Year 3 Spring 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 multiplication and division moving onto using 2- digit numbers. We will also be looking at money, understanding the different coins and how pounds and pence link together. We will finally move onto Data which will involve understanding pictograms, bar charts and tables.

We will also work on solving problems using the different methods and areas we have looked at through the year so far.  

Our new Jigsaw PSHE unit will be ‘Healthy Me’. This will focus on different ways to stay healthy both physically and mentally. We will be taking part in mental health week at the end of the half term too.

 

Year 3 Autumn Term 2

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 and provides the children with lots of facts 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 exploring emotions and relationships between siblings. 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 addition to this we will be continuing to work hard on grammar, looking at different work classes and how to build varied and interesting sentences.

In Maths we will be continuing to use ‘Power Maths’. We will be focusing on addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division. As we move through the units we will be introducing the children to different strategies including column methods, number lines and recall of number facts. We will look at using and applying these skills in different contexts too. The children will continue to use part whole models and bar models to help with this.

Our topic this half term is Tremors which will involve looking at different rock formations, volcanoes and earthquakes. This links well with the stories in English as well as our Science which is 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 Jigsaw (PSHE) the 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.