Year 3 are taught by Mrs West (whilst Mrs Bateman is on maternity leave) and Mrs Gardner

Miss Hannaway, Mrs Martin and Mrs Rutherford are our Year 3 Teaching Assistants and Mrs Arnold is our linked Learning Mentor (LAPS Team).

All children will have a colour banded book and a library book to take home and they will be able to change this every Monday.  We can provide a reading log if you require. Year 3 PE days are Wednesday and Fridays so PE kit is to be worn to school on these days.

Below is an overview of each term. 

Home Learning – if you need to send anything to school  electronically, please email to: Y3@gomerjuniorschool.co.uk

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Spring Term 2023

Exciting Egyptians 

Year 3 will be transported back into the Ancient world of the Egyptians in our ‘Walk like an Egyptian’ topic. We will leap back in time to find out how the Egyptians lived and find out what fantastic engineers they were. How did they build those spectacular pyramids? Who was the real Tutankhamun? Why did hieroglyphics develop?  We will be using all of our new learning to write a persuasive advertisement to sell an ancient tomb, create our own myths including god and goddess, and transform into the famous archaeologist Howard Carter and write a recount of his sensational tomb discovery. If that wasn’t enough, in the second half of the term we will immerse ourselves in suspense and mystery writing, looking at Pie Corbett’s ‘The Nightmare Man’ and finish by creating our very own mystery adventure with alternative endings. 

In maths, we continue to multiply and divide numbers using many different methods moving into exploring fractions. To end the term we will be telling the time using both analogue and 24 hr forms and secure our knowledge on the calendar months. Weekly we further improve our arithmetic skills and multiplication facts with our weekly arithmetic sessions and continue to practise our table knowledge on Times Table Rockstars and Hit The Button in our weekly home learning. 

In PE, our indoor sessions will be Egyptian dance where we will learn flexibility, strength, coordination and flow of energy and explore mirroring, unison and canon. Outdoor PE will be invasion games, focussing on developing our hand-eye coordination. This will be led by a coach. 

Art will be based on our Egyptian topic designing and making our own amulets from clay and making our own papyrus paper to inscribe our cartouche clay canopic jars and clay amulets. We will also study the artwork and patterns of the famous artist and architect Hundertwasser. 

We will study the festival of Holi in RE this term and the Easter story. Our No Outsiders books will be ‘We’re all Wonder’ by RJ Palacio and ‘This is our house’ by Michael Rosen. These stories enable us to discuss equality, and what discrimination means. 

In computing, we will continue to build on our word processing and typing skills by creating a digital presentation about the Egyptians. We will also be learning how to use the internet safely, whilst using it as a research tool. We will be using technology to showcase our writing by recording our adverts using the Ipad software.

In Science, we will be finding out about how shadows are formed and creating our own shadow puppets. gSTEM will focus on Egyptian mechanisms, such as the shadoof and flood resistance. How did the people in Ancient Egypt engineer solve their real-life problems?  We will design our own flood-resistant homes and make them in our DT lessons.

Autumn Term 2022

Sensational Stone Age 

Year 3 will go back in time to the Spectacular Stone Age during the Autumn Term and continue on to the Impressive Iron Age. How did the earliest humans live? What species of animals inhabited the planet? Why is it referred to as the Iron Age? These are only a few of the themes we will be delving into during the first half of the term. In the second half of the term, we examine dangerous volcanoes, their eruption mechanisms, and the temperature of magma!

To learn more about the Stone Age and volcanoes, we will be using a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature in literacy. We will utilise these texts to investigate the character and setting descriptions and to develop our own comprehensive set of instructions. Along with producing non-chronological reports and recounts, we will also write our own stories. Our literacy and guided reading lessons will incorporate all of our SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar) goals.

We will start the year with number and place value in mathematics, then move on to addition and subtraction, and finally multiplication and division. Every Friday, we will complete an arithmetic test and a times tables quiz to assess our mathematics knowledge and identify any areas that need improvement. In order to help, adults can support their children by using programmes like: ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ and ‘push the button’ at home.

Rocks and Soils, our first-half Science topic, connects nicely to both our Stone Age and volcanic units. We’ll be comparing various rock and soil kinds and learning how they were created. To assist us in determining the answers to our scientific questions, we will conduct a variety of different experiments.

For the first part of the term, we will explore prehistoric art, including cave drawings and Stone Age jewellery. The children will practise pencil sketching before making their own cave drawings while considering the tools that Stone Age people might have had access to. In order to link our scientific and geography lessons together, we will also build our own 3D models of volcanoes.

By looking at Dyson as our example and examining the qualities that make a good engineer, we will introduce the subject of gSTEM. The EHOM cycle (Engineering Habits of Mind) will be examined by the students, along with how great engineers including James Dyson use it to create new products or enhance ones that already exist. We will go on to look at the  “pumpkin project,” which explores helping the people of Bangladesh in growing crops during their monsoon season. This will help us further discuss how STEM helps us to solve problems throughout the world. This topic also connects well to our study of rocks and soils.

We will be learning gymnastics and multi-skills in PE, as well as developing our stamina to assist us reach our Gomer Golden Mile goal.

For the first half of the autumn term, computing will concentrate on developing students’ typing abilities before moving on to a study of coding using Ollies and Spheros and within our Diversity and Equality lesson we will first look at the book ‘ We Are All Welcome’ by Patricia Hegarty, as it will assist the children’s inquiry into belonging within RE.