Year 3

Curriculum Map

Parent Workshop presentation

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What have we been learning this week? (Summer 2 Week 6)

English – The Day the Crayons Quit

This week we started a new unit based on the picture book, 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We started by imagining ourselves as a crayon from the box, writing letters to Duncan explaining our problem and the setting we found ourselves in.  The children had many creative ideas based on those in the story!  We also practiced our persuasive writing, direct speech and paragraph writing skills.

At home you can: read a range of picture books; encourage your child to write a narrative story based on a character in a picture book.

Maths – Measurement

We continued our unit on Measurement by looking at mass, volume and capacity.  We estimated and measured different objects and quantities of liquid to be able to practice reading different scales.

At home you can: Practice estimating and weighing a range of objects, reading scales of different increments.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Summer 2 Week 4)

English – Escape from Pompeii

This week we started to innovate the story 'Escape from Pompeii', adding our own character and changing some of the events of the story to make it more unique.  We wrote the story in stages throughout the week, beginning with the introduction and build up, the conflict/problem and resolution and then the ending.  Lastly, we edited our writing to make improvements to our sentences.

At home you can: read a range of stories based on fact; encourage your child to write a narrative story based in a historical context such as the Roman era.

Maths – Shape & Geometry, Mass

We continued to look at a range of 3D shapes and explored the 2D nets that create a 3D shape.  We also learnt about mass, estimating the mass of a range of different objects and then using scales to measure accurately.

At home you can: Practise estimating and weighing a range of objects, reading scales of different increments.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Summer 2 Week 3)

Sports Week

We got the opportunity this week to practise a range of different sporting activities, from orienteering, to yoga and benchball.  We also did lots of practise for sports day and worked with the KS1 children to teach them a range of obstacle course activities!

English – Escape from Pompeii

This week we continued reading the story 'Escape from Pompeii' and focused on sentence level work, identifying types of words (nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives).  We mapped out the story in a storyboard and started to innovate the story to include a new character of our own and to adapt the events of the story middle and ending.

At home you can: read a range of stories based on fact; encourage your child to write a narrative story based in a historical context such as the Roman era.

Maths – Shape & Geometry

We continued exploring shape by learning about parallel and perpendicular lines as well as the properties and names of 2D and 3D shapes.

At home you can: Practise finding and drawing angles, identifying and naming shapes in preparation for learning about 2D and 3D shapes.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Summer 2 Week 2)

English – Escape from Pompeii

This week we started a new unit based on the fictional story ‘Escape from Pompeii’. We began by looking at the main character of the story and completing a character profile, as well as developing a character of our own that we will later incorporate into our own versions of the story.  We also took part in some drama, based around the setting of the story, acting as different characters that would have lived in Pompeii in ancient Roman times.

At home you can: read a range of stories based on fact; encourage your child to write a narrative story based in a historical context such as the Roman era.

Maths – Shape & Geometry

We have also started a new unit in Maths this week.  We have begun by doing lots of practical lessons based on identifying angles.  We revised the vocabulary ‘right-angle’ from Year 2, noting that a right angle has 90 degrees.  We also explored what acute and obtuse angles are by looking for them around the classroom, having made angle checkers of our own.

At home you can: Practise finding and drawing angles, identifying and naming shapes in preparation for learning about 2D and 3D shapes.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Summer 1 Week 5)

English – Non-Chronological Reports

This week we focused on researching and making notes about volcanoes for our non-chronological reports. We used bullet points and colour-coding to collate and organise our research and then planned what we wanted our reports to look like. We then began writing up our notes into full sentences and paragraphs, using a combination of subordinating and coordinating conjunctions to write using extended sentences.

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction texts; identify features and pick out language choices.

Maths – Time

We continued learning about 'time' this week. We focused on finding the difference between times (duration). We looked at a range of different clocks to find out the difference in time in minutes and hours. We also thought about how to find end and start times by counting forward and back on the clock.

At home you can: Practise reading a range of digital and analogue clocks to read and tell the time; discuss what the different ways of expressing time are (e.g. quarter past 8/ 8:15) and understanding and using time vocabulary.

Topic

As part of our Active Planet topic we also finished making volcanoes out of papier mache and we then erupted them using a combination of vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and food colouring!

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Summer 1 Week 4)

English – Non-Chronological Reports

This week we began a new unit of work, revisiting non-chronological reports.  We looked at and discussed the features of a range of non-chronological reports, such as title, subheadings, use of paragraphs and technical and formal language.  We used our reading comprehension skills to answer a series of questions based on a text on volcanoes too.

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction texts; identify features and pick out language choices.

Maths – Time

We continued learning about 'time' this week. We focused on reading time on an analogue clock to the nearest five minutes and then to the minute.  We also started to read time digitally, looking at the difference between reading and writing the time on an analogue and digital clock.

At home you can: Practise reading a range of digital and analogue clocks to read and tell the time; discuss what the different ways of expressing time are (e.g. quarter past 8/ 8:15) and understanding and using time vocabulary.

Art

We have also been doing a great deal of Art this week in preparation for the Art exhibition.  We have used collage and a range of paint and oil pastels to emulate the work of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Summer 1 Week 3)

English – 'The Promise'

This week we continued to write using the story of ‘The Promise’ as our inspiration. We wrote diary entries from the character’s perspective, using multi-sensory description, thoughts and feeling vocabulary and time conjunctions. We then edited our work and began to publish our writing ready to be displayed.

At home you can: read a range of stories that feature a diary; encourage your child to write a diary.

Maths – Time

We moved on to a new unit focusing on 'Time' this week. We began by looking at a range of time vocabulary based around months of the year and times of the day, such as morning, midday/ noon, afternoon, evening and midnight. We learnt about how many days are in each month and how to use different calendars. We also started to learn how to tell the time on digital and analogue clocks to the nearest five minutes.

At home you can: Practise reading a range of digital and analogue clocks to read and tell the time; discuss what the different ways of expressing time are (e.g. quarter past 8/ 8:15) and understanding and using time vocabulary.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Summer 1 Week 2)

English – 'The Promise'

This week we continued to read and discuss the events in the story ‘The Promise’. We looked at the character and setting, as well as made predictions as to what we thought would happen towards the ending of the story.  We visualised what the ‘green city’ might look like once the girl in the story planted the acorns and began to plan and write another diary entry from her perspective.

At home you can: read a range of stories that feature a diary; encourage your child to write a diary.

Maths – Fractions

We learnt how to order fractions with the same denominator in ascending and descending order this week, as well as looking at how to order equivalent fractions on a number line.  We also learnt how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.

At home you can: Practise adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator; practise ordering fractions in size on a number line, in ascending and descending order, including those with the same denominator and not.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Summer 1 Week 1)

English – The Promise

This week we started a new unit based on the fictional story ‘The Promise’.  We will be writing letters and diary entries from the character’s perspective, so we spent this week looking at the features of diaries and discussing how the character might feel using our senses to support us.  We also took part in some drama to really imagine the setting in which the story takes place.

At home you can: read a range of stories that feature a diary; encourage your child to write a diary.

Maths – Fractions

We have returned to learning about fractions this term, recapping and consolidating our existing knowledge of what a fraction is so that we can learn about equivalent fractions.  We have learnt to spot patterns between the numerator and the denominator to help us find equivalent fractions.

At home you can: Practise finding and drawing equivalent fractions; making equivalent fractions using a variety of different objects or images.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 6)

English – Persuasive Writing – Information Texts

This week we continued to use our persuasive writing skills to research, plan and make notes for our persuasive writing leaflets.  We began to write in paragraphs, using inventive subheadings to organise our writing.  We then started to publish our writing.

At home you can: read and discuss a range of persuasive writing texts.

Maths – Consolidation

This week we consolidated all that we had learnt about length and perimeter, fractions and the calculation methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

At home you can: Practise measuring different objects in m, cm and mm; compare and find equivalent lengths in m, cm and mm; draw around shapes and find the perimeter.

Trip – Emil and the Detectives at the Brighton Theatre

We got the great opportunity this week to watch the Year 6 pupils of Queens Park perform Emil and the Detectives at the Brighton Theatre.  This really inspired the children and was a great way for them to see drama and performance in the real world.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 5)

English – Persuasive Writing – Information Texts

This week we started a new unit on persuasive writing.  We looked at the features of a persuasive text, highlighting common themes such as the use of emotive language, fact, opinion, exaggeration and rhetorical questions.  We then compared a range of tourist destination leaflets to look for similarities and differences in terms of the language used and layout.  We then began to write our own persuasive statements about Brighton, as we will be creating our own tourist leaflets for Brighton as a holiday destination, to link with our ‘Beside the Sea’ topic.

At home you can: read and discuss a range of persuasive writing texts.

Maths – Measurement (Perimeter)

This week we continued to look at length and measurement, but our focus turned towards finding the perimeter of a shape. We began by learning how to find the perimeter of different shapes and then how to measure and calculate the perimeter.

At home you can: Practise measuring different objects in m, cm and mm; compare and find equivalent lengths in m, cm and mm; draw around shapes and find the perimeter.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 4)

English – Poetry Writing – The Sound Collector

This week we continued learning about poetry, using 'The Sound Collector' as our inspiration.  We used the sounds that we collected around school to create our own poems based in a school setting.  We then began to innovate our poetry, using a new environment to plan verbs and nouns to match it.

At home you can: read a range of poetry books and different types of poems.

Maths – Measurement (Length)

This week we continued to look at length.  We began by adding different lengths in the same unit, and then added lengths with mixed measurements, having to convert them first.  We then worked on subtracting lengths, using the same unit and then converting.

At home you can: Practise measuring different objects in m, cm and mm; compare and find equivalent lengths in m, cm and mm.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 3)

English – Poetry Writing – The Sound Collector

This week we started a new unit of work based on 'The Sound Collector' poem by Roger McGough.  We looked at the features of the poem, and in particular the way that it uses repetition and rhyme as well as sound verbs.  We wrote our own rhyming couplets and began to collect our own school sounds by doing a sound walk, so that we can plan and write our own poems next week.

At home you can: read a range of poetry books and different types of poems.

Maths – Measurement (Length)

We began a new unit this week on measurement, looking at length.  We focused on measuring in centimetres and millimetres and thought about which objects would be more suitable to be measured in those units.  We then began to find equivalent lengths and to compare lengths of the same unit and in mixed units.

At home you can: Practise measuring different objects in cm and mm; compare and find equivalent lengths in cm and mm.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 2)

English – Narrative Writing (The Mousehole Cat continued)

This week we continued our narrative unit of work based on the beautiful story of 'The Mousehole Cat' by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley.  We began to innovate the story by writing our own versions from the viewpoint of the other main character, Tom.  We also adapted the story by changing the storm animal. We then began publishing our books!

At home you can: read a range of fiction stories based on myths and legends.

Maths – Fractions

We continued to learn about fractions this week.  We looked at how to find fractions on a number line as well as how to use the bar model to find fractions of an amount.  We worked on our problem solving and reasoning skills to investigate fractions and to answer a range of questions.

At home you can: Practise finding fractions of an amount using the bar model.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 2 Week 1)

English – Narrative Writing (The Mousehole Cat continued)

This week we continued our narrative unit of work based on the beautiful story of 'The Mousehole Cat' by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley.  We wrote letters to a cat pen-pal from Mowzer’s perspective, which we later started to publish during our ICT time. We also created information posters about the legend of Tom Bawcock and about Tom Bawcock’s Eve, which is still celebrated in Mousehole today.  We ended the week doing some hot-seating, asking Tom questions about his adventure in order to find out more about his character.

At home you can: read a range of fiction stories based on myths and legends.

Maths – Fractions

We have started a new unit on Fractions this week. We have learnt what a numerator and denominator are and also what a unit fraction and a non-unit fraction are.  We have spent lots of time recognising and naming fractions of shapes and are starting to look at fractions as an amount pictorially (for example, 5/10 of the dots are red, 5/10 of the dots are blue). We have also begun to find fraction pairs that make one whole.

At home you can: Practise naming and recognising fractions, using the fraction vocabulary – especially halves, quarters, thirds, fifths, tenths.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 6)

English – The Mousehole Cat

This week we began a narrative unit of work based on the beautiful story of 'The Mousehole Cat', by Antonia Barber and Nicola Bayley.  We looked closely at the setting of Mousehole in Cornwall, using pictures and illustrations to help us write descriptively.  We created story maps of the story in partners and then used these to inspire us to retell the story using drama and actions.

At home you can: read a range of fiction stories based on myths and legends.

Maths – Statistics

We have started a new unit on Statistics this week, looking at pictograms, tally charts and bar charts.  We learnt how to interpret and read pictograms and bar charts to answer questions related to the data they showed.  We also started to draw our own data and create our own bar charts.

At home you can: Look at a range of data in the form of tables, pictograms, tally charts and bar charts. Discuss the data and how to find the difference between different data.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Times Tables Rockstars (online/ interactive Times tables practice)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Times Tables Rockstars website (see https://ttrockstars.com/).

Please continue to practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 5)

English – Biographies

This week we continued to write in paragraphs about our Brighton historical figures of Martha Gunn, Dr Richard Russell and the Prince Regent.  We then published our work using our neatest handwriting. 

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction biography texts.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have learnt about money this week in Maths.  We learnt to convert money from pounds to pence, to add and subtract amounts of money.  We also learnt how to find the difference between amounts of money to give change.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Times Tables Rockstars (online/ interactive Times tables practice)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Times Tables Rockstars website (see https://ttrockstars.com/).

Please continue to practise times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 4)

English – Biographies

This week we continued to research our Brighton historical figure and makes notes about their life.  We then began to write up our notes into paragraphs, using appropriate subheadings to structure and organise our writing.  Our knowledge of the subjects was supported by our school trip this week to the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum, where we were able to explore the former residency of the Prince Regent and learn more about Martha Gunn and Richard Russell too.

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction biography texts.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have consolidated our understanding of multiplication and division this week.  We looked at how to answer one-step and two-step word problems and how to find relationships between numbers using scaling.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Times Tables Rockstars (online/ interactive Times tables practice)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Times Tables Rockstars website (see https://ttrockstars.com/).

Please continue to practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 3)

English – Biographies

This week we started to learn about biography writing.  We began the topic by exploring a range of different biographies, including those of famous authors, sportspeople and scientists.  We then started to look more in-depth at the style of writing, identifying and analysing the features and structure.  We then began to make notes on a Brighton historical figure, to draw links to our Spring term Geography & History topic ‘Beside the Sea’.

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction biography texts.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have continued learning about division using partitioning to help us. We used the language of dividend and divisor to identify the numbers in a division sentence. We used the part whole method to identify and partition the dividend into multiples of the divisor. This helps us divide a number into parts to make it easier to work out.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Spring 1 Week 2)

English – Instruction Writing

This week we have been learning all about instruction writing.  We looked at the features of different instructions by reading a range of texts and examples and seeing what they all had in common.  We then learnt about the features, such as how to use imperative ‘bossy’ verbs and time conjunctions in our writing.  Finally, we wrote our own set of instructions for how to make a string telephone, linked to our Science topic of Sound.

At home you can: read a range of non-fiction instruction texts.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have continued learning about multiplication by practicing the column method.  We began by using pictoral methods and partitioning the numbers into tens and ones before working out the answers using the more efficient column method.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 6)

English – Poetry

This week we have been publishing our poems using Microsoft Word to type them up neatly.  We also got the opportunity to write them up in our neatest cursive handwriting and to decorate them with our own illustrations.

At home you can: read a range of poems, identifying the features and form.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have consolidated our understanding of multiplication and division this week, carrying out our end of term assessment.  We also revised and recapped our existing knowledge of addition and subtraction in different contexts, for example, within one- and two-step word problems.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 5)

English – Poetry

This week we have been reciting our poems in class and thinking about the types of poems we chose and why.  We also continued to learn about the features, such as onomatopoeia and alliteration, so that we could start to include these in our own poetry writing.  We took inspiration from the natural world pictures to start writing and editing our own poems.

At home you can: read a range of poems, identifying the features and form.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have continued to work on multiplication and division this week in Maths. We looked at ways to multiply and divide by eight, using grouping and sharing and our existing times table knowledge.  We used our four times table to help us spot patterns between that and the eight times table.  We have started to practice answering a range of word problems involving both multiplication and division.

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division; can they tell you the number fact families for the x3, x4 and x8 times tables (i.e. 2x4=8, 4x2=8, 8÷4=2, 8÷2=4).

Science – Food Technology

The children made healthy snacks as part of their cross-curricular learning in Science and Design Technology.  They learnt how to chop and prepare a range of vegetables to include in their healthy snack.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 4)

English – Poetry

This week we have started a new topic in English, looking at poetry writing. We listened to and read a range of different poems to analyse their features, looking for adjectives, repetition, alliteration, emotive language, similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia.  We then drew our own pictures based on the poem ‘Bush Fire’ by Jackie Kay, and used this to inspire our own writing of similes and metaphors.

At home you can: read a range of poems, identifying the features and form.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have continued to work on multiplication and division this week in Maths. We looked at ways to divide by three, using grouping and sharing.  We used our knowledge of arrays and our times tables to help us know the difference between grouping and sharing, as well as to spot patterns. We wrote the known number fact families for multiplication and division (i.e. 2x3 = 6, 3x2 = 6, 6÷3 = 2, 6÷2 = 3).

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between multiplication and division.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and spellings with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 3)

English – Stone Age Boy

This week our Literacy has continued to be centred around the adventure story ‘Stone Age Boy’.  We planned our own versions of the story, thinking about how we could adapt the events of the story to add our own twist to it.  We wrote the beginning, middle and ending of our story using adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and speech.

At home you can: read a range of text types, pointing out how pictures and illustrations can give clues to the story events; make predictions about what will happen next; look at adjectives, adverbs and fronted adverbials within what you read.

Maths – Multiplication & Division

We have consolidated our learning from Year 2 by using arrays, repeated addition and number lines to solve multiplication number sentences.  We have noticed the relationship between multiplication and addition by realising that they are commutative (can be added or multiplied in, e.g. 2x3 and 3x2 will have the same answer).

At home you can: Practise x3, x4, x8 times tables; let your child explain the relationship between the 4s and 8s; correct mistakes in multiplication.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and addition and subtraction with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 2)

English – Stone Age Boy

This week our Literacy has continued to be centred around the adventure story ‘Stone Age Boy’.  We learnt how to use adjectives for description when thinking about the setting and introduction of a place within a story.  We also developed our sentences by looking at adverbs and fronted adverbials, and their role in helping to say how, when and where something happens within the story.

At home you can: read a range of text types, pointing out how pictures and illustrations can give clues to the story events; make predictions about what will happen next; look at adjectives, adverbs and fronted adverbials within what you read.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our work on addition and subtraction, applying our knowledge of place value to solve addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers. We solidified our understanding of the formal written method of column addition and subtraction, and used our knowledge to solve addition and subtraction questions when represented in different ways (i.e. in a bar model, in a word problem, in a part whole model). We focused again on regrouping and exchanging. Regrouping when a number goes over into the next column and exchanging when we need to ‘exchange’ a ten or a hundred to help solve a calculation.  We are also continuing to practice our times tables (2s, 5s and 10s).

At home you can: Practise times tables; let your child explain the method of column addition or subtraction; correct mistakes in column addition/ subtraction.

Science – School Trip

All classes enjoyed a fantastic outing to the Booth Museum of Natural History this week.  The children took part in a ‘Skeletons’ workshop where they learnt more about the human skeleton as well as getting to explore and observe the many exhibits of animal skeletons on show.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and addition and subtraction with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 2 Week 1)

English – Stone Age Boy

This week our Literacy has continued to be centred around the adventure story ‘Stone Age Boy’.  We learnt how to use inverted commas for speech and thought about different ways of using ‘said’, to make our writing more interesting (e.g. mumbled, whispered, exclaimed).  We also learnt about adverbial phrases and how these help to expand our sentences, thinking about how something happened, when something happened or where something happened (e.g. Under the starlit sky, we had a celebration feast). We then wrote a postcard in the first person as if we were the Stone Age Boy.

At home you can: read a range of text types, pointing out how pictures and illustrations can give clues to the story events; make predictions about what will happen next; look at speech within a narrative.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our work on addition and subtraction, applying our knowledge of place value to solve addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers. We have moved on from using pictoral representations (number lines and place value grids/ counters) to the formal written method of column addition and subtraction. We focused especially on regrouping and exchanging. Regrouping when a number goes over into the next column and exchanging when we need to ‘exchange’ a ten or a hundred to help solve a calculation.  We are also continuing to practice our times tables (2s, 5s and 10s).

At home you can: Practise times tables; let your child explain the method of column addition or subtraction; correct mistakes in column addition/ subtraction.

Science – School Trip

Next week is our school trip to the Booth Museum.  Please make sure children bring a water bottle to school and have a waterproof coat or jacket.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and addition and subtraction with your child.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 7)

English – Stone Age Boy

This week our Literacy has been centred around the adventure story ‘Stone Age Boy’.  We began our new unit by exploring the front cover in detail, asking and answering questions about the story and making inferences about the characters and setting.  We then read part of the story and made predictions on the ending, based on what we had read.

At home you can: read a range of text types, pointing out how pictures and illustrations can give clues to the story events; make predictions about what will happen next.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued our work on addition and subtraction, applying our knowledge of place value to solve addition and subtraction of 3-digit numbers. We have moved on from using pictoral representations (number lines and place value grids/ counters) to the formal written method of column addition and subtraction.  We are also continuing to practice our times tables (2s, 5s and 10s).

At home you can: Practise times tables.

 

Topic – School Trip

We enjoyed our trip to Surrenden Road to focus on our geography skills.  We learnt how to draw sketch maps that included local geographical and human features.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin).

Please practice times tables and addition and subtraction with your child.

What Have We Been Learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 6)

English – Non-Chronological Reports

This week our Literacy has focused on Black History Month.  We learnt about Malala through the story Malala’s Magic Pencil.  We learnt about her personal story and designed our own front covers, using symbols of the changes we wanted to see in the world. We wrote diary entries and speeches about the changes we would want to see for a fairer, more peaceful world too.

At home you can: Research and read about different people linked to Black History Month.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have continued to practice addition and subtraction of three digit numbers and ones, tens and hundreds this week.  To help us we have been drawing pictoral representations of a sum or number sentence using Base 10, place value grids and counters and number lines.  We have learnt the vocabulary of regrouping - when two numbers added together are too big and need to be regrouped (i.e. 10 ones becomes 1 ten) and exchanging - when a bigger number needs to be subtracted from a smaller number and we need to exchange (i.e. 1 hundred becomes 10 tens).

At home you can: Practise drawing out place value counters for hundreds, tens and ones and regrouping or exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for next week continue from the National Curriculum spelling list for Year 3/ 4.

Look out for these words in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). There are Maths curriculum based activities allocated to all of the children. Please help your child to access the site and the learning. If there are any problems, please let your class teacher know.

What have we been learning this week? (Autumn 1 Week 5)

English – Non-Chronological Reports

This week our Literacy has focused on writing up the notes on our prehistoric animals into full sentences and paragraphs.  We then started to publish our writing using joined-up handwriting, ready to create our non-chronological reports.  

At home you can: Read different non-fiction texts and discuss the features.

Maths – Addition and Subtraction

We have started to practice addition and subtraction of ones from three-digit numbers this week.  We began by using place value counters and number lines to visualise the process of exchanging tens and ones.

At home you can: Practise counting forwards and backwards in ones from a given 3-digit number.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

Spellings

The spellings for next week continue from the National Curriculum spelling list for Year 3/ 4, alongside the words ‘which’ and ‘their’.

Look out for these words in your child’s reading book!

Mathletics (online Maths challenges)

All of the children have been given usernames and passwords for access to the Mathletics website (see https://community.mathletics.com/signin). There are Maths curriculum based activities allocated to all of the children. Please help your child to access the site and the learning. If there are any problems, please let your class teacher know.