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Year 3

Autumn Term 2020 


The focus in music this term will be on listening, appraising and music history. The children will revise the inter-related dimensions of music and learn about significant composers who had an impact on the development of music through time. The children will also continue to develop their sense of pulse and rhythm through movement, games and body percussion using the Charanga scheme and Table Tops.


Children will be exploring the question ‘What is the Bible and why is it important to Christians?’ We will be looking at different structural features of the Bible, making inferences about what Jesus was like based on the stories from the Gospels in addition to learning how to Bible reference.  After half term, we will be exploring the question ‘What is Hinduism?’ We will be looking at the Story of Rama and Sita and how this has shaped the Hindu Festival of Diwali, learning about some of the features of a Mandir, the importance of different Hindu Gods and Goddesses and being able to identify why Hindus want to follow their Dharma. Throughout our learning, we will be making connections from one religion to another as well as making links to our own personal experiences.


The children will learn about how what they do online leaves a trail called a digital footprint. They will look at how to improve the efficiency of their online searches, the types of websites that are best for children to access when looking for information, as well as how to identify inappropriate content and the actions they should take if they do. Children will be taught about ‘cyberbullying’ and look at how they should communicate online and deal with instances of people being unkind via digital means as well as keeping their information safe. The children will also learn important computer skills needed for safe and effective computer use and be introduced to some further skills concerning the use of folders, searching for files to use as well as improving their typing and presentation skills.


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.


This term we will be going back in time to the Stone Age, to discover what life was like in pre-historic times. Living amongst mammoths, sabre – toothed tigers, and elk but definitely no dinosaurs! We shall be learning about the tools they used, how the used the natural world and what everyday life was like.  We shall be combining our literacy and history using studies by using a series of superb story and picture books such as ‘Ug’, Littlenose the Explorer, and ‘Stone Age Boy. We shall be looking closely at the role of an archaeologist and how we find out about the past when nothing has been written down.


We will assess your child’s understanding of punctuation and grammar and revise the use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Children will identify and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences. Later in the term they will discuss punctuation and the effect it has when writing texts and reading them. Spelling lists and grammar lessons will be linked closely together for example by looking at suffixes or prefixes. Children will have weekly spelling tests with words linked to the National curriculum lists for Year 3 and if necessary Year 2.


During the autumn term much of our Literacy work will be closely linked with our Topic work. We will be using the book Stone Age Boy 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.

Outdoor learning

Children will be encouraged to learn outside across the curriculum subjects where it is possible and appropriate. Dedicated outdoor learning will be closely linked with our Prehistory topic and will involve identifying trees and leaves and exploring how people have used timber in the past. They will explore what is meant by a clan or tribe and link this to history, building shelters in small clans or groups.  They will learn how to co-operate whilst imagining what it would have been like to live as a Stone Age child and we will link this experience with Stone Age Boy and an extract from Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother novel.


During the autumn term we aim to assess your children with a view to revision and consolidation of some of the main topics covered in Year 2, such as place value and ordering 2- and 3-digit numbers. 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 shapes and numbers and use money and engage in various problem-solving activities. They will have access to TimesTables Rockstars, which will encourage them to learn their times tables and related division facts to work towards times tables awards and in readiness for the Year 4 Times Tables Test.


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.


In DT this term we will be comparing food that we eat now to that of a Stone Age person. We will look at how a healthy diet is made up of a variety and balance of different foods. We will then learn how to prepare food safely and hygienically, using a range of techniques to make oatcakes and soup. We will then evaluate our work by tasting them!


Pupils will take part in a range of fitness challenges to test, monitor and record their data. They will learn to understand different components of fitness; speed, stamina, strength, coordination, balance and agility. Pupils will improve on key skills used in Dodgeball such as throwing, dodging and catching. They will learn how to apply simple tactics to the game to outwit their opponent. Pupils are given opportunities to play games independently and are taught the importance of being honest whilst playing to the rules. In Netball, pupils will be encouraged to persevere when developing competencies in key skills and principles such as defending, attacking, throwing, catching and shooting. During Hockey sessions, Pupils will learn to contribute to the game by helping to keep possession of the ball, use simple attacking tactics using sending, receiving and dribbling a ball. Pupils will understand the importance of playing fairly and keeping to the rules.


In Science this term we are investigating Rocks and Soils as it links to our Pre-history topic! We start by exploring the World Heritage Site - The Jurassic Coastline and find out why this coastline is so unique and what has happened to create so many exciting and different rock formations and fossils. We explore what the 3 different types of rocks are and what each rock is called and how they are formed. The Rock Cycle is an important process to understand so we will be reading a book called A Pebble in My Pocket and exploring how it works with chocolate! Mary Anning is a famous palaeontologist and we will be finding out all about her and why she is so famous. Finally, we will look at soils, how they are formed and what they do.

We have a very fun and exciting term ahead!