Week beginning 6th July
This week we will be focusing on our new science topic 'Living Things and their Habitats'. We will be learning about what livings things need to survive; how animals are dependent on plants; food chains (including herbivores, carnivores and omnivores); local habitats and how habitats can change.
On Tuesday it is our trip to Normanby Hall. During the day we will be taking part in a pond dipping workshop to allow us to explore pond habitats and learn about the animals that live there.
Week beginning 29th June
In literacy we are continuing our work on legends. We will be reading the 'Beast with a thousand teeth' and watching a video clip of the 'Dragon Slayer'. We will then be using these to identify and generate expanded noun phrases as well as writing our own descriptions.
In maths we are learning about place value in 2 and 3 digit numbers and using more formal written methods to solve addition for 2 and 3 digit numbers.
In DT we will be carrying out focussed practical tasks such as chopping, peeling and grating to learn how fruit and vegetables are prepared. We will also be designing our own fruit and vegetable monsters for a class competition and evaluating them afterwards!
Week beginning 22nd June
In literacy we are starting our new unit on legends called 'Dragon Slayer'. We will be exploring features of legends, making predictions and investigating the use of descriptive words and phrases.
In maths we are learning about the properties of 2D shape and beginning to understand and use the term perimeter to mean the length/distance around the edge (border) of a 2D shape.
In DT we will be learning what makes a healthy plate and starting to learn different ways of preparing fruit and vegetables.
Week beginning 15th June
In literacy we will be planning and writing our own explanation texts on how to make a chocolate sculpture. We will also be focussing on answering our Big Question 'Does chocolate grow on trees?' using hot seating.
In maths we are learning to recognise rights angles and understand that angles are measured in degrees. We will also be naming and listing the properties of 2D shapes.
In DT we will be starting our unit of work on 'Preparing fruit and vegetables'. We will be investigating different fruit and vegetables as well as learning more about where they are grown and produced.
Week beginning 8th June
In literacy we are continuing our work on explanation texts to answer the question 'Does chocolate grow on trees?'. We will be making a chocolate cake and explaining the process using flow charts and captions. We will writing expanded noun phrases then using this to write a setting description of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory!
In maths we are learning to identify fractions and realise how many of each make a whole. We will also be finding equivalent fractions and fractions of amounts.
In art we will be using the iPads and Brushes app to create art work inspired by David's Hockney's more recent art work. Can you find any examples of his iPad art work?
Week beginning 1st June
In literacy we are starting a new unit on explanation texts. The 'big' question we will be answering over the next few weeks is 'Does Chocolate Grow on Trees?'. We will be exploring the features of information texts and writing our own glossary definitions. What do you already know about where chocolate comes from? Can you find out about the process?
In maths we are learning to recognise and sort multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 and learning the 4 and 8 times table. We will also be multiplying and dividing by 4 by doubling or halving twice.
In art we are going to be evaluating the work of the artist David Hockney, with a particular focus on his montage and collage work. We will then be using ICT to create our own portrait collages in a similar style. Can you find anything out about this artist at home?
Week beginning 18th May
In literacy we will be writing an information poster teaching Penny, from our story 'Penny Dreadful and the Rat', how to take care of a pet rat. We will also be planning a new Penny story with a different pet.
In maths we are learning how to add 2 and 3 digit numbers using partitioning.
In science we will be carrying out an investigation to find out what plants need to be healthy as well as learning about the life cycle of a plant.
Week beginning 11th May
In literacy we will be continuing to read 'Penny Dreadful and the Rat' by Joanna Nadin. We will be summarising events and exploring the characters in more detail. We will also be writing a character summary of Penny.
In maths we will be learning how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. We will also be counting on and back in steps of 10, 50 and 100.
In science we will be learning about the different parts of plants and the functions of the roots.
Week beginning 4th May
In literacy we will be writing an alternative ending for the story 'The Whole Truth' by Joanna Nadin after reading it last week. We will be starting to read a new story called 'Penny Dreadful and the Rat' also by Joanna Nadin and begin to summarise events so far.
In maths we will be learning about the place value of 3 digit numbers by comparing them and placing them on the number line. We will also be learning how to do place value addition and subtractions.
On Tuesday we are having an 'Election Day'. We will be learning about the General Election and a brief overview of the different parties. We will then split into 'parties' and write manifestos on the best ways to fundraise for the charity 'Send A Cow' (linked to our work on Lesotho in geography) to understand how a democracy works. It will be an exciting day!
In geography we will be comparing life in Lesotho to Crowle, with a particular focus on housing and schooling.
Week beginning 27th April
In literacy we are starting a new unit of work on longer narratives called 'Muddles and Mishaps'. We will begin to read 'The Whole Truth' by Joanna Nadin. We will be exploring the characters in depth using lots of different drama techniques such as role play and freeze framing.
In maths we will be learning and revising multiplication and division facts and solving division with remainders.
In geography we are learning about the continents and oceans using atlases; locating Lesotho on a world map and finding out what the weather and climate is like in Lesotho compared to the UK.
Week beginning 20th April
In literacy we are continuing our work on poetry. We will be learning a spring poem off by heart and collecting ideas for our own poems with a focus on adjectives and verbs.
In maths we are learning to estimate, measure and length and capacity using standard units of measure.
It is a very busy week for us! Year 3 have their pedestrian skills training on Tuesday afternoon and it is also our Inspire afternoon on Thursday. Please make sure you bring with you a plastic bottle and lid, plastic bags, newspaper and any other recycable materials you have with you!
Week beginning 13th April
In literacy we are starting a poetry unit called 'Taking A Closer Look'. We will be reading springtime poetry by Grace Nichols and other poets. We will be exploring the imagery created by the poet and the descriptive language used.
In maths we are learning to use money to add and subtract and record using the correct notation and place value.
In computing we are learning about simple programs to control objects on the screen and writing our own simple algorithms.
Week begining 23rd March
This week we will be completing a DT project making our own vehicles. We will be learning how to make different types of axles for wheels. We will be investigating toy vehicles; learning new joining and making techniques; designing and making our vehicles and evaluating our final products!
We will also be carrying out different scientific investigations this week as we continue to learn about the properties of everyday materials.
Week beginning 16th March
In literacy we will be planning and writing a story about a magical object with a focus on describing different settings.
In Maths we are learning to continue number patterns.
In Science we will be investigating the properties and uses of everday different materials.
Week beginning 9th March
In literacy we will be learning how to punctuate speech correctly and use speech bubbles to think about what characters might say.
In maths we are learning how to find fractions of objects, shapes and amounts (using fractions strips).
In history we will be learning about George Stephenson, the inventor of 'The Rocket' train as well as finding out how trains have changed over time.
Week beginning 2nd March
In literacy we will be comparing some 'Mr Benn' stories to explore different fantasy settings. We will also be learning how to use commas in a list as well as using then to add extra information.
In maths we will be learning how to double and halve 2 digit numbers using partitioning.
In history we will be using timelines to help order when different types of transport were invented.
Week beginning 23rd February
In literacy we will be reading 'The Magic Jigsaw' by Julia Donaldson to help us begin to think about writing our own magical story. We will be learning how to use conjunctions, predicting what might happen during the story and describing objects with a focus on using interesting adjectives.
In maths we are learning to compare, order and understand the place value of 2 and 3 digit numbers. We will also be subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers.
This week we are starting our history topic on transport. We will be looking at pictures and photographs of old and new transport and deciding on our own way of sorting them. We will also be discussing how different transport has changed over time.
Week beginning 9th February
In literacy we will be reading the folktale 'The Girl In The Forest' and using this to learn about adverbs. We will also be writing a riddle using our research on animals from our Inspire afternoon.
In maths we are continuing to learn about doubling and halving. We will also be learning how to use Venn and Carroll diagrams to sort 2D shapes, numbers and objects using different criteria.
In art we are continuing to learn about primary and secondary colours. We will be learning how to make different shades, tints and tones of colours. We will be then using our knowledge to create a piece of art inspired by the work of Paul Klee.
Week beginning 2nd February
In literacy we will be planning and writing our own versions of the Indian folktake 'Rama and Sita'. We will be trying to use prepositions and paragraphs in our writing.
In maths we are learning multiplication and division facts for the 5, 10, 2, 4 and 3 times tables as well as working on doubling and halving.
In art we will be learning about primary colours and how to mix secondary colours. We will then be using this knowledge to create our own version of Kandinsky's art work.
Week beginning 26th January
In literacy we are starting a new unit on 'Stories From Other Cultures'. We will be reading stories and folktales from India to retell and use to identify the main features of these stories. We will be reading 'Tiger Child' and two different versions of 'Rama and Sita'.
In maths we will be learning how to add and subtract multiples and near multiples of 10 and solving problems involving place value.
In science we will be continuing to learn about electrical circuits and working out why circuits might not work.
Week beginning 19th January
In literacy we are finishing our work on riddles. We will be writing, editing and improving our fruit and vegetable riddles. We will also be learning how to use apostrophes for contraction and possession.
In maths we are learning to compare and order 2 and 3 digit numbers and how to solve problems using place value.
In science we will be carrying out investigations to find out more about electricity as well as making simple circuits.
Week beginning 12th January
In literacy we are continuing our work on riddles. We will be describing a range of objects using adjectives, creating group riddles and learning about how conjunctions should be used to improve our work.
In maths we are learning to use multiples of 5 and 10 bonds to 100 to solve addition and subtractions. We will also be adding and subtracting using 2 digit numbers.
In science we will be continuing our learning about electricity. We will be learning about electrical safety and how to make simple electrical circuits.
Week beginning 5th January
In literacy we are starting a new unit on 'Riddles'. This week we will be reading lots of riddles, solving them and identifying the features of riddles in preparation for writing our own.
In maths we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes.
In the afternoons we are starting our science work on electricity. To begin we will be learning about how different everyday appliances are powered and how to keep safe around electricity.
Week beginning 15th December
This week we are having a focus on DT. We will be learning about sliders and levers. We will be investigating books with moving parts then designing and making our very own moving pictures books based on Antarctica.
During the week we will be writing a simple story for our moving picture book. We will also be using our measuring skills when making our books.
Week beginning 8th December
In Literacy we will be writing a letter to Father Christmas to ask for a new penguin for our friend Monty (inspired by the John Lewis advert!).
In maths we are continuing to learn how to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks.
In the afternoon we are learning about the historical event 'Titantic' and icebergs. We will be writing a diary entry as a survivor of the disaster. We will also we going for a walk around Crowle on Thursday to learn about the impact of littering and pollution on our local area and the polar regions.
Week beginning 1st December
In Literacy we will be writing our reports to answer our big question 'Where would you like to live?'. We will also be learning how to use dictionaries to find the definition of words as well as writing our own.
In Maths we are learning how to measure in cm accurately and tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
In the afternoons we will continue to learn about Antarctica. We will be learning how people in Antartica travel as well as thinking of questions to ask the scientists who work there.
Week beginning 24th November
In Literacy we are learning more about the structure of reports. We will be working on using paragraphs to organise ideas. We will also be learning about our final country, Japan, using the ebook before starting to write our reports next week.
In Maths we are learning are learning how to solve multiplication as a missing number and know that division is the inverse of multiplication.
In the afternoons we are starting our new topic 'Brrr!'. On Tuesday we are having a WOW day. I don't want to spoil the surprise for the children so I will let them tell you what we learnt about the polar regions!
Week beginning 17th November
In Literacy we are continuing to work on reports. We will continue to find out about what it is like to live in other countries.
In Maths we are learning to find totals of money and use £.p notation. We are also learning facts for the 3 times table using arrays.
In History we are learning about the Donkey of Gallipoli and what life was like for children during WW1.
Week beginning 10th November
In Literacy we will be starting a new unit of work on reports. Our big question is 'Where would you like to live?'. We will be using an ebook to find our about different countries and exploring the features of non-fiction.
In Maths we are learning to subtract 2 digit numbers (and use the inverse to check answers) and use recall of number facts to add several 1 digit numbers.
In History we are learning what life was like for children at school and at home during World War One. Can you find out any information at home?
Week beginning 3rd November
In Literacy we will be continuing our unit of work on Instructions. We will be planning and writing our own set of instructions to tell people how to travel through the imaginary world of 'Fairyland'. We will have lots of fun planning obstacles we will face!
In Maths we will be learning to double and half 2 digit numbers. We will also be finding 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3 of numbers and amounts.
In History we will be starting to learn about World War One. We will be finding out why the war started and where. We will also be learning about the Christmas Truce.
It is our Inspire afternoon on Thursday. We will be creating lots of firework art. Please remember to bring on an empty kitchen roll tube to make your rocket!
Week beginning 20th October
In Literacy we are starting a new unit of work on Instructions. We will be using the book 'Instructions' by Neil Gaiman to help identify the features of instructions. We will also be learning about different sentence types and how to punctuate them. On Friday as part of our Halloween day we will be writing our own version of the poem 'Ten things found in a Wizard's Pocket'.
In Maths we will be continuing our learning in division. We will be solving division by grouping and repeated subtraction involving remainders. We will also be solving division word problems. On Friday as part of Halloween day we will be doing some spooky problem solving!
In art we will be creating our own Autumn scene art work using oil pastels to continue our work on the seasons.
Week Beginning 13th October
In Literacy we will be creating our own superhero and writing our own story based on the Anthony Browne book 'Night Shimmy'.
In Maths we will learning how to solve multiplication using repeated addition on a number line and arrays. Please make sure you are learning your 2, 5 and 10 multiplication facts at home! We will also be learning how to solve division using grouping and repeated subtraction.
In art we will continue to look at the different seasons. Children will create their own beach scene based on the painting ‘Southwold’ by Stanley Spencer using different painting techniques and tools.
Week Beginning 6th October
In Literacy we will be planning and writing our own story based on some of the ideas in 'Gorilla'. We will also be making our own worry dolls and using them to discuss and share ideas from the book 'Silly Billy'.
In Maths we will be learning how to add and subtract 1-digit numbers to and from 2-digit numbers and how to add 2-digit numbers using partitioning.
In Science we will be learning about how countries near the equator have different weather and seasons compared to the UK. We will also be using the seasons to inspire our art work. We will be creating Spring flower collages in the style of Guiseppe Arcimboldo.
Week Beginning 29th September
In Literacy we will be using different Anthony Browne books to learn about complex sentences. We will be using the conjunctions when, if and because to write complex sentences about the characters from 'Gorilla'. It is also National Poetry Day on Thursday. We will be writing an acrostic poem about a special keepsake from home. Don't forget to bring something in!
In Maths we will be learning to measure weight using standard units of measurement. We will also be using this information to create block graphs.
In Science we are starting to learn about seasonal changes. We will be finding out why we have different seasons and what seasons are like around the world. Can you record the weather you notice over the next few weeks at home?
Week Beginning 22nd September
In Literacy we are starting a new unit of work. Over the next few weeks we will be learning about books by the author Anthony Browne. This week we will be reading lots of his books and thinking about our likes and dislikes. We will also be writing a book blurb for one of his books. If you have any books by Anthony Browne at home please feel free to bring them into school this week!
In Maths we are learning to use doubles and number bonds to add three 1 digit numbers. We will also by finding complements for multiples of 10 and understanding subtraction as finding the difference.
On Friday it is European Languages Day. We will be celebrating this by having a French breakfast in class while we learn simple greetings and songs in French. We will also be studying the work of the French artist Monet and looking at his famous water lily paintings. We will then use this as inspiration to create our own water lily collage!
Week Beginning 8th September
In Literacy we are starting a poetry unit of work called 'Pattern, Rhyme and Rhythm'. We will be reading and exploring a range of poems this week. We will be performing poems, adding actions and sounds. We will also be learning about nouns this week. Can you make a list of nouns that you might find around your home?
In Numeracy we will be learning about place value in 2 and 3 digit numbers. We will be ordering and placing numbers on a number line and also learning about place value in amounts of money.
In the afternoons we will be continuing our science work on teeth. This week we are learning about the different parts of a tooth, their functions and how to keep our teeth healthy and why this is important. Can you tell me how you keep your teeth healthy at home?
Week beginning 15th September
In literacy we are continuing to explore poetry with pattern, rhyme and rhythm. We will be reading the poem 'Going Through Old Photos' by Michael Rosen then using our own family photos to write our own poem in a similar style. Please remember to bring in your photos on Monday! We will also be reading a range of poems and writing clues for others to guess which poem we are describing to explore the patterns in each poem.
In Numeracy we are learning to add and subtract 2 digit numbers by counting on and back in 10s and 1s. We will also be using empty number lines to support our working out.
In art this week we will be learning about 'Famous Smiles' in art work over time. We will be creating our own smile collage based on the work of Man Ray. We will be using newspapers and magazines to make our collage. Please remember to bring in any old ones you have at home for us to use!