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Year Three (Mrs Webster)

Welcome to Summer 1!


I'm so excited to get on with our learning, it's going to be a fun half term! Here's what will be happening this half term: 



Last half-term, we began a non-fiction writing unit based on the Stone Age. The children have done lots of research, reading and note taking on topics including: Stonehenge, Skara Brae, Stone Age clothing, food, cave art, animals, weapons and farming. 

We have done lots of talk with the information - children have played games, quizzes and created scripts for mini documentaries. 

Their aim this half term is to retain this information and create a trifold leaflet to inform other people about the Stone Age. They will be using subject specific vocabulary such as Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic, among many others!


We will then be moving on to looking at a Classic Poetry unit based on 'The Spider and the Fly' by Mary Howitts. This unit will reveal the dark and dangerous side of minibeasts! The children will be doing a huge range of independent writing, including predictions, police reports, a dream sequence, a persuasive letter and a narrative. 

This will give the children a chance to practice all their Year 3 writing skills before moving up to Year 4. These include:


  • Explore, identify and create complex sentences using a range of conjunctions e.g. when, if because, although, while, since, until, before, after, so.
  •  Select, generate and effectively use adverbs e.g. suddenly, silently, soon, next, eventually
  • Use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech (speech marks).



We will be following the White Rose scheme for mathematics, where children will be offered the chance to challenge themselves with fluency, problem solving and reasoning questions.

The units in focus this half term will be division, statistics, measurement and fractions. 

The children will use base ten and place value counters to help them with their number work. The children will divide 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number, and use part-whole models to partition numbers and divide to find answers.

As always, we will be practicing and improving times tables knowledge through use of daily practice, Times Tables Rockstars, 99 club and Big Maths - Beat that!
We will continuously be recapping and practicing previous learning to ensure that the children can build upon this in future. 


Guided reading

The children have guided reading sessions everyday, on a carousel basis. Each group has a book suited to their reading level, and will complete: a guided read, a pre-read, vocabulary work, LAPs questions and a comprehension. 



We will be learning all about the Shang Dynasty this half term. This leads on nicely from our previous Stone Age topic, as it is chronologically 'the next age' - the Bronze Age.

The children will look at different sources and think about how we know about such an ancient past, discover Emperors and the importance of the Yellow River, find out about a remarkable female warrior Fu Hao, and compare what life was like in different social classes. 



This is a very practical unit all about Forces and Magnets. The children will be:

  • Comparing how some things move on different surfaces.
  • Noticing that some forces need contact between two objects but magnetic forces can act at a distance.
  • Observing how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others.
  • Comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.
  • Describing magnets as having two poles.
  • Predicting whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.



Our artist in focus is Amadeo Modigliani. The children will practice a range of drawing skills, including: 

  • Use sketch books to collect and record ideas and include analysis of materials and artists methods
  • Experiment with greater control how surface detail can be added to drawings
  • Draw on different scales
  • Draw for a sustained period of time
  • Observe greater detail in portraits
  • Make marks and lines with a wide range of drawing implements e.g. charcoal, pencil, crayon, chalk pastels, pens etc.
  • Experiment with different grades of pencil and other implements. Combine 2 or more in work.
  • Begin to show an awareness of objects having a third dimension
  • Use media to achieve variations in tone and shading
  • Create textures with a wide range of drawing implements
  • Apply a simple use of pattern and texture in a drawing



RE will be taught by Mrs Eddleston on a Thursday. The children will be exploring celebrating Easter and the Pentecost. 



ICT will be taught by Mrs Eddleston on a Thursday. The children will be using different types of media to create a presentation. 



French will be taught by Mrs Eddleston on a Wednesday. The children will be learning the story Little Red Riding Hood in French - Le Petit Chaperon Rouge.



Some things to note -


Mrs Eddleston teaches the class on a Wednesday morning until 10.30 for my PPA time, and all day on a Thursday. Mrs Mahon is with the class full time.  


PE is on a Monday, so please come in full kit.


Toast money is to be sent on a Monday via Parentpay for the week. 


Please make sure your child has a water bottle every day and takes it home every day!


Handwashing and hand gelling is encouraged throughout the day and windows are kept open as much as possible to ensure good hygiene in the classroom.