Year 3 Summer Term 1

We will start the term by reading the story of the sword and the stone. This will link well with finding out more about Castles and Knights. Half way through the term we will visit Rockingham Castle. This will enable us to find out a little more about castles but also local history.

Our topic over the half term will be ‘Heroes and Villains’, we will look at a variety of characters from books and film, using music as a stimulus discussing how it can be used to portray different characters or feelings.

As we move through the topic we will look at William Shakespeare and his play ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The children will look at Shakespeare himself, the story and characters as well as the language he used.

Our Jigsaw theme for the half term is ‘Relationships’. This will look at relationships and responsibilities at home, friendships and how to solve problems if they arise but also about being a global citizen. We will continue to link back to British Values and our learning behaviours throughout.

In science we will be looking at ‘what plants need’, this will help the children to develop skills to carry out investigations.

In maths we will continue to work on the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) and the use of mental methods as well as written methods. We will also be looking data handling and measures. We will continue to look at timetables daily and their inverse.

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.