Year 3 Spring Term 2

In year 3 we will finish the spring term by looking at the story based on an African folk tale ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly!’ by Christopher Gregorowski. We will be working on telling stories, thinking about characters and settings but also about ourselves. The story is linked to self-belief and reaching for the sky so we will be encouraging the children to rise to the challenge and believe in themselves!

We will then move onto the picture book ‘Belonging’ which is set in a city, it looks at the changes that happen to the community and environment over time. This links well with our new topic of ‘Urban Pioneers’.

Curriculum work which will have an art focus. Over the half term we will find out about towns and cities creating advertising and tourist information for their places of interest. We will go onto explore contemporary ‘urban’ art looking and Graffiti which will lead to some interesting debates around ‘what is art?’.

In maths we will continue to work on rock star maths working on timestables. We will be continuing to work on different calculation strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will also be collecting and representing data in different ways as well as answering questions and solving problems.

‘Light and Shadow’ will be the topic in science. The children have enjoyed setting up their own investigations so far so we will again be developing these skills ensuring that they create a ‘fair test’.

Our Jigsaw theme for the next half term will be ‘Dreams and Goals’, the children will be encouraged to think about what their hopes and ambitions are for the future. We will continue to build on the learning behaviours work we have been doing, particularly focusing on perseverance and resilience. We will be helping the children understand that achieving those goals may take hard work and the overcoming of different obstacles.

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.

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 be looking at different strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division still using place value and number facts to help. This means that the children will continue to work on recalling number facts quickly (bonds to 10 and how to apply them as well as doubles, halves and timetables). We will also look again at fractions and angles.

Our new for the half term is our Jigsaw PSHE unit ‘Healthy Me’; we will be incorporating some work on Mental Health awareness too. Some details about this will come home nearer the time.