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Year 3

Our History this term will be finding out about the history of farming equipment and how the use of machinery has changed farming over time.  As part of this topic, we will be visiting Denny Abbey Farmland Museum to see examples of machinery, including how tools and farming equipment were made in the past.  Later in the term, we will be looking at a local Geography study of the human and physical features found within Cambridgeshire.  We will also find out more about using compasses and maps to follow a route.   

In Science we will be studying forces, including magnets.  Later this term, we will be exploring rocks and soils. 

In RE, our two units this term are, ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation story?’ and ‘What is important for Jews about being part of God’s family?’  

In PSHE, we have already carried out a topic on Beginning and Belonging, thinking about how we all get along together at school and how we can make sure school is a safe and happy place.  We have also revisited the concept of Growth Mindset, thinking about how we can use this within school to help us develop our learning.  Later in the term we will be carrying out units on our emotions and anti-bullying. 

We will be finding out about online safety in our Computing lessons.  We will also learn about programming through a coding unit. 

Music will be learning how to play the glockenspiel, reading simple stave music including crotchets and minims. 

This term, PE will be mainly outside.  We have begun the year with a focus on orienteering skills.  Please ensure PE kits remain in school at all times.   

In Art, we will be looking at textile art with a focus on collage.  We will learn about the textile artist Barbara Shaw and create our own collages inspired by her work.  Later in the term we will carry out a DT project on shell structures; investigating, designing and making an item of packaging. 

The children have begun learning French this term and have been very keen to practise their speaking!  We will learn core vocabulary such as days of the week, months of the year and colours.  Later in the term we will introduce simple greetings. 

We will be visiting the library every Monday when the children will have the opportunity to change their reading books.  All school reading books will stay in school.  We will also be visiting the forest area on some Tuesdays.  Look out for updates on this in our weekly newsletters.