During the autumn term, year we continue to develop our understanding of numbers and place value. This includes: reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers. In addition to exploring various mental calculation strategies, formal written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division have been taught to us. On a regular basis, we are now learning to apply these calculations strategies in solving one and multi-step worded problems. Statistics was also a key focus of our learning, with emphasis on interpreting and presenting data. We were able to analyse data that was presented in the form of pictograms, bar charts, Carroll diagrams and tables. Application of our understanding entailed interpreting and demonstrating understanding of key vocabulary such as: survey, how many more, total and difference.
In geometry, we learnt to identify and describe 2D shapes. This includes differentiating between the different types of angles that can be found in these shapes. We also had opportunities to identify and manipulate a range of common 3D shapes. Our hands-on exploration helped us to identify features such as: faces, vertices and edges. Ultimately, we were able to use modelling materials to make our own 3D shapes. In autumn two, we have also developed our understanding in telling time. The key areas of learning were telling the time on the hour, at five minute intervals and to the nearest minute. In addition, we have also learnt to convert between 12 and 24-hour times.
The focus text for year threes during Autumn 1 was Ug Boy Genius of the Stone Age by Raymond Briggs. The story is set in the Stone Age (where everything was made of stones) and involves a young boy who had an inquisitive mind and so asked a lot of questions about the way things were and how to improve the way of life. The context of the story has led to different writing outcomes. We were able to write: summaries of the story, character descriptions, setting descriptions, recounts and ultimately an adventure stories. For each writing text type, we were required to include all the relevant features as taught.
The text for autumn 2 was The Pebble in my Pocket, a History of our Earth by Meredith Hooper and Chris Coady. The text tells the story of the history of a pebble from its formation. The details of the story continue to tell about the formation of different types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous) and the impact of erosion on the formation of new pebbles. This interesting non-fiction text was ideal for us to develop our skills in writing non-chronological reports. In addition to identifying and applying the features of a non-chronological report in our own independent writing, we also had opportunities to develop our writing skills in other areas. These include letter writing and poetry.
Our Science topics for the autumn term have been Rocks and Animals including Humans. Through exploration, investigations and research, we have learnt to differentiate between manmade and naturally occurring rocks. The linkage with the focus reading text, The Pebble in My Pocket, has enabled us to have a better understanding of how sedimentary rocks are formed in the ocean and how igneous rocks are formed from volcanoes. By manipulating the different types of rocks, we were able to describe their textures, permeability and durability, then draw conclusions about their uses. Autumn two Science learning focused our attention on animals (including humans) nutrition and their skeletons. By identifying the different food groups, we were able to associate the scientific names with the groups and identify foods within each group. With confidence, we can now explain the nutrients that some foods provide. The learning focus on skeletons enabled us to differentiate between the different types of skeletons (endoskeleton, exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons). Once these concepts were grasped, we were able to group animals based on their skeletons. The progression of our learning then led to us investigating the human skeleton. This includes, identifying the different bones that make up the skeleton and explaining the general functions of the skeleton.
Across the autumn term we have been learning about the the long period of time covering the Stone Age until the Iron Age. In Autumn 1 we focused on the Stone Age, looking at the development of basic tools and clothing and live inside a cave. This tied into our writing lessons where we read UG Boy Genius of the Stone Age. Children had the chance to create a timeline for this period, describe key events, settings and dwellings, and build their knowledge of materials used in this era.
As we moved into Autumn 2 we went onto study the Bronze and Iron Ages. We described and made comparisons between the ages highlighting advances in technology and discussing how life was different to the modern world. We exercised our English skills by writing a non-chronological report on the Iron Age, writing in paragraphs under suitable sub-headings pulling together all of their learning from the term.
The focus in Art this term has been on Cave drawing. We were able to link this to other curriculum subjects, such as English and Topic. We studied different cave paintings and learned what they represented. We learned that most cave drawings are of hunters and animals, although hand paintings were also discovered too. We used different art materials, such as paint, charcoal and chalk to create our own cave paintings. Finally, we worked in groups to create on big cave drawing.
In Design Technology this term we have had our own bread bake off! We learned about bread production and tasted different types of bread. Using our knowledge and understanding of bread production we designed our own bread rolls. We shared our design ideas with each other before choosing our final design.
Finally, we got to make our very own bread rolls. Kneading the dough was hard work, but worth it in the end as our bread rolls were delicious!
During autumn one, the children took on the role of programmers. This allowed them to create their own animated cartoons. Some key aspects of the learning were: children creating story boards which they later translated into animations, using the App Scratch Junior. This program allowed the children to manipulate various tools that enabled them to create characters, create backgrounds and add actions and sounds. In autumn two, the children acquired the role of ‘Bug Fixers’. This topic enabled them to design, write and debug program's. Pupils relished the challenge of identifying errors in script and correcting them. One exciting part of the learning was children designing their own scripts with multi-thread bugs. This included jokes with multiple errors, which their partners had to correct.
Last term we worked on Static balance, which involves maintaining a desired shape in a stationary position. For this to happen, the centre of gravity needs to be over the base of support. The wider the base of support and the closer the centre of gravity is to the base of support, the easier it is to balance. When body parts extend to one side beyond the base of support, the body needs to make a corresponding extension in the opposite direction to achieve counterbalance. This term we are working on hand eye coordination, the ability to move their arms into the right position to catch a moving object.
Our RE topic for the autumn term have been the following:
Where did the world begin?
Christianity, Unit 5 – The Bible
The focus in RE for autumn one was learning what different religions believe in.
We watched the Creation Story to get a better understanding of what Christians believe in how God created the world. We were able to sequence the story in the correct order and retell it in our own words. Also we learnt about St Francis, a Christian who devoted his life to care for animals. This made us reflect about ourselves and how we could care for God’s creations.
During autumn two, our RE learning focused on the bible. We learnt the bible is a holy book for Christians and they use it to help them grow in faith. Looking at the bible, we have developed our understanding that the bible is a collection of many books separated into two sections Old and New Testament. It was fascinating to watch bible stories, especially on when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. We decided that laws are important and came up with our set of rules to make our school a happier place.
In the Spring term, children in year 3 will be learning about Counties and Cities in the UK during Topic lessons. The Science focus will be on Forces and magnets. Clever Anansi and Boastful Bullfrog, A Caribbean Tale by H Patten and Clementson. The story is about a boastful bullfrog whose constant croaking has become intolerable, therefore has left conniving Anansi no choice but to devise a plan to quiet him. We cannot wait to explore this colourful text and the wealth of learning opportunities it has to offer.
In Maths children will learn about number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurements (time, mass, volume and capacity), 2D and 3D shapes and money. The focus in Computing will be ‘We are presenters Videoing performance’. This unit will give year threes a chance to make a short narrated video of ourselves practising a sport or other skill, and to use this to help improve our performance.
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