Year 3 Autumn Term 1
In year 3 we will start the Autumn term looking at the picture book ‘Ssh! We have a plan’ by Chris Haughton. We will look at the characters, plot and making predictions as well as planning and writing our own stories. The children will be taking part in drama activities as well as art linked with the story.
In our curriculum work we will look at different periods in history through the topic ‘Tribal Tales’, creating timelines and finding out more about the Stone age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and how people lived and survived. The second book we will look at in English will link with this as we move onto the humorous story of ‘Ug Boy Genius of the Stone Age’ by Raymond. Ug is very inquisitive with many ideas ahead of his time. There will be opportunities for art, DT and geography as we move through this topic too.
In science we will be learning about ‘Forces and Magnets’. This will involve some investigations and recording of data as well as asking and answering questions about what they have found.
In maths we will be consolidating number facts such as times tables, number bonds and place value. Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will be looked at as well as shape and time.
Our first PSHE unit is ‘Being Me in My World’, this will help the children to build confidence in their new class as well as celebrating each other. It will also help the children to create the feeling of being a team and how we all bring something important to that team.
Year 3 Summer Term 3
In year 3 our topic will be Scrumdiddlyumptious. This unit looks at different foods so there will be some food tasting as well as cooking. The children will get the opportunity to design some packaging for their food too.
In English we will look at the story of Charlie and the Chocolate factory which will link well to the food topic. In addition we will ready the story of ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate DiCamillo. This is an adventure story set in North America that will encourage the children to develop their descriptive writing of settings and then planning their own story. In the story Edward, a china rabbit, experiences wildly different settings, identities and owners, thereby gradually learning the value of love and friendship. Edward’s often harrowing experiences help shape him from a vain, pompous creature into a thoughtful, considerate friend.
Science we link back to our topic as we look at keeping ourselves healthy through ‘feeding and movement’. The children will continue to make observations and find evidence in different investigations.
In maths we will consolidate the use of the column method for addition and the grid method for multiplication. We will be continuing to build mental maths skills too. We are particularly working on timetables so they have quick recall of multiplication and division facts for 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 6 and 8 times tables. We will also be looking again at measuring (including telling the time to five minute intervals and digital) and problem solving.
Our learning behaviour will be ‘Taking Responsible Risks’ which will encourage the children to take risks in their learning and accept that it is OK to make mistakes, they enable them to learn more. Jigsaw will look at transition, preparing the children to move forward into year 4. We will also look at Sun Safety, encouraging the children to drink lots of water, wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing as well as using the importance of using the shade rather than being in the full sun.