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Thomas Harding Junior School

Achievement Through Aspiration

Year 3



We have two classes in Year 3. In 3T, the children will be taught by Miss Thornhill and in 3S, the children will be taught by Miss Smith.

We will be supported in our learning by our Learning Support Assistants who are: Mrs Connell and Mrs Digby.


Autumn Term 2021





This half term, we are focusing on non-fiction reading and writing. Our writing unit this term is a fact file about the computer programmer Ada Lovelace. We will be reading a variety of texts about Ada to discover how she was pioneer of early computer programming. We will focusing on how we structure sentences and paragraphs to inform about reader, making sure we include our ambitious vocabulary that we will be learning in class.  We will be looking at the different features to help us successfully write our fact files.



This half term we are going to be focusing place value before moving on to addition and subtraction. Additionally, we will be recapping our number bond skills before moving on to learning our times tables. You will have logins for Times Table Rockstar to learn and practise your times tables soon. You will also be given logins for My Maths and Mathletics which you can access at home. 



We will be reading a variety of texts during the Autumn Term alongside our class texts. Our first class text will be Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy. The children will have an opportunity to explore different types of text and develop a love of reading in our Whole Class Reading Sessions alongside the books they read and enjoy at home. 



These are checked regularly. Children must aim to read at least 5 times a week for at least 10 minutes. If reading on their own, we expect children to be writing in questions about the text or words they don't understand into their reading records. Our new reading records will be handed out after the launch assembly.



In Geography we will be developing our map skills and locational knowledge of the United Kingdom, with a local focus on Chesham. We will be concentrating on the similarities and differences of physical and human features of the UK. This geography unit will link into our History topic which is all about the Stone Age to Iron Age, where we will be focusing on their civilisation's achievements. We will be studying the Stone Age to Iron Age through the lens of achievement later in the term.



Our next STEM topic is magnets and forces and then rock. In the first half we will be looking at magnets and forces, making sure we know what a force is and how they act on objects to move them. Our learning will include lots of practical experiments and child-led learning, applied through the various streams of working scientifically. Our work on magnets and forces will also form the centre of our Full STEaM Ahead exhibition in October. 



PE kits need to be brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. We have PE lessons every Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, the children will be learning invasion game skills and on Wednesday they will be developing teamwork skills through Outdoor Adventure. PE kits consist of: a white t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls or plain black or white trainers. Please make sure your children's PE kit is labelled. 



Spellings - Your child will be given their spellings on the Friday and will then be tested on their spellings on the following Friday. Please make sure spelling journals are brought into school everyday. 


Homework grid (after half term) - Your child will be given their homework books on a Wednesday and will be expected to hand this back in on the Monday.