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Autumn Term 2017

Computing

This term we will be focusing on our basic computing skills to ensure we have what we need to use our Chrome books efficiently. We will begin the term by looking at e-safety and how we can keep ourselves safe online. We will do this through a variety of games and activities. After we understand the importance of being safe online, we will begin to study different computing skills. We will learn how to effectively present information in Google slides, how to use our Chrome books to research and how to make the most out of the programmes on our Chrome books to support our learning.

Literacy

The children will learn how to create an effective setting and character description including use of adjectives and adverbs to create a Viking Norse myth. We will also look at instructional writing and poetry as well as different skills needed to write non-chronological reports. Children will revise knowledge of the basic parts of a sentence and identify and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Later in the term they will discuss punctuation and the effect it has in their sentences and also when they are reading. Spelling lists and grammar lessons will be linked closely together and will provide opportunities for children to explore words analytically, for example by looking at suffixes or prefixes.

Science

Light is our first science topic and the children will learn about how we see things, how shadows are formed and learn how to classify objects such as transparent, translucent and opaque. The children will also learn that shadows cast by the sun change in length and direction because of the apparent motion of the sun across the sky (though it is really caused by the rotation of the earth) Our next science topic will be electricity where we will look at electrical safety, construct simple circuits, trying out different components e.g. bulbs, buzzers and motors, and use their circuits to create simples devices. Throughout the topics we will work practically so that the children can work scientifically using their results to draw simple conclusions from their findings.

Outdoor learning

In our outdoor learning sessions we will be learning the art of weaving by using both natural and man-made materials. The children will also be making up their own natural paint as well as making their own writing implement to create messages using runes. 

RE

In the first half of the term the children will discover and explore the colourful and exciting Hindu festival of Diwali. They will find out all about the story of Rama and Sita, make Rangoli patterns and understand why this festival, which is celebrated on 19th October2017, is known as a festival of light.  In the second half of the Autumn term they will examine the structure of the Bible and the stories within it and find out why it is such an important book to people who follow the Christian faith.

PSHE

We begin Year 3 by considering what “Beginning and Belonging” means. This unit will be taught at the start of Year 3 to help the children to integrate happily into their new class. It examines their feelings and gives opportunities to discuss and consider the feelings of others, offering help and time for reflection when dealing with change and moving forward.  Later we continue PSHE with a unit called “Going for Goals” where children think about their targets and ambitions for the year and discuss ways in which they can manage and achieve these goals realistically.

Maths

In the first half of the Autumn term children will revise and consolidate some of the topics covered in Year 2 such as place value and putting 2 and 3 digit numbers on a number line in the correct place. They will develop their sense of number and also revise the written methods for column addition and subtraction. Some children will move onto long multiplication and using the bus stop method for division. Children will find fractions of shape and number, use money and engage in many problem solving activities. They will be encouraged to learn their times tables and related division facts to work towards gaining their times tables awards by becoming fluent in these facts.

Maths - Mrs Houchen - During the Autumn term we will focus on reinforcing place value and the number system. The first few weeks will be surrounding the four operations and different calculation methods. Children will also learn fractions, working with weights and measures, time and money. Each week there will be a problem solving and mastery task and the children will have opportunities to consolidate their knowledge. We will also be completing mental maths tests to improve the speed of mental calculation.

History

Years 3 and 4 will be investigating the exciting world of the Anglo- Saxons and later in the term the Vikings. We shall be discovering where they came, why they came to settle in Britain and how they lived their everyday lives. We shall be having  a ‘Wow’ day for both year groups to explore the lives of the kings and their courts, the weapons they used, how they looked after their dead and reconstruct the ‘Battle of Hastings’. We shall also be investigating the Viking long boats, paganism

Outdoor PE

The children will learn the basics of Tag Rugby and have some games using the skills they have learnt including passing and safe tackling. In the second half of term will see the children using taught skills in football, including ball control, dribbling and passing. Each half term will finish with competitive games!