Year 3 Spring Term 1

In the first half of the spring term, we will be starting the topic ‘Flow’.
This looks at and compares rivers around the world. This will involve geographical skills, using maps and identifying differences and similarities between the countries, weather, plants and animals found there. We are aiming to read some lovely books with stories and poems set around the world to continue the geography link. We will also have discussions about the deforestation of rain forests and the effect this has on the environment. This will link well with recent assemblies and discussions about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We will talk about how we can all make a difference. This topic will incorporate some lovely artwork based on rainforests and the animals found in them.

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 different strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will continue to work on arithmetic skills so building fluency on recalling number facts (bonds to 10 and how to apply them as well as doubles, halves and timetables) would be beneficial.

Our new Jigsaw PSHE unit will be ‘Relationships’. This will focus on roles in families and friendships as well as how to solve problems when they arise.

Year 3 Autumn Term 2

We will be starting the half term with an exciting visit from the Science Dome. This will be an excellent start to our Tremors topic which will involve looking at different rock formations, volcanoes and earthquakes.

The topic links well with our Science, 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 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 continue with the stone theme and move onto a story called ’The Stone Mouse’ by Jenny Nimmo. The story is set on a family holiday exploring emotions and relationships between siblings. The story will lead to discussions around trying to talk about worries and concerns rather than keeping them inside, they can often be made better by sharing!
Soon it will be Christmas and we will be looking at the Christmas story and how Christians celebrate.

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.

In Jigsaw (PSHE) the unit is Celebrating Difference. This 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.
We will continue working on the learning behaviours of ‘Striving for Accuracy’, ‘Perseverance’, ‘Independence’, ‘Cooperation’ and ‘Taking Responsible Risks’.