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Year 3: Indigo and Lilac

This half term the Power of Reading book in Year 3 is ‘The Pebble in My Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper. This wonderfully illustrated book teaches children about the processes of rock formation and evolution.


In Literacy, pupils will cover a range of genres including fictional writing, chronological reports and adventure stories. To enhance their writing the pupils will focus on specific features suited to the text types including first and third person, the use of nouns or pronouns for clarity and cohesion and a range of punctuation to enhance their sentence structure.


In Numeracy, the pupils will use their knowledge of place value to compare and order a range of numbers in a sequence. They will also develop strategies to round a range of numbers and understand the practical purposes for doing so. Children will build on their understanding of addition and subtraction by working with 2 and 3 digit numbers and will check their calculations through the understanding of inverse operations. Activities will have problem solving elements that are linked to real life experiences.


In Humanities, linked to ‘The Pebble in My Pocket’, our topic is called ‘An Active Planet’. This topic focuses on natural disasters that physically shape our planet, including volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The pupils will study tectonic plates, how they have moved over time and how they relate to volcanic activity and earthquakes.


In Science, the pupils investigate forces and magnets. They will identify and observe magnetic forces and learn how they either attract or repel each other. We will develop our understanding of how magnets attract some materials and not others. The pupils will learn how magnets have two ‘poles’ and, using their scientific skills of enquiry, the children will use this understanding to predict how magnets will attract or repel each other depending on which poles are facing.


PE for Year 3 will be on Wednesday morning but we do ask that children always have a PE kit in school every day in case there is a change to the timetable.


When swimming starts children must bring their swimming kit in a separate bag. They will need a towel and swimming hat. Please ensure that all clothing is labelled with a name and class.


We look forward to exciting term ahead!


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