If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 3 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Dixon or Miss Naylor, the class teachers.
“Story as a theme” Our grammar focus will be Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs and Verbs, subordinating conjunctions and contractions. We will be reading a novel with a historical theme, drawing out key vocabulary, retelling the story and creating our own story based on this theme. “Novel as a theme” This book will have a scientific theme with an inventor as the main character. We will again retell part of the story and create our own character to write about. Our grammar focus will be tenses, use of direct speech and prepositions.
Read Theory – Many children are using this 3 times a week at home and they are seeing real improvements in their reading comprehension. Please try and use it regularly at home as part of your weekly homework.
In Year 2 – We will continue to use and apply our knowledge of 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will revisit and develop our knowledge of multiplication as repeated addition. We will explore the relationship between multiplication and its inverse division. Money will be used to help develop our practical and problem solving skills.
In Year 3 – We start by learning to count in multiples of both 50 and 100. We will then revisit and develop our subtraction skills by subtracting 3 digit numbers from 3 digit numbers using the formal column addition method. We will move onto fractions and finding the fraction of numbers, we will move onto to explore the relationship between fractions and division. Throughout all of this work we will keep revisiting our times tables and apply all our skills to solve practical everyday problems.
Maths Top Tips – We encourage children to wear a watch to help reading the time and this will also help them grow in independence. Please ask your child questions about what time it is and how long do we have before we have to leave etc. Continue to practise times tables daily. Using times tables in word problems questions will also really show your child the relevance of learning and using times tables in their daily life.
Our first topic of the term is “Called to Change.” In this topic we will reflect on the words of the Great Commandment and how we can make both good and bad choices. We will then reflect on what we can do when we make a bad choice and how God’s love is unconditional. Our Second topic will be “The Mass.” In this topic we will begin to recognize the different parts of the Mass – Reflection and preparation for Mass, God’s Word, Offertory, Consecration and Holy Communion.
Reconciliation – Year 3 are invited to follow the Reconciliation program with the Parish and this will be supported in school.
We will be finishing our local history topic on the Barnoldswick railway with a local evidence walk. We then go way back in time to the Romans. We will learn about who the Romans were and why they wanted to invade Britain. The children will find out about Boudicca, leader of the Iceni tribe. We will also learn about Christianity in the time of the Romans.
After half term, it’s back to Geography and learning about a non-European locality; making comparisons with our own locality. We will use ICT, maps, photos and atlases to gather knowledge and present it in a variety of ways.
The first topic of the term will be “Rocks and Fossils.” We will compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. We will then investigate how fossils are formed and explore how soil is made from rocks and organic matters. In our second topic “Forces and Magnets”, we will explore how things move on different surfaces. Explore how some forces require contact and others can work from a distance. We will investigate how magnets attract and repel and how they have two poles
One Goal now deliver PE on Thursday afternoon with the whole class. We will also have a Gymnastics session each Tuesday of the first half term with a professional coach. Please make sure your child has a full indoor PE Kit in school, including socks for girls if they wear tights for school. Children should also bring in an outdoor kit for both sessions as PE will be outdoors weather permitting.
Year 3 Swimming – Swimming will be on Tuesday afternoons during the first half term. Children will need a bag with their swimming costume/trunks and a towel (no shower gel or shampoo as there is no time for showers). Children with longer hair will require a swimming cap. Boys need to wear trunks style rather than loose fitting shorts. (Swimming pool rules).
In Spring 2, they will be covering Health and Wellbeing. This will include lessons based on Change and Loss, Negative pressure by peers and the media, habits, drugs, alcohol and illegal substances and how to keep safe in their local environment (including fire, roads, online).
Miss Naylor has dug out her ear plugs in readiness for this term’s music with Class 3 – it’s time to learn the recorder! Using Lancashire’s Charanga scheme; the children will learn proper posture and technique and the first few notes they need to play simple tunes. They will also learn the basics of rhythm and pitch notation. Children may bring their own recorders each Friday if they wish, or can learn on a school recorder.
In French Spring 1 we’re going to be studying my family. This will include introducing members of our family including pets
Art and DT
.This half term we develop our drawing skills looking at the buildings in our local area. Later in the term, in DT, the children will investigate healthy food choices and create a balanced meal.
Class three will be learning how to research efficiently online and present their findings. We will continue to work on typing skills and keep safe while we are online.
Please try to read daily with your child. Weekly homework is usually Maths based. This is handed out Thurs/Fri and is expected back Tuesday the following week. Occasionally additional homework will be set connected to our Novel or Topic.
Class 3 led an asssembly with KS2 on Remembrance Sunday. They each participated and reflected upon the lives of those in the past and present 'Lest we forget'.
Twinning with St. Philip's
Year 3 visited St. Philip's in Nelson as part of our twinning project. The children took part in a variety of activities where they learned lots of new things about each other.
Our Class Virtue - Honesty
Class 3 created a wonderful display about their Class virtue 'Honesty' where they wrote what this virtue means to them.
Iron Age Project
Class 3 have been using the ipads to research the Iron Age and creating their own versions of Iron age pottery.
Geography Field Trip
Class 3 went on a field trip around the local area where they put their map reading skills into action.
Long Term Planning
Please find below an outline of the topics covered in your child's class. We are currently in cycle B.
If you wish to know further information relating to the curriculum in Class 3 please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Dixon or Miss Pickering, the class teachers.