Our topic launch for Spring 1 was our fabulous Stone Age day!! We were all excellent historians and learnt lots! We made our own spears, became archaeologists and discovered Stone Age artefacts (spear and arrowheads) and learnt how careful archaeologists need to be by excavating chocolate chips from cookies! We also learnt how long ago the Stone Age was by making a missive human timeline, and discovered how people in the Stone Age got food by becoming hunter-gatherers! What a busy day!
This half term is our Stone Age topic! We will dive into the past to learn about some of Britain's earliest people. We discover the role archeologists play in learning about the past, find out more about prehistoric animals and learnt what life was like in the Stone Age. The children will become experts on the topic and showcased their knowledge with a non-chronological report. In Art, we look at cave paintings!
In English, we continue our Stone Age topic and read Stone Age Boy. We develop our descriptive writing and write in role through diary entries from different character's perspectives.
In Maths, we continue to explore multiplication and division. We focus on learning the 3, 4 and 8 times tables and learn formal and informal methods.
To compliment our Robin Hood topic, we took a trip to Robin's home-Sherwood Forest! We had an amazing day! Maid Marian gave us a guided tour and showed us the Major Oak as well as telling us about Medieval life. We looked at how land has been used at Sherwood Forest and how they are conserving nature, we used the 8 compass points to navigate and created some artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.
We have been very fortunate to work with MTFC on a sponsored penalty shootout! We had a skills session where we brushed up on our football skills and practised ready for the big day! We had lots of fun and raised lots of money-and won some amazing prizes!
This half term, we have been learning all about Robin Hood!
In English this half term, we have been studying a retelling of Robin Hood. We have been doing lots of work to create descriptive writing including building expanded noun phrases and using the senses. The children have written rich setting descriptions and emotive letters. In reading, we have done lots of character work, using our inference skills to make deductions about characters thoughts, feelings and motives.
In Maths, we continued to develop our understanding of place value and then began to look at addition and subtraction including adding and taking away using the column method. We used concrete materials, pictorial representation, and then looked at the abstract method to progress our learning. We've begun to look at multiplication and division.
Through History and Geography we used our topic of Robin Hood to facilitate our learning. As Robin Hood was our local history study, we looked at many different ways to incorporate him in our learning, beginning with a trip to Sherwood Forest! We've looked at how Nottinghamshire has changed over time from Robin Hood's time to ours. We've looked at difference in land use, and life in medieval times.
We've kicked off our Science topic about light by investigating shadows. The children investigated making different shapes, patterns and colours of shadows using opaque, translucent and transparent objects.
To start off our Year 3 Maths, we have been recapping place value and representing numbers with the CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach. We used a range of mathematical equipment and pictorial representations to show the values of different digits in 2 and 3 digit numbers.
In Autumn One, we explore Science with our topic 'Should we be afraid of the dark?' We investigate how shadows are formed and how and why they change. We then look at different light sources, including the sun and how it aids the moon in providing light to Earth. We also explore who invented the lightbulb. We link this learning across the curriculum by using what we found out to write a letter to a character from our English text explained why they shouldn't be scared of the dark.
In Maths, we will investigate place value, addition and subtraction using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. We will deepen our understanding with reasoning and problem solving.
In English, we study the key texts 'Orion and the Dark' and 'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark'. We write detailed character descriptions and write a letter to a character. In Reading, develop our key reading skills, especially retrieval and inference.
Home Learning Packs:
Please find below the home-learning for the weeks ahead. These will be updated weekly. There are a variety of activities to include the multiple aspects of learning we would be covering in our curriculum under normal circumstances. The Maths is focused on progressing through the curriculum, following White Rose, as we do in school, whereas the English is building on reading and writing skills, following the planning we would be using in-class under normal circumstances.
This should be in addition to and not to replace your already existing schedule, so please carry on with your TTRockstars practising times tables; Joe Wicks P.E - keeping fit and active; code.org where you can develop programming skills; and some of the other activities you have already been completing. Aim to incorporate these packs into your weekly routine. The English and Maths is designed to be worked on daily, as we would do in-class.
As mentioned, this is designed to last the week, so please don't feel pressured to complete it all at once. Feel free to print these out at home, or contact the school to pick up a copy. Alternatively, you can use any plain or lined paper to hand to complete the majority of the activities, so don't feel pressured to print or collect everything. We would love to see examples of great work, so keep posting on Class Dojo Portfolios. Finally, should you or your child have any questions, feel free to get in touch with the Year 3 team via Class Dojo.
Children in Year 3 all have access to the following websites to support their home learning:
We have been using these videos to support the children in learning their 3, 4 and 8 times tables:
Thank you for your continued support.