Welcome to Year 3
We know your children will have a fantastic time at Gomer Junior School. The Year 3 team would like to welcome all the Year 3 children, their parents and carers. We look forward to working with you this year.
All children will have a colour banded book and a library book to take home and they will be able to change this every Monday. We can provide a reading log if your require. Year 3 PE days are Tuesday and Thursday so their PE kit is required on these days. A navy or black tracksuit may be worn in the colder months.
Spring Term 2018
This half term Year 3 will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians in our ‘Walk like an
Egyptian’ history topic. Dorchester Museum’s Tutankhamun exhibition is scheduled early
on in the term to hook us into our new topic. We will be using all of our new learning to
write a persuasive advert, our own myths, and step into the shoes of the famous Howard
Carter and write a diary of his tomb discovery. As well as this, we will mummify a fish to
enable us to write a set of detailed instructions.
In maths, we will continue to improve on our arithmetic skills and multiplication facts.
Telling the time and using calendars will also be a focus.
We are really lucky to have three teachers working in Y3 on a Monday-Wednesday morning. This enables us to teach in smaller groups. This term, the children will continue working in three smaller mixed ability classes on those mornings.
In PE we will be devising a dance routine based on a day working and living by the River
Nile. Outdoor PE will be taken by a sports coach this half term, focussing on multi –
game skills. This will develop their collaboration skills in team games.
Art will be based around our Egyptian topic with use of hieroglyphics to make our own
printing blocks. We will also study the patterns of the famous artist Hundertwasser.
We will study the festival of Holi in RE this term and Computing will continue to build on
our programming skills using the program Scratch. Safer Internet day will be celebrated
in school on the 2 nd February.
In Science we will be looking at forces and magnets and their uses in the real world.
gSTEM will focus on global solutions and we will be looking at flood resistant homes and
how the people in Bangladesh have had to engineer different designs to solve their
Towards the end of the half term we will be inviting parents and children in after school
for a Winter warmer. This is a chance to read in the library with your child and enjoy a hot chocolate.
Autumn Term 2017
This term we will explore the wonderful George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl as we cover diary entries, character description (using similes and alliteration) and instruction writing! SPaG lessons will recap on the basics of language beginning with noun, adjective and verb recognition and further work introducing proper nouns, pronouns, conjunctions and prepositions! SPaG lessons take place on Monday and this is reinforced during the week.
Maths this term will focus on number and in particular, place value. We will also measure the length of Granny’s jumps and convert lengths between centimetres and metres. We will also weigh out items to go into our own marvellous medicine. Parents and cares can support their child at home by practising times tables as they are required to know all their times tables by the end of Year 4.
Our first topic will be The Stone Age where we look more closely at famous landmarks in Britain made by ancient civilisations. We will learn how life was for early man from researching artefacts discovered. Later in the term we will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes linking this to our science topic of Rocks and Soils.
In Religious Education we will be looking into what it feels like to belong within a religion, family, school or club and will be visiting Saint Mary’s Church to learn more about Baptism using this experience to write a recount.
GSTEM this term will be linked to Solar Energy and in particular, new ways of harnessing this power. We will research, design and make our own solar powered object.
In art we will be focusing on our close observational drawing skills beginning with parts of the face. Parents and cares are invited to come into school later in the term to draw alongside their child.
In PE, the children will be learning gymnastic skills from an outside coach and also striking and fielding skills outside.
Group mathematics will continue with number and class based lessons will start with statistics and link to data analysis. Literacy will be influenced heavily by our Egyptians topic where we will learn the techniques of mummification to inform our own instruction writing and will be selling a perfect plot for your very-own pharaoh-style tomb with some super creative advertisements. Location! Location! Location!
First Year 3 will tackle is the wonderful story of George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. We will be writing descriptions of despicable Granny and using wonderful language choices for this and for some Gobblefunk poetry! Number work will be our first priority in maths but we will also be learning about length, weight and capacity; linking this to George’s Medicinal concoction. Our focus will then turn to The Stone Age and we will follow the story of Eep, a cave girl with a taste for adventure, using her world as a basis for new and exciting literacy work.
Our first gSTEM topic centres around space travel and new worlds. We will have immense fun engineering our own hardware that astronauts could use up in zero gravity and this links nicely into our science topic of Materials and their uses around the home. Computing also feeds into this project whereby the Year 3’s will be learning all about algorithms and how we need them to control computers and machinery. Our children will be using what they know to help them solve the problems of the future.