Welcome to Year 3’s Class Page
The year ahead brings lots of exciting learning and I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as we enjoy learning it! Here is just a sample of what Year Three is all about!
Key Learning across the year
Key Learning across the year - Ancient Egypt.
Adventure and Wonder - Titanic.
Born Survivors - Stone age, Bronze Age to Iron Age
The curriculum areas covered in Y3 are:
Plants; Rocks and Soils.
Light and Shadows: Forces and Magnets
Animals including Humans.
English and History
‘Our Community’ is the opening week topic where we learn about the history of the brick works in Chesterton including a class visit to Apedale Heritage Centre. This is an important as the children need to know where they live and the importance of Chesterton and the surrounding area in the past.
We launch our, Ancient Egypt topic with an action-packed day. The children complete a series of challenges; decode hieroglyphics, make Egyptian Death Masks, write our names using hieroglyphics and we built sugar cube Pyramids. What an EPIC day! We will be accessing graphic learning about the Ancient Egyptian ritual of mummification and looking at aspects of Egyptian life.
We will be reading the chapter book ‘There’s a Pharaoh in our Bath!’ by Jeremy Strong. Year 3 will be researching aspects of Egyptian life and will create a power point to present to the class. In addition, they will be writing non-chronological reports about life in Ancient Egypt. They will report on their investigations into artefacts and re-tell the stories of the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. We make our own cartouche and we analyse and evaluate art and turn ourselves into pharaohs.
Investigating plants and life cycles
Children will be looking at the different parts of plants and the job they have in keeping the plant healthy. They will learn about photosynthesis and the life cycle of a plant. Children will set up several comparative experiments during science this term. For example, the melting of ice and comparing the growth of plants in different temperatures. Also, water transportation using flowers and food colouring. Furthermore, we will look at rocks and fossilisation, compare different types of rocks and learn how fossils are formed. The children also look at how significant Mary Anning’s contributions to palaeontology were.
A trip to the Liverpool Maritime Museum and boat trip across the River Mersey is used to learn more about life on the Titanic and to enhance the children's experience and to provide fantastic opportunities for writing.
The story topic Michael Morpurgo 'Kaspar Prince of Cats' is being used as a stimulus for our writing activities. The children are learning about the chronological order of the events of the Titanic and why the ship sank and who was affected. The Titanic topic is launched by getting the children to understand and experience what it was like to be treated as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers.
Light and Shadows
We will learn about different light sources, which objects are best at reflecting light and about transparent, translucent and opaque objects. We will find out how shadows are formed and observe how and why shadows change throughout the day.
Forces and Magnets.
We will be comparing how things move on different surfaces. We will also observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials. The children will be setting up a comparative experiment during science this term. They will be observing how the formation of rust varies under different conditions.
Stone age, Bronze Age to Iron Age
Our last History topic of the year is the Stone Age, and we'll be exploring all sorts of things: from stone circles and mammoth hunts, all the way to cave paintings and Stone Age food! Children will also develop their writing skills using our book ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King. The Stone Age is part of our prehistory - that is the history which exists from before writing was around. We'll be learning about where the Stone Age fits into the chronology of British History, looking at the three main eras - Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. We're looking at over 2,500,000 years of history.
Animals, including humans
Year 3 will learn the importance of nutrition and will be introduced to the main body parts associated with the skeleton and muscles, finding out how different parts of the body have special functions. They will work scientifically by: identifying and grouping animals with and without skeletons and observing and comparing their movement; exploring ideas about what would happen if humans did not have skeletons. We will compare and contrast the diets of different animals (including their pets) and decide ways of grouping them according to what they eat. They will research different food groups and look at the diet of an Egyptian.
In maths, Year 3 will further their knowledge of place value and will be looking closely at multiplication and division, addition and subtraction using 3 digits before moving on to measures and fractions. Children will understand the value of digits in numbers up to 1000 and looking closely at the four calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) using a range of mental methods.
Year 3 are having 30 minutes of Whole Class Guided Reading every day. In Whole Class Guided Reading there is a high level of interaction between teacher and pupils. Children will be exposed to high-quality texts and discussions; an assortment of reading skills will be taught alongside the text which provide the children with skills to comprehend and understand a variety of genres. Response activities include: clarifying unknown words and phrases; inferring and deducting to form an opinion; predicting; explaining authors’ intent; retrieving information; summarising and answering comprehension questions.
Some of the texts we use:
- There’s a Pharaoh in Our Bath! By Jeremy Strong.
- Ancient Egypt DK Children.
- Kasper Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo.
- Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning by Laurence Anholt.
- Stig of the Dump by Clive King.
- Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages by Sonya Newland.
- Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.
- Apedale Heritage Centre
- Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool
- Poole’s Cavern
Information to Remember: Home Learning
- Reading at least 4 times a week. Reading diaries will be checked regularly during the week so all children are expected to bring their reading book and diary every day.
- To use Math’s Whizz for 45 minutes a week.
- Weekly spellings
- Home Learning project-based learning termly