Year 3 AUTUMN Term Planning 2019

Our Autumn term is always a busy and exciting one, as we settle in to life in Year Three! Here is what we are planning to do...

In English, we will be using Talk for Writing approaches to develop our writing.  We will share high quality texts to engage the children with the reading and the writing of the text.  We will produce written work based around 'Stone Age Boy' written by Satoshi Kitamura, and as an author, find out more about him.  We will explore adventure stories as our fiction genre.  New texts will also be introduced to the class, but will be revealed as secrets... 

In non-fiction we will look at instructions.  We will read the text, 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth,' by Michelle Robinson and use the Talk for Writing approach to share an instruction text about 'How to Catch a Dragon.'  The children will use these texts and a range of activities to build up to writing their own set of instructions.

In Reading workshop, we will look at fiction and non fiction texts, and the use of comprehension skills during discussion.  We will carry out reading tasks, and have time to read our book band books for enjoyment.  We will also have Reading for Enjoyment time when we can read our mobile library books our stories which we are busy reading at home.  We will have 'Book Talk' sessions to share our experiences and opinions of books which we have recently read.  We will visit our local library during the term, to ensure that everyone is a member with a library card, and follow up our visit in the summer term to the city library, where we can all sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Our work in Spelling will continue as we use our Read, Write Inc practice books and spelling logs. We will also be making sure we can spell our Y1 and Y2 words, whilst beginning to learn spellings from the Year 3 and Year 4 word list.

We will complete our daily maths tasks, and focus on times tables this term.  Children will bring the times table home as we focus on it in class, so that they can consolidate their learning at home.  We will reinforce the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, and begin to recall and use the 3 and 4 multiplication table. 


In our Maths lessons we will become increasingly fluent with place value.  White Rose Small Steps will consist of ; hundreds, representing numbers to 1,000, 100s, 10s and 1s, number line to 1000, finding 1, 10, 100 more or less, comparing objects and numbers to 1000, ordering numbers and counting in 50s.  We will practice our fluency and develop our ability to reason and solve a range of problems, whilst developing an attitude of 'have a go'.  


Addition and Subtraction will also be taught this term.  We will be looking at mental strategies to add and subtract a three-digit number and ones, a three-digit number and tens and a three digit number and hundreds.  We will look at formal methods of column addition and subtraction to add and subtract numbers with up to three digits.


Later in the term, we will begin to look at multiplication and division in our Maths lessons too, mainly focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times table.


Remember to continue to practise Mathletics regularly at home, it really does help you.  Keep practising your multiplication facts.


Our first RE topic will be 'Promises' where we will explore how belonging to a group involves making promises and following rules.  We will look closely at the promises made at Baptism.

Our Advent topic will be Visitors where we will explore the demands and joys of visitors in our own experience.  We will understand that during the special season of Advent, the Church waits and prepares for the visit of God in the person of Jesus.  We will look in detail at the Christmas story, beginning with the Annunciation and the Visitation.

In Science we will look at Rocks, Fossils and Soil. We will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple properties.  We will learn how fossils are formed and recognise soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

We will then learn about animals and sort them into different groups.  We will understand how a food chain works  and construct and interpret a variety of them. 

Our topic this term will have us finding out The Stone Age through to the Iron Age.  As a historian we will learn about what the stone age was, and which periods it included.  We will sequence periods We will have a class trip to the Keswick Museum and Castlerigg Stone Circle, where we will handle Neolithic axes and other tools, think like a stone age survivor and uncover a bronze age site.

In Art, we will make links to our History topic and create cave paintings.  We will use pastel, charcoal and paint.  In DT we will make seasonal felt stockings.

In Computing, we will be introducing Data by carrying out research and creating a database.  We will also complete a unit of work on E-Safety.

In PSHE, we will consider our Health and Wellbeing, specifically looking at keeping safe.  Children will also think about relationships, and the links to their feelings and emotions.  We will use PSHE themed comprehension tasks in Reading workshop.  Relax Kids will also be an integral part of life in Year 3. 

We will have a series of PE lessons delivered by a Community Coach from CUFC, focusing on Attacking and Defending during the first half term.  Our focus game will be Hockey.

Extra-Curricular activities will be offered to Year 3.  Keep an eye on the weekly newsletter for more information.  Lego and homework club are run on a drop in basis.  Coding club will continue this term, led by Mrs Winter.