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Brushwood Junior School

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

We hope you enjoy exploring what we have been doing so far this year!

Meet the team:

3J - Miss Jamison is the class teacher and Mrs Parry-Jones and Mrs Newton are the teaching assistants.

3H - Mrs Stevens is the class teacher, Miss Barden is a trainee teacher, and Mrs Lacey is the teaching assistant.

The Summer term

Humanities:

This term the children will be learning all about Ancient Egypt. Throughout the topic of The Egyptians, the children will be learning about life in Ancient Egyptian times, comparing this to other historical and current times. They will have great fun learning about mummies, Egyptian Gods and Goddesses and the after life! 

Science:

In the first half term the children will be learning about Plants. They will be looking at what plants need to be able to grow, the main parts of a flowering plant and their function and the life cycle of a plant.

In the second half term the children will be learning about Light. The children have already had some experience of light on our trip to the science centre. So we will be recapping prior knowledge as well as learning new information, like how light travels, what shadows are and how reflections are made. 

Both of these topics will be learned through participating in a range of engaging and hands on  investigations.

Art and DT:

In Art and DT this term, lessons will be linked to our topic of Plants and The Egyptians. The children will be practicing still life sketching by learning about proportions and sketching live flowers. In the second half term the children will move onto making Voodoo dolls.

English:

We will be practising various reading and writing skills based around different books including, The 'Great Kapok Tree', 'The Egyptian Cinderella', 'Finger Eater' and Fables. We will explore different genres for writing. The children will also practise their spelling, grammar and punctuation during these lessons.

 

Discrete reading sessions will take place to focus on word reading and comprehension skills, in these lesson we will be reading 2 books 'Wild Robot' and 'Africa Amazing Africa'.

Maths:

This term we will be focusing on Measure. The children will learn about premiter and how to measure using a range of equipment.  We will then be recapping skills in time, money, length, mass and capacity, before moving onto exploring shapes and their main properties. 

 

The Spring Term

Humanities:

During the Spring term, we will be focussing more on our Geography skills. We will be learning how to use a map to locate UK countries and cities, seas and rivers, counties, and hills and mountains. We will also explore the continents and oceans of the world. 

We will be studying local land use and learning how to draw our own maps, focussing on the use of a key and map symbols. We will be using google maps to support this. We will be exploring the meaning of urban and rural, as well as how land is used for different types of farming.

Science:

In Science during this term, we will be covering 2 topics animals including humans and Forces and Magnets.

 

Animals including humans:

The children will learn how to group animals based on their diet and then we will then move onto looking at the human body. The children will explore the skeleton and be introduced to the scientific names of the bones. After that they will be taught how the muscles in our body work in pairs to produce movement.

 

Forces and Magnets:

In the second half term, the children in year 3 will start their new topic looking at ‘Forces and magnets’. The children will begin by developing their understanding of what forces are and identify the different types of forces. They will have the opportunity to explore the classroom finding what everyday items that they push and pull. When learning about friction, the children will carry out an investigation looking at the impact different surfaces had on the level of friction. When looking at magnets, the children will complete a ‘scrap yard challenge'. In this they will need to sort the objects into magnet and non-magnetic. 

Art and DT:

In the first half term, the children will be learning about the art form 'Pointillism'. They will be learning about the history of pointillism and how it was invented, and then will move on to creating their own masterpieces using pencils, pens, paints and also computers. 

During the second half term, the children will be focusing on cookery. They will have a chance to research and cook traditional UK food and recipes.

English:

During this term, we will be studying the book 'Charlotte's Web'. This engaging books provides many opportunities for a range of writing genres. The children will have great fun doing drama activities and will continue to develop their reading skills. The children will also be looking at different forms of poetry before moving onto looking at 'The atlas of adventure'. When looking at this book the children will be travelling around the world while learning about lots of word types and writing in a range of genres. 

Maths:

In this term, we will explore the topics of 'Multiplication and division'. We will be learning a written method for addition and how to use our times tables to help us divide. Then the children will move onto learning about fractions. They will learn what a numerator and denominator before learning how to recognise and find fractions of a number. The children will be using a range of practical resources when exploring fractions. 

The Autumn Term

Humanities:

This term, we are learning all about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. We have learnt that the Stone Age covered a huge period of time, over 3 million years, and there were 3 eras: Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. The Stone Age started with the first human-like animals who migrated lots due to climate change and lack of food sources. People were called hunter-gatherers and used stones to make tools. Throughout the term, we will be exploring how Stone Age houses changed over time, designing our own tools which were made from flint and we will be creating fact files about Skara Brae. After that, we will explore how times moved on and the Bronze Age came about, before reaching the Iron Age where humans became more clever and began settling in one place.

Science:

In science this term, year 3 are learning about Rock, Fossils and Soil.

In this topic, the children have the opportunity to handle and classify real rocks and fossils. We started the topic by learning about the three main different types of rock, which are metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary. Then we will move onto learning about the rock cycle, fossil types, the process of fossilisation, soil types and soil formation. The children will really enjoy the experiments one of which includes carrying out an investigation to help them classify the rocks. This involved them testing the different rocks to see how permeable, durable, and dense each rock was.

 

Art and DT:

In Art this term, we are completing a colour study. This includes making sure the children know their primary and secondary colours and gives them an opportunity to explore with tone, colour and blending. The children will then apply what they have learned to a piece of artwork.

English:

This term we are starting off by revisiting the key features of Traditional Tales. We have been comparing the features and themes within various tales, writing setting descriptions and character descriptions, and we will be writing an alternative ending. After that, we will be studying the book 'Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age' which links to our history topic, and finally we will be reading 'The Green Ship'. We are going to be engaging in various reading, writing and drama tasks based on these books including, answering questions about the text, writing instruction texts, dialogue, creating comic strips, diary entries, poems, and inventing new versions of the story. Throughout our lessons, we will be focussing on a range of grammar and spelling techniques. 

Maths:

We are practising our number skills by focussing on place value, addition and subtraction. We have been representing numbers in various ways, partitioning them to explore their value, and ordering and comparing them. We will them move onto adding and subtracting mentally and we will learn how to use the expanded column method for written addition and subtraction. We will continue to practise our times tables knowledge and number bonds understanding with out weekly 'Brilliant Bonds' and 'Terrific time tables' assessments. 

Other:

In Music, the children are receiving whole class brass instruments lesson this term and will be focusing on learning how to play the cornet. 

During Computing lessons, we are becoming more confident with skills such as logging on and off, navigating apps, resizing windows, saving our work, creating folders, refining our google searches, bookmarking a web page, using shift key to change to upper case letters, and using shift key symbols. We are also doing some E-safety where we are learning the importance of keeping passwords private.

Our topic in PSHE is ‘Health and Wellbeing’. We are exploring ‘healthy lifestyles’ including, what makes a balanced diet and how our habits can change. We are also going look at ‘growing and changing’ where we talked about our targets, our feelings and changes. Finally, we will  discuss ‘keeping safe’ including, school rules about health and safety, hazards and risk, and who can help in an emergency.

In RE, the children will be learning about places of worship and the main features of churches and mosques.

During French lessons, we are starting by learning French phonetics focusing on the pronunciation of different sounds. 

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