Year 3 Blog

Teacher - Miss Amy Horner Amy.Horner@turnerschools.com

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Jade Goldfinch

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End of Year 3 Expectations

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End of Year Expectations - Year 3

TERM 5

English and Reading

This term we are reading ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis. We will be writing balanced arguments discussing Edmunds choices throughout the book. We will be learning how to write for a purpose and use justifications. For this we will be drawing from our comprehension practice of Point, Evidence, Explain alongside conjunctions to flip the argument. During our writing, we will also be continuing to work on our spelling rules and punctuation, specifically focusing on the use of apostrophes and semicolons.

Maths

We will be moving onto fractions which will include finding and recognising a half, quarter and third, counting in fractions and some decimals and finding fractions of an amount - divide by the denominator and times by the top! We will also learn about equivalent fractions and will be continuing to practise our times tables to help us be successful in fractions.

Science

Our topic for this term in Science is changes of state. We will be looking at reversible/physical changes and non-reversible/chemical changes. This will include developing our understanding of the water cycle from Geography in Term 5 to help us understand evaporation and condensation. We will learn about boiling and melting points. Our scientific skill is data so we will be learning how to show our results in graphs and use these to decide if there is a pattern which will in turn help us identify whether we had a valid investigation or not.

History

This term in history we are learning about King John and the Magna Carta. This topic will link together our learning about Henry II and his continued disagreement with the church, the importance of St Augustines’ actions back in 597 and the strength shown by Richard the Lionheart as we compare the leaders England has had throughout history.

Geography

In Geography this term, we are continuing to explore sites in Kent by doing a case study of the River Dour in Dover and comparing it to the rivers we previously learnt about in India. We will look closely at how flooding effects rivers in different countries and how flood defences vary/how different cultures become adaptable to the flow of water.

Art

This term for art we will be starting the term by getting ready for the Cross Trust Art Exhibition which will take place on 14th July at Folkestone Academy. For this, the children will be creating their own ‘Thoughts of Folkestone’ signs in the style of Morag Myerscough.

We will then be focussing on Enterprise Week where we will be creating our own business plans and designing and creating products to sell.

TERM 4

English and Reading


This term we are reading ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. We will be writing narratives for our own mysteriously appearing creatures. We will be learning how to write for suspense with onomatopoeia, short, sharp sentences and ellipsis. During our narrative writing, we will also be continuing to work on our spelling rules, punctuation and grammar and exploring personification. At the end of the term we will also be doing a short unit on instructions… Hint: The Iron Man loves chain spaghetti!

Maths


We will be continuing our unit on multiplication and division which will start using and applying the children’s knowledge of their 10, 5 and 2 times tables and will move onto using our 3s, 4s and 8 times tables. The children will use their times tables to divide 2 digit by 1 digit numbers. We will then be working on our reasoning and problem solving skills by applying our learning since September to money. We will learn to identify the different coins, calculate change from a note and will take part in a budgeting investigation. Following this, we will go into a unit on statistics which will involve interpreting and creating pictograms, bar charts and tally charts.

Science

Our topic for this term in Science is about forces, magnetism and simple machines. We will be carrying out some exciting experiments to find out about forces and magnetism, gravity, friction and air resistance. Our scientific skill for this term is data, and we will be making sure that we record our findings in a variety of different ways including tables and graphs, and then forming conclusions about what we have found out.

History

This term in history we are learning about the friendship and then betrayal between Henry II and Thomas Beckett. How did a loyal friendship turn into a violent murder? Our learning this term will include a trip to Canterbury Cathedral, the site of the murder all those centuries ago! We will learn about the struggle for power between the church and the king and attempt to uncover the true villain!

Geography

In Geography this term, we are going to be casting our minds off to the exotic lands of India to learn about and find similarities and differences in our land, weather, religion and jobs. To develop our Geographical knowledge, we will be looking at how to use an atlas and how proximity to the equator affects a country.

Design and Technology

This term in art we are going to be making pneumatic toys, so get collecting shoe boxes! Each child will need 1 shoe box to create their balloon monster! We will be looking at different ways toys move, using motors, air, batteries, lights, magnets etc and then evaluating methods of using air in a toy.

TERM 3

English and Reading


This term we are reading ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E. B. White, we will be writing persuasive letters to save Wilbur! We will be writing persuasive letters from the perspective of different characters and will be learning how to take notes effectively so we can include facts to back up our arguments. We will be learning how to use the rule of three , exaggeration/hyperbole and flattery for persuasion. We will also be continuing to work on our spelling rules, punctuation and grammar.

Maths


We will be starting a unit on multiplication and division which will start using and applying the children’s knowledge of their 10, 5 and 2 times tables and will move onto using our 3s, 4s and 8 times tables. The children will use their times tables to multiply and divide, ensuring that they know that these are inverse operations. We will be working on using our reasoning and problem solving skills and applying our knowledge of using these operations to help us solve and explain our understanding. Following this, we will begin to learn the process for written multiplication for 2 digit by 1 digit multiplication.

Science

Our topic for the next two terms in Science is about forces, magnetism and simple machines. We will be carrying out some exciting experiments to find out about forces and magnetism, gravity, friction and air resistance. Our scientific skill for this term is data, and we will be making sure that we record our findings in a variety of different ways including tables and graphs, and then forming conclusions about what we have found out.

History

This term in history we are learning about the death of Edward the Confessor and how that led to the Battle of Hastings and then the reign of King William. We will be reenacting the battle, looking at the battle strategies used by the armies and the armour and weapons used in the 11th Century. We will also be looking at how the crown is inherited and the culture of invasions at the time.

Geography

We will be continuing to learn about settlements in the local area. We will be continuing to explore Folkestone and its population with a focus on the questions: ‘Why did people choose to settle in Folkestone?’ and ‘What are your favourite things about where we live?’

Art

This term in art we are looking at still life drawing and will be exploring different types of sketching pencils. We will also be learning the skill of different types of shading such as cross hatching and contouring with graphite pencils and colouring pencils.

TERM 2

English

This term we are reading ‘The 100 mile an hour dog’ by Jeremy Strong and we will be using it as inspiration to write our own newspaper reports. As part of this we will be learning to use formal language and direct and reported speech. We will be practising our questioning skills by acting as reporters interviewing characters as well as acting as eyewitness’.

Maths

In maths this term we are moving onto addition and subtraction by exchanging tens and hundreds and building up the understanding behind column methods. We will also be conquering our times tables - Who can reach the highest level on TT Rock Stars?! In year 3 we are recapping our 2s, 5s and 10s and are learning our 3s, 4s and 8s. We will be using arrays and grouping to help us solve multiplication and division questions by using the inverse.

Art

In Art we are focussing on lines and symmetry. This exploration will lead us to look at local artists such as Atta Kwami who created the ‘Gateway to the Sea’ - the big, colourful arches on the harbour arm and along castle hill avenue. We will also be looking at artists such as Mondrian, Georgia O’Keefe (who used block colour and symmetry) and Xgaoc'o X'are (a mono-printing artist). The children will learn new techniques such as mono-printing and colour mixing to create secondary and tertiary colours.

Science

Our Science learning journey will lead us to learn all about how animals hibernate and what makes a good place to hibernate, how humans age over time, the parts of a plant and how seed dispersal and plant reproduction happens. We will be learning this through some practical, interesting investigations that will even give the children a chance to see what happens to our eyes as we age!

History

Alfred the Great will be our focus this term; we will go through his accomplishments defeating the vikings and becoming a great warrior, leader and king. We will find out about the importance of coinage and how that has changed our world still to this day.

Geography

In Geography we are learning about different types of settlements, i.e. hamlets, villages, towns and cities and identifying them in our local area. We will be learning about transport links and landmarks that classify settlements as well as going on a local walk to find these human features.

TERM 1

Maths

Year 3 are learning about place value using hundreds, tens and ones. In this topic we are learning how to compare and order 3 digit numbers, make number lines up to 1000 and find 10 more and 10 less than any given 3 digit number. Further on in the term we will start exploring addition and subtraction methods using 3 digit numbers.



English

We are reading ‘James and The Giant Peach’, by Roald Dahl, this term. Ou rhook into the book was going on a bug hunt to inspire our writing. We will be basing our writing around the story, looking at a variety of writing styles; including factual descriptions, non-chronological reports about mini-beasts and then New York and finally, stories. What would you wish for? Where would you like to travel if you could go anywhere?



Geography

This term, in geography, we are going to be learning about Spatial Sense - with a particular focus on Folkestone and our local area. We are going to be looking at both the points of a compass and map work such as using keys and symbols.



History

In history, we are moving on to learning about St Augustine and his Christian Mission. We will be learning about why Pope Gregory sent St Augustine to the ‘Land of the Angles’ to convert them to Christianity from Paganism. This will lead us to investigating King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha and the relationship between The Archbishop of Canterbury at Canterbury Cathedral and The Pope at the Vatican in Rome

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Science

In Year 3, we will be starting an exciting unit on Living Things and Habitats which will see us explore the growth of plants, effects of landfill, microorganisms and learning what an independent variable is. We will also be working on our recording of an experiment and making sure we understand the importance of health and safety when carrying out a scientific experiment.



DT

This term, we are linking our Design and Technology to History by making frames, with a particular focus on stained glass windows and the messages that they can convey, like the ones symbolising St Augustine show faith, love and purity. Which of our school values can you show in your design? We will end the unit by making lolly stick photo frames inspired by different frame types such as embossed, gallery and deep set frames.

Maths

Year 3 are learning how to tell the time to the nearest minute, in maths this term. We will also be recognising at what point throughout the day we carry out different activities, using am and pm. You can practice this at home, by using both digital and analogue clocks to read the time. What time do you wake up for school? What time do you go to bed?

We will then be moving onto geometry, looking at the properties of different shapes.

Guided Reading

We are reading ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, by C.S Lewis, this term. We will be basing our writing around the story, looking at a variety of writing styles; including diary entries, comic strips, narratives and descriptions. What do you predict will happen in Narnia? How will the story come to an end?

Phonic Sounds

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!

History

In history, we are moving on to learning about King John and the Magna Carta. We will be learning about why King John was so unpopular and thought he should be allowed to go above the law. In 1215, King John was practically forced to sign the Magna Carta, which was created in order to stop him from doing as he pleased. Use our Knowledge Organiser to test your understanding and to help you learn the key places and dates.

Geography

This term, in geography, we are going to be learning about Asia - with a particular focus on India. We are going to be looking at both the human and physical features of the country.

R.E Day

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.

Computing

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!

Science

In Year 3, we will be continuing on from our learning in science from last term. We will continue to learn all about reversible and irreversible changes and taking part in experiments to prove and disprove theories. We will also be working on our recording of an experiment and making sure we understand the importance of health and safety when carrying out a scientific experiment. Check your understanding by self quizzing, using the Knowledge Organiser.

PSHE

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.

Art

There is an art project running across the whole Trust this term, which we are very excited to be taking part in. The project is called ‘Bounce Back’, and all the artwork created will be going towards an exhibition. Year 3 are working on designing a stamp to honour the heroes of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Year 3 EoY Expectations.pdf