Specialist Resource Provision
Lead Teacher - Daniel McKay - firstname.lastname@example.org
A New Beginning - by Daniel McKay
In maths, we are going to be moving on from addition and subtraction to multiplication and division. We will be using lots of different methods to help us to be able to work out word problems that involve multiplying and dividing. To begin with, we will be recapping the times tables that will have been learnt in Key Stage 1 - the 2s, 5s and 10s. We will then be moving onto learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables. There are lots of different ways you can practice the speed that you can recall your times tables, once you have learnt them, including Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button website. Please do as much practice as you can at home, to make it easier for yourself in class!
We will be reading Charlotte’s Web, written by E. B. White, as a class in Term 3. Everyday we will read a section together, taking it in turns to read aloud, following along to the reader. We will unpick the text and learn lots of new vocabulary along the way. This will help us to improve our writing in English, by giving us lots of new words and ideas to use.
All of the Year 3 children have completed a phonics assessment at the end of Term 2 and have been put into an appropriate Read Write Inc. group for their ability. For those children who have completed the programme, we will be following a Read Write Inc. comprehension scheme to work on our reading speed and to improve our level of comprehension when reading aloud.
Catch Up Sessions
During our catch up sessions we will be continuing to learn and practice our times tables, so that we are confident to use them in our maths work. We will also be working on our spelling and handwriting, by completing tasks that will help our fine motor skills. It is extremely important that we are confident with our letter and number formation by Year 3, so that we are able to get all our fantastic ideas down onto paper. There are lots of fun activities you can do at home to help this too - drawing, writing, colouring, cutting and sticking, playdough, threading, sewing and weaving are just some examples!
In Term 3, we are going to be learning about The Norman Conquest in our History lessons. The Norman conquest of England was the invasion and occupation of England by an army made up of Normans led by the Duke of Normandy, later known as William the Conqueror or King William I. Some of the main areas we are going to be focusing on are: To know what happened as a result of Edward the Confessor’s death. To be able to understand the Saxons success in the battle of Stamford Bridge. To be able to explain what happened at the Battle of Hastings and its significance and to know how the Anglo-Saxon era came to an end. Below is the knowledge organiser we will use to help us in our history lessons.
In Geography, Year 3 are going to be learning about settlements, including the different types and what makes them attractive for people to live in. Some of our new vocabulary will be: rural, urban, hamlet, village, town, city and population.
If you’d like to get a head start on this topic, then feel free to have a browse on the BBC Bitesize KS2 website using the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zx72pv4/articles/zrbvjhv
Below is the knowledge organiser we will be using in our geography lessons to help us with our learning.
In Term 2, Year 3 loved spending the day learning about Advent. This term our R.E day will be held on Thursday 11th February. The focus of our R.E Day will be ‘Why is Muhammad important to Muslims?’ We will learn that Muslims regard Muhammed as the final messenger of God. Also, that Muslims worship in a Mosque on a Friday and the holy book they read is the Qur’an (Koran), which Muslims consider is Allah’s final message to humanity, as given to Muhammad.
In Year 3, we love getting out the Chromebooks and learning how to use them to help us with our learning in school. We are going to be learning about programming and algorithms in Term 3. We will use online tools to learn how to program using code blocks. Don’t forget to log on to our Google Classroom to complete your weekly home learning!
Our topic this term is Light, Earth and Space. We will be carrying out lots of practical lessons to learn all about our solar system, particularly focusing on our sun and moon. Have a look out for the moon each night to see what stage it is at.
In PSHE, we will be learning that we have different kinds of responsibilities, rights and duties at home, at school, in the community and towards the environment. We will be learning how to continue to develop the skills to exercise these responsibilities and understand that our actions affect ourselves and others. Also, we will be learning about the choices we have when it comes to our lifestyle (exercise and diet) and the effect they will have on our long term health.
Design and Technology
During Term 3, we will be doing D&T lessons, looking at packaging and 3-D nets. We will be designing our own product packaging and making it in 3D. We will be learning about the importance of the design of a product when it comes to advertising and how companies produce suitable designs for certain purposes.