Year 3 Summer Term 2

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 reading 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.

We will continue reinforcing our learning behaviours, all the time building perseverance and resilience as well as understanding that making mistakes is OK. Mistakes help us to further our learning if we build on them and learn from them. 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.


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.