Year 3

Year 3 class is taught by Mr Ben Boisseau.

        Teaching and learning is supported by Mrs T Ould, Mrs Alison Osborne and Miss Emma Latus.

Please come and see us if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 Autumn 1- Gods, Goddesses and Heroes of Ancient Greece

 

Our curriculum theme for this term is based on our study of Ancient Greece, the first of three historical topics taught in chronological order: Greeks, Romans and Vikings. We will be basing our topic around the book

‘Here comes Hercules’ by Stella Tarakson. 

 

Our literacy sessions we will begin by immersing children into Greek mythology, starting with Daedalus and Icarus, using the Minotaur as a prompt for story writing. We will then explore Hercules’ twelve labours, with the children coming up with their own beast for a 13th labour. They will then learn how to write a non-chronological report based on their creature.

 

In maths we start the year by consolidating our place value knowledge. This is an essential skill for children to master as it is the basis of all successful arithmetic. We then move on to addition and subtraction, working towards teaching the formal column method by the end of term. 

 

Our science topic this term is light, which is closely linked to our study of Ancient Greece. Greek philosophers were among the first to study light, arguing whether light rays came from our eyes or from objects that we looked at.  Our focus will be on shadows, reflections and the difference between transparant, translucent and opaque surfaces.

 

Times table practice – 

In year 4 children now sit an online times table test, to help prepare them for this, we will be learning and practicing our 3,4 and 8 times tables. This is in addition to the 2,5 and 10 times tables they will have learnt in year 2. To help them with this, we will be using a site called Times Table Rockstars (TTRS). https://ttrockstars.com/

 

Khan Academy - 

Whilst TTRS is great to help your child at home with their multiplication and division, many children struggle with the other aspects of maths. I recommend and use a free site called Khan Academy which uses video coaching and interactive quizzes to help children (and parents too!) through every aspect of mathematics. https://www.khanacademy.org 

 

Spellings – 

Spellings will be tested every Friday, please see the termly overview for details

 

PE – 

Physical Education is taught twice a week, please ensure you child has their kit with them at all times please.