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.
Summer Term: Ancient Egypt
Our Ancient Egypt topic will teach the children in depth about the achievements of this ancient civilisation. They will learn about how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. The children will also learn about how Egyptian people used hieroglyphs to communicate and compare the powers of different gods. As well as having a strong history focus, this topic will concentrate areas of the geography curriculum. The children use maps to explore where in the world Egypt is and study geographical features including the River Nile.
In Literacy, the children will be using the chosen text, the Egyptian Cinderella, as a basis for their own narrative. Through drama and role play, the children will travel back in time to explore what it must have been like to have found Tutankhamun’s tomb, through the eyes of Howard Carter. This will inspire descriptive writing and support them further when writing a newspaper report about the death of Tutankhamun.
In Science this term we will be learning all about plants. We will be learning about what plants need to survive and thrive, functions of different plants, journey of water through a plant and the life cycle of a plant. We will also be considering how plants sustain all life on earth and how humans and plants live in unison through the process of photosynthesis.
This half term in Maths, we will be focusing on fractions, time and measurement (mass and capacity), and will continue to use 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.
Times tables! In year 3 there is an expectation that the children 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:
In Music this half term we explore the structure of sounds and words through the topic of ‘Ancient Worlds’. The children will be learning things such as exploring tunned and untuned percussion to create soothing, repetitive music based on ostinati, learn to sing a song and accompany it with tunned percussion ostinati, exploring musical phrases, melodic imitation and rounds and perform a round in three part, followed by arranging an accompaniment paying attention to balance and musical effect.
P.E. this half term is will be confirmed soon, but our new P.E. days for this Summer Term are: Wednesdays and Fridays.
P.S.H.E. this half term we continue to use the ‘SCARF Coram Life Education’ units of study and will be continuing with the topic ‘Me and My Relationships’, which includes a focus on cooperation and friendships. By the end of this unit, the children should be able to say: I can usually accept the views of others and understand that we don’t always agree with each other. I can give examples of different community groups and what is good about having different groups and I can give you lots of ideas about what I do to be a good friend. I can tell you some different ideas for how I make up with a friend if we’ve fallen out.