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St Christophers Academy

3GK

Mrs Kiely

Welcome to Year 3!

Key Information

PE Days – We have PE on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon with Mr Kenneford.  A full PE kit should be brought in at the beginning of the half term and left in school. A list of the full PE kit can be found on the website under Parents > School Uniform

Homework - The children will have a variety of online and book homework to complete. All homework is set on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Every week, they will be set a piece of comprehension homework which is to be completed in the corresponding book. They will also be set maths homework in a yellow book and online MyMaths homework. These will alternate weekly. They will be given weekly spellings on a Friday and tested on these the following Thursday.

Reading Books - Reading books and records should be brought to school daily. We encourage children to read every night. Please ensure that once your child has read a book,  you comment and sign so we know if it has been read or not. If part of the book has been read at home, please put the page number which you read up to in case we continue reading at school. 

Our Learning

Autumn 1 

English - Our core text for this half term is ‘Orion and the Dark’ by Emma Yarlett. We will use this story to practise retelling the story using direct speech and improve our reading comprehension skills. We will also be writing non-chronological reports about animals that are awake when it's dark and looking at some poetry to celebrate 'National Poetry Week'.

Maths - This half term we will be focusing on place value with numbers to 1,000 and then moving on to looking at addition and subtraction using 3-digit numbers.

Science - This half term our Science topic is 'Light and Dark'. We will be looking at what a source of light is, what dark is, whether the sun is good or bad and how shadows are actually formed. We will be conducting a number of investigations in order to help us answer some of these questions. 

 

Autumn 2

English - Our core text for this half term is ‘The Firework maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman. We will use this story to improve our reading and comprehension skills, practice writing a letter and further develop our descriptive writing skills. We will also be writing non-chronological reports about volcanoes as this story ties in closely to our geography topic 'The Active  Planet'.

Maths - This half term we will be focusing on addition and subtraction using 3-digit numbers and then moving onto multiplication and division, focusing on learning our 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

Science - This half term our Science topic is 'Rocks'. We will be looking at the different types of rocks and how they are formed; how fossils are formed and what they tell us about history and what soil is made up of. We will be conducting a number of investigations in order to help us answer some of these questions.

 

Spring 1

English - Our core text for this half term is ‘The Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura. We will use this book to practise retelling the story using direct speech and improve our reading comprehension skills. We will also be writing a set of instructions on how to make a fire and a diary putting ourselves into the shoes of the main character. We will also be writing a short piece on 'What we want to be in 20 years time' linking to our school's careers week, week commencing 21st January 2019.

Maths - This half term we will continue to focus on multiplication and division, learning a variety of methods to help calculate multiplying and divided 2 digit and 1 digit numbers. We will then be moving on to our 'Money' topic where we will be learning how to convert pounds to pence and giving change.

Science - This half term our Science topic is 'Forces and Magnets'. We will be learning about what a force is and what effect it has on objects. We will also be looking at magnets and what effect they have on objects and materials and why. We will be conducting a number of investigations in order to help us answer some of these questions.

 

Spring 2

English - Our core text for this half term is ‘Greek Myths' retold by Marcia Williams. We will be using this book to give us inspiration to create our own mythical creatures and then use them in our own stories. We will be developing a number of skills this half term in preparation for this piece of writing. We will also be writing a non-fiction piece of text where we will use the information gathered in our Geography lessons about Greece. We will also be spending time developing our comprehension skills by reading different pieces of text, both fiction and non fiction,  and using our skills to answer questions, make inferences and clarify the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary.

Maths - This half term we will be focussing on 'Statistics' and the number of ways they can be represented, in particular tables, bar charts and pie graphs. We will then be moving on to 'Length and Perimeter' where we will be learning about how to convert mm and cm, adding and subtracting measurements and how to measure the perimeter of a shape.

Science - This half term our Science topic is 'Skeletons, muscles and nutrients'. We will be looking at what a nutrient is and finding out if animals and humans need the same amount of nutrients. In addition to this, we will be looking at the human body and learning the scientific names of the bones, muscles and joints in our bodies, thinking about if our bodies are the same as animals.