Year 3 Spring Term 1

In the first half of the spring term, we will be starting the topic ‘Gods and Mortals’ this topic will continue all term. This unit has a strong history link. It will develop the children’s knowledge of the ancient Greeks discovering how and when the ancient civilisation flourished. They will focus on their culture, armies and heroes.

In English, we will be reading the book ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne which is a lovely story with lots of links to other familiar fairy tales.  We will then be moving onto something totally different! ‘Hot Like Fire’ is a collection of poems by the performance poet Valerie Bloom. Her poems are fun and vibrant full of Jamaican patois and images that the children will enjoy.

In Science, we will be starting to look at plants. We will be learning about the different parts and what their purposes are to ensure a healthy plant. This will be a good opportunity to start planting things ready to watch them grow over the next few weeks and through the rest of the school year.

In Maths, we will continue to look at multiplication and division moving onto using 2- digit numbers. We will also be looking at money, understanding the different coins and how pounds and pence link together. We will finally move onto Data which will involve understanding pictograms, bar charts and tables.

We will also work on solving problems using the different methods and areas we have looked at through the year so far.

In French, we will be learning to count as well as continuing to develop conversations. The children will be using Linguascope in school and at home. They can revisit ‘Bonjour’, ‘Ca va?’ ‘Nombres’ and ‘Age’ to help with their work in class.

Our new Jigsaw PSHE unit will be ‘Healthy Me’. This will focus on different ways to stay healthy both physically and mentally. We will be taking part in mental health week too.


Year 3 Autumn Term 2

In English we will look at the book ‘Pebble in my Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper. This book follows a pebbles journey through time, from its beginning in a fiery volcano to its place in the busy modern world. It is informative and provides the children with lots of facts also some brilliant vocabulary.

We will then start the exciting story of Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age. This story is a cartoon strip format and tells the story of Ug who is unhappy with stone blankets, stone footballs and worst of all stone trousers!

Grammar will continue with the children focusing on word classes, tenses and punctuation including speech marks.

In Maths we will be continuing to use ‘Power Maths’. We will be focusing on addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division. As we move through the units we will be introducing the children to different strategies including column methods, number lines and recall of number facts. We will look at using and applying these skills in different contexts too. The children will continue to use part whole models and bar models to help with this.

Our topic this half term is Rocks, Relics and Rumbles which will involve looking at different rock formations, volcanoes and earthquakes. This links well with the stories in English as well as our Science which is Rocks and Soils. We will investigate and describe different types of rocks and soils and how they are made. We will find out how different rocks can be used for different jobs. Rocks can hold secrets too so we will be finding out about fossils, how they are made and the types of rocks they may be found in.

In Jigsaw (PSHE) the unit is Celebrating Difference. We talked about Black History month before half term but will continue this throughout the half term. This Jigsaw unit will encourage the children to recognise that everyone is different and experiences feelings. We all often need to find ways to deal with them in order to resolve problems.

Year 3 Curriculum Information