Your child’s journey through Year 3
Spring Term 2020
Year 3 have been busy at the start of 2020 with a range of art work to brighten up our winter walls. Our topic – More Than Pyramids – will give us lots of opportunities for cross curricular learning. We will compare the ancient civilizations of the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Sumerians, Indus Valley and the Shang Dynasty. We shall explore their ways of life including their belief systems, farming, inventions, writing, and death rituals.
You can see our Spring 2020 curriculum here: Year 3 – Spring Curriculum 2020
In Maths, we will focus on:
- Multiplication and division
- Measurement; with a focus on Money
It is important that your child knows their multiplication tables and the related division facts. They should already have a secure knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times-tables from year two. This year we are also learning the 3, 4 and 8 times-tables. We will apply our knowledge of these tables to a range of problems, including related multiplication facts and multiplying two-digit numbers. Please talk to us if you need ideas for supporting your child with their times-tables.
We had a brilliant time showing our parents all the learning that we have completed during this term.
Our learning all about plants was particularly interesting. We learnt all about the life cycle of flowering plants.
We had an amazing time learning all about the amazon forests and their habitats and enjoyed showing our parents all of our work.
Beckenham Place Park
Last week we went on two exciting trips to support our learning in Science and Geography. We took part in lots of fun hands on activities including pond dipping, hunting for invertebrates and identifying them using classification keys, learning about plants and seed dispersal, completing nature quizzes and creating our own tree report after measuring and investigating a chosen tree in the park. The weather was (mostly) dry, but even when it rained we still had a fantastic time. As you can see from our photos, everyone had a brilliant time exploring in the great outdoors and we came back to school full of new knowledge and skills to support our learning this term.
Greenwich Ecology Park
Welcome to Key Stage 2! Our topic – If You Go Down to the Woods Today – has been selected to develop children’s geography and science skills, as well as developing their awareness of global issues that affect our planet. Please see our curriculum document here: Year 3 Curriculum Overview – Autumn 2019 which will provide you with an overview of the different skills and knowledge we will be covering up until Christmas.
During open morning, Year 3 enjoyed showing parents all the work that they have learned this summer.
They also encouraged parents to take part in the fun activities.
Ancient Greek Warfare
It was fun to learn about Ancient Greek weapons and warfare. Their shields were huge and the swords were incredibly heavy! Later, we split into Athens and Sparta, to learn commands and work as a whole army to respond together. It was awesome!
We learnt how clever Archimedes was and took on the challenge of solving a puzzle he created. It was really tricky and we needed lots of resilience to complete the task!
In our workshop, we acted out the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. We were brilliant actors and are using this myth in our literacy lessons, so it was a great introduction to the story.
During our Ancient Greece Workshop, we worked in pairs to be fact detectives and use information boards to find the answers to lots of questions. There was a lot to find out, but we were fabulous!
We started to learn about the functions of our skeleton and how it protects our vital organs. In teams, we made the outline of a body, placed the organs where we thought they were inside our body and made bones to protect them. Our teamwork was amazing!