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Autumn

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

At Waterloo Primary, we deliver Jigsaw as a whole school approach to teaching PSHE, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.

 

In Autumn 1 our whole school theme is ‘Being Me in My World’.  During this unit of work the children will name some of the responsible choices they can make in school.  They will know who they can go to for help if they need it.  The children will evaluate different choices that they or others might make in school and explain what the consequences might be; linking these choices to the need for rules, rights and responsibilities.  

The children will explain why it is important to have rules and how that helps them and others to learn.  They will be able to explain why it is important to feel valued.  

 

In Autumn 2 our whole school theme is 'Celebrating Differences'.  During this unit of work the children will recognise a time when their words affected someone's feelings and they will be able to explain the effect that their words have on their relationship with their peers.  The children will give and receive genuine compliments.  

Reading

Children will begin the term by reading Michael Morpurgo's 'Wombat Goes Walkabout'. They will focus on drawing inferences from the text, sequencing the story and retelling it orally to their peers before producing a written version.  

 

Pupils will also study autobiographies and will therefore be reading a variety of autobiographies including 'Autobiography of a School Child' and 'My Life by Matilda Wormwood'. They will recognise that autobiographies are written in the first person. 

 

Following our mastery approach to comprehension, children will study a weekly text. Each day the children will focus on a particular element: purpose structure and organisation, vocabulary, retrieval or inference. The texts selected, often provide children with opportunities to embed and deepen their learning from the wider curriculum. 

 

In addition to this, children will vote for their preferred class novel, this will provide children with the opportunity to relax and enjoy being read to. 

 

Our expectation is that children read at home every day. Please ensure reading records are signed and in school daily. For additional support with reading at home, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

 

Writing (Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar)

As a delightful start to Year 3, children will visit LLandudno Bronze Mines, expanding on their locational knowledge of the town and developing their understanding of the bronze age. They will then compose a recount of their trip, focusing on describing their senses and explaining in detail (through the use of time adverbials, expanded noun phrases and prepositions) what happened on the trip throughout the day.

 

Following this, the children will produce a set of instructions for a board game - linked to designing their own foldable board game in Design and Technology. They will play a variety of games, following the instructions and explaining how to play to their peers. Pupils will recognise that instructions are written in chronological order.   

 

Year 3 will then embark on the exciting build up to Christmas by composing an informal letter to Santa. They will focus on the structure of an informal letter and using contracted words (e.g. can't) to develop their use of informal language. 

 

We will end the autumn term by reading a selection of autobiographies, embedding the knowledge and confidence for the children to then write their own. They will use headings, subheadings, paragraphs and conjunctions in their writing. 

 

Before writing any final piece of work, children will have the opportunity to plan, draft and edit their work, ensuring that it is at the highest standard possible. 

 

Grammar focus: time adverbials, prepositions, headings and sub-headings, paragraphs, conjunctions,

word families, determiners and prefixes

 

Throughout lessons, children are supported and encouraged to reread and improve their own work, accessing texts, dictionaries, thesaurus, handwriting strips and word banks. Our expectation is that children independently proof read for spellings, full stops, capital letters, apostrophes, exclamation marks and question marks.

 

Handwriting will be taught regularly and children will be supported to develop a neat cursive style. 

Daily spelling lessons will incorporate a variety of strategies for learning letter strings, spelling rules and words. Please support your child to learn the spellings we send home each week. For more information about spellings and handwriting, please visit our, 'Helping at Home', page. 

 

Maths

Following our mastery approach, children explore mathematical concepts using concrete materials, moving to visuals and then to abstract calculations. Children will revisit and build on their understanding of... 

 

Please support your child with their weekly times tables homework, developing their instant recall. 

 

For more information about the calculation strategies we use, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

Art

Explore/life and works of...

Develop...skills 

Apply skills to...

Evaluate and refine 

 

Computing

Throughout our curriculum, children are encouraged to make safe use of technology to research and present. 

 

 

For more information about keeping your child safe when using technology, please visit our 'Help at Home' page. 

 

Design & Technology

Explore examples of...research... 

Design

Prototype 

Develop...skills 

Produce...

evaluate 

 

Geography

 

 

History

 

Music

 

Physical Education 

 

Religious Education 

 

 

Science

 

 

Spanish 

Firstly, children will learn some Spanish phrases, used for meeting and greeting. They will then move on to talking about themselves (stating their name and age) before finally learning and responding to classroom commands.

 

During the second part of the term, pupils will learn the names of animals and then focus on describing their own pets.

 

We will learn a Spanish Christmas Carol to perform at our Christmas Carol Concert.  

Cultural Capital 

as a school, we have planned cultural capital experiences which will supplement our curriculum. This term, we will: 

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Homework 

Reading: Our expectation is that children read at home daily. Please sign their reading records and ensure they are in school every day. We believe children of all ages and abilities benefit from being read to. 

 

Spelling: We send home a weekly spelling list. Our expectation is that children use a range of strategies to learn them. Please visit our 'Help at Home' page for a copy of the strategies. We recommend that children spend a little time each day practising their spellings. 

 

Multiplication and division: Again, we will send home a weekly task. However, we recommend that children spend a little time each day practising them. 

 

English/Maths: We will send home alternate English/maths tasks each Friday. This will be due in by the following Friday.  

 

For additional information and resources for supporting your child at home, please visit our, 'Help at Home' page. 

Optional Homework Projects 

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Children will be awarded merits for completing these projects and will be given the opportunity to share their work with their class. 

Trips/Events

To support our history and geography studies, we will visit Llandudno and the bronze mines.

To support our RE topic, we will visit a temple. 

 

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