This term promises to be a busy one in Year 3! We are currently rehearsing for our production which we will be performing on Wednesday the 17th of May. The children have made a great start and it looks like it’ll be a great show!
Our topic this term will be The Victorians. The children will learn about changes to Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria, both geographical and social. Much of our work will focus on the lives of Victorian children, both rich and poor, and how they compare to the children’s own lives.
In Art, we are studying Turner, in particular a painting called ‘The Fighting Temeraire’, looking at his portrayal of the light and the sea. After the half term we will start our Victorian topic properly with visits to the Ragged School Museum in Mile End, where children will gain first-hand experience of a Victorian schoolroom. Previously this has always been a hugely enjoyable, and eye- opening, experience for the children and I am sure that this year will be no different.
In English, we are currently reading fables, discussing the moral lesson and preparing children to write their own version of a classic fable. Listen to a host of Aesop’s Fables on the BBC website by following this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/english/aesops_fables/1-8/hare_tortoise
After our performance of The Little Mermaid we will move onto a unit of work about play scripts wherein children will consolidate their understanding of the features of a script and write their own scene.
Following this, the children will learn to write a balanced argument. To review and analyse our time in a Victorian class we will be asking the children to weigh the pros and cons of Victorian and our current education systems! We will then delve further into our History topic and ask children to write a letter from someone else’s point of view.
In Maths, we are consolidating our understanding of multiplication and division and will reviewing some written methods of calculation; including the grid method for multiplication and the ‘bus stop’, or short division, method of division. The main thrust will be to ensure that children have the recall skills and efficient mental strategies to ensure they can use these methods successfully. We will also be introducing problems aimed at securing the children’s conceptual understanding and their ability to explain their thoughts in mathematical terms. After this, we will revisit fractions, formal methods of addition and subtraction before focusing on telling the time and recognising parallel and perpendicular lines and features of common 2d and 3d shapes.
By the end of Year 3 all children will be expected to be able to recall multiplication and division facts for the 2,3,4,5,8 and 10 times tables. Please follow the link below for a game that your child can play in order to reinforce these skills http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
In Science, we will be looking at Plants and then, in the second part of the term, undertaking a series of lessons that revisit the learning goals of all Year 3 units to ensure that the children have a detailed understanding ready for Year 4 and beyond. The children will learn about reflection, how shadows are formed and notice patterns in the way our shadows move throughout the day.
This term our topic will be The Romans. Over the course of the two half terms the children will study the history of the Roman Empire and the changes that occurred in Britain as a result of the Roman invasion. Much of our curriculum, where possible, will be linked to this topic, in particular the humanities, Art and DT topics.
In English, the children will study the genre-specific features of both fiction and non fiction writing and produce their own character profiles, instructional texts, free verse poetry and diary entries. Alongside these lessons the children will have regular handwriting and spelling lessons in order to master the secretarial aspects of writing.
In Maths, We will be introducing some of the children to the formal methods of calculation, including the column methods for addition and subtraction before spending the rest of the first half term focusing on telling the time and developing a working knowledge of the calendar system. (You will receive a copy of the Key Recall Facts for this half term)
After the half term holidays we will focus on multiplication (again, see the Key Recall Facts sheet), measurement and fractions.
In Geography, we will be looking at trade and trade routes, as well as developing children’s understanding of the effect that climate has on plant growth. We will also study earthquakes and volcanoes, where will will make a link to the catastrophe at Pomeii.
In Science we are currently studying Forces and magnets whilst in Spring 2 we will focus on plants, lifecycles and the requirements for life. (A unit that will make links with our DT and Geography topics)
In Art this half term we will be looking at 3d design using paper mache and modrock. Children will have the chance to design and build their own volcano. In Spring 2 our DT unit will be food technology.
In ICT, Children will be learning how to film and edit short videos as well as to collate information.
In RE, we will be learning about the Sikhism and Christianity.
Below are some links that you and your child may want to use in order to consolidate and extend their learning:
https://www.iamlearning.co.uk/ (Maths/ English)https://www.purplemash.com/login/ (Maths/ English