Year 3

Hello! Our teachers’ names are Mr Reeves and Mrs Delgado. We are known as Blackbirds Class.

We have started the year really well and have been working extremely hard in our lessons. If you want to have a look at what we have been doing in school, including some examples of work, have a look at our class blog at https://woodlandsacademyblogs.net/year32016/  

Important Information

Children will be dismissed from the gate to the Key Stage playground at 3.20pm daily. Year 3 have P.E. lessons on a Monday and Wednesday, please ensure kit is left in school. It is important to note that Wednesday’s lesson will usually take place outside and as the winter sets in, children will need to bring warmer clothes.

Spellings tests will no longer be a list of spellings, but instead will be integrated into a number of sentences and will be tested in class as a dictation on Fridays. Any extra support you can give your children to learn these spellings and then continue to spell the words correctly moving forwards will be greatly appreciated. As little as two minutes at a time is still hugely beneficial.

Homework will be set on Fridays and is expected in on Thursdays. It will always include times tables, a fundamental area in which children need much practice and consolidation in. There will also be longer term homework projects.

What are we learning about this term?

English


We will begin year three with stories in familiar settings, allowing children to associate with their experiences and where we hone our ability to describe in detail and provide the reader with imagery. We then move onto non-fiction texts, which are linked to our Roman topics. After this we will be writing non-fiction texts that will be all about our history topic of the Romans. Also this term we’ll have a second text based week around George’s Marvellous Medicine. On top of this we will be enjoying language play poetry, exciting myths and legends, traditional tales and instruction writing.

In term three and four we will be enjoying adventure stories and learning the features of them, moving into writing them in weeks 2 and 3. After this we'll move on to non-fiction writing about cold places, this unit will be linked to the term's geography.

At the beginning of term 4 we will open with British week, here we focus on classic British poets, including Wordsworth. Then we will be writing information texts about the hot parts of the world, again linked to our geography. Following this, it'll be a week on shape poetry and then to complete term 4 we'll be delving into the Iron Man by Ted Hughes and enjoying some related work on the book. 

English in terms 5 and 6 will be as follows. First of all we will be enjoying writing as and about famous explorers from Bear Grylls to Sir Francis Drake. Persuasive writing will be up next, we’ll be persuading a TA opposing the continuation of free range play to change the way they feel. After this we'll move on to playscript writing, book review, independent topic research and then we’ll finish with vibrant writing about Brazil during international week.

Maths


This year we will be looking at a range of written methods for all four number operations, aiming to accomplish the column method. We will also have the opportunity to apply these skills, through interesting and engaging problem solving activities and contextualised maths lessons. We will be working hard to develop our mental maths strategies; in particular ensuring children are practising their times tables and we will be taking tests on a weekly basis.

In terms 1 & 2 children will be looking at the four operations with a key focus on mental maths and using resources to help. Children will then move on to data handling, looking at different charts and graphs. We will also cover time and solving problems related to this. We will also be revisiting 2D shapes and developing our knowledge of 3D shapes and their properties. 

In terms 3 and 4 we will recap place value and there will be a greater focus on multiplication and division. We link the operation of division to fractions and numbers problems related to this. We will revisit data handling, looking at Venn and Carroll diagrams. Year three will look at measures and how these can be applied to the real world. Time will be revisited with a greater emphasis on digital time and problem solving. We will also be looking at angles. 

In terms 5 and 6, we look at the four operations in different contexts, including money. Again, we cover shape and space and time. Across these two terms, we apply our knowledge of the four operations to money, looking at the cost of added prices and change. We also cover angles, discussing these in the context of properties of shapes.

Humanities


The Romans


Our first history topic is that of the Romans. We will be delving into this defining era in our history, learning all about the Romans in Britain, the might of their empire and many other aspects of Roman life. We will be producing some informative and exciting outcomes, ranging from Roman non-fiction texts to Celtic themed picture frames. 

Explorers


In this topic, we will be looking at range of explorers, including Blackbeard. We will look at the challenges they faced and how they overcame these challenges. 
We will be trying to answer the following questions: 
What do explorers do? Who are the most important explorers? Are pirates explorers? What was it like to be an explorer? How did they carry out their explorations?

Hot and Cold places


In terms 3 and 4 we will be following these leading questions in order to learn more about the coldest and hottest parts of our planet:
Where are the coldest places on earth? What are the differences between the Arctic and Antarctic? How do animals adapt? How do people live in cold places? Who are the Sami people? What threatens the Polar regions?
What is a desert? Where are they? How are deserts created? What might you see on a journey into the desert? What are rainforests? What lives in them? Why is it essential rainforests are protected?
Year 3 are especially excited about our trip to the zoo and the rainforest experience that we'll be taking part in.

The Rainforest


In terms 5 and 6 we will be following these leading questions in order to learn more about explorers and the rainforest:
What is a rainforest? Where are in the world are they? How are they created? Who and what lives there? What are the effects of deforestation?
Our zoo trip will have already launched our rainforest learning. We are looking forward to this exciting topic spreading into our art and DT where we will be making rainforest creature models and rainforest shelters.

Science


Our first fascinating science topic was all about Rocks and Soil. We started by exploring the types of rock, we then investigated these rock types by carrying out investigations. We will then venture further into the area of light and shadow, where we’ll discover more about light, how a mirror works, how shadows are formed and we’ll learn about the dangers of the sun. Then we will move onto magnets and forces. What causes magnetism? What is a force? How does gravity keep us on our planet? Hopefully, this topic will give us all a clearer idea. 

In terms 3 and 4 we look at the 'Animals and Me' unit, which spreads across these two terms. We will focus on nutrition and diet, digestion animal classification and structure and function of the skeleton. We also look forward to a healthy eating cooking day, where a professional chef will be visiting and assisting us! 

The ‘Plants’ unit spreads across terms five and six. We will focus on life cycles of flowering plants and understanding more about their growth.

History


The children in year 3 had a fantastic introduction to their history topic on Celtic Day. They came to school dressed up in typical Celtic costumes and took part in some typical Celtic activities. such as weaving and collecting wood for the fire. The children ate porridge around the fire and listened to Celtic stories. It was all going well until the Romans invaded and threatened their way of life. Would some of the Celts defect to the Roman side and leave their Celtic way of life for good?

How can I help my child at home?

Listening to your child read at home as often as possible continues to be essential to their progress in the lower juniors. Children are to borrow books from the class library or from the school library. Please continue to practice spellings and times tables on a weekly basis. Please also see the website links at the top left-hand corner of this page.