Year 3

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to link their learning to the real world. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

During Autumn 1, Year 3 will be learning about the Stone Age. We will begin by exploring where humans came from and how they have changed over time. We will use a range of historical artefacts in order to understand more about this time period. Children will use their learning to create a timeline using the skill of chronology, and identify the impact of the Stone Age on modern civilization. At the of the half term, we will begin to formulate ideas for a conservation campaign ready to present in Autumn 2, as well as going on an exciting trip to the Chislehurst caves. 

In English we will be exploring the theme of sustainable development and thinking about how we as humans can take responsibility for the environment and the people and animals that live on our planet. Our core text will be ‘The Hunter’ by Paul Geraghty, a story of a young girl from a hunting family who learns to understand and empathise with animals. We will be exploring the emotional journey undertaken by the characters through a diary entry, and build towards a first person recount as our final writing outcome.

In Maths this half term, our main focus will be on securing our knowledge of addition, subtraction and place value. The children will begin by consolidating previous learning of place value, including hundreds, tens and ones, and identifying the value of each digit in a variety of numbers. We will then move onto adding and subtracting using concrete resources, progressing to formal written methods such as column method when confident. Children will be given opportunities to apply these skills across a range of problem solving and reasoning challenges, including those involving money.

In Science, we will be learning about how rocks are formed, as well as learning how to classify rocks. We will be using practical, hand-on learning activities to take part in experiments that allow us to be scientists by using real scientific skills. We will be recording results in a clear and accurate way to find out if rocks are permeable. We will then apply our skills of communication and collaboration to evaluate our experiment.

This term, our Art learning journey will link to our history topic of The Stone Age. We will be looking at a variety of cave paintings and discussing what they tell us about the Stone Age. We will then begin to create our own cave paintings, exploring the use of natural dyes to create line drawings onto fabric.

In PE we will be developing a range of skills through gymnastics. We will be learning a variety of rolls and jumps that we will perform from different heights, as well as learning the importance of balance. We will also be developing skills of special awareness and strength, and will apply our new skills across different contexts.  

This term, we will be learning about different forms of worship in RE. We will look at what worship is and how it is used in different religions. We will also discuss why worship is important and its purpose in religion. Children will have the opportunity to learn about the many different ways in which people practise worship and compare these to their own experiences.

In RSE, the children will be developing their knowledge of friendships and relationships. They will identify the importance of identifying and regulating their emotions as well as how to resolve conflict when it arises. We will then look at the topic of work and money and how we can recognise our skills and set goals for the future.

Reading every day is essential. Please support your child at home and take the time to read a range of different texts which include newspapers, comics, fiction texts, blogs, information books. Children are encouraged to change their book every week and record their comments in their reading journal. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.