Year 3

Year 3

Summer 2018 curriculum overview.

Below is an overview of the Year 3 curriculum for Summer 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 Literacy curriculum, and will develop their grammatical skills throughout all of these aspects.  This term, Year 3 will be focussing on alternative traditional stories, myths and legends in the book “The Lion and the Unicorn and other Hairy Tales” and moving on to study Dialogues and Plays, focussing on purpose and organisation. Opportunities will arise to develop text analysis skills. The children use a variety of learning strategies to engage them in responding to the text, for example, drama techniques such as hot seating, written responses in reading journals, listening and responding to other children’s responses in pairs and group discussions. 


Shared / Guided Reading

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. As children progress towards the end of Year 3, there is a greater expectation that they read independently at their own pace, paying particular attention to their accuracy, fluency and comprehension skills.


ICT and Literacy

Aspects of E-Learning, new technologies and multi-media are fully integrated into the literacy curriculum using various formats such as animations, producing performances, PowerPoint presentations and visual texts such as digital stories as outcomes for certain units.



The children will continue to follow the RWI spelling programme. Each child has a spelling log 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.



Children will continue to progress through the National Curriculum Unit A2-E3.  They will continue to use a variety of mental strategies to work out calculations and will progress to formal written methods for all four operations (+, -, x, ÷).  Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of 2D and 3D shapes (faces, edges, vertices and right angles).  They will carry out investigations and problem solving activities to allow children to consolidate and apply their knowledge across the curriculum.


Topic: Comparing and Contrasting Localities

This term the children will be studying Geography. They will be comparing the surrounding local area with Holy Island. Throughout the topic they will study and develop and an understanding of different types of land use. They will also develop the ability to make comparisons between life on Holy Island and life in Cramlington. The children will also develop confidence when using maps and atlases to locate continents, countries and a range of physical features. During this study the children will all participate in a visit to Nelson Hill and Holy Island to enhance their understanding further.

There are regular opportunities for children to share their work with a specific audience. The audience will sometimes extend beyond the immediate school community. In feedback, specific links are made between the success of outcomes and the processes that have led to them. For example: talk and collaboration.



 Plant Study

In this unit children will learn about what plants need to grow well and why it is important that they do.  Experimental and investigative work will focus on: considering what evidence should be collected, making careful measurements, considering how good the evidence is, using results to draw conclusions. and Soils



 (Information Technology Skills)

In this unit children will make Powerpoint presentations based on different areas of the curriculum. Children will find their own pictures and animations to enhance their presentations. Children will then present their work to the rest of the class.

Shanklea Primary School strives to create a culture of innovation so that its members will always be involved in the improvement of the SPS community, and continue to innovate and improve the lives of others. 



In RE the topic they will be covering is Judaism.  In this unit they will examine festivals. For example: Shabbat and Hanukkah. Children will research ways in which Jewish lifestyle is affected by religious belief and practice they will look at a variety of scriptures and stories that shape Jewish belief and practice. The question will be studying is ‘Why do the Jewish community often see life as a journey and how is this marked?’



This term in PSHE, the children will be learning about aspects of physical, emotional and mental health, as well as well as how to make healthy lifestyle choices. In PSHE we try to inspire the children to be leaders who are innovative, passionate and confident.



During the Summer term, Year 3 children will continue to learn more general vocabulary, including numbers to 31 and months of the year in order to talk about their birthday. They will also learn to learn how to describe their school environment, including how they travel to school, school rooms and things in a pencil case.



During the Summer Term, the Year 3 children will learn to play tin whistles. They will use basic musical notation, including pitch and the length of notes and rests that they have learned. They will learn to play left hand notes in order to play basic melodies.



Children will look carefully at a painting of Holy Island for shape and colour. The children will be taught to use 4b pencil to record tone,texture and shape. After this the children will go on to use oil pastels to create their own version of the painting. The final activity will be for the children to paint their own interpretation of Holy Island.

Once they have completed the task they will respond and evaluate the art by expressing ideas and opinions.


Design Technology

The children will begin to use Lego WeDo to design and build control orientated sequences to solve everyday problems. The will work in small groups to develop their planning and construction skills throughout the project.



Year 3 will be developing their athletics and team games, focusing on strike and field, in Outdoor PE. They will also be developing their athletics skills and racket skills in indoor PE. Indoor and Outdoor PE kits must be brought in every Monday and will be sent home on a Friday.  Please make sure that children have appropriate waterproof shoes for outdoor PE.

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.



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 continue to 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.