Autumn 2 2022 - 2023

Y3 Sharks
Autumn 2 2022/2023
English
This half term we will focus on the story 'Elf Road'. Through story mapping and oral retelling we will learn the story and identify the features needed to write our own setting descriptions.  We are excited to be making weekly visits to our school library again this half term; library books chosen should be taken home each night and also kept on desks throughout the school day to promote wider reading for pleasure.  To help build your child's fluency and confidence in reading, please read with them at least 4 times a week using their scheme book or library book and sign their reading record.  We continue to reward good reading habits with books and bookmarks.  Please also continue to practise your 30 half termly spellings on a regular basis.
Science
This half term we will be learning about forces.  We will be learning about how magnets react to each other and investigating which materials are attracted to a magnet.  We will also investigate whether the force of  magnetism can be blocked.  We will be learning about friction and testing out which surfaces create the most friction during our toy car experiment.
 
Geography
In Geography this half term we will be using maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to name and locate countries in Europe, identifying their main physical and human characteristics. 
 
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology this half term we will be designing and making our own moon buggies using card and dowel. We will first test a range of wheeled vehicles down a ramp in order to pick out features we can use in our designs.  We will then learn to measure, mark, cut and join using tape measures, bench hooks, junior hack saws and glue guns to make our basic chassis.  We will consider what a toy moon buggy needs and make/ add features to our frame.  Finally we will test our buggies on different surfaces to see which designs work best.
P.E.
In P.E. this half term we will be moving to music and planning our own 'wild animal' dances.
The focus of the learning is to respond to different stimuli being able to sustain characters to add drama and emotion to the dance.
French
In French this half term we will focus on saying, reading and writing the French words for animals.
 
 
P.S.H.E.
Our Jigsaw unit 'Celebrating Difference' encourages children to recognise, accept and value the many differences that make up our society.
History
We will continue to learn about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.  We will be learning how to use primary and secondary sources of evidence to learn about the past.  We will be focusing on what we can learn from ancient sites such as Stonehenge and Skara Brae as we practise being historians and archaeologists.
 
Maths
We will be concentrating on mastering our 3 times table; saying it by rote and answering spot questions as well as knowing related division facts  We will be working on addition and subtraction strategies using 3 digit numbers.  You can keep your skills sharp by accessing Doodle Maths for 10 minutes daily.
Art
This half term we will be learning how to create a colour wheel and to select and mix complementary colours to create effects in our painting. 
 
 
Music
We will be continuing with our weekly singing lessons with Miss Midgley and the Year Fours.  We will continue to develop our confidence and enjoyment through learning new notes and songs on the ocarina.
 
R.E.
This half term we will be focusing on  Christianity.  We will be discovering why Christmas is important to Christians and re-telling the Nativity story on our 3D Christmas cards.
 
Computing
 

The children will be exploring the concept of sequencing in programming through Scratch. It begins with an introduction to the programming environment, which will be new to most learners. They will be introduced to a selection of motion, sound, and event blocks which they will use to create their own programs, featuring sequences. The children can use Scratch at home too using this WEBSITE.

ONLINE SAFETY: The children will be learning the improtance of creating and using strong passwords and thinking about how to use privacy settings to help keep them safe online.