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.

Year 3 Spring Term

In year 3 we will start 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!

In our curriculum work we will look at different periods in history through the topic ‘Tribal Tales’, creating timelines and finding out more about the Stone age, Bronze Age and Iron Age and how people lived and survived. The second book we will look at in English will link with this as we move onto the humorous story of ‘Ug Boy Genius of the Stone Age’ by Raymond. Ug is very inquisitive with many ideas ahead of his time.
This topic links in well with the ‘Tremors’ topic we did in the Autumn term looking at rocks and how they are formed over time. There will be other opportunities for art, DT and geography as we move through this topic too.

In science we will be learning about ‘What Plants Need’. This will involve some investigations and recording of data as well as asking and answering questions about what they have found.

In maths we will continue to work on place value, mental strategies for calculation, 2D shapes, fractions and start to look at measuring angles using degrees.

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