Welcome to Year 3!
In the Autumn Term, we will focus on developing the children's descriptive language and encouraging a love of reading through the study of Author's such as; Anthony Browne, Roald Dahl, Jeff Browne and Chris Van Allsburg. We take a very practical approach to the teaching of English, using exciting 'hooks', to inspire and engage children. We have crawled through tunnels, explored pyramids and made worry dolls to fully immerse the children in the texts.
We will also be working hard to learn key spellings and practise cursive handwriting so that we begin to feel like proud writers. We encourage parents to consolidate this learning at home and links to key words and spelling strategies can be found below. Phonics Play is also a great resource with many games and strategies for spelling that you can sign up to for free. You can also log on to Letterjoin (www.letterjoin.co.uk) to support your children with the cursive letter formation.
During the Autumn term in Maths we like to ensure that the children have a secure grasp of place value and number knowledge. The first topic we cover is numbers to 1000, where the children are able to consolidate skills learnt from Key Stage one.
After this, the majority of the Autumn term is spent on the four main operations + - x ÷. Children spend a long term consolidating the column method for subtraction and addition, with and without renaming.
When working on multiplication and division, we encourage lots of practical activities such as using cubes to make 'groups of'.
To help the children with this, any extra practice on times tables at home would be great, especially the 3s, 4s and 8s.
For the first half of the Autumn term, we concentrate on the United Kingdom. Children develop their atlas skills to locate cities, counties, rivers and oceans in the UK.
During the second half of the Autumn term , we focus on Ancient Egypt. The children will enjoy learning about Egyptian artefacts, gods and goddesses and act out mummification! This topic will continue after Christmas where an Egyptian day will be held sometime in January. Details about this will be sent home nearer the time.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure the children have a clean PE kit in on Monday each week. This includes a house colour T.Shirt, white PE shorts, trainers and a change of socks for outdoor PE. In winter months, joggers and a warm sweatshirt are required.
For safety reasons, long hair should be tied back and earrings should not be worn.
This term, the children have been learning about Teeth and Healthy Eating. We have learnt about the importance of nutrition and have researched different food groups. We evaluated our lunch boxes to check we were eating a balanced diet.