Welcome to our Year 3 page!
The team is Miss Yates, Miss Denison, Mrs Mayo and Mrs Saeed.
Welcome to Year 3’s Spring 2class Page
In this second half-term, we are learning about how World War II impacted on life in our local area. Our Global Theme is Peace and Conflict.
In History and in Geography we will learn about the impact of the war on Darnall- how Phillimore children were evacuated; the sites of the Sheffield Blitz; where we found an unexploded bomb in Darnall; how Dig 4 Victory took over Sheffield and why Sheffield’s industrial areas were a target for Axis bombings.
Our learning will truly come to life next half-term when there will be a class visit to Eden Camp History Museum in Malton. We have given lots of notice for this and sign up forms and pay slips are now available – ask if you have lost yours!
In Maths we will recap all the mathematical ideas taught so far and practise times tables – 3, 4 and 8s including division facts. Children will be learning about unit and non-unit fractions, comparing and ordering fractions and understanding numerators and denominators. We will also be learning about kilograms and grams, measuring mass and finding equivalent masses using place value.
Every child has a login for Times Tables Rockstars and Maths IXL. If you have lost the log ins please let the class teachers know.
In English we will be writing a persuasive piece of writing this half term based on a number of texts about World War II – extracts from Anne Frank, real evacuees from Darnall; the Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes and When We Were Warriors by Emma Carroll. We will imagine we are wartime evacuees trying to persuade our mother to let us come home!
Our Book Study text will be The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies and When we were Warriors by Emma Carroll.
In Science, we will explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal. We will also discuss fertilisation and pollination. We will investigate the way in which water is transported within plants by observing the transportation food colouring through a flower stem
PE will see us working on athletics skills and gymnastics. Please note that PE kit is a plain t-shirt, dark shorts or joggers (no logos please) and trainers or pumps. Children should come dressed in their PE kits on Monday and Tuesday.
40 reads at home = a gold coin for our book machine.
Reading books will be changed on Fridays. All children will need to bring their book bag in on Fridays and can take home a reading book and a school library book.
Welcome to Spring 1
This half-term begins with Citizenship Week where Year 3 will be focusing on littering and the effects this has on the environment. We will be writing a persuasive letter to the community of Darnall explaining why we should recycle and look after our planet.
Our global theme this term is Sustainable Development and we will look at the debate of pollution and man-made destruction vs nature’s destruction and which is having the most impact on planet Earth.
English and Book Study
In English we will be studying the book ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’ by Elizabeth Laird and using this book to guide our learning of writing an independent narrative at the end of the term. We will be looking at features of a narrative and practise using these within our own work. In Book Study we are reading ‘The Last Bear’ by Hannah Gold and analysing the language used in this book by retrieving information, discussing new words and their meanings and practising how to use a dictionary.
Science in Spring 1 will be the topic of ‘Magnets and Forces’ learning how magnets work and the forces they use to attract and repel. We will also be planning an investigation using magnets and will write this up as a report.
Design Technology this term sees us creating pneumatic toys by using a variety of resources. We will design our own and build this over the term.
PE days remain Monday’s and Tuesday’s. Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct PE kit uniform (black/grey jogging bottoms or shorts, trainers, white t-shirt no logos and black jumper) On P.E days children need to come to school in their P.E. kit.
Reading remains crucial for all our children to make progress and to access the learning in every single school subject. Please read a little with your child each day even if they are able to read for themselves – you can talk about the book together and ask questions to further your child’s understanding of the book. Reading books are changed on Fridays. Please bring in a book bag for your child to put their reading book in. Freereaders can borrow books from the school library and change them as often as they need to.
Welcome to Autumn 2 in Year 3!
Global theme and Humanities
This half-term sees Year 3 learning more about pre-historic life in History and Geography, where we will move on to explore the Bronze Age, how Bronze Age people used land; and created settlements, and how they exploited natural resources to make tools and weapons.
Our Global Theme is Power and Governance, and through this theme we will look at how power works in this country compared to the ways that early man claimed, gained and lost power. We will ask ourselves if things have changed? Do we still face climate change and do we still fight over resources? Do people still need to migrate to find better places to work and bring up families?
English and Book Study
In English we will be learning about the format and purpose of non-fiction texts and using non-fiction formatting and tone to create accurate and carefully researched reports about a prehistoric animal. While in book study, we will read a selection of non-fiction followed by The Boy with the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler. We will learn to retrieve information, discuss new words and their meanings and learn to use a dictionary accurately.
Selected children will begin writing work in tutor groups led by teachers or TAs with the aim of boosting their spelling, vocabulary, grammar and handwriting and confidence.
In Science, we will further our knowledge of the human body, learning how the muscles and tendons work and about the purpose and structure of the skeleton.
In art we will be creating our own pre-historic pictures, using sketching techniques, scaling up and creating different tones using charcoal and colour mixing with natural resources.
PE days are Mondays and Tuesdays. Please ensure that your child is in the right uniform. Hair needs to be tied back and no jewellery please. On PE days, children need to come to school in their PE uniform.
Reading remains crucial for all our children to make progress and to access the learning in every single school subject. Please read a little with your child each day even if they are able to read for themselves – you can talk about the book together and ask questions to further your child’s understanding of the book.
Reading books are changed on Fridays. Please bring in a book bag for your child to put their reading book in. Free readers can borrow books from the school library and change them as often as they need to.
Welcome to Autumn 1!
Welcome back! This half term is an important one for the children as they are transitioning from KS1 to KS2 and learning new routines. This half term our topic is Early Man in Europe and our global theme is Identity and Diversity. Our first week is ‘Humanities Week’ where Year 3 will be focusing on Europe and Pre-historic man. We will learn about countries such as Poland, Germany and France and create a leaflet with all our knowledge. We will also learn about how pre-historic man survived by foraging and hunting.
In English we will be reading the text Wolf Brother where we will create freeze frames and have a go at writing the ending to the story.
In Book Study we are looking at a non-fiction text called ‘The Ways of the Wolf’ and identifying features of non-fiction text.
In Maths, we will be focusing on place value and using a part-whole model to partition numbers.
Our Science topic for Autumn 1 is Rocks, Stones and Fossils where we will learn about the different types of rocks and how they were made.
Our PE days are Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure that all children are in the correct P.E. uniform hair is tied up and they are not wearing jewellery. The children should come to school wearing their PE uniform on PE days.
Reading is fundamental especially for children at this age, we ask that the children read at home for a short time every day. Children are able to take home a book every Friday to read throughout the week. This needs to be written in their reading record to prove their reading. The books read throughout the week can be changed on a Friday.