Year 3 - Summer Term 1

To start the summer term we will share 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.

This book will fit well with the Jigsaw theme for the half term which is ‘Relationships’ and the learning behaviour focus which is ‘Motivation’.

Through our topic of ‘Hero and Villians’ we will look 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. Through history we will be developing the children’s understanding of historical figure’s achievements and actions thinking about the impact they had on history. This will all lead to some interesting art and design technology projects too.

Across the curriculum we will be providing the children with opportunities for sharing stories and extended writing.

In maths we will continue to work on the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication), moving onto mental methods. We will also look at data handling and solving problems.

Year 3 - Summer Term 2

In year 3 we will start the second half of the summer term by looking at the story La Mariposa, by Francisco Jimenez. This is a story following the son of a migrant worker who starts a new school in California, unable to speak English and knowing no one. The story uses a butterfly as a metaphor for the changes the little boy goes through. The story will lead to discussions about culture, difference and empathy.

In our curriculum work we will look at ‘Urban Pioneers’, 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.
In science we will be learning about ‘Light and Shadow’. 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’.

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 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.

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