Welcome to Kingfishers, our Year 3 class. Our class teachers are Mrs Coult and Mrs Davies (covering Mrs Smith's maternity leave), and our Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Johnson (Mon-Thurs) and Mrs Poole (Friday). 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, Ancient Greek Myths and the Egyptians.
Spring Term 1
Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful, albeit a little different, Christmas holiday! For this half Term, we will be reading and investigating Greek Myths in our Literacy lessons. There will be a continued focus on descriptive work and language, with the children being asked to write their own myth, based on Theseus and the Minotaur. The hero Theseus will remain the same in their versions, but the beast will be their own providing lots of opportunities for rich and varied language.
Our Art work will be closely linked with this English work, as they will use watercolours to paint their mythical monster and use clay to bring this to life - we hope!
We we will use maps and atlases to increase and improve the children’s locational knowledge, locating countries around the world, key cities and rivers around the UK . The children will find out about the physical and human features of the UK and compare them with other countries around the World in the second part of the term.
Our focus in Science this half term is on Rocks and Soils and the children will explore the names and properties of different rocks, whilst carrying out a number of experiments.
In Maths, we will continue to focus on multiplication and division in maths, using a variety of concrete and pictorial resources. Rich opportunities will continue to be provided for children to work collaboratively and independently to develop their problem solving and reasoning skills.
In PSHE this term we move away from the former programme of learning named 'SEAL', and begin to use the programme of learning outlined by the PSHE Association. For the Spring Term, the theme for PSHE will be 'Living In The Wider World', under which the children will learn about the following topics: Belonging to a community; media literacy and digital resilience; money and work. To begin, we will be specifically focussing on: Belonging to a community: The value of rules and laws; rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
R.E. this term will focus on the unit of learning, 'How Did Jesus Change Lives?' and aims to ensure children understand that Jesus befriended ordinary people and ‘outcasts’ of society. Is also focusses on the view that encountering Jesus changed the lives of people who met him, Jesus showed he was God’s Son by performing miracles and each miracle reveals something different about who Jesus is. It also considers what impact Jesus' work has on the lives of Christians today.