Welcome to Year 3!
Welcome to the webpage for McLaughlin and Shepherd!
Our teachers are Miss Wright (McLaughlin) and Mrs Bessell (Shepherd).
Home learning is important and each week children have a set of spellings to learn. These are handed out at the beginning of every half term for the forthcoming weeks. They are also posted on Google Classroom, as well as being displayed on the window by the Y3 doors. Spelling tests take place every Friday. Reading at home is also encouraged and rewarded and we recommend at least 3 days a week. Reading folders go home on Fridays and need to be returned to school every Wednesday.
PE days - Tuesday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor)
We expect children to bring their full kit all week and ensure all items of clothing are labelled. Earrings are NOT permitted for PE, nor plasters to cover them. They must be removed on PE days.
We encourage children to come into school independently every morning.
This year our topics are The Stone Age, Brilliant Barnsley, and Around Europe. Read on to find out what your child will be learning...
Autumn term: Stone Age Adventures
This term's topic is History-based. Children will be transported right back to early settlements and learn all about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. They will explore the impact of early settlers on life today and discover how technology changed through history, in particular tools, weaponry and jewellery.
Science: Rocks/Animals including humans
Geography: Map skills
Computing: Word-processing skills
Art: Sketching rocks/Cave paintings
DT: Eating Seasonally (Food)/Pneumatic systems (Mechanisms)
Music: Charanga singing/instrumental work
PSHE will focus on self-esteem and teamwork.
Spring term: Brilliant Barnsley
This term's topic is History/Geography-based. Children will go back in time and learn what life was like for Barnsley's child miners. They will explore the mining industry and its importance for our local area, realising the dangers as they go along. Pupils will also learn about Barnsley in the modern age, researching its people and taking inspiration from the 'Barnsley Nightingale', folk musician Kate Rusby.
Geography: The world, including continents and map skills
Art: Sketching based on Kara Walker/Painting based on Andy Warhol
DT: Castles (Structures)/Cushions (Textiles)
Music: Folk music
PSHE will focus on settling into Year 3 and building positive relationships.
Summer term: Around Europe
This term's topic is Geography-based. Children will travel Europe without even needing to leave their classrooms! They will discover different cultures, foods, dress and entertainment, thinking about what life is like in other European countries and how it compares to life in Britain.
Science: Forces and Magnets
Geography: Compasses/European maps
Computing: Research skills/photography
Art: Printing/Mosaics based on Antoni Gaudi
DT: Static electricity (electrical systems)/ Electronic charm (digital world)
Music: Music from around Europe
PSHE will focus on setting goals and preparing for new challenges.
If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to speak to a member of our team, either at the beginning or end of the school day.
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