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Welcome to Long Mynd Class!

Teacher: Miss Fox

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Al-Saddek and Mr Sherratt

Welcome to year 3 – a new school year and a new class for us all!

 

This term we have a very exciting topic to explore. Our History and Geography topic is centred around ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’. You will learn via an enquiry based approach starting with the question:

In which period would you prefer to live, the stone age or the iron age?

We will begin answering our question by discovering some stone age artefacts. We’ll use these artefacts to identify what life was like during the stone age. The book ‘The Stone Age Boy’ will support us in gathering facts and key information so we can hold a debate.  Our topic will lead us on to find out about different types of houses and tools from the stone age.

 

During the autumn term we are lucky enough to be covering two very exciting topics! Therefore, after October half term, we will change topics to explore The Maya. Our enquiry question for this half term is;

What do we remember about the Maya?

During this half term we will look at where the Maya civilisation began and what were their traditions. This topic will have a more geographical background which will lead us onto some map work too. Following this we’ll find out about the archaeology of Maya cities and some of their achievements which have an impact on today’s society.

 

English

Our English lessons are always linked to a specific genre. At the start of the block of lessons on that genre, you will complete a ‘have a go write’ so I can find out what you know or have remembered from previous year groups. You will then learn how to write using that genre at year two level. By the end of that block of learning you will complete a ‘learn as you go’ whereby you put together everything you have learnt into one piece of work. We will then edit it using a success criteria for that genre and finally complete your ‘show me what you know’ write! Don’t forget to look at the English section of our website to see if you have featured on the ‘Writer of the Week’ page!

The genres we will be covering this term are linked to our theme and are; narrative, instructions, non-chronological report, and a letter.

 

Maths

As you move into key stage 2, you will start to see why understanding place value in numbers is so important. Therefore, we will begin the year by recapping some of our place value knowledge from year 2. This will lead us quite nicely into place value of three-digit numbers which will be a focus of our year 3 maths lessons. The other topics we will cover are; addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. Within these units we will look at adding and subtraction three digit numbers, exploring inverse operation and times tables (4’s and 8’s in addition to what we learn last year).

 

The children will frequently be presented with a challenge or a problem solving activity, linked to the lesson, that aims to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. These problems will link to the seven important problem solving skills; trial and improvement, working systematically, pattern spotting, working backwards, reasoning logically, visualising and conjecturing.

 

Don't forget!

  • Reading book and home link book (every day). This will ensure you and your child do not miss any key information stuck in the books.
  • PE is on Tuesdays and Thursdays - children will need to bring in their full PE kit at the beginning of term. It must then stay in school until the end of term. A full PE kit includes; a white t-shirt, black or blue shorts or trousers and trainers or pumps
  • Forest school is every other Monday (alternating groups). All children will need to bring a forest school kit into school that consists of clothes, waterproofs and shoes/wellies, that you do not mind getting mucky, on their day of forest school. Please see their home link books for the dates of these sessions.
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