Autumn Term - 2018/19
We have had an incredibly busy start to Year 3 this Autumn term. As our Creative Curriculum topic has been the Stone Age, we have encouraged cross curricular learning by looking at a range of texts based on this period of time. We began the term by looking at the classic book, ‘Stig of the Dump’. We enjoyed the escapades of the protagonists Barney and Stig, a caveman who Barney accidentally happens upon one day. We were able to write across a range of genres including, descriptions, persuasive letters and plays. In the latter part of this term, we moved on to non-chronological reports and wrote our very own based on all of our learning from our Creative Curriculum lessons. Our favourite topic in English was when we moved on to look at the text, ‘How to Live Like a Stone Age Hunter’. We wrote a leaflet detailing how to organise a ‘Full Moon Feast’ from the perspective of a caveman. We looked at the food we would eat, the entertainment that would be on offer and the clothes we might wear. Following this, we had our very own Stone Age feast with drums, dancing and lots of fruit. It was so much fun, we loved it!
Throughout the Autumn term we have looked at a range of topics in Maths. We began by focussing on number and looked at place value across a range of different representations. We used concrete objects such as place value counters and dienes before looking at pictorial versions and finally abstract examples. This term, we were also introduced to the expanded column method to add and subtract 2/3 digit numbers. At first we found it tricky, but we were able to use our place value understanding to be able to do this. Once we got the hang of it, we were able to use and apply this skill to word problems as well as using it to reason to. We used our knowledge of inverse to support us in checking our answers. Finally, later on in the term we moved on to multiplication and division. We have been practising our times tables and using them to solve problems. We think ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ is really helping too! Knowing our times tables has helped us to make us more efficient when dividing and multiplying.
We absolutely loved our Science topic ‘Rocks’ We were able to use a range of scientific skills and apply them to deepen our learning of the topic. We did various investigations including going on a rock hunt, which allowed us to identify the properties of different types or rocks and sort them. We were also able to make predictions and conclusion as well as record our findings in tables. Following this, we continued to hone these skills when we looked at our second Science topic, Forces and Magnets. We have had great fun learning about forces and were able to use new scientific vocabulary to support us during our investigations. We particularly enjoyed testing which metals were magnetic and finding out that not all metals are magnetic unlike what we had previously thought.
We have enjoyed looking at the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. We did this through various Geography, History, Art and DT lessons including creating time lines of this period, comparing what life was like between then and now and creating our very own Stone Age paintings. We have honed skills including map work, chronological understanding, asking questions, creating our very own stencils and working on tone and shading. We were able to develop a deeper knowledge of these time periods through our cross curricular work too.