Welcome to the Year Three page!
On this page, you will be able to discover what your child has been learning about in class this week. We hope you enjoy and share these experiences with your child.
In our third unit for Literacy we have just started looking at balanced arguments. We have thought about the concept of balanced arguments and what they are. We are initially looking at the features of a balanced argument and how they represent both for and against arguments. We will then imitate a balanced argument on 'Whether children should be allowed to stay inside during break times?'. This example has led to discussions within the class about what arguments there could be for both for and against. In this unit we will be focusing on what our opinion is of something and also reflecting on the counter argument, this will be tied in with different sentence types: simple, compound and complex. By the end of this unit we will have written our own balanced argument using clear paragraphs.
The children have now finished the Add and Subtract Unit. We started off with looking at mental strategies for adding and subtracting and the different methods as to whether we are adding/subtracting ones, tens or hundreds. The children have been taught the formal written methods for both addition and subtraction, this will be picked up on throughout the year as it is fundamental skill. For column addition we used a poem to help us remember what we needed to do:
Adds up to nine,
Ten or more,
Take the extra next door!
Whist looking at column subtraction we must remember if the number if we can't take away the bottom number from the top number we must exchange (borrow) from the next column. We will continue to look at column subtraction next week.
Using our knowledge on formal methods, we have been using inverse and estimation to help us check our answers.
We have now moved onto Multiplication and Division unit, we are firstly focusing on times tables and division facts. This is something we have been practising since the start of the year in class as well as home through the homework. This is a fundamental skill, not only for the rest of primary school but adult life also!
The Science unit we are studying this term is Animals, including humans. We will begin this unit thinking about how we need the right types of nutrition for us to grow and be healthy. We will then further on our understanding by finding out how we get this nutrition linking it to what we eat. So far, we have looked at the food wheel and nutrition pyramid. After this, we will then look at skeletons and muscles.
In History, our topic this term is the Stone Age. We have be looking into how the first civilisation lived and compare to how we live today. We have focused on what their houses were like, clothes, food and how they were able to get their food comparing this to how it is different to our own lives today. This week and the next few lessons we are looking at Stonehenge! We can't wait to go to Stonehenge on Tuesday! We will be looking at using timelines and ordering events that have happened in the Stone Age period.
All Homework will be given out on a Friday and due back in on a Thursday. If your child has not completed their homework by this date they will do it in Homework Club at break time.
Weekly spellings will also be given out on a Friday and their spelling test will take place on Thursday.
Every week your child will be given a times table Maths homework.
Each week your child will be given either a My Maths Homework (accessed online) or a Literacy base homework; these will alternate.
Please find below a copy of this week's SACAWAC.