This week’s learning in Year 3:
The children have completed their first full week back in school after their break, and are settling back into our routines and schedules.
In English, we continued exploring the book, ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. We are focusing on developing inference skills and explaining our thinking using examples from the text to support this. We have continued our work on co-ordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, so etc) and next week will look at sub-ordinating conjuctions, both aiming to strengthen the children’s self-expression and flow when writing.
We continue to develop our mental strategies to solve addition and subtraction questions. We consolidated the adjusting strategy for addition as a mental method this week, which helps us to solve addition questions without having to use column addition. We also used a partitioning method to support mental subtraction. If you would like to consolidate learning, click here for a review with practice questions.
The children enjoyed their first whole afternoon this year outside in Forest School with Mr Longden – making sketch maps of the forest area, free woodland investigation and building dens. It was a great opportunity for the children to show different skills to those needed in the classroom! Please ensure your child has correct kit, including wellies/boots, warm layers, a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers. Gloves and warm hats may also be useful to stay warm. We will be outside each week this half term, whatever the weather, investigating the natural environment.
This week, we found out that historians divide the Stone Age into three key periods: Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. We also found out that these mean ‘Old’, ‘Middle’ and ‘New’ Stone Age. Here are the texts to consolidate understanding: Y3 Sp1 W2 HISTORY Information Texts This is our Year 3 Stone Age to Iron Age Knowledge Organiser for this learning.
Our Spanish sessions are supporting our learning in English and History, using chronology timelines to identify historical development from the Stone Age, into the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman Empire, making time connections which complete the timeline journey ready for Year 4. It is also helping us build on last term’s learning of ‘Soy’ (I am) and adding ‘Tengo’ (I have), as well as ‘Vivo en’ (I live in).
In PE, we continued with our cricket lessons, welcoming our Chance To Shine cricket coach to UCPS on Friday. This is a new skillset for most of Year 3 and the children are already enjoying this new sporting activity.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school, thank you! If they do not, they cannot take part in PE lessons.
Have a lovely weekend,
Year 3 Team