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Y3 Autumn 2 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.


Yours sincerely

Miss J Hellewell, Miss L Charles and Mr S Bradshaw


Learning Challenge: When is a mummy not a mummy?

This learning challenge question is a continuation of our Autumn 1 Ancient Egyptian topic. The children will dig deeper into the history of Egypt, investigating why the Egyptians mummified their dead. They will also explore different pieces of Ancient Egyptian art work to understand the daily life during this period. We will also be finishing our DT project which will be showcased at our exhibition in week 3.



Writing and reading lessons will be planned around the theme of Roald Dahl’s The Twits. This engaging, funny book will grab the children’s enthusiasm for reading and give great opportunities for writing. Within reading lessons we will be practising our retrieval skills from last half term. The children will also learn to interpret information, inferring character’s feelings, thoughts and motives. We expect the children to be reading regularly at home, as this boosts progress alongside the teaching we do at school.


In writing lessons, we will continue to look at sentence structure, focusing on simple sentences and word classes. Children will become confident at using phrases and clauses and learn how we make a sentence using these grammatical components. They will then build on this knowledge and use a wider range of adjectives to make expanded noun phrases, select appropriate verbs and adverbs and play with word order to write a variety of sentence structures. The Twits will be used as a stimulus to write instructions and a narrative where the children will write for an extended amount of time.


The grammar for this term will focus on simple and compound sentences using a variety of conjunctions. We will also learn how to vary sentence openers using pronouns and time connectives. Children will continue to learn about word classes and how they affect sentences. We will also focus on words that the children often make mistakes with such as: is/are, a/an and what/that. In spelling, we will continue to look at prefixes and suffixes and spelling patterns.  



Our main focus for this half term in maths will be multiplication and division.  We will spend time looking at different ways to multiply and divide.  We will explore different ways to represent multiplication and division calculations and the relationship between them.  We will use equipment and visual representations to ensure that children understand the concepts behind the calculations before moving on to more formal written methods.  We will then extend their children's knowledge by using both mental and written methods to solve real life problems.  We will also recap the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.  Our main multiplcation focus this half term will be the 4 times table.  Regular chanting and practice of this at home, as well as school, will help ensure your child is fluent and ready to learn their 8 times table next half term!  In addition, we will be consolidating addition and subtraction calculations through a range of real life problems and reasoning tasks.



This half term the children will be learning about forces and magnets to answer the question - 'Do opposites attract?'  We will be investigating what forces are and the fact that you cannot see them.  The children will learn about the poles of magnets and what happens when they are brought together.  They will also investigate magnetic and non-magnetic objects in practical experiment, finding out which materials are attracted to magnets.  Scientific methods will be revised about making predictions and fair testing.



In RE we are starting the topic - 'Who can inspire us?'  This unit will explore the concept of leadership and will be an introduction to Jesus, The Prophet Muhammad and Moses as important leaders for Christians, Muslims and Jews.  They will learn about the characteristics of specific leaders, why they are inspirational and how they taught key elements of the faith through stories.



In the PE this half term we will be examining the fundamental movement skills of balance and agility.  We will be learning about static and dynamic balances, before putting these into combinations and routines.  We will also be focusing on developing our core strength, which we feed into our ability to balance and move quickly in a controlled manner.  Our other focus in PE will be dance where we will perform dances using a range of movement patterns, develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.



The children will be focussing on celebrating difference in PSHE this half term. They will learn what is meant by community, about how to value the similarities and differences between themselves and others and what is means to belong to a group.



We will look at how Roald Dahl books are illustrated and study the art of Quentin Blake. The children will learn how to do quick sketches using pencil and pen, recreating Quinten Blake sketches. We will learn how to use watercolour paints by mixing shades and tones and then use this knowledge to add detail to sketches. As we move closer to Christmas, the children will draw Christmas themed sketches and create their own Christmas cards in the style of Quentin Blake.



This half term in music, the children will be continuing to learn their brass instrument with Mr Roberts. In music lessons with Mrs Ashley-Cooper, the children will be learning more songs and playing a variety of games to help raise their awareness of pitch. They will be working on identifying known song-melodies and they will listen to music which displays particular variations in pitch.



This half-term in French, the children will be revising what they learnt last half-term through a range of songs and games. They will go on to learn how to ask questions and give answers related to name and age. They will learn the names of the nativity characters and will take part in a French retelling of the story. They will also have the opportunity to write letters to Père Noël, the French name for Father Christmas.



In Computing, we will be continuing to look at basic computer skills and how we can apply them when using text and graphics. The children will practise logging 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.