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Year 3 - Marie Curie Class

Year 3 Spring 1 Curriculum Information

During this half term of Spring 1 there will be lots of exciting learning. We will be reading a range of books to incorporate into our topic.

We will be understanding the book ‘The Tempest’ and by studying the events that occur in the story, look closely at the vocabulary used, which will be incorporated in our VIPERS lessons. We will also read `Max the Champion’ by Sean Stockton.

 

In English our focus is on ‘Flood’, which is a lovely picture book by Alavaro Villa about a family who are preparing for the ominous progression of a storm. The book focuses on the transition from calm to storm and the effects that the storm and the resultant flood has on the family.  The story is shown pictorially, as a narrative and this helps the children empathise with the events and what the characters are feeling and thinking. The children will use their understanding of this to write their own version of the story.

In History we will be studying the Anglo-Saxons and looking how they settled in Britain. We will explore their settlements and how they lived by examining their culture and religion.

We will then look at the how the Vikings invaded and how they created Viking settlements. The tensions and battles between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings will be explored through the king Alfred the Great. We will also be reading the `Dragon’s Hoard’, which are stories from the Vikings.                             

The children will look at the events that took place and this will lead the children to do the Big Question, which will be:

“How could the uniting and shared tolerance of the Anglo-Saxons, have created a more successful and positive community?”

In Maths we will continue to consolidate the children’s understanding of addition, subtraction and place value but the focus will be on multiplication and division.

The children will build on their initial understanding of recording practically and pictorially, but also develop their methods of being able to record this using the written method. They will become familiar with arrays and how to group amounts accordingly. The children will also have the opportunity to practise this through their use of TT Rockstars.

In PE, the children will have dance and netball and they will develop their skills in these areas.

In PHSE, the children will study Dreams and Goals and recognise the difficulties that people may face in achieving success and recognise the importance of trying to overcome obstacles. The children will also learn about refugees and how we can stop racism.

In Music the children will be exploring the Reggae style and they will look specifically at Bob’s Marley’s music. As well as practising singing one of his songs, the children will continue to develop playing the glockenspiels and learn to read music.

In Science the children will be looking at Light and using their enquiry skills to investigate different surfaces and examine opacity, transparency and translucency. They will also use mirrors and look at patterns in changing shadows. The Big Question is ``Why do we need light?’’

In RE the children will be studying why the Bible is important for Christians today. The children will study different stories and look at its influence in helping people and how it inspires art and dance.

The children enjoy their weekly French lessons and the focus is on months of the year and birthdays.

In computing the children will be looking at programming and how they can compose musical sequences.

During this term, among the plentiful things happening, the children have an assembly in which they will learn about the UK parliament and the importance of democracy, the role of MPs, the House of Lords and law making.

 

I am looking forward to this half-term and I hope you are too!

The year 3 team!

Year 3 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information

 

In Autumn 2, we will be exploring many exciting new things while always trying to include our school values in everything we do.  This term we will be working on resilience, enthusiasm, confidence and more.

The class will be reading several new books including ‘Secrets of a Sun King’, ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’, ‘The New Jumper’ and ‘Peter Pan’.  We will be using these books to encourage the children with their writing.

The children will also experience writing a diary entry and learn how to write a non-chronological report about skeletons and muscles.

In Geography, our learning will be about settlements. Our Big Questions will be: `Where do we live and what are the areas like?’  We will look at the differences between cities, villages and hamlets and compare rural and urban settlements.

In Science, our Big Question is: ‘What makes us human?’ We will be learning about the different systems of the human body. The children will be examining the skeletal system, nervous system and seeing how the digestive system works.

In History, we are finding out about Ancient Egypt and our Big Question is: ‘How did a belief in gods and goddesses effect how Egyptians led their lives?’

The children will also have an opportunity to go on a trip to Leicester Museum. This will give pupils an in depth understanding of life in ancient Egypt. They will handle artefacts and there will be hands on activities.

 

In Maths, we will be reinforcing the children’s understanding of addition and subtraction and developing their skills of multipliying and dividing. Please use TT Rockstars to encourage your child with their timestables.

In Art and Design Technology, the children will recognise how a castle is made up of multiple 3D shapes and they will use their skills to build a complex structure.

In RE, we are thinking about the following question:  `How do festivals and family life show what matters to Jews?’ The children will identify some Jewish beliefs about God, sin and forgiveness and describe what they mean.  

In PHSE, our focus is looking at ‘Celebrating differences’ and how important it is to care for each other. We shall also look at the effects of bullying and how to solve it.

The children will be continuing to learn French with a specialist teacher and they will also have weekly computer lessons on Purple Mash. The focus is on branching and using databases.

In PE, the children will be going swimming on a Wednesday morning. On Friday mornings we are very fortunate to have a cricket coach from Leicestershire County Cricket Club, who will be teaching the children.

In Music, the children will have the opportunity to play the glockenspiel. They will learn to play various notes and be introduced to the language of music, theory, and composition.

We are very fortunate to have workshops provided by the Creative Learning Services. A historian will come into school to talk about the River Nile and Egypt.

There will also be an interactive Assembly on Remembrance Day and a Christmas Assembly titled ‘Deck the Halls,’ which will explain what Christmas was like in Leicestershire in 1891.

We have so much more planned for this half term, which we look forward to sharing with you all on Class Dojo. Please keep looking on our Class Dojo page for regular updates and information.

Year 3 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information

 

In Autumn 1, we will be exploring many exciting new things.  We will be reading several new books including ‘The Wild Robot,’ ‘The Street Beneath my Feet’ and ‘Stone Age Boy.’ We are always trying to include our school values in everything we do.  This term we will be working in the classroom on self-belief, honesty, confidence, teamwork and more …  We will also be going on a trip to a working farm, which will be very exciting for the children.

In the classroom we will be using these books to encourage the children with their story writing. The children will also be designing and writing a holiday brochure.  We will also be talking about where we live in Geography this term. We will look at compasses and how to read maps and our Big Question is: ‘How can we find our location?’  In Science our Big Questions is: ‘How are rocks formed?’ We will be learning about different scientists and particularly what geologists do. In History we are finding out about The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Our Big Question in History is: ‘How have British settlements developed to improve civilisation in the modern world?’ Maybe you could visit the public library together to borrow a book on one of these topics?

In Maths we will continue learning about place value, we will also be reinforcing our knowledge of addition and subtraction this term. Please use TT Rockstars to encourage your child with their timestables. 

In Art and Design Technology, the children will have opportunities to practise their skills about different artists on themed days. Our class is called ‘The Marie Curie’ class and we have researched and found information out about her. She was such a significant person in history, ask your child about her. In RE this term we are learning about ‘What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?’ In PHSE our focus is looking at ‘Being me in my world’ and considering self identity and worth.

The children will also start learning French with a specialist teacher and they will also have weekly computer lessons on Purple Mash.

In PE the children will be going swimming on a Wednesday morning. On Thursday they will be practising Fundamentals, which will develop the skills of balancing, running, jumping, hopping and skipping.

 

We have so much more planned for this half term, which we look forward to sharing with you all on Class Dojo. Please keep looking on our Class Dojo page for regular updates and information.

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