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’.

Our Topic work 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?’. We will be welcoming a visitor who will work with the children to create some graffiti artwork which the children will be able to bring home.

In maths we will continue to complete rock star maths working on timestables as well as addition and subtraction calculations using column methods. We will be looking at statistics, measures and fractions too. The children will also be collecting and representing data in science.

We will be continuing to find out more about plants in our ‘Parts of a Plant’ 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 be thinking about our learning behaviours of curiosity, bravery, flexibility and determination in our learning. 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. 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.