Term 1: Is There a Solution to Pollution?
We have begun the year with our project 'Is There a Solution to Pollution?' During this topic, the children explored the impact humans can have on their environment. This topic is based upon a book entitled ' One plastic bag.’ Here, a young Gambian girl vows to save her village from downing in rubbish one plastic bag at a time.
Literacy skills (writing and reading) are imperative to the children’s education and were taught throughout this project. For example, we learnt to write diary entries from our character's point of view, created a descriptive piece of writing based upon Gambia and constructed brief poems. In Year 3 there is a huge focus on the children becoming more responsible for their learning therefore they are challenged to check and improve their own work wherever possible.
In mathematics, we began the year revising place value of 3 digit numbers. We then learnt to add and subtract numbers using a variety of different methods.
Term 2: To Infinity and Beyond.
Our second topic took us to the moon. The children arrived in school to artifacts from 'something' landing in our classroom. There were secret codes, magical footprints and other clues to who this mystery character could be. This topic was based upon a book entitled 'The Moon Man.' Here, a moon man descends to Earth to make some friends with all the commotion this could cause.
In literacy the children focused on newspaper reports and broadcasts. They enjoyed this unit, particularly when they recorded and watched back their creation of Parkwood News. During our topic sessions, the children discovered more about the moon landings, map reading skills as well as how to live on the moon.
In mathematics, we have continued to learn how to add and subtract numbers, before moving onto multiplication and division.
Term 3: We Will Rock You.
Our third topic started with a mystery present being left for each of the children in the playground. They had great fun finding the stones left for them and putting clues together to understand what our third topic would be about. The children have completed many practical activities to understand more about what life was like for a Stone Age person. When the children dressed up as Stone Age people they were able to fully immerse themselves in the role of a character.
In literacy the book we are focusing on is entitled 'The Green Ship.' Here two characters go on an imaginary adventure across the globe. The children have recently built their structures in the local woods to write stories using this Quentin Blake book as a stimulus.
In mathematics we learnt how to measure accurately, convert between units of measure and solve measurement word problems.