Year 3- Marie Curie Class
Year 3 Spring 2 Curriculum Information
This half-term, Geography will continue to form the basis of our main topic, as we further develop our understanding of all things ‘rivers’. In physical geography, we will be looking at amazing rivers around the world and their journeys, as well as some of the dramatic landforms that rivers create over millions of years – home and abroad. Here, we will be building on some of our knowledge and vocabulary from last half-term. In human geography, we will be extending our thinking on how humans use water and rivers, considering why they are important to people through case studies on the Volga River in Russia and the Amazon River in South America.
In these lessons, as well as in our V.I.P.E.R.S. English comprehension, we will be thinking about the important world-issue of pollution. In-line with the school values of curiosity, compassion, and respect, and the importance of nurturing socially and environmentally responsible young people, we will look at the various ways in which rivers become polluted, contributing to the pollution of our oceans. It will prepare us for our Non-Fiction English writing unit where, guided in class, we will firstly be writing a newspaper report around pollution and its effect on a previously undiscovered sea creature. During independent writing sessions, each child will then use the processes and literary devices practiced and explored, to write an environmentally conscious newspaper report about a water-dwelling creature, independently.
Building on our work on rivers, river systems and flooding last half-term in all these ways will help move us closer to being able to answer our Big Question for the term - “What does a river see on its journey?”
Also adding to our rivers knowledge will be our Class Read for this half-term - Edwardian classic, The Wind In The Willows. This is as language-rich as The River Singers, though it is much lighter in heart, following the mischief of Toad, Rat and Mole on the riverbank where they live, and on their travels. The fabulous characterisation and scene-setting of this well-loved story has led to many vibrant visual interpretations on book covers and in film over the years and, in Art this half-term, we will be creating some of our own character illustrations from natural and found materials.
In Science, we will continue our exploration of the fascinating world or plants.
We will be covering work on rules, rights and responsibilities, as well as on seeing things from others’ perspectives, in some of our P.S.H.E. classes, continuing The Grove’s commitment to British Values. In the classroom in general, I will be looking to maximise opportunity for hands-on and social approaches - always beneficial to learning. Such approaches are also crucial in helping children develop some of the wider skills and empathies that allow them to become co-operative, responsible, and helpful members of society, and develop inclinations towards school values of teamwork, respect and acceptance.
Year 3 Spring 1 Curriculum Information
Geography will form the basis of our main topic for the spring term, as we explore all things ‘rivers’! In the first half term, in physical geography, we will be identifying rivers of the UK in the context of the countries of, and the seas surrounding our isles. We will be looking to understand the “path” a river takes – from where and how it is formed, to where and how it finishes, inspired by our artistically and symbolically striking picture book, “The Rhythm of the Rain”, by Grahame Baker-Smith. Do all rivers take a path similar to that of the water Isaac pours from his jar into the stream at the top of the mountain?
Touching on the water cycle, we will also be looking at the journey of a rain drop from the sky, as it travels through the river system, finding out how it eventually ends up in our taps at home, ready for us to drink and wash with. Indeed, in human geography, we will think about settlements and how, historically, we have always made use of rivers - their water and other resources – to prosper as societies. We will also consider how we use rivers for leisure and look at the physics of lochs and damns.
Our English Writing and V.I.P.E.R.S. reading comprehension work will firstly explore flooding and its perils and impact on human lives, through both fiction and non-fiction texts. These classes will continue to be river-themed throughout the whole of the spring term, maximising opportunity to develop a rich tapestry of understanding on this fascinating subject, exploring the many facets of rivers, and from many angles. It will all help move us closer to being able to answer our Big Question - “What does a river see on its journey?” - comprehensively, thoughtfully, creatively and enthusiastically at the end of the spring term.
Our class read, ‘The River Singers’, will provide much food for thought on the ecology of river life, introducing us to many plants and animals, and ‘ways’ of nature as we follow a family of young voles on their journey along the riverbank. This book is packed with high-level language, emotional honesty, and vivid imagery.
Our science topic draws on some of the fascinations of ecology, as we delve into the amazing world of plants! Sparking our curiosity, initially - about how plants grow, use water and sunlight, and how / why they grow fruits – is the story of Anna and her apple tree. We will strive to answer all the above questions and more, learning about many of the magical things plants do to look after themselves and to repopulate, with some experiments along the way!
The river theme continues further into our artistic studies as we look at the work of Claude Monet and his capturing of water scenes in paint. We will be using mixed media to create our own atmospheric river scenes.
Year 3 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information
At the start of the Autumn term we will be ‘unearthing past civilizations’ in our second topic about the ancient Maya. We will be reading a mouthwatering tale called ‘The Great Chocoplot’ by Chris Callaghan. Eleven-year-old Jelly and he gran are compelled to try and investigate the intriguing mystery of what has happened to world’s supply of chocolate.
As we discuss this story, we will explore our school value of ‘perseverance’ and the importance of having positive family relationships and friendships.
As this book involves an ‘ancient prophecy’ about chocolate, in History we will be discovering the development of ancient Mayan civilization and culture, which involved drinking hot chocolate, and compare this with our own culture and civilization. In Design and Technology, the children will have the opportunity to design and build a Mayan temple and in Art we will create Mayan masks and murals.
We will also the book write a newspaper report about inspired by story of the lucky golden ticket winners in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. We also write our own ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired story.
Throughout our learning in this topic, we will be answering our Big Question which is: Was there more to the ancient Maya than just chocolate? To help us answer this we will be investigating the development of the culture and civilization of the ancient Maya and comparing it with our own. We will also be considering the importance of developing a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Year 3/4 Autumn Curriculum Information
At the start of the Autumn term we will be ‘initiating our boot up sequences’ on a journey to explore our first topic all about Robots. We will be reading an exciting book called ‘The Wild Robot’ by Peter Brown. It is a charming journey of discovery through the wilderness that sends Roz the robot crashing onto the rocky shores of an island she was not designed for. After rebuilding herself, Roz manages to build a life for herself upon the island, learning to live in harmony with the creatures she meets along the way.
As we explore the book, we will engage in thought and discussion about the key themes highlighted in the story including acceptance of others, building friendships and family relationships, mutual respect and everyone being different. As we discuss these themes, we will explore our school value of ‘acceptance’ and we will learn about the importance of treating everybody equally and fairly.
As the book is centred around the theme of Robots and nature, in History we will build our sense of chronology (order in time) while discovering the key advances in technology, including automata and robots. In Design and Technology, the children will have the opportunity to design and build a Robot of the future and in Art we will create our own robot paintings inspired by the work of American artist Eric Joyner.
We will further be inspired by the book ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes to learn about forces and magnets as well as investigating light and shadow. We will also be creating an alternative ending to ‘The Iron Man’ with the children developing their creative language choices through an interesting outdoors activity. In addition, the picture book ‘The Tin Forest’ will be used to inspire the creation of a non-fiction instructional text – How to build a robot dog. The children will then need to persuade people what makes their robot dog a ‘must have of the future’. The children will create acrostic poems inspire by their robot creations.
Throughout our learning in this topic, we will be answering our Big Question which is: How could robots influence our future? To help us answer this we will be investigating how automata and robots have developed from the ancient world through to the modern day. We will also develop an awareness of electrical safety and Turtle Logo programming.
We have many more exciting opportunities planned this half-term, which we cannot wait to share with you!