Year 3 Summer Term 2

In Year 3 our topic will be Scrumdiddlyumptious. This unit looks at different foods and their packaging. The children will design their own fruit and use clay to make it as well as investigating and then designing their own packaging for it. They will also be thinking about the production of different types of food.  

In English, we will be 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.  

In 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 and shape as well as problem solving.  

We will continue reinforcing our learning behaviours of brave, curious, flexible and determined. We will link these all into our ‘5 Hands of Millbrook’.  

Jigsaw will look at ‘Changing Me’. This involves body changes as well as transition, preparing the children to move forward into Year 4.  

Year 3 Summer Term 1

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. We will look at ‘The Sword and the Stone’ as well as 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.  

In Science, we will be looking at ‘Light and Shadows’, this will help to further develop skills to carry out investigations. We will be looking at light sources and the absence of light. We will investigate shadows, observing and recording findings as well as drawing conclusions.  

In Maths, we will continue to work on our Power Maths. We will keep working on the four operations but also introducing fractions and time. As always, timetables are important and the children should be encouraged to get to know their tables and corresponding division facts.  

Our Jigsaw theme for the half term is ‘Relationships’. In this unit we will be looking at different relationships within families and how to negotiate and solve problems. The children will look at relationships online and ways in which they can stay safe. As they move through the unit, they will think about different places and their role as a global citizen but also how their lives and relationships are very different to those of other children.