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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 3

Spring Term 

English will be taught using the Read to Write scheme. Our books this half term will be Into The Forest by Anthony Browne and Jemmy Button by Valerio Vidali. All spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught through these vehicle texts and they provide lots of explicit vocabulary teaching opportunities.

Guided reading is taught once a week from 9am – 9.30am. The children are put into small groups where they explore a variety of texts and apply different reading skills that will improve their comprehension skills such as:
• Skimming, scanning and retrieving information
• Making predictions
• Inference
• Summarising
• Exploring how vocabulary and grammar choices are made

In shared reading, the children are taught as a whole class and explore texts that support the main teaching in English or topic so they have access to lots of relevant information that supports their learning as well as reading skills being modelled by the teacher.

This term, our focus objectives in English are:
• using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense
• using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause
• using fronted adverbials (comma for punctuation)
• using and punctuating direct speech
• choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition

Last term we looked at simple and compound sentences, expanded noun phrases, figurative language and prepositions.

Our topic this term is Stone Age to Iron Age. This extensive period in history is full of invention and discover and our topic will be too! Wherever possible, links will be made across the curriculum areas to ensure that the children see there are links to their topic across a variety of subjects. We will learn about the geography of the UK now and in the Stone Age. In art, we also create our own cave drawings. In history lessons, we will create historically valid questions, look at how people lived and looking at historically important places such as Stonehenge and Skara Brae. Last term, 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.

This term in maths, we will be learning more about multiplication and division and then we will move on to using money and statistics. 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 understanding. Last term in maths, 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. We also spent time learning about multiplication.

In science, we will be studying rocks and soils. There will be opportunities to work scientifically through lots of investigation and observation activities. We will explore how rocks are made, the rock cycle and what soil is made of. Last term, 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 also looked at how our bodies work, what the main bones in our skeleton are called and how to make sure we have a healthy diet.

In our Forest School sessions, we are completing lots of cross-curricular activities to support our learning outside the classroom. We will be making and cooking Stone Age food, creating our own cave paintings and making our own Stone Age dens.

In computing, we will use 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', ‘Box Island’ and 'Light Bot' to support our programming skills as well as the web-based programme Code Studio.

In RE, we will be looking at how different religions worship and compare it to Christianity. This will be an opportunity for the children to discover different religions and beliefs, while also understanding there are many similarities. We will also be looking at how the Bible helps Christians to live their lives.

In PSHE 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. We are also continuing to learn about our brains in MyHappyMind. We learnt about the Amygdala, the Hippocampus and the Pre-frontal Cortex and how these help us to make choices about our behavior.

Our residential to Burwardsley is in March and we are really looking forward to it because it has archaeological digs and we get to experience life inside an Iron Age roundhouse which has been built using materials and tools that Iron Age people would have had access to!

Please read our Year 3 Spring Term 2020 Newsletter, attached, for other important classroom information!


Miss Hull


Home-Learning-Year-3-Mar-2020.pdf (PDF 716.2KB)
Home learning grid for Year 3.pdf (PDF 117.6KB)
Spring newsletter 2020.pdf (PDF 674.8KB)
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)