Welcome to Year 3 : 

 

Teacher: Mrs Conroy (Assistant Head) 

Teaching Assistant: Miss Robinson

 

This half term we have lots of exciting things happening and learning opportunities. We look forward to another great term at CCA.

Below is an overview of the learning we are focusing on this term. As always, if you have any questions about this, or anything else for that matter, please do not hesitate to ask.

Our Big curriculum question: How has the world around us shaped us as communities?

Spring Term 

Big curriculum question this half term: How have settlements changed from the stone age to the iron age? 

 This half term we are learning about how the bronze age/ iron age people in the past created communities and settlements that changed how people lived in Britain. As part of our history and geography, we will be learning about discoveries made from this time and the events in the past that caused these people to settle here and create homes and use the land for farming. 

In English, We are reading the text ‘Until I met Dudley’ By Roger Mcgough we are learning through the story how to create a set of instructions for inventions and we are going to be creating our own narrative’s based on the main character, a lovable witty dog Dudley.

 

In Maths, we are starting a unit learning all about multiplication and division. We will be focusing on knowing our 3, 4, 8 x tables and using these facts to solve problems. We will be learning formal written methods to work out 2 digit multiplication. We will learn what division is and how to use a range of methods to solve problems when dividing. At the end of the half term we will then start to look at fractions for the first time this year.

In Science this term we will be studying Humans including animals. Within this we will be learning about foods and nutrients and what humans and animals should eat to have a healthy lifestyle. We will learn about the human body, our skeleton and its functions and our muscles and how they help us move.

   

In Art /DT  we focusing on drawing and painting skills. We will be observing settlements from our topic work, creating our own pictures based on research. We will be designing and making our own 3D models of iron age Hill forts.

In Religious Education we are studying the Gospel from understanding Christianity. We are thinking about the question ‘What world did Jesus want?’ Within this we are studying stories from Jesus’ teaching and applying this to our modern world.

Exciting Events in year 3: 

In Year 3 in Spring 1, we had a special visit from Mr Fellows (Actor/Historian) who came to school in role as an Archaeologist. He spent the afternoon with us, teaching us all about the special discoveries made by Archaeologists in Europe who have found skeletons preserved in bogs from the iron age. We had a great time learning about this career and the events that took place. We took part in drama activities to understand why these skeletons were placed in these bogs.

The children practicing skills of an archaeologist

Mr Fellows telling stories from the Iron age

At home, please ensure your child is reading their books everyday and signing their reading record.Every child in our class now has a new accelerated reading book based on their level of reading. This is updated when your child has read their book and completed a mini quiz at school online. Please practise times tables with your child as much as you can as children need to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10x tables by the end of year 3. They are expected to know them all by the end of Year 4 so it is vital they get as far as they can with this before they leave Y3.

I will send home spellings every week for our weekly test and children are encouraged to take as much Maths homework home as they wish each week. I will be sending additional homework resources home every couple of weeks as requested by many parents I have met so far! The more they practise their Maths and reading skills, the more progress they will make.

PE – Our PE day is Friday. All children need a PE kit in school – It helps if all items and pump bags are named.

Finally, can I just take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support.

Mrs Conroy.