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Year 3

We are so excited to welcome everyone back! We hope you all had a fantastic half term and a well-deserved rest and were able to finally see some friends and family! We were so proud of all the work the children did at the end of term including their monologues, using wonderful show not tell techniques. The children’s art work last half term, also blew us away! Your portraits were beautiful and showed equality in various ways. We can’t believe we are in our final term of Year 3 and are looking forward to the next few weeks of learning.

English and Reading

This half term, our core book is Rosie Revere Engineer. It is about a girl, who dreams of becoming a great engineer. She creates wonderful gadgets and gizmos - but only when no one is watching. She's kept her inventions a secret ever since, when she was very small, her uncle Zookeeper Fred laughed at the special cheese she designed for him to
keep snakes at bay. But then great-great-great aunt Rosie, in her red-and-white spotted headscarf, appears on the scene, and helps Rosie to understand that sometimes you've got to risk failure before you can find success. In English, we will be using this book to inspire a narrative of our own, using unique characters we create ourselves. We will be using our core text to help us build and resolve a problem for our characters.

We will be using our whole class reading lessons to explore a variety of text types including narratives, poetry and non-fiction. All of our texts relate to equality and diversity. We will use each text to focus on various learning strategies throughout the half term. Children will use their prior knowledge to infer about different parts of a text, they will also be making connections to their own experiences to relate to the different sections of the book.

Maths

In maths this half term, we will be revisiting key learning intentions that were missed due to lockdown. We will be recapping the four operations and how to apply arithmetic skills to word problems and reasoning problems. We will be applying our knowledge of addition, subtraction multiplication and division, to solve real life problems and make links to prior learning. Then, we will move onto expanding our knowledge of shape and angles. We will be focusing on 2D shapes and then moving onto applying what we have learned to 3D shapes. Finally, we will be looking at different features of the shapes, which include looking at angles and how they create shapes.

Science

In science this half term, we will be learning more about the human body. We will begin our topic by recapping what we learned in Autumn 2 about the human skeleton. Then, we will be classifying various living things, based on their bodies and lifestyles. We will use our information from classifying to learn more about animal’s diets and the food chain that supplies their food. Finally, we will look at how animals’ habitats help them survive and how their skeletons and diets also affect where they live.

Art/Design Technology

This half term we will be having an Arts Fortnight. We are creating various art projects based on Community Spirit. We will be using textiles, such as wool and string to create colourful trees for our forest inspired theme. We will also be creating typography art based on the artist Sam Cannon. Our art will be focused on our forest theme with a mix of inspirational quotes.

History/Geography

This half term in history, we will be exploring and challenging pre-conceived ideas and assumptions about gender stereotypes. We will apply our learning on a local, national and global scale through examining the time period of the UK suffrage movement. We will also find out how gender is represented in modern times in the workplace through graphs, data and statistics in order to develop a sense of justice and consider unfair treatment of others. Finally, we will create an inspirational video about career aspirations and the concept of breaking glass ceilings. 

PSHE

This half term we will be continuing our Jigsaw learning journey. Our topic this half term is Changing Me! We will be learning that in animals and humans lots of changes happen from birth to fully grown, and that usually it is the female who has the baby, where we will make links to our science learning. We will then learn about how babies develop and grow in the uterus and what they need to survive and grow. Then, we will learn that boys’ and girls’ bodies need to change so that when they grow up their bodies can make babies. Finally, we will finish our learning with recognising stereotypical ideas about parenting and family roles. We will finish our unit with discussing changing and adapting to a new class in September. The key vocabulary we will be using includes: changes, birth, animals, babies, mother, growing up, uterus, womb, nutrients, survive, love, affection, care, puberty, male, female, testicles, sperm, penis, ovaries, egg, ovum/ ova, womb, vagina, stereotypes, role, challenge

Computing 

As our final computing topic for this year, we will be learning about ESafety. We will be focusing on the importance of keeping personal information to ourselves, whilst using online platforms. We will also learn what makes a safe password and different methods for keeping passwords safe. Then, we will ensure all children understand how the Internet can be used in effective communication, but what risks may accompany this. Finally, we will learn about the meaning of age restrictions symbols on digital media and devices

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PE 

In PE, we will be continuing our athletic skills such as running, throwing and jumping. We will be practicing best ways to run by using our arms. Then, we will be practicing throwing technique for competitions using javelins. We will then move onto jumping and practicing various types and techniques to jumping, using one foot and two. Finally, we will use all these skills to compete in fun relays and running races, as a class.  In indoor PE, we will be learning about the importance of health and fitness in our everyday lives. We will use all the skills we have learned throughout the year to create fun games and activities that we can practice in PE, but be used outside during breaks and lunchtime, or even at home in our own gardens.

Reading Records and Passports

Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. We are very pleased to announce that every child will also have access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club, a separate letter explaining how to sign in and access the platform has been sent to parents. Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY DAY the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box. Well done to those children who have already achieved their bronze and silver passport awards! 

Water Bottles/Clothing
Children are encouraged to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.