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Supporting Mathematics at Home
Year 3 staff would like to thank all the people at home who are supporting their children in their learning. We are aware that sometimes it maybe difficult to know how to support your child because approaches and strategies change. Here is a document to help support mathematics at home so that what is being taught at home is consistent with what is being taught in school.
If there is anything that is unclear or would would like further support in accessing the document, please speak to your child's Year 3 teacher.
Welcome back to all the parents, careers and children after a relaxing summer holiday. I hope all children and adults are ready for an exciting year of fun learning and brilliant experiences!
I would like to introduce this year's Year 3 adults. So...
Meet the adults!
Miss O'Sullivan and Mrs Smith in Purple class
Miss Wright and Mr Spencer in Violet class
Mrs Riyat and Mrs Hussein in Roxo class
Mr Nkansah and Mr Spencer in Benguni class
Mr Ricardo and Miss Schembri in Violetinis class
Our cover supervisors and HLTA's
Mrs Hyams and Mrs Alieu
This half term we will be completing our learning based upon the book “The Tin Forrest.” Children will be completing their diary entries using first person, chronological order and using descriptional devices to explore emotions throughout their writing. We will be creating a graph of emotion to investigate the feelings of a character throughout a story. We will then be editing sentences and choosing vocabulary that will help us to give more impact to the reader.
The second book that we will be reading is a an anthology of poems written by Valerie Bloom. We will be using a lot of book talk to discuss different poems within the book and look at their impact upon their audience. We will then be using our discussions to give opinions and feedback to support our own understanding. Finally we will work together to create a poem about teachers within William Bellamy using different models to help us be successful in doing so.
This half term in maths, children will be continuing their learning about fractions. They will be learning strategies to enable them to add and subtract fractions as well as add and subtract fractions of amounts. They will also understand and explore equivalent fractions. Furthermore the children will be investigating tenths and how we can use our knowledge of dividing and multiplying to help us solve the answer.
In the latter part of the half term, we will be beginning our coverage of time. Children will consolidate telling and writing the time from an analogue clock. They will also transfer this into the digital clock and estimate and read time with accuracy to the nearest minute. Another focus of this topic is being able to know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year as well as read Roman Numerals.
This half term we will be learning about the Tudors. Children will be learning about Monarchs within the Tudor time period and placing their findings on a timeline. We will be learning about King Henry the VIII and his ruling over England. We will also learn about his personality traits and his impact upon religion within the country. Most interestingly, we will be learning about his wives and what happened to them. Finally, we will be learning about the Battle of Bosworth which was the “Last war of the roses.”
Children will be discussing living in the wider world. They will explore topics such as staying safe, communities, rubbish and recycling.
Modern Foreign Language
This half term children will be learning about numbers 11-31 in French, as well as the vocabulary for the clothing we wear. They will also explore how to answer questions in French, as well as using different forms of punctuation.
Our RE lessons this half term, will be focusing on different religions and their beliefs. Children will be learning about the teachings of these different religions, as well as different leaders and people of faith who influence millions of people around the world. Furthermore, they will be analysing how the teachings of these individuals has impacted on the world we live in.
Science - Home Learning
As our Science topic this half term is plants, we have decided to hold a competition. Each child will be given a sunflower seed, pot and soil that we will plant in school. The children will then take the plant home and use what they have learnt to look after the plant. They will then need to care for the plant and record its “growing progress” however they wish. At the end of the academic year children will bring back their sunflower and diary so that we can measure the height and how well it has grown.
The diary can be recorded as you wish. It could be in the format of a comic book with pictures, photographs day by day or weeks by week. It could be written or drawn, we simply request that there is the date and key vocabulary is used to give an explanation of what the children have found out.
This half term we will be looking at the book ‘The Tin Forest’ and ‘Oliver and the Seawigs.’
Non– Fiction—The children will be learning how to research, plan and write a non-fiction text. They will also be practising how to structure their text using organisational features such as headings, sub-headings and paragraphs.
Narrative—Children will be using descriptive devises to write a powerful and engaging ending to a narrative. They will be learning how word choices and phrases can impact the imagination of the reader and how to use this to a great effect.
Poetry - The children will be creating their own poems using stimulus like pictures and sounds. They will be including descriptive devices such as similes, personification and adjectives. During their learning, they will be reading and analysing a variety of poems.
Here are some pictures of our costumes for World Book Day! Can you guess who we came as?
This half term we will be consolidating our learning of statistics. We will be learning about intervals and scales used on a bar chart, pictogram and tally chart then using them to answer questions related to the collected data.
After this consolidation we will begin learning about measurement. Our focus will be upon weight (mg, g and kg) length (mm, cm and m) and volume (ml,L). We will also learn about perimeter and how we use the sides of a shape to work this out. We will also be using conversion of different measurements to solve addition and subtraction problems.
Lastly we will be covering the topic of fractions. In particular we will be looking at five key areas. Counting up and down in tenths, recognising and showing equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting with the same denominator and lastly comparing and ordering fractions with the same denominator.
In Year Three, we have been learning about perimeter. We ended our topic by making a "blanket" with different sized squares. We challenged ourselves to make the biggest perimeter and the smallest perimeter.
This half term our topic focus will be Geography. Throughout this half term we will be learning about Maps and Symbols. Throughout this topic we will heavily study the idea of reading maps and how symbols are used to support us in finding our way. We will be using different symbols and keys to identify key features on a map and how we can identify them outside in real life contexts. We will be creating our own maps using keys and symbols to support this.
In Computing we will be merging texts and graphics. We will learn to insert graphics into our work and how to resize them. We will create different texts for various purposes incorporating texts and graphics. To support this we will also be learning about spell check and how it can be used to support us in creating texts.
Creative Curriculum Home learning
For our Home learning topic we would like children to create their own map of their local area or a city that they would like to live in. This can be done in numerous amounts of ways. It could be 3D (using boxes, card, lego), drawn on large pieces of paper, made out of different materials (such as felt, card, clay).
This home learning task will be due on Wednesday 28th March 2018
Our science topic this half term is Rocks. Throughout this topic we will be learning about the different types of rocks that are found in our world (Natural and Manmade Rocks). We will be sorting rocks using their properties and using a key as a cross curricular link to Maps and Symbols. We will also be grouping and comparing rocks based on their physical appearance and using this knowledge to carry out simple experiments.
Modern Foreign Language
In Year 3 the children are learning the finger rhyme "les saisons", which means the seasons. They are also learning about objects around the classroom. We are also focusing on the classic French song " Au Claire de la lune "
This half term we will be continuing with special books and special stories. The children will have the chance to look at a variety of meaningful books from different religions. In addition, children will be looking at special stories which different religions celebrate. Children will have the opportunity to incorporate art skills by creating a Diwali card based on the story about the origins of Diwali. They will also be learning about how religious stories are interpreted by different religions and the lessons they teach.
This half term we will be looking at the book ‘Surprising Sharks’.
The children will be learning how to research, plan and write a non-fiction text. They will also be practising how to structure their text using organisational features such as headings, sub-headings and paragraphs.
Children will be using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time to sequence a story that they are writing. They will also need to use the correct vocabulary to discuss and suggest improvement to learning. Additionally they will need to be able to edit and improve their own learning using resources around the classroom.
The children will be learning to distinguish between and identify different forms of poetry. While learning how to do this, they will be also learning some poems by heart and reciting them.
***BONUS HOMEWORK TASK***
We are learning all about super sharks and to demonstrate what we have learnt we will be writing a fact file about them. We are looking for the children to research and find the most unusual facts about these ferocious sea creatures. We will need these facts by Tuesday 16th January 2018.
To introduce our learning about Super Sharks, we made shark tanks. We followed instructions and used a range of materials to support the children creating these. At the end of the topic we will use the shark tanks to create a larger than life fact file.
This half term in maths, children will be continuing their learning of multiplication and division. Children will learn to write and calculate mathematical statements using their times tables that they know. They will begin to use formal written methods to multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number. They will also learn to solve problems which have a missing number using multiplication and division.
Additionally to this, children will also be learning about money. They will be learning to add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both pounds and pence in practical situations.
This half term our topic will be Britain's Settlements. The period of time that we will focus on will be the Anglo-Saxons and Scots. We will be learning about their invasions and the needs of the new settlers as well as learning about the origins of place names. We will also be learning how they would have travelled using maps and identifying different symbols so we can understand their meaning. We will also be learning about the Romans and their withdrawal in AD410. We will be planning and creating a traditional Roman Shield that they would have used during battle.
Children will be looking at the roles of different genders both at home and at school. They will also be looking at different families.
Modern Foreign Language
Pupils will be continuing to have basic conversations in French, saying hello and asking simple questions. They will begin learning some adjectives, including colours.
Our topic this half term is “How important can a book be?” They will be talking about different holy books and their significance in different religions. Extending into the second spring we will be learning about Easter and how Christians prepare for it.
In Science this half term we are going to be learning about light. The areas in which we will be focusing our learning are:
To introduce the new topic of Light we made shadow puppets. We chose our own fairy tale story to recreate and then made characters our of different materials. We looked at how we could change the size of the characters and then we used torches to act out the story.
This half term we will be completing our recipe writing for the Roald Dahl story “The Twits.” We will then be looking at the book ‘The true story of the three little pigs’.
We will be starting this half term looking at social writing. Social writing includes formal letter writing and thank you letters. There will be opportunities for children to create letters using a variety of mediums such as pen and paper and on computer.
This half term we will also be planning, drafting and writing a report as police investigators outlining the findings of our enquiry.
Children will be making logical predictions to write a sensible ending to a story. They will need to ensure that they use nouns and pronouns to avoid repetition in their sentences.
To end the half term with the build up to Christmas, Year Three have begun to develop their writing skills by reading The Christmas story "The Snowman." To begin out learning we designed our own snowman that the children would meet on their journey to the North Pole.
This half term in maths, children will be learning about:
Multiplication and division: children will be learning how to solve pictorial calculations using different kinds of manipulative resources. Shortly after they will be using our knowledge of the 3, 4 and 8 timetable to multiply and divide. We will be using a range of methods to help children solve the calculations including manipulatives such as cubes and counters, arrays, repeated addition and the bar model.
Additionally to this, children will also be recapping over previous learning. They will be completing problem solving tasks that require creative thinking and reasoning. This learning will be based on place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The topic for IPC this half term is ‘Weather and Climate.”
Geography: We will be learning the differences between the weather and climate. They will create weather reports to help them understand the different symbols used to represent different types of weather. We will also collect and record data across a week measuring the weather.
Art: We will be studying the artist Leonardo da Vinci and use his styles to recreate pieces of artwork based around our weather. We have decided to focus this on family holiday photos so will be asking for a photograph of children on holiday.
Computing: This half term we will be learning about the basic functions of an email account. We will learn how to send emails and attach documents for others to see. We will also be learning about e-safety and why it is important when we are speaking to others online.
Purple Class has been invaded by some Elves... Hopefully the children will make sure that they are behaving ready for the holidays!!!
Creative Curriculum Home learning
Our learning this half term is called ‘Weather and Climate’ where we will be focusing on the different types of weather and climate around the world.
As an extra home learning task, we would like children think about different places around the world (where they have been on holiday, where their heritage is from or where they would love to visit). They are to research the various types of weather that may occur in that place and create a weather map. You can create your own map or use one from the internet or book shop.
This half terms PSHE topic is Getting On and Falling Out. Children will discuss and learn new ways of making and looking after their friends in and out of school.
Modern Foreign Language
Pupils will be continuing to have basic conversations in French, saying hello and asking simple questions. They will begin learning some adjectives including colours.
Our unit this half term is Celebrations: Waiting and Preparing. Children will have the opportunity to talk about their own experiences of celebration, as well as learning about the celebrations of different communities. The focus this half term will be on the Advent, a time of celebration for Christians. Children will find out why this celebration is important and will have the opportunity to design and create festive decorations. They will also learn all about the Nativity and why this is an important celebration within the Christian community.
This half term we will be focusing on books as to inspire our young minds in English. This half term we will be starting by looking at the book ’Jack and the Baked Beanstalk’.
To begin this half term, the children will be learning how to write a great narrative using descriptive devices to make their writing a gripping read.
This half term we will be also looking at writing a non-fiction text based on a book. We will be researching, planning, drafting and writing non-fiction texts.
Additionally this half term we will be looking at various forms of poetry. The children will be using their imagination and acquired poetry skills to create works of art!
The Twits by Roald Dahl
Our new book for the second half of the half term is The Twits. For this book we have been writing character descriptions of Mr Twit (the children were fantastic at being disgusting), settings descriptions of the Twits mouldy, old kitchen, a play script and finally a recipe for Worm Spaghetti.
To support the learning for the playscript and recipe writing children will need to come to school on Friday 13th October 2017 dressed as Mr or Mrs Twit. Please ask the children to bring their costume in a bag as it is school picture day. Children will get changed after lunchtime.
Below are some pictures to help you with your costume.
This half term in maths, children will be consolidating their knowledge of the number system. They will also be building their understanding of place value by looking at the value of digits in a number. They will be looking at how to use place value to compare and order numbers. They will also be continuing to secure their knowledge in two of the 4 operations (addition, subtraction) and how to use these in real life examples.
Creative Curriculum – The Stone Age!
The topic for this half term is ‘The Stoneage’ This term the children will be looking at the Stoneage and exploring how people survived and communicated.
We will be taking a trip to Valence House where we will be able to take part in a workshop and experience the different ways people survived by creating shelters, making their own weapons to hunt and scavenge for food. We will be looking at how they created fire too.
Towards the end of term the children will be presenting their learning to the parents to show off the creative ways in which they have explored the Stoneage so please do come and join us.
Stone Age Workshop at Valence House
Monday 25th September 2017 - Violet and Violetinis
Tuesday 26th September 2017 – Benguni and Roxo
Thursday 28th September 2017 – Purple
Stone Age painting
To introduce our topic to the children we made stone age paintings. We used colours such as red, brown, yellow and orange because they were colours that were available from the rocks thousands of years ago. The children went outside to find their tools to help them create their paintings. They chose objects such as stones and sticks.
Our PSHE topic for this half term is ‘Health and Wellbeing’. Children will be looking at why it is important to look after themselves as well as why smoking is bad for them. They will also look at why it is important for them to stay physically active.
Modern Foreign Language
In Year 3 the children are learning the finger rhyme "les saisons", which means the seasons. They are also learning about objects around the classroom. We are also focussing on the classic French song " Au Claire de la lune "
This half term we will be covering the different teachings of religions around the world. Children will have the chance to compare how different religions teach their beliefs in different ways.
We will also be looking at influential people around the world such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi.
Creative Curriculum Home Learning
This half term we are learning about The Stone Age. In the final week of the half term we will be having our own Stone Age Day where children will be dressing up as people from the stone age. As part of the home learning for this half term we would like you to create a stone age bracelet or necklace for the children to wear on the day.
We look forward to seeing your amazing creations!