The spring term
Over the course of this half term, our topic will be 'Tribal Tales', an in-depth look at our prehistory and the course it took that led to the start of the Roman Age. We will examine artefacts as archaeologists, hill fort landscapes as geographers and examine pattern and weaving techniques that Bronze and Iron Age dwellers developed.
English will be taught using a range of stimulating and topic-based texts. Reading and studying various genres, including poetry, fiction and non-fiction books, will support children in developing their imagination and creativity in writing. Handwriting is also a big focus for us this year in order to develop our confidence and fluency in class.
Reading in Year 3 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions.
Children are encouraged to read at home as often as possible, through their own choice of authors and genres from our extensive library, which increases their vocabulary and spelling skills to add to the valuable work that we carry out in class. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to be quizzed on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.
In maths, we are enjoying the 'Maths No Problem' scheme. This approach builds children's mathematical skills alongside their thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. There are many parts to our lesson, allowing time for children to explore, discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and achieve greater depth of mathematical understanding. We will also continue to practise our times tables to help prepare us for the new times table test in Year 4.