Year 3 Mrs Boast

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Hello and welcome to our home page! The Year 3 team is comprised of Mrs Boast and Mrs Ross.

Literacy

In Literacy, the children will be learning to write letters using accurate spelling and punctuation. We will be basing our unit around the visual text ‘The Alchemist’s Letter’. This beautiful animation tells the story of a machine that is powered by memories in order to transform metal into gold. We will be writing a letter as though we are one of the characters explaining what the machine is capable of. During this unit, we will develop our knowledge of paragraphs and cohesive devices.

During the spring term, the children will experience a range of Viking themed adventure stories such as ‘Beowulf’ and ‘The Saga of Erik the Viking’. These exciting sagas will form the basis of the children’s Guided Reading sessions and will eventually be used by the children to help scaffold their own adventure stories.

The children will continue to practise their spellings in our daily Active Spelling sessions. In addition to this, we will continue to focus on developing a fluid joined handwriting style.

Maths

In Maths, the children will be developing their understanding of fractions. They will be recapping the skills which the children learnt in KS1, and building on these further by adding and subtracting fractions, finding tenths of shapes and amounts as well as using the <, > and = to compare fractions.

Following this unit, the children will further develop their understanding of shape. They will recap the 2D and 3D shapes and consider what makes a shape regular and irregular. As well as this, the children will learn how to calculate the perimeter of shapes and develop their understanding of angles.

The children will have an opportunity to tell the time using an analogue clock as well as further developing their ability to calculate the difference between two given times. They will continue to practise their mental calculation strategies and use of written methods to help them calculate equations.

Science

In Science, the children will be learning about animals, with a particular focus on humans. They will develop their understanding of the human skeleton and learn to name a variety of bones within the human body. They will consider the role that muscles play in helping humans to move and how the skeleton protects our organs. The children will learn the terms vertebrate and invertebrate and use these to sort a range of animals.

During the spring term, the children will also learn what makes a diet healthy or unhealthy. They will learn about different food groups and develop their ability to use the information on the packaging to help work out whether foods are good for us or not. They will also conduct an investigation into sugary drinks and identify how much sugar is contained in a range of drinks.

Computing

In ICT, the children will be continuing to develop their coding skills. They will learn how to identify bugs in an algorithm and explore ways in which these could be fixed. The children will also develop their video editing skills by producing a vlog about a topic of their choice. Online safety forms the bedrock of all ICT lessons but the children also have the opportunity to take part in additional online safety sessions during our Tolerance lessons.

Religious Education

In RE this term, the children will be finding out about a range of religions. They will begin by considering the term ‘Forgiveness’ and what this means. They will then consider how Christians, Hindus and Jews teach about forgiveness and show this in their daily life. Following this, we will consider what ‘A Good Life’ means for a range of religions and what religious scripture teaches us about how to live a good life.

History

In History, the children will be travelling back through time to the Viking Age. We will refer to our school timeline throughout the unit to develop the children’s chronological understanding of when the Roman Empire, Anglo-Saxon Rule and Viking Age took place.

We will learn about the Anglo-Saxons and the seven kingdoms of Britain. As well as this, the children will deduce the reasons for the Vikings invasion in Britain and consider what consequence this had for people living in Britain then and the impact the invasion has had on British lives today. We will research what life was like for a Viking and use artefacts to help our understanding of daily life. We will look closely at our local area and consider what remnants of the Viking Age remain here in Lincoln today.

Geography

In Geography, the children will develop their understanding of European countries by researching where the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons originated. They will map the direction that these invaders travelled to reach England using the 8-point compass. We will research where the Vikings invaded and which counties they travelled across, paying close attention to the differences between cities and towns. We will consider where the Vikings settled and investigate what natural resources they had nearby to help them live their daily life.

Design and Technology

In DT, the children will create a Viking longboat using lollipop sticks. They will develop their understanding of how to join pieces to create a 3D structure. As well as this, the children will use material to create a flag for their boat.

Music

In Music, the children will continue to develop their ability to read music notation. They will be learning ‘The Dragon Song’ and will use this piece of work to inspire their own composition. They will continue to develop their appreciation and knowledge of music from other cultures and time-periods.

Life Sim

This term, the children will be challenged to develop their organisation skills by planning, resourcing and hosting a picnic for the class. They will also be developing their understanding of basic household skills by practising making a bed.

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