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Grayswood CE Aided Infant School

Year 3 Kingfishers

Kingfishers Year 3

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Welcome to Kingfishers!

Kingfishers 2021/22

 

Welcome to Kingfishers, our Year 3 class. Our class teachers are Mrs Katie Coult and Mrs Laura Davies (covering Mrs Laura Smith's maternity leave). Mrs Becky Lay and Mrs Sarah Atkins will be our SNA's (Special Needs Assistants). Mrs Lay working every morning and Mrs Atkins working Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. 

 

As the first year in the junior school, it is an exciting class for the children. We wear the upper school uniform and are working on become independent learners. We spend time developing our confidence to express our questions, thinking and reasoning. We link our topic work across many subjects to create an engaging and fun curriculum. Topics in Year 3 include: The Romans (aka The Rotten Romans), Ancient Greek Myths and The Egyptians.

Autumn Term 1 and 2: The Rotten Romans

 

Our topic this term is all about the Roman Empire, with everything from gladiators and aqueducts to emperors and goddesses, this cross-curricular Romans topic provides exciting, stimulating and informative learning opportunities across a range of subject areas and is packed full of engaging, creative and fun activities.

 

In Literacy, we begin the term looking at ourselves and how to write an informative and interesting character description. After a long summer holiday, we will spend the first few days reminding the children how to set our their ideas and writing, from writing the "long date and learning objective" to using editing pens, which is an important part of Year 3. Once the children have written their own character description, they will swiftly move on to our first text- The Twits, looking closely at these two grizzly characters and the most accurate character descriptions for them both. Guaranteed fun! With this text we also look at poetry, viewpoints and a spoken language focus, too.

Linked to our topic on The Romans, the children will be immersing themselves in narrative, writing a sensory description and write their own story. They will also make links to D&T by writing instructions for making a Roman shield. The children will also be looking at non-chronological reports, recounts linked to our forthcoming trip to Fishbourne Palace and another linked to Boudicca's rebellion (through a newspaper report).

 

In Maths this term we begin by recapping all the children know related to number and place value, we then move on to calculating- covering all four of the operations using both informal and formal methods to solve real life problems. We will be covering the following:

 

Number and Place Value

  • count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number

  • recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)

  • compare and order numbers up to 1000

  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations

  • read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words

  • solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas

 

Addition and Subtraction

  • add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
    • a three-digit number and ones

    • a three-digit number and tens

    • a three-digit number and hundreds

  • add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction
  • estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers
  • solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.

 

Multiplication and Division

  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables
  • write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods
  • solve problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objects.

 

Times tables! In Year 3 there is an expectation that the children should begin to learn, with instant recall, their 3, 4 and 8 times tables, which also includes knowing the inverse associated division facts. By the end of Year 4, the children will hopefully know all their times tables to 12 with the associated inverse division facts. Whilst we cover recall of their times tables through our Mental Oral Starters within Maths lessons, as well as teach the informal and formal methods for these calculations, the onus (as a school) is on children practicing their timetables as home. Like reading, it should be regularly and fun. TT Rockstars is available for your child, so please do make the most of that, as well as Mathletics. Here are two further games we recommend that can support your child with learning their times tables in a more enjoyable way:

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Science this term covers two areas of learning. For the first half term we begin by looking at 'Forces and Magnets', which looks at comparing how things move on different surfaces. The children will:

•  notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance

•  observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

• compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials

•  describe magnets as having two poles

•  predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

We then move on to 'Animals Including Humans'. During this topic, the children will:

• identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat

• identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

 

P.E. this term will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Children should continue to come into school wearing their P.E. kits on these days. In P.E. we will be covering Netball and Gymnastics.

 

P.S.H.E. this half term we continue to use the ‘SCARF Coram Life Education’ units of study and will be covering the topic, 'Me and My Relationships'. This covers topics related to friends, family, rules, problem solving and being part of a team. 

 

In R.E. this term we cover areas of learning linked to Christianity, covering the following questions: What do Christians believe God is like? How does the Bible reveal God's plan? We also cover the Christian celebration of Christmas through: What might Jesus think of Christmas today?

 

Art this term is linked to observational drawing skills- using charcoal. We make great links with our first Literacy text, The Twits.

 

In D&T we will be making Roman shields which links directly to our History: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. 

 

Computing this term is linked to E-Safety.