Year 3 Learning Overview - Autumn 1 2018
What are we learning?
Our topic for the first half of the term is ‘Urban Pioneers’.
As Geographers we will be exploring London using maps to explore geographical features.
As Scientists we will be investigating light and dark, using light sources and light reflectors.
As Artists we will working with a graffiti artist, exploring the different types of graffiti, in different parts of the world and visiting the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the original pieces of art that the urban art project in Dulwich is based on.
In English we will be writing a recount inspired by ‘A Walk in London’, writing our own stories and looking at performance poetry to inspire our own performances. We will be using suffixes and prefixes, a variety of punctuation, planning our writing and thinking about time, place and cause using adverbs.
In Maths we will be exploring numbers to 1000, thinking about place value, counting in 100s and using addition and subtraction with numbers to 1000.
In Computing – we will be using digital maps, programming, audio recording and search engines.
In Mandarin- we be studying a unit on ‘characters and calligraphy’ where they will learn about Oracle bones and the birth of Chinese writing. They will make slat books to help them learn foundational Chinese radicals – key components to writing in Chinese.
In Philosophy for Children (P4C) – we will be using our thinking about being safe, presenting our opinions and resolving differences.
In Music we will be learning the violin.
We will be hosting half-termly Parent Celebrations, where parents will be invited into the classrooms so that children will be able to share their learning. The first parent celebration date will be Friday 19th October 1:30pm.
We will be taking part in a graffiti workshop on Tuesday 11th September, where children will be creating a joint piece of art. Please can you ensure your child brings in old clothes to wear for this workshop as they will be using permanent paint.
On Friday 7th September we went on a walk around Dulwich, observing the urban street art and enjoying a short break in the playground in the sun.
Black History Month will be in October, we will be learning about different cultures, and significant people and events in black history.
We will also be visiting Dulwich Library, each class will visit the library once each term.
Uniform: Children must be in the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt; navy blue school cardigan or jumper; grey or black socks (white for girls) or grey, black or navy-blue tights. Girls may also wear a purple and white school dress during the summer months. All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Hair longer than shoulder length should be tied back with a purple or black hair band.
P.E. Kit: Please make sure your children have shorts, a white t-shirt with the school logo, black plimsolls/trainers and socks in a named P.E. bag in school. Children in Goldcrest class will have P.E on Tuesday and Friday, and children in Nightingale class will have P.E on Wednesday and Friday. P.E kits will be sent home on Friday and should return to school on Monday.
Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit. Please could you check your child’s kit for size as children have grown over the holidays.
Violin Lessons: Each child in Year 3 will have the opportunity to learn the violin this year. The day for violin lessons will be Tuesdays.
Reading Books and Reading Records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags each day. Children should read daily and we ask that you record this in their reading record.
Overview of our home learning: Home learning will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned to school on a Tuesday.
There will also be one half-termly homework project. This Half Term it is ‘Urban Pioneers’. This will be due Tuesday 16th October.
The home learning project is a way for your child to demonstrate the learning that they have been doing throughout the term, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that is appropriate to them. This may include drawing, writing or painting. Children can also perform songs, poems or create something using materials from home. Encourage children to be imaginative and think about how they would like to present their learning in a way that they are proud of.
We encourage children to develop character attributes, traits and behaviours that we believe underpin success in school and beyond. We call these the ‘keys to success’, we have updated these from last year. We now have ‘Keys to Life’: Determination, community spirit, respect, integrity, self-control, kindness, communication and responsibility and the ‘Keys to Learning’, which include curiosity, resilience, conscientiousness, independence, collaboration, challenge-seeking, attentive and resourceful.
In school we continue to use the rainbow ladder to encourage positive behaviour. In Year 3, children can earn recognition for demonstrating the school’s ‘Keys to Success’ and will receive a sticker once they have moved to a key. We encourage you to ask your child why they have received a sticker and which to success they followed. Children whose behaviour causes them to be on the thunder cloud will be given a note to take home explaining their behaviour.
Children will attend a ‘Keys to Success’ assembly every Tuesday morning where two children from each Year 3 class will be awarded a ‘Keys to Success’ certificate in honour of demonstrating one of the attributes, either for the ‘keys to life’ or the ‘keys to learning’.