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Year 3 Learning

Walk Like an Egyptian


Autumn Term

During the Autumn Term our Year 3 topic is

 Ancient Egypt:

By the end of the term the children will certainly be able to imagine how it felt to be an Ancient Egyptian. The children will find Egypt on a map of the World, identify its capital city today and talk about the River Nile. We will go back in time and explore how society was organised in ancient times, become scribes as we write in hieroglyphics and discuss what linked a Pharaoh to the magnificent Pyramids.  After a focus on e-safety the children will use internet search engines on the Internet to learn about beliefs of the afterlife and investigate the different gods and goddesses. We will also complete Ancient Egyptian art activities such as creating a clay cartouche, along with practising our basic painting techniques and observational drawing skills.  

In English, we will be learning how to write a postcard, creating a fact file on Ancient Egypt, coming up with an acrostic poem for Black History Month and imagining the ending to a spooky story for Halloween. We will also be using onomatopoeia as part of a poem on Bonfire Night, writing a diary entry from the point of view of a WW1 soldier, penning a story set in Ancient Egypt, writing instructions on how to make a cartouche, complete with time conjunctions, before ending the year with a formal letter to Santa!

Maths lessons will consist of learning about place value followed by addition and subtraction, using the column method. 

Our Science topic is Light and Dark and include an investigation into shadows. 

In PE, children will be improving their fundamental skills as well as how to dribble, pass and score in hockey.

Spring Term

During the Spring Term our Year 3 topic is Water and Weather around the World:

The children will be investigating and identifying weather patterns and climate zones around the world.  They will work in groups to plan and present their own weather forecasts.  The children will identify where all the oceans and seas are in the World in relation to continents and countries.  They will investigate the characteristics of the five oceans in terms of temperature, size and depth and discuss how this affects what lives there.  The class will discuss how oceans are used and how they can be harmed.  The children will enjoy learning about what lives under the sea and investigate the many differences between land and sea animals.  During the term the children will design and make soft sea toys and model aquariums.  The children will use the Internet safely to produce fact files and learn how to write and debug algorithms.  Along with learning basic fundamental skills in PE, the children will be challenged to create under the sea dances.

In Maths, children will move on to multiplication and division before learning how to add and subtract money. They will also learn about how to interpret and record statistics using pictograms and bar charts. 

English will see children writing a non-chronological report about wellbeing, a persuasive letter and simple, compound and complex  sentences as part of narrative writing. They will also write a  story set during a period of extreme weather and end the term by looking into the Easter story. 

Our Science topic is Animals including Humans, so we will be studying the human skeleton and learning about how a diet and nutrition affects our muscles and bones. We will also be learning about the parts and functions of plants.

PE will see children learning about the Olympic Games and how to play basketball with the help of a member of Leeds Rhinos!

Water and Weather around the World

under the sea

Summer Term

 During the Summer Term our Year 3 topic is

Were the Vikings Vicious?

By the end of this topic the children will be empowered to give a detailed answer to this question following their independent learning.  Their first investigation will be to place the Viking period onto a British History timeline and define the terms ‘invade’ and ‘settle’. The children will learn about the Viking homeland ‘Scandinavia’, what life was like for a typical Viking farmer and discuss the reasons for travelling to Britain.  They will explore the longboats in which Vikings travelled and enjoy making their own, along with learning how to write using the runic alphabet. The children will find out about the Viking raids on Britain and compare the beliefs of Anglo-Saxon Britain with the very different beliefs of the Vikings. They will also design and make their own traditional Viking shield. The topic concludes with children learning how the Vikings were defeated by King Alfred and how Britain was changed by Alfred’s rule.

In Maths, we will learn and practise the formal methods for multiplication and division. We will then work on adding, subtracting and comparing fractions as well as recognising equivalent fractions. 

In Science, we will be learning about forces such as pushes, pulls and friction. We will investigate magnetism and observe how magnets attract and repel each other and will identify some magnetic materials. We will also learn about rocks and we will describe how fossils are formed.

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