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Henry Maynard Primary School and Nursery

Learning, Working and Achieving Together

Year 3

Autumn

Our topic this term is The Stone Age. During our History lessons the children will be studying life in the Stone Age and looking at the technological changes that brought about the Bronze and Iron Ages. We have a WOW day planned for Monday 29th October.  On this day we will be dressing up as characters from the Stone Age and completing a range of exciting activities!  Hopefully we’ll prove to be good hunters!

Our science topic for this half term is Animals including humans. Within this topic, we will explore nutrition and how we need different types of nutrition to live. We will also explore the human skeleton and muscles, looking at how our skeleton protects us and how we need our muscles for support and movement. Our Science topic for next half term will be light and shadows, where we will learn about how light is reflected and how shadows are created.

In English, we have begun our work on ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, by Roald Dahl. Within this unit we will look at character description and descriptive phrases including the use of adjectives and imagery as well as prepositions. Our non- fiction writing this half term will be based around Art and Culture week. After half term, the children will become poets as they write their own versions of ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. Following on from this, the children will begin work on ‘Voices in the Park’ by Anthony Browne.

In Maths this half term our focus is on place value and calculation. We will begin with revisiting addition and subtraction, ensuring that the children have a solid understanding of the number system in preparation for future work. We will also be looking at multiplication and division facts before the half term. In the run up to Christmas we will focus on fractions before returning to multiplication and division, looking more closely at halving and doubling. We will continue to hold half termly maths challenge days that will test your child’s recall skills. This half term our challenge will be on multiplication and division facts for the 3 times table with the focus being the 6 times table in Autumn 2.

Our RE topic is Islam, looking specifically at the Mosque whilst after half term we will study festivals in Christianity.

In Computing, we will study programming using software such as Scratch. After half term, our topic will be ‘We are presenters’ where the children will learn how to prepare, record and edit short videos. We are really looking forward to this! 

In PE, our indoor PE will focus on Personal skills (balance, using the space around us, cooperation and teamwork) whilst in outdoor PE we are developing the children’s football skills. After half term, our outdoor PE will be Athletics and our indoor PE will focus on developing balancing skills, both seated and standing.  

Below are some links to websites and online games that will be of great benefit to your child this term:

Maths:

Table trainer/ number gym (tablet App)

IamLearning (www.iamlearning.co.uk)

Timestable Rockstars   https://ttrockstars.com/login (All children will be given a log-in for this.)

Computing:

Scratch programming (tablet App) https://scratch.mit.edu/

English:

www.theliteracyshed.co.uk (great website for writing inspiration)

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2 (lots of information regarding the grammatical aspects of writing taught)

The BBC site also has great resources relevant to our RE and Science topics this term.

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