Year 3 - Amber Class

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In Amber Class, we focus heavily on learning through our topic and class books. In the Spring term, we are reading Fairy Tales (written by Hilary McKay) and using this to help with our fiction and non-fictional writing in class. Our topic (Rainforests) is also used to help inspire our writing later in the term.

Topic: Rainforests
In this theme the will children learn about what a rainforest is and where in the world they can be located. They will learn about: the rainforest itself including climates, weather and the 4 different layers; about deforestation and its impacts on people and places; about different plant and animal life that can be found in the rainforest and about people that live in rainforests.

This half term, we will be focusing on editing skills in English. We will be looking at ways we can edit & improve our written work. We will still refer to fairy tales but will also be using 'The Tower to the Sun' by Colin Thompson. We will continue to be writing non-fiction pieces based around famous towers and writing comparison pieces about different towers that have been built in the world.

Throughout the term, the children will be working on their understanding of multiplication & division, money, statistics, measurement of length and perimeter and fractions. Children will not only learn techniques to answer questions on these areas, but will also be asked to solve problems and to justify their reasoning. They will also work on mental arithmetic and times tables recall with daily mental maths sessions

In Science, the children will introduced to the wonderful world of Living Things & Habitats. Our topic this half term will see the children looking at the living things found in the rainforest and investigating different types of plants and animals.

In P.E. the children will be engaging in swimming lessons on Wednesday at Nantwich Swimming Baths. Our PE sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons where we will be joined by a specialist coach to help deliver Athletics lessons until the Easter holiday.

Much of our creative work will be linked to our Rainforests topic. Children will learn about the techniques pioneered by famous impressionist artists and use these to create images from the Rainforest. In Design & Technology, children will continue to make their own working excavator models and Music sessions will continue with Recorder lessons on Thursdays.

In computing, we shall begin our programming sessions, focussing initially on how to debug different programs that we have written or that have been written by other people. We will also use ICT to display and present our work in various formats.


We will be heading to Chester Zoo on Thursday 11th January. Here, we will be exposed to lots of animal and plant life that you would find in a Rainforest. We will look at the habitats of these animals and use our experiences to help us to create artwork in the style of different famous impressionist artists.


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