We are looking forward to working with you and your child this term. We hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 3 curriculum for the Summer Term 2019.
During the first half term, we will be reading Belonging by Jeannie Baker and Hot like Fire, which is a collection of poems by Valerie Bloom. The aim is for the children to familiarise themselves with some of the poetic devices and imaginative language used by Bloom. The children will have the opportunity to explore a variety of modern issues painted with energy and fun, as well as writing their own poems. We will also be reading Krindlekrax, which is a fictional text by Philip Ridley. Children will be immersed in the text about Ruskin Splinter and his challenge of battling a dragon in the school play. Krindlekrax is a mysterious creature that lurks beneath the dark bricks. Children will have the opportunity to explore this book through different genres of writing.
We will focus on writing skills such as:
- use of subordinate clauses.
- how to use pronouns for greater effect.
- editing, redrafting and proof-reading pieces of writing.
As part of literacy lessons, we will also focus on:
- spellings, punctuation and grammar.
- improving reading comprehension skills.
This term, Year 3 children will be investigating angles and calculating fractions and decimals. This is a part of their learning that can be reinforced at home, either by asking them to convert fractions into decimals or by asking them to identify angles in real life objects and estimating their measurement using their knowledge. During these first weeks, the children will also have the opportunity to revisit telling the time with a focus on the angles formed by the arrows.
During the second half term, we will be learning about money and children will also be learning to interpret data in a range of different formats. For example, they will be using pictograms, tally charts, bar graphs, line graphs and tables to record data. Children will be given the opportunity to collect data through surveys and present their data in a variety of ways.
We will focus on these key concepts:
- adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator within one whole.
- recognising angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn.
- identifying right angles, recognising that two right angles make a half-turn, three makes three quarters of a turn and four a complete turn
- identifying whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle.
- interpreting and constructing a bar graph.
- interpreting and constructing a pictogram where the symbol represents multiple items.
- interpreting data in a table.
- creating a table to show data.
- answering one-step and two-step questions about data in charts and tables.
The Year 3 children will be learning all about plants, using our school garden whenever possible and growing our very own plants. The children will have the opportunity to keep a diary of the different growing phases of a sunflower as well as learning about the different parts that compose plants and their importance in the food chains.
Children will then be studying light and shadows. They will be investigating how light is transported and reaches us, as well as exploring different sources of light. They will have the opportunity to design, conduct and make conclusions on various experiments regarding the different sources of light as well as their uses and effects on materials.
As part of our science themed term, children will also be studying Space in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the first moon landing. Children will look at the planets and stars, and how astronauts travel into space. There will be exciting enrichment opportunities, including a planetarium dome visit in school for the children to enjoy!
Our Computing topics for the Summer term are We are Network Engineers and We are communicators. Year 3 will work with a partner to use e-mail and video conferencing safely. They will have the opportunity to attach documents and pictures to their e-mails while reinforcing their online safety knowledge. Both classes will also produce a short movie explaining their learning to the rest of the school via Trilby TV.
This term, the Year 3 children will be finding out about the geography of the local area, and then the life of animals and plants in the rainforest. They will also be identifying the people and settlements of the rainforest, as well as discussing the issues at stake regarding this fragile and important eco-system. The pupils will also have the opportunity to use their knowledge of this environment to create their own rainforest. Finally, linking science with geography, the children will attend an educational visit to further explore the fauna and flora of this ecosystem.
In history this term, children will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons. Children will look at where the Anglo-Saxons came from, why the invaded Britain and how they lived.
Design and Technology
In the summer term, children will be focusing on their topic “Moving Monsters”. Children will use pneumatic systems to design and make a prototype monster. Later in the term, we will be making healthy sandwiches and snacks. During this unit, the children will be designing, testing and making their own sandwich following precise criterion. The children will also have the opportunity to create products for a specific audience to develop their communication and marketing skills.
In PE, we will be learning about striking and fielding games, with an emphasis on cricket and rounders, and will also focus on athletics. We will:
- Explore effective ways of fielding as a team
- Develop our batting skills
This term pupils will continue with their projects related to their local community with First News. Children will identify a concern within their community and create an action plan to tackle this. Concerns may revolve around litter, homelessness, housing and pollution. Pupils will learn to voice their concerns in a responsible and mature manner.
In the following weeks, we will be looking at Sikh sayings and what these tell us about Sikh beliefs. We will reinforce our learning by visiting a Gurdwara. Following the half term break, we will be discussing the significance of light in religion, which will involve looking at multiple faiths. As always, the children will be encouraged to make comparisons between their beliefs and those of others.