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Queenswell Junior School

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3, the teachers this year will be Mr Williams, Miss Nash, Miss Constanti and Miss Terholli.  Other adults helping us learn are Ms Solanki, Mrs McVie, Mrs Pali, Mrs Marlow, Mrs Corry and Mrs Robinson.

 

Your child is expected to have appropriate PE kit with them for every session. The timetabled PE days are as follows:

3KW – Monday Indoor PE and Thursday Outdoor PE

3SN - Tuesday Indoor PE and Thursday Outdoor PE

3EC - Tuesday Indoor PE and Thursday Outdoor PE

 

The children will begin swimming at the local pool in the New Year.

 

Homework  

This year, children will be given homework each Tuesday and this will be due back at school the following Monday.  The children will also be given a log in for a times tables website which they should also complete once a week.  Children are expected to read every night, where possible.  Additionally, the children will be given log in details for a times table website called 'TT Rockstars' which must also be completed once a week on a laptop, iPad, tablet etc.  

 

Autumn 1

 

Learning Journey - Stone Age to Iron Age 

This half term, the children will be focusing their learning around the Stone Age through to the Iron Age.  The children will be reading and discussing this era of history by reading Dave's Cave by Frann Preston-Gannon.  This short story tells us about Dave's love for his cave.  Inside is decorated exactly the way he likes it. Outside there is a lovely spot for a fire and the grass is always lovely and green. But, Dave is unhappy. What if there might be an even better cave out there? Eventually, the children will create their own simple Stone Age settings, characters and basic stories.  In addition, we will learn about Stone Age food, tools, jobs and houses.  Children will continue to develop their reading skills through Guided Reading lessons and BIG READ comprehension lessons. Children will also have time for ‘reading for pleasure’ in the class book corner.

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English 

In English we will be focusing on story settings and descriptive writing. We will be learning about the features used to write instructions with a focus on identifying and using imperative verbs.  We will also be using a range of figurative language such as similes. 

Maths

In Maths this half term year 3 will be focusing their learning on place value.  The children will be using dienes blocks, multilink and numicon to aid their understanding of the value of each digit in a number.  Additionally, the children will partition numbers, read and write numbers up to 1,000, add in 50s and 100s and use visual representations. 

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Science 

This half term, we will be learning about Rocks and Soils. As part of this topic we will be learning about the different types of rocks, fossils and soils. We will also be sorting these into groups, discussing properties and learning how rocks are formed. We will also plan and complete our own investigations.  

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Humanities

Year 3 will be learning about the three different periods of the Stone Age, where the children will be looking at how people evolved through the ages, using timelines to place events in chronological order and research how life changed over time.  Additionally, the children will be using mapping skills to locate where people from the Stone Age settled; they will be looking at the physical geography of Skara Brae and use maps to follow the route the Stone Age people used when building Stonehenge.

D&T / Art

This half term, the children will be learning about cave paintings where they will be identifying the different colours used in the paintings, understand why cave paintings were so important to people from the Stone Age and experiment with a range of colour mixing and brush techniques to create our own cave paintings.  Additionally, the children will be completing a D&T project where they will be making their own piece of Stone Age jewellery.

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RE

This half term, the children will be focusing their learning on Christianity and Islam.  The children will be  developing their knowledge of the religious leaders of the world and trying to understand the position in the local community of religious leaders and other members of the community.

Computing

This term, Year 3 will be reviewing online safety rules and completing the pupil online safety acceptable use agreement form. The whole class will sign an A3 Queenswell online safety rules for display in class. We will also be logging onto network with .302 account, Dance Mat typing skills, saving & logging off, as well as behaving respectfully online.

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Music

Year 3 will learn a range of basic instrument and rhythmical music skills and show a clear understanding using musical vocabulary. The children will apply their musical skills and knowledge to the main topics: the symphony orchestra, ostinatos and music theory.

Spanish

Year 3 will be learning the days of the week, the months, numbers 1-31 , colours and the names of some animals. We will use greetings, introduce ourselves, say how we are feeling, how old we are, when our birthday is and what our favourite colour is.  We will also learn how to say the date in Spanish and locate Spain on a world map and know the capital city is Madrid.

PE and Swimming

This half term during Indoor PE lessons, 3SN and 3KW will be using a range of curls, stretches, balances and travelling skills to create a sequence. 3EC will be having some Irish Dancing lessons from a professional dancer!  During Outdoor PE, the children will be focusing on invasion games where they will learn attacking and defending skills, as well as a variety of different styles of throwing.

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