Africa. We will make comparisons between the UK and Egypt, looking at the similarities and differences between the two countries.

Our PE session is the first lesson on Thursday afternoon and children are to make sure they have a full, labelled PE kit in school.

Our Forest School sessions are every other Friday morning. Water-proof clothing is advised.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and must be returned by the following Tuesday.

Please see the newsletter below for additional curricular 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 over the coming year.

Miss Hull


Autumn Newsletter - Year 3 2018.pdf (PDF 298.0KB)
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)