Our Curriculum

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    Our topic this term is...

    Where we will be learning about the journey of humankind to answer our question: Where have we come from?

    Topic

    Where have we come from?

    Within this topic we will be learning about the journey of human kind

    We will be visiting the Avoncroft museum to kick start our topic and explore buildings over the ages. We will also have a go at making our own bricks. More information about our trip will be sent out to you at the start of term. 

    Then we will transport back in time, working our way through the following time periods:

    -Stone Age

    -Bronze Age

    -Iron Age

    -The Roman Empire

    Art & DT

    In Art we will be exploring and creating artwork, inspired by pieces from the following time periods:

    Stone Age cave paintings

    Bronze age jewellery

    Iron Age armour and swords

    Roman mosaics

    In DT we will be designing, making and evaluating:

    Our own Stone Age hut

    A mini stone henge

    Our own fossils

    Roman boats - developing mechanisms to make them move

    English

    In English we will be developing our reading and writing skills, building on our hard work in Year 2.

    We aim to explore and learn from a range of texts, including:

    Journey, Aaron Becker  Stone Age Boy, Satoshi Kitamura 

    The Roman Quests: Escape from Rome – Caroline Lawrence 

    Quest, by Aaron Becker 

      Escape from Pompeii- Christina Balit

     

    We expect children to be reading every day at home, even if it is just for 10 minutes! Children who have read 5 or more times will receive a tick on the reading chart and house points. These will continue to be checked every Friday. At the end of each half term, children who have achieved this every week will receive a certificate and small reward.

     
    The focus for reading in Year 3 is on comprehension, so to help your children understand what they are reading, ask them lots of questions.
    ´Why has the character done that? What do you think they are like? Why?
    ´What do you think will happen next? Why
    ´Why has the author used that word? What effect does it have? What other words could they have used?
    ´What has happened so far? Which was your favourite part? Least favourite part? Why?
     
    Please sign reading diaries to say when you have listened to your child read.

    Maths

    We follow White Rose Maths in all classes. This term we will be learning:

    - Place Value (upto 1000)

    - Addition and Subtraction of three digit numbers

    - Mulitplication and division                                                        https://whiterosemaths.com/parent-resources

    Children will sit a multiplication arithmetic test in Year 4 on their times tables from 1-12.

    By the end of year 3, children will need to know the 3, 4 and 8 (as well as 2, 5 and 10 times table learnt in Year 2)

    The only way achieve this is to practice! We will be doing times table practice in class, however, it will require practice at home too  at least 3 times a week (even if this is asking your children questions in the car on the way to school!)

    Science

    Rocks

    - Compare and group different kinds of rocks

    - Describe how fossils are formed

    - Investigate different types of soil

    Forces

    - Compare how things move

    - Explore and learn about magnetics forces 

    - Explore and group materials that are attracted and repelled by magnetic forces, predicting will happen.  

     

    Science Advent Calendar

    I would like to share the brand new Science Sparks Advent Calendar which is full of easy Christmas Science experiment ideas! All you need to do is download the pdf (click on the image below) then click on a bauble which will take you straight to the activity for the day.

    HAVE LOTS OF SCIENCE FUN!

    Music

    In Year 3 you will be learning to play the Ukulele! They will each be given an instrument and will be able to take this home to practice each week. You can thank us later!

    These lessons will take place on a Tuesday therefore please could you ensure that they bring in their instrument on a Monday every week.

    PE & Swimming

    PE will take place on Monday afternoon (Games), and on Thursday afternoon (swimming) in Autumn 1.

    In Autumn 2 it will be Wednesday afternoon (Dance), and on Thursday afternoon (swimming).

      

    Children will need to bring their swimming kit in to school on Thursday. Please ensure they are able to change into their own kit and dry themselves correctly.

    PE kits should be bought into school at the start of each half term, and remain in school throughout. 

     

    Learning Outside the Classroom

    Forest school sessions will be on Friday afternoons, children are to come to school in their outdoor clothes on this day and bring their kit with them.

    -Please remember gloves, hat, long sleeved tops and waterproof clothing to ensure your children stay warm and comfortable.
    -Also, please make sure that your kit is labelled to help reduce the chance of losing any items.

     

    For more information, please visit our LOTC area on the website 

    Homework and Spellings

    Spelling

    We will have daily spelling sessions incorporating lots of different activities for children to learn Year 3 spelling patterns and work on including them into their writing.

    Alongside the spelling patterns, each Friday the children will have a list of around 10 spellings, which will also include Year 1,2, and 3 common exception words.

    I will send these out every week on a Friday via Google Classroom. They will then be tested on these spellings on a Friday.

    If you would like to further support your child at home, please practice the Year 1/2 and 3/4 common exception words, which can be found in their planners.

     

    Homework project

    This term, our topic is Journey, where we will be focusing on The Romans for the second half of the term. Our homework project is open-ended, enabling your child to be creative in a way that they enjoy. The project will be due in on Friday 1st December, where they will be showcased and celebrated with families after school.

    Please choose one of the following projects to complete:

    • Produce a large timeline of major events that occurred during the Roman Empire. You can be creative in how you present this, and it is a great way to practise what you have learnt during our topic! 
    • Make a Roman shield using recycled materials.

    If you have any questions about any of the above, please ask via Google Classroom.

     

    Interest Boards

    In KS2 Children have the opportunity to create an 'interest board' and present this to their classmates. 

    Below you will find a list of dates, with your child's name next to it. This is the date they will be presenting their interest to their peers, and will always be on a Thursday. Please can they bring their 'board' in on the Wednesday before their date to ensure it's in school for them to present.  

    An 'interest board' is a short presentation to share information about what it is that they are interested in. This can be presented in a range of formats, the choice is yours (e.g. a powerpoint sent in via email, a poster, a display board, a quiz, photo board etc). The children may also want to bring in pictures or objects to support their presentation to show the rest of the class.

    After sharing it with the class, their creation will be on display for the week for the class to see and they will be able to answer any questions their classmates have about their interests. It's their time to share something they really enjoy!

    Please visit our twitter page to see some of the previous Y3 and Y4 interest boards for inspiration!

    The first board will be presented on Thursday 29th September.

    Please see a complete topic plan below, which details all subjects being taught in Year 3 during Autumn Term. 

     

    Contact Us

    Fairfield First School, Stourbridge Road, Fairfield, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 9L

    01527 873081

    office@fairfield.worcs.sch.uk