On this page, you will be able to discover what your child has been and will be learning in class. We hope you enjoy and share these experiences with your child.
As you know, school will be a bit different this term and we will ensure we spend the time to talk and discuss these changes in class. We will also use the story ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers in our PSHE work for the first few weeks of the year. By using this story as a stimulus, this will allow the children to reflect and discuss their feelings and thoughts from during and post lockdown.
In writing, the children will recap the Year 2 writing standards in a short unit. This will allow the children to settle back into school life and have a bit of familiarity with the work. The writing unit will specifically look at using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks correctly in sentences. The children will explore adjectives and recap how to use these into noun phrases to describe a setting description. The final part will be looking at using past tense correctly in their writing. All of the above will then be applied into their own alternative ending to a given story.
The next writing unit will begin to look at the Year 3 writing standards. The unit is narratives and the story the unit will be based on is ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. This links to our Stone Age topic unit. The children will explore character and setting description in the story and they will have a go at write their own description. They will begin to use a range of simple, compound and complex sentences as well as beginning to learn how to write in paragraphs. This will all be applied into their writing at end of the unit when they plan and write their own narrative.
In grammar, the children will explore sentence structure, word classes such as verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions as well as embedding previous knowledge from Year 2.
In maths lessons, the children will explore each new concept by using concrete objects, then moving onto pictorial and finally working on the skill in an abstract way. The first maths unit is Place Value. The children will understand the value of a number and will be able to represent it by using a range of concrete materials. This will help them to partition a number into hundreds, tens and ones, sequence numbers on a number line and find 10 or 100 more or less of a 3-digit number. Problem solving questions will be taught throughout the unit.
In the second half term, the maths unit is Addition and Subtraction. The children will learn how to mentally add and subtract 100s, 10s and 1s using their place value knowledge. The children will begin to learn the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction. This will be taught through the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to help the children understand the concept. The children will be encouraged to check their own answers by using inverse operations.
Each week, the children will complete a Maths skills sheet which looks at using formal written methods of addition and subtraction and a range of times table questions. This will also help them with their arithmetic tests.
The children would explore times tables on a weekly basis. These will include 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s, 4s and 8s.
The topic for this term is the Stone Age. The children will explore what clothes, houses, food, music and weapons were like during this time and they will compare the similarities and differences to the Iron Age. The children will learn the names of 3D shapes and use this knowledge to design and make their own Stone Age necklaces out of clay. They will make the beads into 3D shapes before threading them onto string.
The children learn about Stonehenge and conduct a range of activities around this. They will make their own biscuit Stonehenge and begin to understand which stones are parallel and perpendicular to each other. They will also learn about the science topic ‘Light’ during this topic and begin to understand the summer and winter solstice which happens each year at Stonehenge.
In another science unit, the children will be researching and testing the strength of magnets and identifying the different forces around us. The children will be recording their results of experiments with graphs and write up their results into paragraphs.
All Homework will be given out on a Friday and due back in on a Thursday. If your child has not completed their homework by this date, they will do it in Homework Club at break time.
Weekly spellings will also be given out on a Friday and their spelling test will take place on Thursday.
Every week your child will be given a times table Maths homework to complete on Times Table Rockstars.
Each week your child will be given either a Maths or a Writing based homework; these will alternate.