Year Three: Highfields and Arboretum

In English, Year 3 will be reading ‘Gregory Cool’ by Caroline Binch, where we will be focusing on learning about Caribbean culture and storytelling. Gregory Cool is about a boy who is unhappy visiting his relatives in Tobago but goes on to learn and love the island. From this book, we will be focusing on writing pieces to inform our readers about Tobago.

We will be focusing on multiplication and division for the first half term, then moving on to money and statistics. The children will be building on their times table knowledge so that they confidently know their 3s,4s and 8s times table as well as 2s,5s and 10s.  They will apply this to multiplying and dividing 2 digit numbers. This will be reinforced with playing on TimesTable Rockstars.

In science, we are investigating light and different light sources. We will be doing a variety of experiments that focus on looking at light and shadow. In the second half term, we will be investigating rock and different kinds of rocks. This links with our geography topic.

In history, we will be learning about the Romans and the impact the Romans had on Britain as well as their wider empire. This will lead to us learning about volcanoes in geography and the effect of Vesuvius on Pompeii, even getting to create their volcanos.

We are continuing our work on coding in computing, learning how to code an interactive scene. We will also focus on creating spreadsheets, which links with our statistic lessons. Our work will continue to happen on Purple Mash, where children are able to extend their work in their own time if they want to.

This half term, we are studying famous Pop artist, Andy Warhol. We will be investigating his painting style and using this to create our own portraits in his vivid style, learning a range of painting techniques. In the second half term, we will then be working on drawing and paintings, using watercolours to create bright artwork. We will be studying artists such as Henri Rousseau and Jaakko Mattila.

In DT, we will finish off designing and then baking our jam tarts. After half term, we will be working on our sewing skills, creating a frog bean bag inspired by animals from the Amazon rainforest. We will be looking at how to use recycled material and repurpose these materials as well as learning a range of sewing techniques.

We are working with InHarmony and Catrin for our music lessons. We are learning to play the Djembe drums as well as learning to read music, which will help the children when they get to Year 4 on the brass instruments.

Year 3 Highfields and Year 3 Arboretum have got P.E on a Friday.

Newsletters and homework are sent out on Fridays.

Here are the knowledge organisers for the work we’ll be doing this term:

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