Oxley Park Academy

Dream, Believe, Achieve - Together

Two Sites - One Heart, One Mission, One School

 

Welcome to Year 3!

  

As we are 1 school over 2 campuses, our pupils will access facilities at both sites to enjoy the excellent, but differing provision and facilities. This will normally be done through escorted walks. If we are using the school minibuses we will ask you to sign a consent agreement. With escorted walks to support our curriculum, we will, as always for local walks, notify you on our Year page that we are going out in order that you can ensure children have appropriate clothing. 

 

Classes and staff:

@Oxley Park- Doves: Mrs Waller, Mrs Welch and Mrs Patil

                    Starlings: Miss Jones, Mrs Austin, Mrs Zygo and Miss Bestford

@Shenley Wood- Bluebells: Mrs Seddon, Mrs Woods and Mrs Musselwhite

 

The half term ahead (Monday 9th April - Friday 25th May)...

 

Our TOPIC for this term will be Savage Stone Age to Brilliant Bronze Age! Children will work as historians, geographers and artists to explore what life was like during the Stone Age and Bronze Age. They will find out about the chronology from the Stone Age and Bronze Age, what people ate, how they hunted, what their houses were like and how the communicated through cave paintings. As geographers the children will design their own Neolithic settlement.

Our ENGLISH work will continue to work in chapters, with an initial Cold Write, followed by the teaching of skills linked to this writing, then a Warm Write where children and teachers work together to compose a piece of writing, ending with a Hot Write where children are given the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents in an independent piece of writing.

Our first chapter will be Instructions, with a focus on how to make Stone Age crafts. During this chapter children will:

  • Use adverbs to describe how actions are happening.
  • Organise writing appropriately by ensuring their writing is in chronological order and uses numbers to order steps.
  • Use sentences appropriately to ensure they are using complex and compound sentences correctly.
  • Use imperative sentences with key and clear information.

 

Our next chapter will explore persuasive writing. During this chapter children will:

  • Write with purpose, practising creating and planning their own persuasive letter.
  • Use description by using well chosen adjectives and adverbial phrases to persuade the reader.
  • Organise writing appropriately by ensuring their writing is written in paragraphs.
  • Use sentences appropriately to ensure they are using complex and compound sentences correctly.
  • Punctuate accurately by using commas after fronted adverbials and exclamation sentences when appropriate. 

 

Our MATHS work will begin with a check in before teaching the skills the children need to move their learning forwards. Each chapter will then finish with a check out to see the progress children have made. Our next chapter is Fractions. During this chapter, children will:

  • Count up and down in tenths, recognising that tenths arise from dividing an object or quantity into 10 equal parts
  • Recognise, find and write fractions for objects and numbers with small denominators
  • Recognise and show equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

 

As part of our Back 2 Basics lessons the children will be taking part in a weekly standalone lesson of Grammar and Punctuation, Calculation and Times tables.

As part of their GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION lesson the children will be learning about:

  • Using possessive apostrophes for singular and plural nouns.
  • Sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation and command.
  • Word classes, making sure children are secure in their knowledge of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. 
  • Using the present perfect form of tense correctly.
  • Subordination (using when, if, that, or because) and co-ordination (using or, and, or but)

 

As part of their CALCULATION lesson the children will be learning about:

  • The methods for multiplication and division.

 

As part of their MULTIPLICATION lesson the children will be learning about:

  • The three times table.
  • The four times table.
  • The eight times table.
  • The six times table.
  • The seven times table. 
  • The nine times table.
  • The eleven times table.
  • The twelve times table.

 

Weekly overview...

Maths (WB 16.4.18)

The children will be continuing our topic of Fractions and looking at how to find fractions of numbers and shapes, as well as introducing equivalent fractions.

Our calculation basic skills lesson will focus on multiplication and division. Children will receive homework on Thursday 19th April, linked to division and multiplication, which will be due in on Monday 23rd April.

Our times table basic skills lessons will focus on rapid recall of our times table facts, and corresponding division facts.

 

English and Topic (WB 16.4.18)

Children will be continuing their chapter on Instructions. They will be going through different grammar skills before planning and completing their hot write task on how to create a Cave Painting. In Topic we are making our Stone Age Cave Paintings ready for our English and will be looking at the different types of homes Stone Age people lived in. 

 

Home learning

Please complete and bring in to school at least one of the following home learning projects, by Friday 25th May.

  • Write your own Instructions for something you have made at home. 
  • Create a model or drawing showing what life was like in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.
  • Create your own persuasive letter on something you feel passionate about.
  • Create your own Stone Henge using cardboard boxes, clay or playdough. 

Important information...

 PE:

Our PE day is Monday. Please come to school wearing your PE kit. 

Reading Record:

Please use your Reading Record book to record any reading with your child and any notes for your class teachers. If your child attends a club, 4 o'clock club or ziggy could you please record which days your child attends these on a note placed in the Reading Record so the class teachers can keep a record. 

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