Please find below an overview of our learning for Autumn Term 2021.
Our ‘Vehicle’ through which the curriculum will be taught for the Autumn Term is:
A Ride Through Time
We will be designing a ride for the Alton Towers theme park that takes visitors on a ride through the history of the attraction dating back to the 1400s.
During our Religious Education lessons, Year 3 will be learning about 'Belonging'.
We aim for children to know that Baptism is the Sacrament of Belonging to God’s Family, the Church. They will be able to identify some signs and symbols of Baptism and express their meaning. They will be also be able to Sequence the Rite of Baptism and be able to discuss elements of the Celebration of Mass about gathering as the Family of God.
Moving on from Belonging, children will understand that human beings often have freedom to make choices. They will understand the difference between a good and a bad choice and the consequences these bring. They will know some teaching of Jesus about the forgiveness of sin when wrong choices have been made. They will understand that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the Church’s celebration of God’s forgiveness of sin.
‘Prayer’ – This is also be a ongoing focus. Year 3 need to be able to recite many of our prayers by the end of the year. It is important for children to consider: why it was important for Jesus to pray to God his Father,
- Different types of prayer, places of prayer, symbols and actions used in prayer.
Year 3 have been using the short animated film 'Taking Flight' to inspire their writing. We will also be using the book 'Voices in the Park' by Antony Brown to inspire us!!
During Autumn Term, the focus in Maths is on the ‘Number’ aspect of the curriculum.
This includes: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.
In our daily Maths lessons, we will use ‘concrete’ resources, as appropriate. Concrete resources include: Base 10, Place Value counters, Place Value charts/grids, Counters, 100 squares, Number lines. We will also see and use ‘Pictoral’ representations of concrete resources, and ‘Abstract’ calculations, where only the numerals/digits are shown.
In order to master a skill, children need to be able to recognise and use concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.
Children should continue to practise and use their Times Tables.
Our Autumn Term Science topics are: ‘Rocks’ and ‘Light’. It will be taught by Mrs. Johnson, a specialist science teacher from Painsley
- Comparing and grouping rocks based on their appearance and simple physical properties,
- Describe in simple terms how rocks are formed,
- Recognise that soils are made from rocks and other organic matter
- Consider what local historic buildings are made from and why.
- Recognise we need light in order to see and that dark is the absence of light,
- Notice that light is reflected from surfaces,
- Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and there are ways to protect our eyes,
- Recognise that shadows are formed when light from a light source is blocked by an opaque abject,
- Find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change,
- Consider how light and shadow affect art.
In History, we will be looking at aspects of local history. We will be studying the History of Alton Towers back as far as the 1400s and the first settlements that were there. We will then go on a journey through time and chart the many changers which have taken place. This will directly feed into our Vehicle - A Ride Through Time.
In Geography, we will start by looking at the importance of fieldwork and how essential it is to all geographers.
We will then move on after half term to study the geography of the United Kingdom.
In Year 3 we are looking at how we research and what skills we can use such as understanding ranking. We will then be making Computer art using a variety of software. This will then lead onto using programming to make computer art, using if, when and repeat commands.
In Art and Design, we are specifically studying the word famous sculptor Sir Antony Gormly. We will be making our own sculptures and working with a variety of different media.
In Design Technology we will be finding out about healthy eating, focusing on ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ snacks. The children will design healthy snacks.
In French, we are learning simple greetings and introductions.
PE in Year 3 is every Monday and Friday
Please ensure that your child has their PE kit at school.
Homework is sent out every Thursday in the children’s Home Learning Logs.
Home Learning Logs and completed homework should be returned every Tuesday morning.
In addition to Homework, there are weekly spellings and times tables.
Children should continue to read daily.
In Key Stage 2, there is much more focus on comprehension of what they have read.
In order to support your child, try the following activities:
- Ask them to summarise a section of what they have read in their own words.
- Ask them to predict what might happen next, and explain their thinking.
- Discuss why an author has chosen to use particular words and/or punctuation.
Spelling Tests will take place every Tuesday and will be based on our RWI Spelling words from the previous week.
As the children are now in Key Stage 2, they are expected to wear a shirt and tie.
Please encourage your child to do up and undo their buttons themselves at home, as this will greatly assist them when getting changed before and after PE lessons.
Earrings and hair gel are not part of school uniform.
Please ensure that your child does not come to school wearing earrings or hair gel.
Children should bring a healthy snack, for example a piece of fruit, dried fruit or a healthy snack bar for break-time. Alternatively, parents can use ParentPay to purchase a snack from the kitchen at snack time.
Children should bring a water bottle to school every day.
This should be clearly labelled with their name, and should only contain water.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Many thanks for your support,
SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
Curriculum Plans for Reading, Writing, Mathematics and RE
Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations
With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.
Below you will find the expectations for Year 3 and Year 4 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.
As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parents evenings during the year.
The following terms will be used:
· Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations
· Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations
· Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations
Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly