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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 3

Spring Term!

In our English lessons this term we will be linking our exciting history topic work about The Stone Age! It will be taught using high quality texts that engage and inspire. Throughout the topic, links to spelling, grammar and vocabulary will be made explicit providing lots of opportunities to explore new words in context. Last term we looked at simple and compound sentences, expanded noun phrases, figurative language and prepositions. This term our grammar focus will be using adverbs and prepositions to express time, place and cause and sequencing using these to help us with paragraphing. Our books this term will be:

• Stone Age Boy
• The Pebble in my Pocket
• UG

There lots of book that have lovely links to this Stone Age topic that may be used in Guided Reading sessions alongside these core texts, such as How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth and Cave Baby. There will be opportunities to explore lots of non-fiction related to history as well such as writing diary entries as a character and creating explanation texts. We will also be creating tourist information leaflets for Stonehenge to hone our geography skills.

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. 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. Our new topic of Stone Age to Iron Age will run across the curriculum and links will be made where possible. We will learn about the geography of the UK now and in the Stone Age. 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 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. This term, we will be learning more about multiplication and division, 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 knowledge.

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.

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' 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 Kingdom of God. 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.

This term, we will visit Neston Library to learn more about the Stone Age from their artefacts and resources. 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 the Celts would have had access to!

Please read our Year 3 Spring 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 in 2019!

Miss Hull


Spring newsletter 2019 (1).pdf (PDF 201.3KB)
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)