Year 3 Green Class
Teacher: Miss Skues
Term 4: Key Question: What Makes Us Human?
During Term 4 we will be studying a variety of texts about animals.
In English, our writing will be based around 'Varjak Paw' by SF Said. We will use the character of the cat, Varjak Paw, as a stimulus for developing diary writing, character studies and persuasive arguments.
During our reading sessions, we will read and compare texts which have animals as their main characters. We will look in greater detail at 'Varjak Paw' and make comparisons between this book and 'Charlotte's Web'. We will also look at the features of 'nonsense' poetry and the work of Edward Lear, Spike Milligan and Ogden Nash.
We will continue to work hard to join our handwriting and improve the presentation of work.
The children will be given spellings to learn every Monday. They will write the words in their home/school reading books to practise at home as well as every day at school, before a test on Friday. We will also continue to explore different patterns and use dictionaries to check spellings.
Home school reading books are checked every Friday and children who have read at least five times will then be entered into a raffle to win a small prize. Please remember to sign the home/school book every time you hear your child read.
We will start Term 4 with a unit about length and perimeter. The children will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice through a variety of measuring challenges, linked to Science.
We will then move onto solving problems involving fractions.
In all areas of maths, the children will be encouraged to explain their reasoning and discuss their work using appropriate vocabulary.
Throughout the year we will continue to develop our mental maths skills. This will including practising times tables, counting in groups of 3,4, 6 8 and 50 and addition and subtraction facts for 10, 20 and 100.
This term our Key Question is "What makes us human?" and the focus is Science and PSHE based.
In Science, we will compare humans and animals. We will identify that animals, including humans, need the right type of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
We will continue to ask and answer scientific questions about animals and humans by planning and conducting investigations, recording results and drawing conclusions.
Through our ICT sessions, we will develop our understanding of nutrition through research about food groups, balanced diets and where our food comes from.
During our Art sessions, we will consider what makes a good portrait by studying some examples by well-known artists. We will then use some of these ideas to create our own self portraits using drawing and painting techniques.
We will continue to practise our drumming skills in Music this term. This is taught by a specialist music teacher. We will also start learning to play the ukulele with Mr Shelton.
In French this term, we will continue to practise asking and answering simple questions. We will also learn the names for different colours.
In PSHE our topic is "Healthy Living", linking with Science. We will also consider our Key Question 'What makes us human?' in greater depth and look at Human Rights and Responsibilities.
During RE we will focus on the Christian Value of Thankfulness. We will also be considering the question 'What sort of world did Jesus want?', making links with our Key Question.
PE this term will be swimming, every Tuesday until 30th April, inclusive.
Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school and has removed earrings where possible, or can do so themselves.