Spring 2018 curriculum overview.
Below is an overview of the Year 3 curriculum for the Spring term. Some subject areas include a link to relevant websites that you and your child may find useful. If you have any queries about any area of your child’s learning, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
All pupils will be developing their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in all aspects of the English curriculum. This term, Year 3 will be focussing on poems from other cultures and a selection of non – fiction texts such as instructional and explanation texts.
The children will continue to follow the RWI spelling programme. Each child has a spelling book which they will bring home daily to practise. This book needs to be brought back to school each day and the children will be tested every other week. Please could children practise these at home on a separate piece of paper rather than in their spelling books.
We will be continuing with the reading rollercoaster. We would appreciate it if you could support your child in achieving their next award. Children need to bring in their reading record and reading book every day and must have it signed twice a week ready for changing on a Monday and Friday. Children will also participate in a period of sustained, quiet reading time. Children are now also reading a free choice book which they will receive for every third book they read, which they can share with a parent or friend and enjoy together.
Children will continue to progress through the National Curriculum Unit A1-E1. They will be introduced to a variety of mental and written strategies to work out calculations for all four operations (+, -, x, ÷). Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of fractions and decimals and will use practical and informal methods to multiply and divide. They will carry out investigations and solve word problems.
We will be continuing with the Maths Mountain this year and would appreciate it if you would support your child with learning their number facts each week. Children will also complete a daily Times Tables Rockstars challenge to consolidate their times table knowledge.
Topic - Anglo Saxons
In this unit, children will be learning about the invasion of Scots and Anglo Saxons in the 5th century. They will investigate where the invading troops came from and where in Britain they managed to settle. They will then go on to investigate how life in Britain changed as a result.
Year 3 – Moving and growing
This unit will identify that humans and animals have skeletons for support, protection and movement. They will identify the muscles for movement and be able to name them. They will also learn about nutrition and the different food groups.
Rocks and Soils
In this unit the children will compare and group different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and some physical properties. They will describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock. During this unit they will carry out investigations of soils, rocks and organic matter.
In the spring term the children will learn to use basic algorithms to accomplish given goals. They will understand the meanings of different programming blocks and be able to design their own pattern of moves for different programs. Children will also begin to understand the functions and purpose of networks, and how we connect to the internet.
In art the children will be creating a loom and weaving a landscape picture based on Anglo Saxon times. They will plan their design, use wool and sticks to create their picture and then evaluate their final piece of work.
In D.T. the children will be finding out about the importance of Runes during Anglo Saxon times. They will create their own set of Runes using clay and will be able to write and translate messages.
In D.T the children will also use Lego WeDo robots. Children will use the robots to solve problems in creative ways. Children will also begin to understand the functions and purpose of networks, and how we connect to the internet.
During the Spring Term, the Year 3 children will learn to play the chime bars. They will learn basic musical notation, including pitch and the length of notes and rests. They will also begin to copy what they hear and learn to play as a group.
During the Spring term, Year 3 children will learn more general vocabulary, including numbers to 31, parts of the body and months of the year. They will be able to talk about likes and dislikes and the date of their birthday.
Indoor and Outdoor PE kits must be brought in every Monday and will be sent home on a Friday. In Spring 1 in Year 3, children will be developing skills and agility through Invasion Games (including attacking and defending and aspects of football/rugby/netball/hockey/basketball) as well as developing their dance skills. In Spring 2 children will continue to develop skills in various games whilst also developing their gymnastic skills. Please make sure that children have appropriate waterproof shoes for outdoor PE. All children will have PE and outdoor games. The PE days are as follows for Year 3.
ER3: Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
DW3: Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Children should have both indoor and outdoor kits available for both PE sessions due to potential adverse weather conditions.
In the Spring term in PSHE, children will be learning how to deal with loss/separation, as well as considering how to manage money. They will also learn how to sustain a healthy lifestyle and make informed choices about food to maintain a balanced diet.
In Spring 1 in RE we will be looking at Hinduism and Hindu Festivals including Divali and Holi. We will also be reading Religious stories linked to Holy Festivals, as well as learning about places of worship.
In Spring 2 Year 3 will be learning all about Lent including the preparation for lent and Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Children will also be learning about Passover and the Last supper.
Maths – MyMaths, Sumdog and School 360 will continue to be used for online homework. Written homework will be given at intervals throughout the term. English - All children will use their reading journal for their Literacy homework. The children will be asked to choose from a selection of tasks following on from work they have covered in class. The work may be based upon the books the children have chosen through Free Readers.
E. Rigg & D. Winter