Welcome Back. The adults that work in this class are Mrs Deane and Mrs Maskell.
Your first Learning Experience this year is Lets Grow
Hook: On Wednesday 19th September, the children will experience a range of plant-based activities both in school and at The Growing Space. They will explore the gardens there to learn about the season’s fruits and vegetables. In school, they will take part in activities to enhance their understanding further.
Take home task:
Children will create their own piece of art by using nature as the foundation. They can use materials and a theme of their own choice. This can be submitted as the art itself, or a photograph of it.
Due date: Monday 15th October
In the last week of term, the children’s artwork will be displayed for parents to come and admire. You are invited to come and celebrate with us at the Year 3 gallery on Thursday 25th October at 2:30pm.
Learning Experience will focus on the core subject of science. We will provide investigations that build on the children’s scientific knowledge of plants from Key Stage 1. Practical science lessons will help them to piece together an understanding of the life cycle of plants which is as enjoyable as it is informative. They will take part in activities that aim to foster curiosity and encourage them to ask questions as they link science to everyday life.
Art and design is the foundation subject for this half term. We will challenge the children to explore a range of painting techniques in acrylic paint before they design their own artwork on a canvas. They will draw inspiration from the work of local artist Alce Harfield who will visit the school at the end of the experience so providing a ‘real’ purpose for their work. Whilst working with plants, the children will also record their observations, learning to take close note of detail which they can use to develop their scientific understanding at the same time!
For the first few weeks, maths will develop the children’s understanding of place value so they have a solid grasp of number to build on through the year. Following this, they will explore addition and subtraction using initially physical objects to aid learning, then pictorial representation before moving to the abstract form of maths where they can apply their knowledge laterally to show the deeper level of understanding.
English will involve the children studying two texts this half term both written by Helen Ward; The Tin Forest and Varmints. These will enable them to develop their descriptive writing skills whilst establishing a secure grammar knowledge of word classes. As their science understanding grows, they will design and write an informative leaflet about plants that will form part of their end of year portfolios.
Our PE days this year will be Tuesdays and Fridays.
Maths homework will be given on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. Times tables should be practiced at home up to 12 x 12 - particularly x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x8
Reading is expected to be done daily and spelling practice is appreciated from the tricky words in the Read Write Inc log books, if applicable.
If you have any queries please ask a member of year 3 team.