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Year 3

Autumn Term - Literacy


This half term we have been looking at a wonderful Anthony Browne book called 'Into the Forest'. We have looked at playscripts, written our own stories using a text map and used role play to help us understand the book. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this book and have managed to link it to a number of other traditional fairytale stories. 

Autumn Term - Maths


At the start of Year 3, we have been looking at place value. This is really helpful for all of our maths learning because it tells us what the numbers are worth. This then helps us when we are adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We have also started to look at shapes and what properties they have. This helps us to understand the world around us. Finally this half term, we have been looking at data handling; using bar charts, pictograms, Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams. Nextr half term, we will be looking at financial literacy and an enterprise topic of how to make and sell a product for the Christmas Fayre.

Autumn Term - Science


This term, we have been looking rocks and soils. The children have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the 3 different types of rock - igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We learnt about the process of how the rocks change from one type to another through the rock cycle. This process happens over millions of years. We enjoyed acting out the rock cycle, it really helped us to consolidate our learning. We also investigated whether rocks were limestone or chalk through an experiment.


Then we learnt about soils and the different layers or horizons. It was interesting to learn together how the different horizons are formed and what they consist of. We then made our own soil levels.

Autumn Term - Other


This term in history we have been looking at the ages. We have looked at the Stone Age, incorporating the Palaeolithic Age, Mesolithic Age and Neolithic Age. We have learnt how they lived, what tools they made and used and how they functioned as a community. We also learnt about the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. We were then able to place all of these prehistoric Ages onto a timeline.


In art, we have looked at tones, this is how light or dark a colour is. We have also looked at tint (adding white to lighten a colour) and shade (adding black to darken a colour). Then we were able to create a picture using tint and shade. They looked really effective.


In PE, we have been working on invasion games for outdoor PE and active literacy for indoor PE. In pour invasion games, we have been learning about throwing and catching, attacking and defending and how to 'invade' our oppositions zone to score. In active literacy, we have been looking at a book called 'The First Hippo on the Moon'. We have been learning to retell the story using our bodies. This has linked well into our Fundamanetal Movement Skills, which are vital to our everyday movements.


We have also been sea swimming, which was a wonderful experience. We are looking forward to going again in the summer term.


In PSHE, we have learned about personal boundaries, healthy relationships, collaboration and how our actions affect other people. We have been using role play and exciting activities to help us learn about these topics. We have also spent time being respectful to everyone's views and beliefs and our right to share in a safe and nurturing environment.