Year 3

Autumn Term 2019

Important Dates (07/01/19-15/02/19)

07/01/19: Back to School

15/02/19: Finish for half term holidays

Class Messages

07/01/19: Just a reminder that children must have trainers or PE pumps for their PE lesson on a Monday morning. PE kits are supplied by the school, but you may wish to bring in a pair of tracksuit bottoms or long sleeved t-shirt for colder weather.

Homework (Friday 11th January 2019)

All homework is due in by Wednesday 23rd January 2019.

Main Homework: Creative Ancient Egypt Homework – There are lots of suggestions on the sheet but you’re more than welcome to choose something else to do.

Reading Book: Please try to change your book at least once a week. This must be signed by an adult and placed in the red basket in our class library.

Important Information

PE: Outdoor PE lessons take place on a Monday morning with our specialist Manchester City coach, Connor. Our indoor PE lessons take place on a Thursday afternoon with Miss Parr. Please ensure your child has a pair of trainers or PE pumps in school. PE kits including a pair of shorts and a t-shirt are supplied by the school. However, in colder weather, you may wish to supply a pair of jogging bottoms.

Homework: Homework is sent home on Fridays. All homework books are expected to be returned to school by the following Wednesday at the very latest. We also encourage children to have their reading book signed each night and change their reading book at least once a week.

Reading Books: Reading books must be signed and dated by a parent before they are changed by ourselves. Children should aim to read for 5 minutes a night. If your child’s reading book needs to be changed, we ask them to place it into a red basket as they enter the classroom each morning.

School Diaries: We ask that children bring in their school diary and reading book every day. Children are given the opportunity to read and use their diaries during the school day.

Water Bottles: Water bottles are supplied by the school. They are filled up each morning by our water bottle monitors and are washed and sterilised on a Friday afternoon.

Bug Club, Education City & Times Tables Rockstars: You can find the login details for these websites in the back of your child’s school diary. If you are having any trouble with passwords or logging on, please let us know and we’ll look into it for you.

This half term in Year 3:

English: Report Writing and Editing Using ICT

(Cross-Curricular Ancient Egypt)

This half term, the children will be focusing on Report Writing. We will be looking at the features of reports and their importance.

The children will be learning about Ancient Egypt through their cross-curricular topic lessons and will use this knowledge to write their very own reports.

Once our reports are complete, we will be using ICT to edit and improve our reports – learning how to use the spellchecker and adding images from Google.

Maths: Abacus Scheme of Work

The focus for this half term will be shape, space and measure. We will continue to work on multiplication, division, addition and subtration using word problems.

We will be following the Abacus scheme of work.

Times Tables

Children are encouraged to practice their times tables – especially their 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 10’s, before moving onto 6’s, 7’s and 8’s. You could help your child by encouraging them to rapidly recall these facts regularly.

Your child also has a login for Times Tables Rockstars at the back of their reading diary.

PE: Indoor: Dance & Circuit Training

Outdoor: We will be working with our specialist Manchester City coach, Connor, learning the skills for a number of invasion games and learning to be a good team player.

Please can you ensure that your child has a pair of trainers or PE pumps in school especially for Monday’s lesson.

Topic: Ancient Egypt

We will begin our topic lessons by discussing what we already know about Ancient Egypt and what we would like to learn during this term.

Our learning will include:

  • The importance of the River Nile
  • Pyramids and Tombs
  • What an Egyptian Home looked like
  • Hieroglyphics – the Egyptian alphabet
  • Mummification
  • Ancient Gods and their importance to the Egyptians
  • Who was Tutankhamun?

Science: What Plants Need

In Science, we are learning about what plants need. This is a continuation from our visit on the 5th December 2018 to Warwick Road Playing Fields where we planted trees.

We will make comparisions to what ourselves and plants need to stay healthy.

Geography: Egypt

Geography will be taught through our Ancient Egypt topic.

We will be locating the countries that surround Egypt and comparing Egypt to the UK.

Art & DT: Our Art and DT lessons will be focussed around this term’s topic lessons. This term we will be:

  • Cartouche Painting – Writing our name using Hieroglyphics
  • Designing a coffin mask (death mask) and a sarcophagus
  • An Egyptian portrait – using photography, oil pastels and mosaic pieces.

Towards the end of term, there will be a French & Art themed week. We will be looking at the work of a French artist and creating our own masterpieces in the style of…

We will upload some of the art work to our class page. Our art work will be on display during this term’s Parent’s Evening.

RE: Jesus The Man Who Changed Lives

We will be exploring some key questions through discussion.

  • What does change mean?
  • How can our lives be changed?
  • Is it easy to change?
  • How did Jesus change lives?
  • When did/does Jesus change lives?
  • What happens when Jesus changes a person’s life?

We will research inspirational people who have been influenced by Jesus and made big changes to their lives for the good of others.

Music: Recorders

In Music this term we will be learning how to play the recorder with our music teacher, Mrs Compston.

The children will be begin by learning a variety of notes and where they are positioned on the stave.

The children will learn how to play in unison and how to maintain their part within a round. They will also begin to read simple music from the stave.

We will also be following our school music syllabus, Charanga.

 PSHCE: My Happy Mind

This term all children will be provided with their own personal My Happy Mind booklet. Children will participate in a range of activities both within the booklet and online. (Logins to follow.)

The “meet your brain” module is all about how your brain works and how you can help it to be at its very best.

Computing: Simple Animation

On Tuesday afternoons, we will be working with Miss Powell to develop our ICT skills. We will learn how to use a variety of software both on laptops and iPads. This half term we will continue to use Scratch. The children will be learning the art of simple animation through this programme.

Proof Reading & Editing

During our English and Topic lessons, we will be using ICT to proof read and edit our work. We will be using Microsoft Word to do this. We will continue to look at changing fonts, colours of texts and using suitable font sizes. We will learn how to save our work effectively so it’s easy to locate and print out.

Children must ensure they have their school diaries everyday as they contain your child’s logins for some of the software we use.

Picture Gallery

18/01/19: This afternoon, the other half of the class took part in the Ancient Egyptian Portrait activity. We looked at some examples of other children’s work both online and on our class display board. We spoke about the types of clothing and jewellery that Ancient Egyptians wore. We used our photographs, cray pas, mosaic pieces in various colours and PVA glue to complete our pieces of art. We had a very crafty afternoon!

(Photographs to follow on Monday)

11/01/19: This afternoon, half of the class took part in an Egyptian Portrait activity. Miss Pointon took individual photographs of everybody in the class. We then looked at some examples of other children’s work online. We spoke about the types of clothing and jewellery that Ancient Egyptians wore. We used our photographs, cray pas, mosaic pieces in various colours and PVA glue to complete our pieces of art. We had so much fun!

The other children will take part in this activity next Friday. We will upload a photograph of the display once it is complete.

21/12/18: Today, we had a very special visitor – Santa Claus! He came during our party games to check that we all had been good throughout the year. We really enjoyed playing Pin the Nose on the Rudolph and Pass the Parcel. We also had party time in the hall with Year 4 and party food at lunch time.

19/12/18: This afternoon we all made a Christingle so we were prepared for our Christingle Service. We discussed what each part represents. We all had an orange, a candle, a piece of foil, 4 cocktail sticks, marshmallows and midget gems. Can you remember what each part represents?

05/12/18: This morning, we went to Warwick Road Playing Fields to plant some trees. We learnt how to use a shovel and the correct way to plant a tree. We worked in pairs to plant as many trees as we possibly could! Despite the bad weather, we all worked really hard to complete the task in hand. Well done, Year 3!

09/11/18: We spent today remembering those who died and fought in World War 1, World War 2 and other wars around the world. We also remembered those who are special to us and may no longer be with us. This morning, we sang a song during the school Remembrance Service. When we returned to class, we took it in turns to fill out Our Class Remembrance Book. During the afternoon, we spent time making our own poppies, poppy wreaths, medals and poems. We had lots of colouring pages to choose from too!

02/11/18: Today, we took part in a Shadow Experiment. We worked in partners or small groups, to draw around each other using chalk. We made sure we had plenty of space on the playground and that that our shadow could be seen on the floor. We found out that our shadows change position throughout the day depending on where the sun is positioned.

27/09/18: East Lancs. Railway

20/09/18: This afternoon, as part of our Science lesson, we created our very own shadow puppets. We had a range of cats, dogs, dinosaurs, crabs, parrots, turtles and spiders! We look forward to going into the hall to conduct our very first Science experiment! Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

12/09/18: Today we had a visitor who came in to discuss the importance and the benefits of recycling. We worked in groups to sort out where our rubbish should go. We discussed what went into grey bins, blue bins, brown bins and green bins. Quiz your children to see if they can remember where the items should go 🙂

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Parr, Miss Pointon and Miss Kemp