Welcome to Year 3.
Mrs Bryden and Miss Hanif teach in class 3B and Miss Smith teaches in 3S. The children in 3S are lucky to have Mrs Mirza teaching them during PPA; Mrs Mirza also takes some groups of children who needed extra support with their language. We have a wonderful array of teaching assistants who care for the children and support their learning in class. Miss Lindsay supports and challenges groups of children in her intervention work. Mrs Kaleem provides specialist support for individual children in Year 3.
In our final topic of the year we will be looking at “Three Giant Steps”. We will begin by looking at the coastal town of Dover. Learning about the white cliffs as well as some of the background of the town and where it sits within the UK. Next we will move to learning about France.We will learn about the food, learn some key phrases and even research the Tour de France and some key locations from the route. The final focus of the topic will be Canada. We will learn where Canada is within the world, what it has to offer in terms of tourism and also learn about the amazing range of wildlife that Canada has to offer. We cannot wait to get started!
Summer Term 1
We began the Summer term with the first of our 2 science topics, Green Fingers. The children handled and dissected flowers, learnt the names and functions of the different parts. The children then set up and carried out simple comparative and fair tests to demonstrate the requirements of plants for life and growth. Moving on, the children looked at examples of different types of roots. Using card and straw, they investigated the role the roots play of anchoring the plants down. The second role of transporting water through its tubes was observed by placing white carnations into coloured water and observing how the water traveled up the stem to the flowers. Finally, the children observed and explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.
The second topic in the first Summer half term was “May the Force be With You” which gave children the opportunity to learn about forces. First the children learnt about the forces of push, pull and twist and even created models of objects that needed to use these forces to work. Then we learnt about gravity and tested whether the effect of gravity would change how far a toy car moved. After that we explored with magnetism! We learnt how magnets work, what materials they attract and even created and played a game which uses the force of magnetism. We finally moved on to designed costumes for people who might work in a magnetic field. We are very tired from all our hard work.
It’s all Greek to me!!!!
We begin our topic by locating Greece on a map of Europe today and by discussing its climate and physical features. We then look at Ancient Greece on maps and identify the different regions and main cities while playing ‘island hopping.’ Together we will see where Ancient Greece fits in on a timeline and will be discovering which important events/civilisations came before and after it.
We move onto exploring the Ancient Greek legacy and will be exploring the Olympics, architecture, theatres, plays, etc. The children will have the opportunity to learn about the different ways that Greek states were governed and how Greece was organised into states. The main cities of Athens and Sparta will be studied in depth and similarities and differences noted. After focussing on debating skills and how decisions are made, the children will look at a local issue, before having an opportunity to debate with one another about something close to them. They then move onto debating where the better city is to live – Athens or Sparta?
Next our focus moves onto the Greek Gods and Goddesses. The children will research who they were, where they lived, what they were God of, their symbol and any magical powers. The children will be asked to create a family tree and answer questions about the god’s relationships.
There will be opportunities for the children to draw a new God or create new Gods in 3d. The Greeks loved their theatre and architecture so we will look at their great buildings and recreate their columns in clay and research further into Ancient Greek theatre life. Myths and legends will be studied in depth and the children will design their own character in the style of a mask.
Our last fortnight sees Year 3 concentrate on what everyday life was like in Ancient Greece – jobs, clothes, schools, food, leisure time, etc. The children will handle artefacts and design their own Greek vase. They will explore the Greek alphabet and be given the opportunity to taste a variety of Greek food.
Throughout the topic, the children will be focussing on notation in music and will be using Lego bricks to help them understand what length a note is held for e.g. crotchet (1 beat), minim (2 beats), semibreve (4 beats). The children will work towards composing a four-bar rhythm with four beats in each bar combining semibreves, minims and crotchets, notating their composition and then playing using a percussion instrument.
Our ICT and PSHE focus this half term is on e-safety and on-line privacy.
In PE, we will be developing our tag rugby and netball skills.