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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 – Tuesday Indoor PE and Wednesday Outdoor PE 

3SN - Wednesday Outdoor PE and Thursday Swimming

3EC - Wednesday Outdoor PE and Thursday Swimming

 

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.  

 

Learning Journey

 

Autumn 1

 

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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Autumn 2

 

Where in the World?

This half term, the children will be focusing their learning on Locational Knowledge.  They will explore the different continents of the World, their countries of origin and famous landmarks.  This will be achieved through map work, outdoor exploring and non-fictional texts.  The children will have the opportunity to use the iPads to research countries and use Google Maps to investigate areas of the World.  As well as this, the children will spend part of this topic learning all about Rainforests and their importance to our World.

 

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Spring 1

 

Anglo-Saxons & Vikings

During this Spring term, the children will be learning all about Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.  They will be learning about how they came to settle in Britain, what they did during their time here and why they are an important part of history.  The children will achieve this through taking part in a History Off the Page workshop, a Virtual Reality workshop, a range of texts centred around Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and role play.  The children will write diary entries, newspaper reports and read 'How to be a Viking'.

 

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Spring 2

 

Into The Forest by Anthony Browne

Into The Forest by Anthony Browne is a creative story where one night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad is gone and Mum doesn’t seem to know when he’ll be back. The next day Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. "Don’t go into the forest," she warns. "Go the long way round." But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters.

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Summer 1

 

Leon and the place between by Angela Mcallister

During this half term, the children will be exploring a Power of Reading book called Leon and the place between by Angela Mcallister.  Wanting to prove to his brothers and sister that magic really exists, Leon volunteers to be in Abdul Kazam's magic show and gets transported to a mysterious world. Filled with rabbits, doves, playing cards and magician's assistants – among other things – if a magician can make it disappear, it will end up in the Place Between! When Leon returns, not only do his brothers and sister believe, but we do too.  With diecut holes into and out of the 'Place Between', the children will take a journey right through the pages of the book, into the mysterious world of Grahame Baker-Smith's breath-taking illustrations.

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Leon and the place between Challenge Homework

 

This is due in on 13th May 2019.

English 

 

Autumn 1

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. 

 

Autumn 2

This half term, the children will be learning about a range or spelling strategies and write our own non-chronological reports about a country of our choice.  The children will use headings, sub-headings, bullet points and formal language in their writing. 

 

Spring 1

During this half term, the children will be taking on the role of a Viking and writing their own diary entries about their experiences during their History Off the Page workshop.  As well as this, the children will be writing newspaper reports about major events which took place during the periods in which the Anglo-Saxons ruled. 

 

Spring 2

In English this half term, the children will be looking a range of story writing techniques such as; onomatopoeia, alliteration, metaphors, similes and speech.  In addition to this, the children will be investigating the features of traditional fairy tales and author's purpose. 

 

Summer 1

During this short half term, the children will be investigating the story of Leon and the place between by exploring a range of writing strategies.  The children will plan writing by discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write, learning from it's structure, vocabulary and grammar.  Additionally, the children will be participating in collaborative conversations, using spoken language to develop understanding through imagining and exploring ideas.

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Maths

 

Autumn 1

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. 

 

Autumn 2

During this half term, the children will be learning how to add and subtract using the column methods.  They will use pictorial representations to aid their learning as well as physical resources such a dienes.  The children will also revisit the first topics covered such as; place value to consolidate their learning.

 

Spring 1 

This half term, the children will begin to learn all about multiplication and division.  They will use the CPA model, starting with concrete, moving on to pictorial and finishing with abstract.  The children will use arrays, number lines and pictures to display their understanding of multiplication and division and how they are the inverse operations of one another. 

 

Spring 2

During this halt term, the children will be looking at different measures such as; centimetres, meters and millimetres.  The children will make sensible estimates about which of these measurement would be used to measure different objects such as; a pen and the length of a football pitch.  The children will also be learning all about perimeter - the length around a 2D shape.

 

Summer 1

This half term, we will be moving our learning on to time.  By the end of this unit the children will be able to; tell and write the time from an analogue clock to the nearest minute, record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours, use vocabulary (o'clock, a.m, p.m), know the number of seconds in a minute, the number of days in a month, year and leap year and compare durations of events. 

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Science 

 

Autumn 1

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.  

 

Autumn 2

In Science this half term, the children will be learning all about Animals Including Humans.  This will involve looking at the different types of skeletons, how humans differ to animals, what types of food we should eat to maintain a healthy diet and all the different food groups.

 

Spring 1

This half term, the children will be looking at Plants.  They will observe the process of germination and how a seed develops over time.  Additionally, they will learn all about the different parts of a plant and the importance of plants to human lives.  As well as this, the children will be planting seeds and watching their journey into cress plants over a few weeks.

 

Spring 2

During this half term, the children will be learning all about Light.  The children will learn all about how shadows are created when an opaque (non-see though) object blocks the light source. Additionally, the children will understand that light appears to travel in straight lines, travelling from light sources until it hits the surface of an object.

 

Summer 1

The children will continue the unit of Light through to the end of this half term.  We felt that the children were extremely engaged in this topic and would benefit from further investigation into the topic. 

 

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Humanities

 

Autumn 1

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.

 

Autumn 2

This half term will focus on a Geography topic - Locational Knowledge.  This will involve the children learning about the difference between longitude and latitude, how to use geographical co-ordinates, the seven continents of the World, where Queenswell Junior School is within the UK and the main cities of the UK.

 

Spring 1

During the Spring half term, the children will be looking at the period of history where the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings were alive.  They will look at how the came to settle in Britain, what they are famous for, where they originated and aspects of Anglo-Saxon and Viking life which is still use today!  

 

Spring 2

This half term, the children will focus more on Geography and the forests of the World.  The children will identify the differences between forest and rainforests and locate some of the most famous forests in the World.  Additionally, the children will visit local forests and explore the outdoor area. 

 

Summer 1

During this half term, the children will be researching and investigating Philip Astley: The Father of Modern Circus and his influence on the development of the American Travelling Circus and Circus around the world.

 

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D&T / Art

 

Autumn 1

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.

 

Autumn 2

During this half term, the children will be investigating the artist David Hockney who was an English painter, print-maker, stage designer, and photographer.  He was an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s and the children will be looking at some of his famous landscape paintings.

 

Spring 1

This half term, the children will be learning about a range of sketching techniques such a pointillism, shading and cross hatch.  The children will draw from still life and learn how to draw what they can see rather than what they think they can see. Additionally, the children will use clay to create their own Viking amulets and recycled resources to create their own Anglo-Saxon brooches.

 

Spring 2

During this half term, the children will continue to develop their sketching skills and recreate some of the images found in our book Into the Forest.  Additionally, the children will be drawing portraits of their peers - focusing on what they can see rather than what they think they can see!

 

Summer 1 

During this half term, the children will conduct an artist study on Henri Matisse focussing on his 'Jazz' collection of paper cut-outs.  The children will learn how Matisse painted white paper to get the colours he really wanted to use and then cut out the shapes to compose his pieces.  Le Cirque, Deux danseurs, Les Codomas and other art work by Matisse will be discussed in terms of colour, shape, patterns and use this information to create their own pieces inspired by the circus.

 

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RE

 

Autumn 1

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.

 

Autumn 2

During this half term, the children will continue to learn all about Christianity and Islam.  They will be looking at the importance of each religions leaders and why they may be considered inspirational to members of their religious community.

 

Spring 1

This half term, the children will be learning all about religion and the individual.  This will involve understanding that we belong to a community and our responsibilities and commitments to this community. 

 

Spring 2

In RE this half term, the children will be learning all about Sikhism and Islam.  The children will identify visual labels, places of worship and how the two religions have both similarities and differences.  

 

Summer 1

During this half term, the children will be further exploring religion, family and the individual.  The children will investigate how religious beliefs are expressed using a variety of forms and symbols, the links between faith and the key aspects of the places of worship and the variety of activities that happen in places of worship.

Computing

 

Autumn 1

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.

 

Autumn 2

This half term, the children will be learning to use Word processing skills with Google Docs.  The children will be introduced to Google Docs and learn to insert capital letters using the shift key, using the correct finger spaces between words, how to add a new line and paragraph.  They will also learn how to edit the font style, size and colour. Additionally, the children will learn about the power of online positivity. 

 

Spring 1

Coding Unit 3a Sequence and animation

In this coding unit pupils learn to make things happen in a sequence.  They will create simple animations using time events to make objects perform actions in a sequence.  

Our online safety focus for the first half of the Spring Term 2019 is Be Internet Secure: Protect Your Stuff. Children will learn how to build strong passwords for their important accounts using at least eight characters, a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers and symbols, e.g. L3tspl@y

We will also be celebrating Safer Internet Day 2019 on Tuesday 5th February.  The theme is: Together for a better internet. During computing lessons over the week of 4/2/19 - 7/2/19 children will focus on Understanding consent in a digital world.

 

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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

 

Autumn 1

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.

 

Autumn 2

During this half term, the children will be learning how to play invasion games such as hockey and football.  This will be achieved through teaching basic skills and playing small games.  In indoor PE, the children will be focusing their learning on dance.

 

Spring 1

This half term, the children will be learning how to create their own play-ground games and trying them out on one another.  During indoor PE, this children will be learning to move around the hall using a range of movements and travelling over, under and around apparatus.  3KW and 3SN will begin swimming at the local pool once a week.

 

Spring 2

During this half term, the children will continue to learn basic skills in order to play games such as football, tennis and hockey.  3KW and 3SN will commence swimming lessons every Thursday for a full term.  The children must ensure that they have a towel, a swimsuit, a suitable bag for their clothes and swimming hats for girls.  The children should also bring a healthy snack for the journey to the pool.

 

Summer 1

During this half term, 3SN and 3EC will be swimming every Thursday at the local pool.  In outdoor PE, the children will be focusing their learning on Athletics.  They will explore running at different speeds, learn how to accelerate quickly from a stationary position, use different throwing techniques and throw for distance.

 

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