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Autumn Term

The Swifts will continue the Autumn term with the topic "Man Made Tools". This topic is a history based topic where we look at life from the early Stone Age man through the Bronze and the Iron Ages. We will look at how people survived, what they ate and how they hunted. To enrich this topic, we will be taking our year threes on their first ever residential to the Start Bay Field Centre at Slapton where they will explore further what it would have been like to be caveman! The topic is also closely linked to the classic book "Stig of the Dump" by Clive King.


English will follow a two weekly cycle, with Big Writing at the end of the second week. We will focus on a range of genres throughout the term. These will be: report writing, a detailed description, poetry and an information text. The genres explored in English will always have links to the topic and the reading that we do in the classroom so as to maximise learning and provide links for the children.


Learning in maths will continue with an in depth look at times tables and multiplication and division.  year 3 maths. We will be investigating how these are interlinked and how they can be applied to other areas of maths. Please keep supporting your child with their knowledge and quick recall of the times tables (2,5,10,3,4 & 8's) as they will be having a weekly test (Friday)


The Swifts will enjoy many science investigations which will be linked to our topic and the children will be encouraged to explore the world through these investigations. This term, we will be examining rocks, how they are made and their properties. This links very well to our topic of 'Man Made Tools'


In PE, on a Friday afternoon , Miss Kee will focus on gymnastics whilst on  Tuesday Mr Green will

be taking the children to the leisure centre for their weekly swimming session. When the swimming has finished Mr Green will be starting to teach the children how to play basketball. The weather has turned so they are allowed to wear track suits if they want to.


Alongside their PE studies, Year 3 have just started their "Wild Tribe" outdoor learning sessions with the brilliant Mrs Kandes. She will be teaching the swifts; knotting and fire lighting skills in our outdoor classroom.


The Swifts are really lucky to have  Mrs Payne working in our classroom alongside the children. Mrs Clift will also be working with some children in year 3 and she will deliver a three day a week focussed intervention. Mrs Payne will be available in the playground before school to pass on any messages and then she will work in the classroom in the afternoons.