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St Christophers Academy

3GK

Mrs Kiely

Welcome to Year 3!

Key Information

PE Days – We have PE on a Friday afternoon with Mr Kenneford and swimming lessons Friday mornings.  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 the area of learning in  Science  is 'Light and Dark'. We will be looking at what a source of light is, what dark actually  is,  the  good andnot so good side of the sun and how shadows are 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, practise 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 learning in  geography about  '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  area of learning in Science  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 the past and what soil is composed 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  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 commencing on the  21st January 2019. Look out for the book (due out in May) which will be published compilation of these pieces of writing.  

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 learning about  'Money.'

Science - This half term our area of learning in Science 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  a variety of texts, 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 area of learning in  Science  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 and deciding whether we we too are animals!

 

Summer 1

English - Our core text for this half term is ‘Alice in Wonderland' by Emma Chichester Clark. During this term, the children will have the opportunity to immerse themselves into the story by experiencing different versions; Theatre production, book and film. They will be encouraged to compare the 3 and being able to explain the similarities and differences. We will be focussing on the character The White Rabbit and his role in the story. The children will spend some time pretending to be newspaper reporters in order to write a report on a child called Alice who has gone missing from her home. 

 

Maths - In maths this half term, we will be learning about 'Fractions'. The children will learn about what a fraction of a shape looks like, how to find an equivalent fraction and to add and subtract fractions that have the same denominator.

 

History - Linking with our core text in English, our area of learning to history is 'The Victorians' and linking this to our local area trying to answer this question: How did the Victorian period help to shape the Luton and Dunstable we know today? We will be delving deep into the history of Luton and Dunstable to find out what they were like during the Victorian period. Were schools the same as they are now? Why did people start moving here? What were Victorian homes like?

 

RE - This half term, our area of learning in RE is 'What people believe about God'. We are going to be comparing two different religions, Christianity and Islam and looking at how their opinions are similar and different to each other. We are also going to be focussing on how they portray god in their art work. We will creating some of our own art work too!

 

Art- In art this half term, we are going to be conducting an artist journey and learning a new art skill.  William Morris was known for his flowered wallpaper during the Victorian times. By using styrofoam and printing ink, we will design and create our own William Morris inspired wallpapers.

 

Summer 2

English - This half term, our core text is 'The Flower' by John Light. This wonderful story about a young man living in a colourless, dull city who discovers beautiful and colouring shapes called flowers. Having never seen flowers before, what will he do with this new found knowledge? The children in year 3 will be using this text to answer this and many other questions about the story. With very few words in the book, the children will be learning to make inferences on what they can see, using the illustrations for clues; using their imaginations to add speech to the story where there is none and unpicking the messages behind the authors intentions.

 

Maths- In maths this half term, our first area of learning will be on 'Time'. The children will be learning to tell the time to the nearest minute; read the time using analogue clock, digital clocks in both 12 hour and 24 hours. We will then be moving on to learning about 'Shapes' and the properties of shapes, particularly focussing on angels and turns.

 

Science - In Science this half term, our area of learning is 'Plants'. By growing our own plants alongside our learning will help with our understanding. We will be growing all sorts of plants and using them to find out what they need to grow. We will also be investigating how a plant transports water to the leaves and dissecting a flower to get a much closer look at the individual parts.

 

History - In History this half term, our area of learning is 'What leisure and entertainment was like 100 years ago'. The class will be taking part in a debate about whether they believe life is better with technology or without technology. This will be interesting! The children will also be learning about what children used to do for fun 100 years ago, compared to now; How birthday parties were celebrated 100 year ago and how cinema has changed since then, leading to them creating their own silent movie!

 

RE - In Re this half term, our area of learning is 'Special places'. We will be investigating and comparing Gurdwaras and Churches to see what is the same and different about them. During the week beginning 17th June 2019, we will be taking part in 'Inter Faith Week'. During this week, year 3 will be focussing on Sikhism, learning about the Gurdwara, what Sikhs believe in by hearing from a special visitor and creating a piece of art work of a Gurdwara. By the end of the week, the children will be visiting the year 6's to share what they hae learnt and listening to what the year 6's have been learning about.