Darwin (Year 3)


Mrs Edwards

Class Teacher

Mrs Barnard

Class Support (Mon-Fri)

OUR CURRICULUM FOR THIS TERM:

Welcome to Darwin class! We hope the information about school on our class page will help you support your child at home. We encourage regular practise of reading, spelling and times tables outside school as homework, but also offer an optional ‘Wizard challenge’; a fun activity covering a variety of subjects, which your child can choose to do also. Please see below for the objectives we will be learning in each lesson this term.

English
During this term, Darwin class will learn the following:

  • ADVENTURE; writing an adventure story based on The Day I Fell into a Fairytale.
  • WRITING SETTINGS AND CHARACTER DESCRIPTION; creating exciting and interesting characters and settings using adverbs, adjectives and creating complex sentences.
  • STORY WRITING; using our work on settings and character to write our own versions of The Hodgeheg
  • The children will also apply their English skills during an RE week at the end of term.
The children should try to read a variety of genres, little and often; to keep up their key skills and develop a love of reading. Warminster library will order books for free if your child is a member; a great way to keep up with the latest authors. They could also listen to audio books, read to younger members of the family, or be read to; in order to immerse themselves in literacy as much as possible. They could read to a Teddy or a pet!

Any type of writing they do will be beneficial. Writing their own weekly comments in their link book is a necessary part of their homework. Try to encourage accurate spelling and punctuation whenever they write, especially when writing their own comments in their link book.

Maths

Darwin class will practise their maths skills, by the following units this term:

  • MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION: We will be working on the 3,4 and 8 times tables and using a variety of strategies to problem solve.
  • MEASURE; measuring accurately and understanding the relationship between centimetres, metres and millimetres.
  • 3,4 and 8 times tables
The children will continue to practise key maths skills through their early morning work- a 10 or 15 minute session each morning to practise speedy recall of number facts and maths skills learnt in previous terms. The children will continue do a weekly times tables test; moving through the times tables at their own individual pace; supported by work in school.

Science

In term six the children will study ‘Forces and Magnets’ by:

  • Describing the different types of forces - pushes and pulls and how gravity affects us.
  • Exploring and using magnets, understanding attract and repel.
  • Undertaking scientific investigations; practising the skills of predicting, recording and concluding with the use of digital technology.
 
History

In terms 1 and 2, the children will explore ‘The Stone Age’ through:

  • Placing The Stone Age in time and place.
  • Exploring everyday life; with a technology focus.
  • Investigating society; how new discoveries moved the people along.
  • Exploring and analysing sources of evidence; using objects and cave paintings.
  • Understanding religious beliefs
Geography-

In terms 1 and 2, the children will explore their Geography skills by exploring maps of stone age sites in our local area and the importance of them for the development of our landscapes.
PSHE (Personal, Social, and Health Education)

In terms 1 and 2, Darwin will explore the theme of ‘Relationships’ by:

  • Identifying different sorts of relationships.
  • Appreciating and understanding our similarities and differences.
  • Exploring how to be a good friend and how to deal with conflict.
Art/Design and Technology

Our focus this term is "Structure’. The children will learn:

  • The principles of building a stable structure.
  • To look at creating a model with different materials.

P.E.(Physical Education)

In term 2 the children will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • Developing the skills of games through working as a team and learning strategies and tactics of tag rugby
  • Developing responses to music in dance.
We will usually go out in all weathers; so please ensure children are suitably dressed for cold and potentially wet conditions.

R.E. (Religious Education)

This term the children will explore their knowledge, skills and understanding of ‘People of God’ by :

  • To understand how stories about people fits in the big picture of the bible.
  • Looking specifically at Noah, and what we can learn from this story
  • Looking at the promises made by God
Computing

This term the children will develop their computing skills of ‘Programming’ through computing sessions.
Computing also appears, and remains a strand that runs through many other subjects such as ; playing an online game in maths, researching using the internet or typing as a way of recording in literacy or topic lessons.

Music

The children will begin learning their songs for the Christmas performances.
We had a fantastic morning doing some Stone Age themed activities. We were pretending to be stone age cave painters, trying to recreate some of their art in the newly discovered cave system under the table!
 
We tested out how long it would take to grind pearl barley, corn and pumpkin seeds finely enough to make stone age bread. We tried some, it was definitely an acquired taste!
 
We tried our hand at flint knapping (but used soap instead) and found it is quite an art!
 
Finally, we had a go at making a model village, complete with streams, animal enclosures and thatch roofs. Lots of discussion went on deciding where things should go, as well as the optimum size and shape for the round houses.
 
Everyone was thoroughly involved, we all have lots of respect for our stone age ancestors and how hard they had to work (especially for bread!).
For those that weren't able to make the curriculum night earlier this term, the powerpoint is available below.

Year 3 curriculum night.pptx

Suggestions for helping at home.docx