Year Three: Highfields and Arboretum

This term, we are excited to be studying the rainforests of the world.  In English, our work will be focused around the story of The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, a thought-provoking story filled with beautiful illustrations, which tells the tale of an ancient tree in the Amazon rainforest.  Another beautiful book we will focus on is The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy. Children will be working on varying their sentence types by using a range of conjunctions, extending their vocabulary, and using paragraphs.

We have moved on to multiplication and division in maths, where the children will be focusing on their 3, 4 and 8 times tables and the inverse division facts. They will be learning to multiply and divide quickly and confidently and use a range of methods to explore these operations. We will then move on to measure, looking at length, mass, and volume.  Money and time will also be covered this term.

Our work on the rainforest extends through our geography and history work, where the children will be discussing issues that threaten the rainforest such as deforestation, as well as finding out about the plants, animals and people that live there.  We will also be studying what life was like for rich and poor people in Tudor times.

In science, we will be finding out about plants, and will be able to identify and label different parts of a plant and will begin to classify animals and plants found in the rainforest.

In computing, the children are learning how to navigate and use spreadsheets and branching databases. In art, we are looking at the work of artist Henri Rousseau, who was inspired by the rainforest in his artwork. Children will be exploring the use colour and shape in their work, as well as beginning to think about perspective and proportion when drawing realistically. We are going to be learning to sew in D.T and children will be designing and making their very own rainforest bean bag!

Highfields class has P.E. on Tuesday. Arboretum class have P.E. on Friday.

Highfields class has outdoor learning on Friday. Arboretum class have outdoor learning on Thursday.

In Harmony will be on a Thursday.

Both classes go swimming on a Monday afternoon, and will need their swimming costume and a towel.

Children need to come to school in uniform every day, and must bring their PE kit on their PE day.

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

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