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Year 3

Autumn Term 2022 


During the Autumn term much of our Literacy work will be closely linked with our Topic work. We will be using the books Stone Age Boy and How to Wash A Woolly Mammoth to bring this period of prehistory to life. The children will imagine what it would be like to time travel to the Stone Age and write diary entries and informal letters home, based on their imagined experiences. They will also order, follow and write instructions, write Stone Age kenning poetry and Stone Age riddles. We will continue to practise reading comprehension skills during regular guided reading sessions. In our grammar lessons, we will start by looking at basic punctuation and grammar and revise the use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, then develop skills using more sophisticated punctuation. Children will identify and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences. They will discuss the use and purpose of punctuation when writing texts and reading them. Spelling lists and grammar lessons will be linked, for example when finding out about suffixes and prefixes. Children will have weekly spelling tests with words linked to the National curriculum lists for Year 3 and if necessary revision from other year groups.


During the autumn term children will start by revising and consolidating some of the main topics covered in Year 2, such as place value and ordering 2- and 3-digit numbers. All activities and challenges will be differentiated appropriately for your child. Children will develop their sense of number and also revise written and mental methods for addition and subtraction where appropriate. Children will find fractions of shape and number, use money and engage in various problem-solving activities. They will have access to Times tables Rock Stars, which will encourage them to learn their times tables and related division facts. This will support them when working towards the times tables awards, in readiness for the Year 4 times tables test.


We are going to be transporting the children back to a pre-historic time (one without dinosaurs!) to investigate the lives of Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age Britain. We shall be exploring the world of the archaeologist and how they can tell what life was like before records were kept. We shall be finding out how the people of these ages lived and compare our modern lives with the lives of our ancestors.


This term the children will have the opportunity to contribute to creating a safe and happy classroom through developing ground rules. They will also experience activities designed to build positive relationships and explore what it feels like to be in new situations and how they can help and support others. The children will develop their understanding of the importance of relationships and friendships looking at how to empathise with others, manage conflict and how we affect and are affected by others. They will also learn about the importance of recognising and valuing both similarities and differences between themselves and other children

In our unit on anti-bullying the children will explore the different types of bullying, reasons why bullying happens and they will consider the feelings of those children who are bullied, those that witness bullying and those who bully others and explore how these feelings affect their thoughts and behaviour. They will begin to explore the role of bystanders in supporting people who are being bullied and develop a clearer understanding of why it is important but sometimes difficult to tell someone that you are being bullied.


In the Autumn term, we will be creating Iron Age roundhouses. The children will research, design and create a plan for their construction. After that, the children will follow their instructions to create their own roundhouse. The children will be using a variety of materials including clay and straw to get an authentic look. Finally, children will evaluate their product.


During this first term, the children will be working with our Sports Coach, Mr James. He will be teaching fitness and fundamental skills and pupils will take part in many fitness challenges and they will be learning about the different components of fitness. Pupils will also be developing the fundamental skills of balancing, running, jumping, hopping and skipping.  For outdoor PE sessions children will be taking part in football and hockey. During football sessions pupils will be encouraged to persevere when developing in key skills and principles such as defending, attacking, sending, receiving and dribbling a ball, building on their knowledge of tactics and how to work effectively as a team. In hockey sessions, pupils will learn to contribute to the game by helping to gain and keep possession of the ball, use simple attacking tactics using sending, receiving and dribbling a ball.


This term in science we are exploring our new topic of rocks and soils as it links brilliantly to our pre-history topic. We will start the year off with a visit from Dr Helen at Paleoquest which will give the children an opportunity to handle rocks and fossils. Throughout the term we will learn about different types of rocks and their properties, understand how fossils are formed and research the famous fossil collector Mary Anning. We will learn about how soil is formed and explore our school grounds to ‘dig up’ some soil and compare it to a variety of other soils. Throughout our learning we will be developing and improving our working scientifically skills as well as having a lot of fun!


In Year 3 each child has their own Chromebook at school and at the start of each term children discuss how to staying safe online. They explore and are given strategies to ensure that they understand how to use the internet and digital devices safely and what to do if they are worried about anything online. They explore what digital devices are, the way they connect to each other and what we mean by networks. Later they will explore media animation, including different ways to make a picture move, how to animate frame by frame, storyboarding an animation and evaluating their work.


In the first half term, the children will learn what a leader is and how different people inspire us in different ways, learn about symbols and symbolic language, why people have had different ideas of what Jesus was like and explore their own values as well as who and what is important to them. In the second half term the children will find out about Hinduism, exploring central beliefs and traditions. They will be introduced to the Story of Rama and Sita to explore the origins of Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. They will explore how Hindus worship all over the world and look at customs followed.


We will be linking our art work this term to our Stone Age topic. We will be developing our colour mixing skills and using a variety of different medium to create colour and texture. We will be looking at the very first artists who created cave paintings and finding out more about what these might have meant and working with a partner to create our own cave pictures. We will also develop our skills by painting our own woolly mammoths. We will use stories to help us find out more about art from the past. We will develop our art vocabulary and build up more detailed sketchbooks as a way of recording our art journey.


This term we will use a variety of instruments to start learning how to read music. We will use percussion to create rhythms and glockenspiels to compose melodies, as well as performing pieces by reading the treble clef stave. The children will listen to a range of different ensembles and try to identify the different types, as well as using some new musical terminology.