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Y3 Autumn 1 2017

Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas.  The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas.   If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Miss J Hellewell, Miss L Charles and Mr S Bradshaw


Learning Challenge: When is a mummy not a mummy?

This learning challenge question focuses on both the geography of Egypt as well as a significant part of its history. At the beginning of the topic we will be looking at the geography of Egypt; learning new atlas skills. The children will then find out where Egypt is in the world and locate its capital city and the countries surrounding it. We will be looking at the climate of Egypt and how this might impact on the way the Egyptians lived and dressed. We will investigate why the River Nile was important to the Ancient Egyptians and how it influenced their lives. As the topic progresses we will be looking at how we know about Ancient Egypt, focusing on evidence and the work of archaeologists. We will also compare ancient civilisations around the world, looking for similarities and differences in how they lived their lives. We will be using our fact finding skills to research what the ancient Egyptians believed; linked to gods and the afterlife. The children’s learning will culminate with the year group creating a Museum style exhibit to share with the parents and carers.



This half term the children will be focusing on developing their sentence writing skills including ensuring they always punctuated with a full stop and capital letter. They will learn the ingredients for a simple sentence and then build on extending sentences with adjectives, adverbs, connectives and varying sentence openers.  They will learn how to structure their writing through planning their ideas and organising writing into paragraphs. We will start the first unit by looking at our class novel ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’ by Anne Fine, focusing on character description and inferring information about how the characters feel. This will then lead into sentence work and building up skills to write an interesting character description. The children will then write about settings linked to our learning challenge, with focus on sentence structure and how to make them more interesting though use of adjectives, verbs and adverbs.  The children will learn spelling rules in daily lessons and revisit rules throughout the year. The grammar for this term will focus on word categories and knowing how to write a sentence with the correct punctuation. We will also focus on words that the children often make mistakes with such as were/was, their/there and our/are. The children will practise handwriting regularly; focusing on letter formation and joins, following on from their handwriting syllabus in Year 2.

This half term’s reading lessons will be based on the class novel, ‘The Diary of a Killer Cat’. In reading lessons we will be focussing on the skills for retrieval; finding information in the text and then building on this to infer information from what they have read. Children will also have the opportunity to read for enjoyment and choose books from the library. We encourage the children to spend time at home reading; whether it be individual or sharing a book with brothers, sisters and parents.



In maths, the children will recap their knowledge of place value with numbers up to 1000. The children will understand how to read a number in numerals and words and what each digit represents. They will become confident at partitioning a number and identifying the value of a digit; children will show their understanding through representing numbers visually and with apparatus. This will then enable them to order numbers and estimate amounts. Through solid understanding of place value, the children will add and subtract, ones, tens and hundreds from any given number, using mental methods and move on to formal written methods towards the end of the term. Whilst becoming confident with formal methods and mental methods of addition and subtraction the children will apply their skills using reasoning and problem solving. Throughout the term the children will practice number bonds and 3 and 4 times tables regularly in quick bursts to cement their learning and help quick recall skills. We expect children to readily practice their times tables at home to support their learning in school.  



This half term’s science question is ‘Should I be afraid of my shadow?’  The children will identify sources of natural and manmade light. They will learn about the difference between a light source and a reflection and will use this knowledge to solve problems.  They will learn how shadows are formed and to sort materials which are transparent, translucent and opaque. They will learn some of the skills needed to plan a fair test and observe how the size of a shadow can be affected by the position of the light source. They will also learn about the dangers of the sun and how to keep themselves safe.



This unit focuses on what it is like to be Jewish, exploring beliefs about God and about how ideas of God are expressed in stories, celebration, ritual and action. It will also teach about Moses as a key leader in the Jewish tradition and about the Torah as a sacred text. The children will learn about the great festivals of Pesach and the weekly celebration of Shabbat, illustrating how Jewish people try to live. This unit gives the children opportunities to explore how religious artefacts and texts can be a source for learning and for beliefs.



In PE this half term we will be focusing on the fundamental movement skills of co-ordination and balance. We will be practising floor movement patterns to develop our co-ordination and cardio skills. We will then look at different ways to balance on one leg in order to improve our core strength. As well as developing physical skills, we will be learning key personal skills such as perseverance and how to challenge ourselves. In the second hour of PE we will be playing net and wall games to develop and apply the basic principles suitable for attacking and defending as well as developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.



In Music this half-term with Miss Ashley-Cooper, the children will be working on singing development. They will learn to find their singing voice, to listen to and imitate song phrases and also to pitch match the teacher, other individuals and the class as a whole. They will listen to and appraise music. They will also learn about a range of musical genres during Black History week, including R&B, Motown and Soul. We will also begin our whole class brass instrument lessons which will take place on a Thursday afternoon.



This half term’s unit is about strengths and challenges and within the PSHE lessons children will be learning how to set personal goals and how to celebrate achievement. They will also learn to deal with put-downs and develop strategies to positively deal with set-backs. This unit links with growth mind-set and will help the children to start Year 3 with a great learning attitude for all aspects of their life. 



This half-term in French, the children will find France on a map and will learn some facts about France. They will learn numbers 0-10 and how to greet others, including asking questions and responding to these questions. They will learn some classroom instructions too. The children will take part in a range of activities and will learn some songs too to help to reinforce new vocabulary.



In Computing we will be teaching the children about Text and Graphics. The children will learn how to log onto our system and use software to change the way their text looks including manipulating the colour, size and font style. We will also experiment with using graphics both from within the program and also copied from other sources such as the internet. We will look at the basic keyboard features and develop the skills needed to become fluent when typing.  This half term we will also focus on e-safety and the safe use and storage of data both within school and when using online programs.


Design and Technology

In Design and Technology the children will learn about structures. The children will design and make a structure to house a museum artefact. They will learn about 3D shapes and how to construct them from nets. The children will choose suitable material to make their products from and design them so they attract people to look inside and find out about the Ancient Egyptians.