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Who inspires us?

 

Autumn Term

A very warm welcome to Blakemere! We hope you had a lovely summer and are excited to start the year together.

 

Literacy

To start the term, we will be exploring the book ‘Big Blue Whale’ by Nicola Davies. This unit of work will provide your children with a wide range of writing opportunities whilst engaging them through an inspiring non-fiction text. The children will write a non-chronological report about Blue Whales after conducting their own research. They will also create some inspiring poetry by playing with language, pattern and rhyme. To link in with our topic ‘Who inspires us?’, we will also be exploring the text ‘Somebody swallowed Stanley’ by Sarah Roberts. This unit of work will allow the children to explore the effect that plastic pollution is having on our oceans by following the journey of Stanley, a plastic bag, who gets washed up into the ocean and is eaten by many animals who mistake him as a jellyfish. By the end of the topic, the children will have written a newspaper article based upon this issue and offering possible solutions (En3/3.1, 3.2, 3.3).

After the half-term, the children will be looking at ‘The Great Kapok tree’ by Lynne Cherry. This brilliant text highlights the issues of deforestation in an engaging and thought-provoking way and links in with our topic on inspiring people in nature and conservation. The outcome of this unit of work is for the children to write a piece of persuasive writing which encourages people to save and protect the rainforest (En3/3.1, 3.2, 3.3).

Incorporated within Literacy, the children will be developing and building upon previously learnt key high frequency words/spellings and the spelling patterns for Year 3. There will be a strong emphasis on handwriting, grammar and reading comprehension. The children will read regularly in school whether it be individually, guided in a group or as a whole class reader (En3/2.1, 2,2, En3/3,4).

 

Maths

Number and Place Value Ma3/2.1

We will be counting on, finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.  We will be recognising the place value of each digit of a three- digit number (100’s, 10’s and 1’s) and reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000 in numerals and words. 

Addition and Subtraction Ma3/2.2

Using our three-digit number knowledge, we will be enhancing our mental arithmetic skills through addition and subtraction. They will develop and use written methods to record and explain addition and subtraction of two-digit and three digit numbers. Inverse operations will support checking answers to these calculations.

Multiplication and division Ma3/2.3

We will be exploring multiplication and division facts for 3’s, 4’s and 8’s multiplication tables using mental and written methods to work out the sums using a range of activities. 

Measurement Ma3/3.1

In the Measurement unit they will be measuring the length and perimeter of a variety of items, working in mm, cm and m.  

All the units will involve many problem-solving opportunities, including identifying and estimating numbers using different representations.

 

Science

Sc3/2.2 Animals including humans

 This unit brings together and consolidates work that children have done before about animals and the human body. The children will sort, group, label and order elements of healthy living both for animals and humans. The children will recognise and label the different parts of the body and skeleton- suggesting explanations for observations, using scientific knowledge and understanding. They will understand and identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement and how nutrition is important.

 

Sc3/2.1 Plants

Within this unit the children will be exploring the life-cycle of plants and learning to identify the different parts of a plant. They will also explore the requirements of plants for life and growth but also how water is transported within them.

 

Topic

This terms topic is ‘Who inspires us?’. During this topic, we will be exploring the life and history of inspiring people within nature and animal conservation. The children will look at people such as: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas, Dr. Eugenie Clark, Dr.Daphne Sheldrick, Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen.

We also have educational trips, cooking days and art days based around our topic so that the children can learn as much as they possibly can about these inspiring people.

 

R.E and CARE

In RE, will be focusing on Christianity this term; looking at the description of God through language, symbols, stories and songs that describe God. We will also be exploring the ways we understand God through the life of Jesus, through biblical teaching.

In CARE, we will be focusing on creativity and aspirations.

 

Languages

Mr Hunt will be teaching Italian on Wednesdays. (FL2/1.1, FL2/1.2, FL2/1.3, FL2/1.4).

 

PE

This year PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays, please ensure kit is in school all week should any session slots change in the week due to competitions, trips etc.  The whole school will go swimming on Thursdays, please make sure your child’s swimming kit is in that day. PE2/1.1/2

 

Homework

Homework will be given out in a 6-week jigsaw. Complete one task per week and to be handed in on a Wednesday.

Spellings will also be available online and in the homework folder. Each test takes place on a Friday (En3/3.1).

Reading: Please read with your child as frequently as possible and ask them questions about the text (even if they are a free reader, as this is proven to improve a child’s comprehension skills).

 

Miss Lewis and Mrs Campbell.

Where In The World Are We?

Welcome back to the final term of Blakemere! We are thrilled to kick start the term with our residential, which we hope will give the children some lasting memories from their time  in year 3. The residential will include lots of team building activities and challenge the children to try new things.

This term's geography based topic, titled 'Where in the World are we?', focuses on both the wider world and our local area. The children will learn about: countries in Europe, North and South America; climates and biomes around the world; key features and landmarks within the UK; physical and human geographical features; map keys, compass directions and grid references; change in land use over time in the local area of Delamere.

 

Literacy

Following the residential the children will write a recount of their adventures. The will identify key features of recounts and use their own experience to write their own recount, adding in the identified language features. Following this we will look at adventure stories, basing our work on a range of short adventure novels we will read together as a class. The children will include taught grammar elements in their writing, such as a range of conjunctions and inverted commas for direct speech. Story planning will support the use of paragraphs to organise their ideas. Finally we will focus on poetry; performing poems in small groups, and playing with language, pattern and rhyme to make our own poems.  (En3/3.1, 3.2, 3.3).

In grammar, the children will be learning about paragraphs, direct speech, conjunctions, and the present perfect form of verbs. In addition we will continue to build on previous grammar taught so far this year. (En3/3,4).

We will continue to use Cracking Comprehension and various texts and comprehension tasks to support comprehension work. Shared reading takes place one per week as does individual reading. (En3/2.1, 2,2).

 

Maths

Continuing our work on measurement - length, mass and capacity, perimeter of shapes, money in £ and p, problem solving involving money (Ma3/3.1a-g).

Properties of Shape - recognise and describe 2D and 3D shapes, angles as properties of shapes or a turn, greater than or less than right angles, horizontal and vertical lines, perpendicular and parallel lines. (Ma3/3.2)

Statistics - bar charts, pictograms and tables, one and two step problems based on data. (Ma3/4.1)

 

Science

This term, the children will be working scientifically (Sc3/1.1-9) to learn about Forces and Magnets (Sc3/4.2a-f) and Rocks (Sc3/3.1).

  

RE and CARE

This term, in CARE, we will be focusing on empathy, mutual respect and tolerance, friendship and bullying. In RE, we are going to be learning about different religions, focusing on Islam. We will learn about their beliefs and special festivals.

 

PE

PE will still be taught on Monday and Friday, but please make sure you have your full PE kit every day incase of timetable changes (PE2/1.1). Swimming will continue to take place on a Thursday (PE2/1.2).

 

French

French with Mrs Carter will continue on a Tuesday afternoon (FL2/1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4).

 

Homework

Homework will be given out in your 6-week jigsaw as always. Complete one task per week and to be handed in on a Wednesday.

Spellings will also be available online and in the homework folder. Each test takes place on a Friday (En3/3.1).

Reading: Please read with your child as frequently as possible and ask them questions about the text (even if they are a free reader, as this is proven to improve a child’s comprehension skills).

 

Thank you

Miss Wood and Mrs McGhie

How do we celebrate difference?

Welcome back after what I hope was a refreshing Christmas break! This term we welcome Mrs McGhie as our new teaching assistant in Blakemere who will be working with us Monday-Thursday.

 

Literacy

The first half term will be based on the text 'This morning I met a Whale' by Michael Morpurgo. The children will complete descriptive narrative, information writing and poetry. The second half term will focus on Biography writing focusing on a famous artist linked to our topic work (En3/3.1, 3.2, 3.3).

In grammar, the children will be learning about direct speech, conjunctions, fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases (En3/3,4).

We will continue to use Cracking Comprehension and various texts and comprehension tasks to support comprehension work (En3/2.1, 2,2).

 

Maths

Fractions - counting up and down in tenths, unit and non-unit fractions with small denominators, fractions of objects and numbers, equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole, solving problems involving fractions (Ma3/2.4a-g).

Measurement - length, mass and capacity, perimeter of shapes, money in £ and p, problem solving involving money (Ma3/3.1a-g).

 

Science

This term, the children will be working scientifically (Sc3/1.1-9) to learn about Light (Sc3/4.1a-e) and Forces and Magnets (Sc3/4.2a-f).

STEM week includes a Lego robotics workshop in school where the children will build and program a Lego model.

  

RE and CARE

This term, in CARE, we will be focusing on resilience, mental wellbeing and children's rights.

In RE, we are going to be concentrating on the kingdom of God, and the Bible. We will be learning about Sikhism during the second half term.

 

PE

PE will still be taught on Monday and Friday, but please make sure you have your full PE kit every day incase of timetable changes (PE2/1.1). Swimming will continue to take place on a Thursday (PE2/1.2).

 

French

French with Mrs Carter (FL2/1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4).

 

Homework

Homework will be given out in your 6-week jigsaw as always. Complete one task per week and to be handed in on a Wednesday.

Spellings will also be available online and in the homework folder. Each test takes place on a Friday (En3/3.1).

Reading: Please read with your child as frequently as possible and ask them questions about the text (even if they are a free reader, as this is proven to improve a child’s comprehension skills).

 

Thank you

Miss Wood and Mrs McGhie

Where is all the evidence?

 

Curriculum Overview, Autumn Term. 

 

A very warm welcome to Blakemere, we hope you had a happy, restful Summer and feel ready for an exciting year together.

Moving into KS2 is a very special time; new opportunities and more independence for the children (and a new uniform too!) and we are excited to be part of this.

 

Literacy

 

WritingEn3/3.1,2,3

This term we will be focusing on non-fiction, instruction reports, letters, diary entries, descriptive writing and settings. 

 

Our topic ‘Where is all the evidence?’ will focus on the history of Ancient Egypt.  This interesting topic will support a cross curricular approach within a range of subjects to broaden Blakemere’s knowledge and skills.   Flat Stanley; The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery by Jeff Brown, will be one of the stories children will explore to extend their literacy skills.  The character Flat Stanley receives a letter from an Archaeologist who leads him on an adventure to the pyramids. 

 

Class reader- Jeremy Strong There’s a Pharaoh in the bath. 

 

Grammar En3/3.1,2,3

This term we will be enhancing our grammar skills, focusing on verbs, adjectives, synonyms, nouns and connectives.

 

Comprehension En3/3.4

We will be strengthening children’s listening and discussion skills to help their understanding of what they are reading. 

 

 

Maths 

Number and Place Value Ma3/2.1

 

We will be counting on, finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.  We will be recognising the place value of each digit of a three- digit number (100’s, 10’s and 1’s) and read, write, compare and order numbers up to 1000 in numerals and words.  

 

Addition and Subtraction Ma3/2.2

 

Using our Three-digit number knowledge, we will be enhancing our mental arithmetic skills through addition and subtraction and also through using written methods of columns to work out mathematical sums.  Inverse operations will support checking answers to these calculations.

 

MultiplicationMa3/2.3

 

This term we will be exploring multiplication and division facts for 3’s, 4’s and 8’s multiplication tables using mental and written methods to work out the sums using a range of activities.  

 

The number and place value, Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication units will involve many problem- solving opportunities, including identifying and estimating numbers using different representations. 

 

Science

 

This term we will be focusing on two units; 

 

Working ScientificallySc3/1

 

In Year’s 3 and 4, children will be taught to use practical scientific methods, processes and skills to enhance their learning.

 

Plants Sc3/2.1

 

As well as exploring the functions of different parts of plants and flowers, children will also look at the variations between plants looking at life and growth.  Life cycles of flowering plants will really help understand the role of a plant.

 

Topic 

 

Our topic this term is ‘where is all the evidence?’ and will focus on Ancient Egypt.  We have many exciting learning opportunities for the children this term; trips, visitors, an Art Day and themed cooking day.

 

History Hi2/2.3

 

We will be looking at the history of Ancient Egypt; people, food, living, homes etc. to understand what it must have been like many years ago.

 

GeographyGe2/1.3

 

Looking at River Nile; its location and purpose in Ancient Egyptian times.

 

PE PE2/1.1

 

This year PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays, please ensure kit is in school all week should any session slots change in the week due to competitions, trips etc.  The whole school will go swimming on Thursdays, please make sure your child’s swimming kit is in that day.

 

RE

 

We will be focusing on Christianity this term; looking at the description of God through language, symbols, stories and songs that describe God. We will also be exploring the ways we understand God through the life of Jesus, through biblical teaching. 

 

French

 

Mrs Carter teaches French to KS2 and will take place on a weekly basis.

 

Homework 

 

Homework tasks will be sent out on Tuesdays.  Please see the homework grid for more information in the homework section of Blakemere.

Please continue to read with your child as much as you can in the week, reading is an invaluable tool for your child’s learning. 

 

Thank you, 

 

Mrs Birks and Mrs Dodd.

 

 

 

 

 

What do we know about our world?

Curriculum Outline for Blakemere Year Three

 

Literacy                      (Speaking/Listening) En3/1i/ En3/1kEn3/1l  

                                            Handwriting- En3/3.2a /b / EN3/2.2- Comprehension/ En3/2.1a/b-Reading    

                                            Plan/Draft/Edit - En3/3.3a/ 3b/3c/3d 

                                            Vocabulary, grammar & punctuation -En3/3.4   

Big Blue Whale

To link in with our topic ‘What do we know about our world?’ we will be learning all about our world’s oceans. To go alongside this topic we will be using the book ‘Big Blue Whale’ written by Nicola Davies as a stimulus to link in with this topic. This unit of work will cover all of the key elements required for the Year 3 English National Curriculum. It will provide your children with a wide range of writing opportunities whilst engaging them through an inspiring non-fiction text. The outcome of the unit of work is to create a persuasive leaflet about blue whales.

 

 

Leon and the space between

The next text we are going to use a stimulus is ‘Leon and the space between’. This is a brilliant story written by Angela McAllister. It tells a story of a boy wanting to prove to his brothers and sisters that magic really exists. Leon volunteers to be in Abdul Kazam's magic show and gets transported to a mysterious world. Filled with rabbits, doves, playing cards and magician's assistants - among other things - if a magician can make it disappear, it will end up in the Place Between. The children will have lots of opportunities to use their creative thinking and explore the magic of the story.

 

Numeracy                       Fractions -Ma3/2.4(a-g) 

                                Properties of Shapes-Ma3/3.2 (a-d) 

                                                 Measurement Ma3/3.1  (a-g)

 

Initially we will be continuing our topic of fractions, solving fractions of amounts, adding fractions and solve and order fraction problems. We will cover how they link to decimals.

 

Then we will be developing and building upon learnt knowledge of length and shape. In shape we will focus on how to draw 2-D shapes and make 3-D shapes using modelling materials. We will also begin to: recognise 3-D shapes in different orientations and describe them. In regards to angles we will learn to: recognising angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn, then how to identify right angles, recognise that 2 right angles make a half-turn, 3 make three quarters of a turn and 4 a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle.

They will also compare and investigate capacity, length, weight. (Kg,g/ cm,m,mm/ L, ml)  The children will develop and use written methods to record and solve a variety of mastery problem solving questions. Finally, we will use all prior knowledge and cover statics and data handling.

 

Science

Sc3/4.2   Forces and Magnets

This ‘Forces and Magnets’ unit will teach the children about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. They will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. They will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials.

 

Sc3/4.1    Light

We will incorporate the topic of Light and shadows with plants and the children will recognise that they need light in order to see things and for growth and that dark is the absence of light. The children will explore and investigate how light is reflected from surfaces and recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object: finding patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

Topic

 

This terms topic is ‘What do we know about our world?’ This topic explores a range of themes and areas of studies. We will be firstly be focusing on UK and its various locations. The children will learn about what counties are and where they are located around the country. They will also undertake a geographical study of their local area. In the second half term we will be looking at the Worlds Rivers and oceans. Using a range of sources to increase our understanding of where they are located and the information surrounding them.

 

Home- Work

·       Homework will be organized into a jigsaw of activities. Your child must complete one piece of work per week.

  • Spellings and times tables will be given out on Monday for a test on Friday.
  • Reading - Could you please read with your child as frequently as possible (3-4 times a week).
  • ‘MyMaths’ –will be set weekly on a Tuesday for the following Monday.

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