Class teacher - Mr Killeen
Autumn Term Curriculum:
RE RE units for the Autumn term will include Belonging, Reconciliation and Advent. We are also excited to be continuing our ‘Life to the Full’ relationships and health education. This will focus on the values of the Catholic church, the Painsley MAC and those values that we find useful to strengthen our understanding of what God asks us to do.
The children will also begin to prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion later in the school year.
MATHEMATICS The Autumn term will concentrate on place value and number work. Place value is integral to mathematical understanding and this work will support addition and subtraction and later, multiplication and division aspects. We will continue to make our mathematics as hands on as possible, using different equipment and different representations to strengthen and deepen our understanding.
We will also be having a whole school focus on fluency and instant recall of our times tables and number bonds. Throughout all of this we will be doing lots of talking about mathematics, learning and using mathematical vocabulary. Children may talk about their 'Fast Maths' - a daily practice of recall facts!
Please keep encouraging your child to practise times tables and number bonds at home – if the children know these securely it helps them with their wider maths learning. Year 3 revises and secures the 2x, 10 and 5x tables and then moves onto 3x, 4x and 8x tables. The aim is for instant recall! (Realistically, ‘instant’ means 3 seconds or less!!!)
ENGLISH We will begin by looking at different poem structures, such as Shape Poetry and Calligrams looking at style and shape differences. We will be writing our own stories in familiar settings and before Christmas, create our own non-chronological reports. During these areas of study we will cover Y2 writing expectations whilst expanding our knowledge of the Key Stage 2 expectations. We will continue to work on our reading skills in Guided Reading sessions, increasing our fluency and developing our inference, prediction and summarising skills.
COMPUTING will start with online safety. From there we will move on to using email, spreadsheets and getting fast on the keyboard with touch typing.
Our HISTORY work will focus on the local area, in particularly the changes over time and the pottery industry. We will revise what being a historian is all about and comparing the present with the past.
GEOGRAPHY will be all about the UK. We will be studying a variety of geographical concepts, such as locational knowledge, physical and human features, and the changes to the landscape made by humans.
ART work will centre on Sir Antony Gormley, in particular his use of the body form to inspire sculpture. We will also study the links to Josiah Wedgwood within our History and Geography syllabus.
PE will take place on Monday afternoon and we will learning our fundamental skills in the first hour and putting into practice in the second. Children will be able explore through different tasks and challenges throughout a differentiated approach.
Design and Technology will focus on structures. We will build a castle focusing on the shapes found within to start developing knowledge and understanding of 3D shapes. We will then build a castle using different 2D nets to create 3D building blocks which will be used to assemble the main structure.