Class CY – Year 3

A very warm welcome to Year 3! I hope you all had a wonderful Summer break.

Extreme Earth

Our Term 1 Topic will be Extreme Earth. Students will be learning about the destructive powers of nature, from volcanoes and earthquakes to tsunamis and tornados. Through discussion and practical tasks, students will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur, and the ways in which they affect people and the environment.

In English this term, students will be reading a range of texts including ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes and ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman. They will learn how to follow, order and write instructions as well as plan, write and edit a play script. The students will also explore the personal thoughts and feelings of main characters in diary extracts. Alongside this, students will be learning about shape poetry and calligrams and create some of their own. They will then go on to look at stories set in imaginary worlds and finally plan and write one of their own. Students will also complete weekly activities on a variety of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In Maths, students will count from 0 in multiples of 3, 4, 8, 50 and 100. They will find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number and recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number. Students will add and subtract numbers mentally and begin to use a range of written methods for the four number operations. Students will recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects and measure, compare, add and subtract lengths (m/cm/mm). Students will re-visit 2D and 3D shape and describe and compare their properties. Where possible, students will use inverse operations to check answers and solve problems. Alongside this, students will be learning their number bonds and times tables weekly.

In Science this term students will be looking at ‘Rocks’. In this unit, children will discover the different types of rocks and how they are formed. Students will compare and group rocks based on appearance and simple properties. They will learn how fossils are formed and learn about the contribution of Mary Anning to the field of palaeontology. Students will also understand how soil is formed and investigate the permeability of different types of soil.

Our Second Science unit will be ‘Forces and Magnets’. Students will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls.  The students will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction. Furthermore, they will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnets and develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.

Students will also have their Art, Computing, Music, French, Arabic, Social Studies, Moral Education and PE lessons, as well as Islamic for certain students. Here there will be close links made to our topic ‘Extreme Earth’ as students develop key skills in these areas.

(Please note that planning and objectives may change to meet the students’ need.)

I look forward to a fantastic year and getting to know all of you! Look out for notes in your child’s planner and on the D6 School Communicator for exciting events!

Mrs Yandle

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