Year 3

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This term, Year 3 have been learning all about their Africa topic.  The children have started looking at the differences between life in Africa and life in the UK.  They were surprised to learn of the variety of lifestyles in Africa and are now experts in all things Africa!  they have explored the various climates experienced in different areas of Africa, investigated land use and are now African Elephant experts.  They also became very passionate about the serious water problem faced by poorer African countries.  They were able to channel their emotions and write a very persuasive letter about how we can work together to help those in need.  The topic will be rounded off beautifully with a visit from the African Dance Company, where the children will learn some African dance moves.

In Maths, Year 3 have worked hard to collect data, construct an interpret their own bar charts.  They have also been practising addition and subtraction with 3-digit numbers.  The children have also been working really hard on learning their times tables.  We have focussed on our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and we are definitely becoming quicker and more fluent.  We have been learning how to use a number line to solve trickier multiplication problems.


We started our Stone Age topic with an adventure to the forest to investigage a mysterious event.  Year 3 have since been fully immersed in their Stone Age topic.  The children have written some excellent stories based on the book 'Stone Age Boy' and they enjoyed sharing their writing with Year 6.  They have also enjoyed reading 'Stig of the Dump' and writing a letter home from Barney, the main character.The children in Year 3 have settled back well into their learning after the Christmas break. 

In History, we have been learning a lot about the Stone Age and we now know how early humans survived.  We have extended our Stone Age knowledge and learnt about hunting and gathering, homes and clothing during this time.  In Art, the children have studied cave paintings from around the world and they have imitated the style and techniques used to create their own unique cave painting using charcoal and chalk.  In Maths, our topic is geometry.  We have learnt about 2D and 3D shapes and we are currently solving a problem using our knowledge of perimeter.  We are now learning how to tell the time on an analogue and a digtial clock.  Well done to the children who have worked hard on their homework last term and have achieved their bronze homework award. 


The children in Year 3 have had a briliant start to the half term and have engaged really well in their Ancient Egypt topic.  In Literacy we have been learning all about the gruesome mummification process and we have written instructions on how to mummify.  We are now putting ourselves in Howard Carter's shoes, imagining that we are discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun and we will be writing his diary entry.  In Maths, we have been exploring multiplication.  We are applying our knowledge of the 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables to solve challenging problems such as 3 x 24.  We are really enjoying seeing the children's home learning each week.

As the term progresses, in Literacy, we have been looking at how language is used to support those who are visually impaired to create a detailed image in their minds.  As a result, the children wrtoe brilliant audio descriptions based on the book 'Cat in the Manger'.  In maths, we have moved from multiplication and started to explore division.  We have applied our knowledge of division to fractions and we are now beginning to explore the four operations using 3-digit numbers.  The children in Year 3 worked exceptionally hard on their production of 'Lights, Camel, Action' and presented a polished performance to an appreciative audience. 



The children have settled in extremely well and have made a great start to their learning in Year 3.  In Literacy, we have been having some fun with words and writing acrostic poems using their names and the alphabet.  We are now looking forward to our new unit of work where we will be using adventurous vocabulary to write a setting description based on the book 'The Tin Forest'.  In Maths, we have been exploring place value and working with 3 digit numbers and will now be applying our understanding to support us in adding and subtracting.  

The children have worked extremely hard this half term to secure some of their basic number skills and have applied these to support them when adding.  Next half term we are going to be extending this further and will be moving on to develop our subtraction skills in the context of measure.   We are also extremely excited to begin our new topic of the Egyptians.  We will be learning lots of fascinating facts and using these to produce some interesting pieces of writing in our literacty learning.  Our learning about the Egyptians will also extend to our design technology lessons, where we will be creaiting our own canopic jars.