Curriculum Statement Class 3
Our topic for this half term is the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will base most of our English teaching, reading comprehension and drama activities around the fabulous book Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. We will be learning to write setting descriptions, questions and answers, sense poetry and non-chronological reports.
In maths, we will be beginning with number sense, place value and calculation. This will involve adding/subtracting 10s, 100s and 1000s, placing numbers on blank number lines and partitioning numbers. We will then move on to strategies for addition and subtraction, focusing on number lines to begin with.
Our humanities work will include work on timelines, sources of evidence and researching a topic using the internet. In art, we will be looking at the Perch Merle cave paintings, Stonehenge and Stone Age tools (amongst other things). Mrs Cuthill will teach science this year. PE will be gymnastics on Mondays taught by Mr Care, and football on Fridays taught by Mr Hall-Galley. The children will learning basic programming and paint skills in ICT. They will also have the opportunity to take part in Forest Schools with Mrs Stanbury on Thursdays.
We are excited to welcome you back!
ENGLISH: During this half term, we will journey from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. We will begin by studying newspaper reports and our teaching will be based around the brilliant book The Stone Age Sentinel by Paul Dowswell and Fergus Fleming. Our story - Stig of the Dump by Clive King - will continue to be read in our story time each day. Once we have become confident with writing newspaper articles, we will learn to write a set of instructions and then finish the half term by studying poetry, widening our descriptive language.
MATHS: We will be studying graphs, before moving on to place value and finishing with addition and subtraction strategies (including an introduction to column method). Added to this, it will be very helpful if children are given support at home with learning to tell time (in analogue and digital formats), as we will also be practising this throughout the half term.
HUMANITIES: How did life change from the Stone Age to the Iron Age? Why was Iron so important? What ended the Iron Age? These are all questions that we will attempt to answer as we bring our topic to a close.
RE: Festivals of Light- Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
ART: We will be creating our own Stonehenge, Celtic artefacts and artwork themed around Hanukkah.
SCIENCE/MUSIC: This year science and music will be taught by Mrs Cuthill. Magnets will be this half term’s topic. This will include: identifying magnetic and non-magnetic materials, making predictions, devising tests and discussing ways magnets are used in everyday life.
ENGLISH: Our topic for this half term is the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will base most of our English teaching, reading comprehension and drama activities around the fabulous book Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. We will also be reading the children’s classic Stig of the Dump by Clive King in our story time each day. Descriptive writing and character descriptions will be created using an ever increasing range of vocabulary, before we write our own Stone Age stories. Children are being encouraged to speak in sentences, helping them to practice before they write.
MATHS: We will be beginning with number understanding, place value and calculation. Times tables will quickly be introduced as regular part of our maths lessons and the children will be expected to learn these at home as well as in school.
HUMANITIES: Next Tuesday we have our trip to Gressenhall to develop our learning on the Stone Age period. Children will use timelines to understand the sequencing of historical periods, as well as use different sources of evidence and research a topic using the internet. If your child has any topic related books at home then we would love to see them.
ART: We will be looking at the Perch Merle cave paintings, Stonehenge and Stone Age tools (among other things).
SCIENCE/MUSIC: This year science and music will be taught by Mrs Cuthill. Rocks and Soils is this term’s topic which links in nicely with Stone Age Man.
PE will be gymnastics, taught by a guest instructor and football taught by Mr Care. We hope you are excited for this half term!
ENGLISH: This half term in Class 3 we will be basing our learning around the beautiful children’s story Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White. We will use this story to write in a variety of genres we have covered this year, including; letters, diaries, newspaper articles and fact files.
MATHS: In maths we will be revisiting addition and subtraction techniques and consolidating our understanding ready for next year. We will be focusing heavily on times tables, so please continue to support your children by using Rock Star Maths at home.
SCIENCE: Our Science will be focused on how plants have adapted to survive in different habitats, and we may have time to conduct one or two spider themed experiments.
HUMANITIES/ART: Our art and Humanities will be themed around spiders and farms, starting with Pop Art spider webs!
There are several trips planned for this half term and the summer half term is always very busy, so please read any letters we send home, check the VLE for updates and come in to see us if you are unsure of anything.
Mr Care 🙂
English: This half term we will be learning about Roald Dahl and we will be writing some gruesome stories in the style of the beloved author. Many of the children have read Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda this year, which will no doubt be a huge help with their writing. I can also highly recommend reading George’s Marvellous Medicine as this will form the basis of part of our stories.
Maths: This will be focused on shapes and angles. This will include work on right-angles, acute and obtuse angles and drawing 2D and 3D shapes (with rulers). However, we will also be revisiting: time, fractions and weekly times tables will continue to be sent home. Being able to recall times tables quickly and accurately greatly supports children with their calculations. Due to popular demand, Mr Care will be hosting an after school maths session for Class 3 parents to discuss new methods taught this year.
Science: Our topic for this half term will be Plants and their habitats. This will be taught by Mr Care on Wednesdays as Mr Barnard will be taking PE on Thursdays, which is a small change to our timetable. We will be learning the parts of a plant, how plants reproduce, what plants need to survive and how plants are adapted to different habitats.
Humanities: Local history work will be centred around the Paston family, and will involve work with the Paston Heritage Society and the UEA. Children will learn about the history of Norfolk while using local maps to identify places connected with the Paston family. Later in the term, we will hopefully have a class trip linked with this topic (more details to follow).
Art: Linked with our history topic, we will explore coats of arms and design our own. Also, we will explore the illustrations of Quentin Blake through our Roald Dahl work.
English: During the second half of the Spring Term, Class 3 will continue to focus on Explorers. We will consider how it might feel to arrive in a strange land; these emotions will be represented through drama, and the children will create play scripts. We will be learning to use adverbs and prepositions, to help us develop our writing, and provide stage directions for our performances. Following on from this, we will be writing poetry throughout the second half of the term. We will use the effect of the experience on the character’s senses, to inform our writing. Performance will again be the focus, and we will consider how to improve our oral poetry through changes in pace and volume.
Reading: With World Book Day this half term we would like to share some of our favourite books with the children and will be encouraging them to share their own favourites with the class. We will be asking the children to review some of their favourite books.
Maths: We will consolidate our understanding of time focussing on analogue and then digital time. This will be followed by fractions, where we will be learning to recognise equivalent fractions and add fractions with the same denominator. We will also be improving our number fluency, by continuing to work on our number facts, including times tables. Your help practising these at home is greatly appreciated.
Science: We will be continue our work with forces, focusing on magnetism, which will support our work in Geography. We will be exploring magnetic materials, and comparing magnets’ strengths. We will also link this to our work on explorers by learning to use compasses and testing magnetic materials in water.
Humanities: Our topic work will link to our English work, with a focus on mountainous regions. We will be developing a greater understanding of where mountains can be found in the world and features of their climates. If anyone has any information to share please pop into class.
Art/DT: We will be using collage techniques to produce textured artwork, which will represent the environments that we will have been describing in our English work. It would be very helpful if parents could bring in any non-perishable, recyclable items (cardboard boxes and tubes, magazines, foil wrappers etc) for us to use!
PE: This half term the children will be lucky enough be visited by two guest instructors, who will share their expertise. On Tuesdays they will be learning to create a dance routine based on robots, and Fridays they will be learning about discipline, concentration and self-control by studying Karate.
ENGLISH: In Class 3 our topic this term will be Explorers and our English work will be based around the fabulous book Shackleton’s Journey. We will be learning to write letters, diary entries and we may even have time for a newspaper article or two. If parents have any expert knowledge of Shackleton they would like to share or anything interesting to bring in please let Mr Care know. This English topic will be linked with geography work on map reading, exploring different climates and locational knowledge. It will also provide the basis of PSHE work themed around teamwork and collaboration.
MATHS: We will be learning about multiplication and division. Times tables will be sent home weekly and regularly used in class, so it is very important the children begin to learn them off by heart. Remember, you can help your child with division by using the language of dividing and sharing at home. For example, when cutting a cake or a pizza.
Our music and ICT will link to our topic work this half term and our DT project this will be designing a sea worthy vessel to explore the Antarctic! Our PE will be dance and hockey. As we will be outdoors please bring some tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie or warm top to keep warm.
English: This half term, we will begin a new unit of work based on newspaper reports linked to natural disasters. The children will have a chance to interview witnesses and write their own reports based on a real event in school. We will then record our own news broadcasts.
Maths: We will be learning how to read and interpret graphs and then moving on to addition/subtraction strategies using 3-digit numbers. Children will be applying their understanding of place value, accurately using their number bonds.
Humanities: we will be finishing our topic on the Romans, focusing on the eruption of Pompeii. We will then explore Diwali and Hanukkah - Festivals of Light. We will begin rehearsing for our first performance in the Christmas panto!
Science: This will be focussed on healthy eating and what animals and humans need to survive.
Art/DT: We will be learning to use shade, tone and tint to improve our painting and drawing skills.
English: Our topic for this half term will be the Romans. We will be focusing on story writing and using the book Across the Roman Wall as our inspiration (coupled with plenty of drama work). We will use this to learn about writing descriptively, settings and characterisation. We will also be learning to write postcards and letters.
Maths: We will be following the national curriculum for year 3 maths, the term will begin with work on numbers within 100 and consolidating our understanding of base ten. We will be learning to use known facts (doubles, times tables, 1 more/ less, number bonds, etc) to help improve our mental calculation. We will be using bar models to represent addition and subtraction problems.
Art/DT- We will be researching, designing and making our own Roman mosaics out of clay, as well as shields later on in the term.
Science: we will be learning about light and will be investigating shadows and reflection. It would be great if children can bring their own torch for these lessons and if they have anything interesting they would like to share for show and tell in this topic Thursday afternoon is the time to bring it in. Children will learn how to present information in tables, graphs and diagrams. There will be lots of opportunity for learning new spellings of scientific vocabulary.