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.
Year 3 Autumn Term 2
We start 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.
This will link well with our science topic, 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, providing the children with lots of facts but 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, it explores relationships between siblings and feelings. 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 look at mental maths methods for addition, subtraction as well as strategies for multiplication and division. We will look at using and applying the maths skills in different contexts too.
Our new for the half term is Jigsaw PSHE 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 for ‘Striving for Accuracy’, ‘Perseverance’, ‘Independence’, ‘Cooperation’ and ‘Taking Responsible Risks’. We will also be adding in a new one this half term of ‘Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations’.