Welcome to Year 3, the teachers this year will be Mr Williams, Miss Nash, Miss Oxland and Ms De. Other adults helping us learn are Ms Solanki, Mrs McVie, Mrs Chidiac, Mrs Georgiou, Miss Lacey, Mrs Habib and Mrs Makani.
Your child is expected to have appropriate PE kit with them for every session. The timetabled PE days are as follows:
3KW - Indoor PE - Monday Games - Tuesday
3LO - Indoor PE - Monday Games - Tuesday
3NK - Indoor PE - Wednesday Games - Tuesday
This year, children will be given homework each Tuesday and this will be due back at school the following Monday. 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.
This half term’s Vocabulary Words
Anglo (Angle) / Anglican /
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
During the final half term, the children's Learning Journey will be 'How to...'. This will give the children the opportunity to investigate and learn how to make, do, create and play new things. The children will be asked for suggestions and ideas for this unit of work and these ideas will direct the journey of the children's learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the final half term, the children will be looking at writing instructions, diary entries and stories. The children will be introduced to compound and complex sentences and be asked to incorporate these sentence types into their writing. Additionally, the children will focus on proof-reading and editing their work to ensure that errors are identified and corrected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During this final half term, the children will be looking at fractions. This will include; identifying fractions of amount and objects, comparing fractions, looking at patterns in fractions, add and subtract fractions and solve word problems involving fractions. Additionally, the children will look at shape - 2D and 3D shapes, angles and perpendicular and parallel lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the final half term, the children will be learning about Forces and Magnets. The children will compare how things move on different surfaces, observe how magnets attract or repel each other, describe magnets as having two poles and predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing. Additionally, the children will investigate everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet and identify some magnetic materials.
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.
Please refer to Geography Autumn 2.
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!
Please refer to Geography Spring 2.
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.
Please refer to Geography Summer 2.
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.
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.
The children will be looking at where in the world the Anglo-Saxon and Viking's came from and how they moved from country to country.
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.
The children will be learning about different parts of the world that Philip Astley visited.
During the final half term, the children will be focusing their learning on Geography. They will learn how to use maps to find new locations, about sustainability and plastics and natural resources. The children will learn about these topics through outdoor learning and physical outdoor activities.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
During the final half term, the children will be looking at learning all about how to make a collage, how to sew a cushion with a design of their choice on the front, sew using Binka and make a cats cradle game. These art projects will be achieved through using recycled materials from home and around the school to help further enforce our sustainability and plastics work in Geography.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the final half term, the children will be focusing their learning on the Sikh faith. The children will look at identifying the different symbols and artefacts used in worship, the different ways to worship and the importance and significance of worship.
This half term we will review the QJS online safety rules and pupil online safety acceptable use agreement form. Pupils will also learn how to log into / out of their G-Suite account and use BBC Dance Mat Typing to develop their keyboard skills,
Be Internet Secure: Protect Your Stuff. In this unit pupils will learn to understand the importance of protecting their personal information online and be aware that information they put online is not necessarily safe and/or private. They will look at ways of securing their information online, and asking for help if they are concerned about their own or others’ online safety.
Typing / Word Processing
This half term pupils will continue to use BBC Dance Mat Typing. They will also start to use Google Docs to develop their keyboard skills and introduce them to cloud based word processing.
Our online safety focus this half term will take place during Anti-Bullying Week, Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November. The theme is Change Starts With Us and pupils will spend their computing lessons working on activities exploring how making small, simple changes, we can break the bullying / cyber-bullying cycle and create safe environments for everyone, because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with working together.
Introduction to Presentation Skills using Google Slides linked to the Anglo Saxon Learning Journey
This half term pupils will be introduced to Google Slides, the web-based presentation software program from Google’s office suite. They will learn how to change the background colour, add additional slides, add and format text, and add images.
Our online safety focus this half term is ‘Safer Internet Day: Free to be me – exploring identity online.’ Safer Internet Day is designed to empower young people to take control of their digital lives. Pupils will take part in activities that will focus on whether they and their peers are truly free to be themselves online.
Coding Unit 3a Sequence and Animation
This half term the children will be introduced to Discovery Education Coding and start to develop their coding skills. Pupils will learn that code can be programmed to execute at different times. They will create simple animations, using time events to make objects perform actions in a sequence.
Be Internet Sharp: Think Before You Share. This unit helps pupils develop skills to encourage them to make and maintain a positive online reputation, by managing their privacy and protecting their personal information.
During this half term, the children are moving over to using Chrome Books. The children will become familiar with the new formats and layout as this differs from Windows machines. They will then use 'Slides' to create their own presentation about one of their previous Learning Journey topics. This will involve; changing fonts, changing backgrounds, inserting photographs and using the animations tabs. When complete the children will present their presentation to their peers.
This half term, the children will be developing their coding skills: Unit 3b Conditional events (selection). Pupils will learn to code with 'if statements', which select different pieces of code to execute depending on what happens to other objects.
Be Internet Brave: When in Doubt, Discuss. This unit reinforces to the children that when they come across something confusing, tricky or inappropriate online they need to talk to a trusted adult about it even if it is a difficult or embarrassing topic.
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.
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 that the capital city is Madrid. Additionally, we will ask and answer questions, speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary, show an understanding of words and phrases, learn traditional Spanish stories, songs, poems and rhymes and broaden our vocabulary.
Emotional Health and Anti-bullying
Children will learn how to deal with feelings, how to cope with pressure, what positively and negatively affects
their physical and mental and emotional health (including the media).
Citizenship / British Values – rights and responsibilities and Emotional Health
Children will learn about behaving responsibly and the importance of respecting others’ privacy.
Democracy and government
Children will learn why and how rules and laws that protect themselves and others are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in different situations and how to take part in making and changing rules, that there are different kinds of responsibilities, rights and duties at home, at school, in the community and towards the environment and about school and local democracy.
Emotional Health – self awareness
Children will learn that people’s bodies and feelings can be hurt (including what makes them feel comfortable and uncomfortable) and about critical thinking and decision making.
Values – diversity and Healthy Relationships
Children will learn about extended families. Additionally, children will learn what constitutes a positive, healthy
relationship and develop the skills to form and maintain positive and healthy relationships.
Citizenship / British Values – sustainable development, environment
Children will learn about sources of products and Fairtrade. Children will learn what being part of a community means, and about the varied institutions that support communities locally and nationally.
Citizenship / British Values – rights, responsibilities and drug education
Children will learn about outdoor places and how to behave responsibly. Additionally, children will learn about medicines and everyday drugs and how to deal with unhelpful pressure, school rules about health and safety, basic emergency aid procedures and where and how to get help.
Emotional Health – self awareness and peer influence/pressure
Children will learn about different roles in school. Children will learn that pressure to behave in an unacceptable, unhealthy or risky way can come from a variety of sources, including people they know and the
media, the responsible use of mobile phones and safe user habits (time limits, use of pass code, turning it off at night etc.), how to manage requests for images of themselves or others and what is and is not appropriate to ask for or share.
Citizenship / British Values – sense of community, participation, world of work
Children will learn about how community facilities work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the final half term, 3EC and 3KW will be swimming every Thursday at the local pool. During outdoor PE, the children will focus there learning on 'Net Games', specifically Tennis. The children will learn how to keep a game going using a range of different ways of throwing, vary the speed and direction of the ball and choose good places to stand when receiving, and giving reasons for their choices.