We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This page outlines the Year 3 curriculum for the Spring Term 2019.
During the first half term, we will be reading the book ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper and Chris Coady. The Pebble in my Pocket invites the reader to find out about where pebbles come from and how they are made. It discusses the origins of a pebble in a volcano and explains the process of rock formation and erosion that creates new pebbles. The text is strongly patterned, which aids prediction, and is structured in short chapters, making it an accessible read. Following the half term holiday, we will be reading Tales of Wisdom and Wonder, a collection of seven tales from around the world, which explores, through the art of storytelling, something of the rich culture and tradition of told stories and the lessons one can learn from them.
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.
At the beginning of the Spring Term, Year 3 children will be learning about time. This is a part of their learning, which can be reinforced at home, either by asking them to tell you the time from either an analogue or a digital clock, or, if you would like to challenge them further, asking them to work out problems involving time. An easy way to do this is to ask children for help working out what time a dish has to come out of the oven if it has to go in for half an hour etc. Once we have finished our study of time, Year 3 will be learning about fractions. This study will continue into the second half of the Spring Term. We will finish the term by measuring space.
We will focus on these key concepts:
- Telling and writing the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII, and 12-hour and 24-hour clocks.
Estimating and reading time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute; recording and comparing time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours; using vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m./p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight.
Knowing the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year.
Comparing durations of events [for example to calculate the time taken by particular events or tasks].
Recognising, finding and writing fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators.
Recognising and using fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators
To recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators.
Comparing and ordering unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators.
This term in Science we will be focusing on Rocks and Soils. Children will be comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. In addition to this, they will describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock. They will recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter. In the second half of the Spring Term, we will be looking at Animals including Humans. Children will learn to identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat. They will also Identify that humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement. During the course of these lessons, we will be looking at diet and nutrition for humans and various animals. We will be designing healthy menus and finding out what we need to eat to help us grow. We are excited to be learning about the human skeleton and researching muscles. Following this, we will be making comparisons between human skeletons and the skeletons of other animals.
Our Computing topic for the first Spring half term is We Are Bug Fixers. We will be working with Scratch projects. The children will learn to explain how scripts work, find and correct errors in them and explore creative ways improving the scripts. Additionally, children will learn to recognise some common errors in programming and practise solving problems through logical thinking.
This unit will enable the children to:
Develop a number of strategies for finding errors in programs.
Build up resilience and strategies for problem solving.
Increase their knowledge and understanding of Scratch.
Recognise a number of common types of bug in software.
In the second half of the Spring Term our topic will be Our European Neighbours.
We will be:
Finding out where Europe is and locating it on a map.
Identifying European countries based on their geographic features.
Finding out about capital cities in Europe.
Comparing two European capital cities.
We are very excited that during the first Spring half term we will be finding out all about The Romans. There will be many cross-curricular links, including PE (where we will learn to play a Roman ball game), Geography (we will be learning about where the Romans came from and the countries which formed their empire) and Art (we shall be creating our own mosaics). In addition to all of this, we will be discovering how the empire was formed and studying Roman religion and mythology.
Our Art topic will be Famous buildings. Year 3 children will be exploring and examining buildings in a range of architectural styles and explore colour and pattern. They will also explore the design features of the Taj Mahal and design a building for a particular purpose. Later on in the term, we will be designing and making our own moving monsters. We will use simple pneumatic systems and a range of resources to create our moving monsters.
In PE this half term, children will be working on Outdoor Adventure Activities. Children will be focusing on improving their communication skills through a range of challenges performed with a partner and as part of a team. Next half term, children will be focusing on net/ wall games to improve their hand eye coordination.
We have a lovely topic in PHSCE for the first Spring half term, which is all about our Dreams and Goals. During this topic, we will be discussing the dreams that we have for the future. We will also be talking about ways to stay motivated when we face challenges. Following this, in the second half term we will be studying the Healthy Me topic, which links to our Science learning for the Spring Term. During this topic, we will also be learning about how to stay safe in terms of people, places and medicines.
During RE we will be learning about how Jesus and the Buddha made people stop and think. We will then be conducting a study on why Hindus celebrate Holi. Children will have the opportunity to listen to, discuss and write their own religious sayings whilst comparing and contrasting with different religions.