Welcome to Year 3 with Mrs Jones and Mr Mallender!
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Autumn Term History Topic
Over the Autumn terms our History Topic is ‘Stone Age Britain’.
In Autumn term 1 the children will be learning about the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in prehistory. Prehistory is by far the longest period in Britain’s history and the one we know the least about. The Y3 children will be learning about the difficulties Historians and Archaeologists experience in understanding how early humans lived at this time, because there are no written records. We will learn about cave art, timelines, how hunter gatherers lived, Stone Age animals and Stone Age settlements.
During Autumn term 2 we will focus on the Bronze Age and Iron Age; considering the changes that were taking place in the manufacture of tools and weapons and how agriculture was developing.
Our reading book for Autumn 1 will be: Stig of the Dump by Clive King
Phonics in Y3
We teach phonics and early reading using Little Wandle and Big Cat books. Please, see https://www.renishawprimary.org.uk/?page_id=46
Medium term plans (MTPs)
Our second topic, from January until Easter, will be a Geography topic- ‘Extreme Earth’. We will be looking at volcanoes and earthquakes.
In the Summer terms we will be returning to a History topic and studying Ancient Egypt.
In science, we started the year with learning all about light. We have covered: what is and isn’t a source of light, what happens when there is no light, how light gets to us and what surfaces are better to reflect light.
These are the other topics we have covered in science: Rocks and Soil, Plants and Animals including humans. We have currently changed our display space in class so each of the children now have their own space to display work they are proud of. (Hence the lack of display picture!)
After we finish Animals including Humans, we will be moving on to Forces and Magnets for our final science topic.
PE will be on a Wednesday. Please send your child to school in their PE kit on a Wednesday with long hair tied back and jewellery left at home. PE kit consists of a plain white t-shirt, plain black shorts/joggers and black PE pumps. Children are allowed to wear a jumper over the top of their PE kit and joggers to keep their legs warm!
In the Autumn terms we are learning about Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. We will be following the White Rose scheme for Y3 Maths.
Here are a couple of the books we have used so far this term:
Your child will be issued with a new planner which they are to bring into school everyday if possible and record in it when and what they have read. Your child will be issued with a reading book within the first week of school and they will be allowed to bring this home. Planners will be checked every Friday and dojo’s issued for those children who have read to an adult five times during the week.
If you have any questions or concerns about anything to do with being in year 3, please do not hesitate to ask either via ClassDojo or if it is a quick enquiry-at the school door at drop-off or pick-up times.