Year 3 Autumn 2 2023

English

We began our half-term with a very exciting unit on poetry! The children have enjoyed reading an extract from Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and creating a performance, as well as exploring the use of alliteration and onomatopoeia through our very own class poem. Then, following our History unit on Ancient Egypt last half-term, we have developed our prior learning to produce an excellent piece of descriptive writing based on ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’, a text which places a modern twist on the traditional tale!

Continuing to consolidate our knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians, we have looked at non-chronological reports and focused on a range of topics including the gods and goddesses, mummification and how the Egyptians dressed. To develop our research skills, we have used child-appropriate websites such as History for Kids and Primary Homework Help to help us plan and write our very own non-chronological reports.

Maths

This half-term, we have worked hard on completing our multiplication and division unit. Building on our prior learning on multiplication in Year 2, the children have developed their knowledge of repeated addition and using arrays to represent their multiplications. We have also started to learn our times tables in earnest, beginning with the 2s, 5s and 10s, and progressing to the more challenging 3s, 4s and finally the 8s. Over Christmas, we encourage the children to keep up their excellent Times Table Rockstars practice!

Guided Reading

In Guided Reading, we have explored two very different but exciting texts! We began our half-term by reading ‘I Am Neil Armstrong’, a fascinating biography about the famous astronaut. The children were enthralled to learn about Armstrong’s life, and enjoyed using their prediction skills and developing their vocabulary. Following this, we have enjoyed reading ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Anthony Browne, where we have continued to use our VIPERS skills (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise).

Art & DT

At the beginning of the half-term, the children cooked Egyptian flatbread to taste-test at home. The recipe was adapted from one found in the tomb of Ramses III and involved creating a snail shape, boiling and then baking the bread, which utilised several key DT skills. It smelled absolutely delicious! 

In art, the children have exercised their sketching skills by applying last half term’s work on texture, line and tone, when sketching a variety of Egyptian artefacts. Following this, they applied their learning about the famous architect Gaudi to create their very own multi-coloured tile printing, utilising his techniques of patterns derived from nature. They have also moulded their own cartouche out of clay, etched their name in hieroglyphs – a tricky skill which they mastered well! – and painted them. 

RE

Following last half-term’s learning on Christianity, the children have been introduced to Hinduism and have enjoyed exploring how the religion compares to others. The children have learned where and when Hindus pray, and the many fascinating representations of the Hindu god Brahman. The children have then accurately compiled all of their learning to answer this half-term’s Big Question, ‘How do Hindus make sense of the world?’.

Computing 

In Computing, the children have been introduced to networks and have been exploring each week how they operate. This has included learning about the features of a device and considering the inputs, processes and outputs a device may have. The children have consolidated their understanding of the purposes of different digital devices, as well as comparing artwork created in real life to one created digitally.

Music

In Music this term, children have been continuing to learn tunes on the ocarina. They have learned the traditional carols Good King Wenceslas and We Three Kings. Children have been encouraged to look at the sheet music, comparing the two time signatures (Common Time and 3/4) and taking notice of the different note lengths of crotchets and minims and how that changes the rhythm. We are really impressed with their developing dexterity and musicality as they have got to grips with these songs! The children have also been very keen to take part in the Christmas performance for their grown-ups.  Each class has learned one different Christmas song and then, as a year group, we’ve had a trio of carols to perform – Feliz Navidad, Jingle Bell Rock and an excellent signed version of White Christmas!

MFL

Year 3 have been learning how to count to 20 in Spanish, working collaboratively in groups to assemble a challenging puzzle to reinforce their learning. They have learned to ask how old someone is and to answer with their own age. They have continued to practise holding simple conversations using vocabulary they have learned. The children have enjoyed playing games and activities on Purple Mash to strengthen their recall of Spanish numbers. Children looked at some Spanish Christmas traditions and compared this with their own celebrations. They were very excited to write a letter to a child in Spain in which they described their traditions at Christmas and posed a question to learn more about Christmas in Spain. They are eagerly waiting to receive their replies in the New Year!

Science

Year 3 began this half-term by looking at their exciting experiment from Autumn 1 – mummifying tomatoes! The children were very pleased to see that their preservation techniques had worked and the tomatoes had survived being buried in salt for 2 weeks. Following this, they have been learning about light sources and their necessity in our everyday lives. They have completed many investigations including classification of light sources and reflective materials. They also investigated patterns in shadows when manipulating the light source.

PE 

In Gym this half-term, the children in Year 3 have been learning, developing and applying flight and balance on the floor, on low and large apparatus. The children have been learning how to be supportive and patient with their peers during activities. We have been impressed with how hard the children worked on the challenges and how the children persevered. In Core PE, the children have been focusing on their balance through a sequence of moves using jumps and lands.

Geography

Our unit this half-term has been ‘Around the World’, revising our Year 2 knowledge on continents and countries. We have then learned about places in the UK and developed our understanding of different settlements such as cities, towns and villages. Then, we compared two UK cities (Norwich and Birmingham), and even challenged ourselves further by extending our map skills while learning about grid references.