Year Three -Pangolin
Autumn Term Class Information
We have a fun packed term of learning ahead of us in Year 3. In Inquiry, we are very excited to be the first year group to be delivering a new integrated humanities approach, 'Opening Worlds', with a focus on developing vocabulary and making meaningful links between history, geography and religion. Our first units will focus on looking at why settlements develop around rivers through studies of the Ancient Egyptians, the River Indus and the Hindu story of Rama and Sita. We will then move on to looking at how mountains interact with what is around them through studies of Ancient Mesopotamia, mountains in geography, and places and stories from the Indus Valley after the half term break.
In our Science lessons this term we will consider how we need light to see, identify sources of light and look at how light travels and can be reflected by various materials. We will also look at forces, with a focus on magnets.
In English we will explore four units, ‘Stories with Familiar Settings’, ‘Non-Fiction: Reports’, 'Performance Poetry', and 'Information Texts'. Alongside learning the craft of the author and writing our own fiction, we will create factual pieces to link with our studies in other subject areas. We will use various sources as inspiration for planning and writing a series of reports and information texts to, again, link with our Inquiry studies. In November, we plan to celebrate the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize with some book review writing and will be using National Non-Fiction Day to carry out research for our report and information text writing. Our whole class reading for pleasure books this term will be 'Krindlekrax' by Philip Ridley and 'Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay' by Alexandra Stewart
In Maths we will continue to work on our Basic Skills, involving number and our times tables, and will be applying our learning to a range of open ended challenges and problem solving tasks. Our topics this term include number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions. We will seek opportunities to apply our mathematical skills in other subjects.
PSHE will be delivered, in part, by our coaches from EiTC during the first part of this term, with an emphasis on the Primary League Stars Programme, looking at teamwork linked to environmental issues in particular. We will also be looking at the importance of health and wellbeing. In addition, we will look at how to get along with others and devise positive ways to deal with conflict during Anti-Bullying Week.
In P.E, (Tuesdays and Thursdays), we will receive lessons from the EiTC sports coaches who will be introducing us to dance skills and techniques used in team games this term, to help us to improve our balance, co-ordination and stamina.
Our Creative Arts curriculum will involve lots of singing in music, learning the song 'Three Little Birds' and also beginning to look at playing glockenspiel. We will learn painting and collage techniques and will make collage character masks for role play opportunities and ‘stained glass’ sun catchers to link with work in science and RE.
Homework will be set every Friday on Google Classroom with tasks for English and Maths being set alongside a reading book (or texts on Oxford Owl). Completed work can be submitted on the Google Classroom platform. If you have any questions about our curriculum, please don’t hesitate to speak to me (Mrs Lark) firstname.lastname@example.org or our TA, Mrs Saar.
Here’s to an exciting term! Thank you for your continued support.