Year 3 - Curriculum Overview 2017/18
Year 3 - Spring 1
Class Teachers: Miss Buckley, Miss Morrison and Miss Richards
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Boyce and Mrs Seaman
PE day: Wednesday and Friday
Home Learning: Your child’s home learning tasks will be set weekly on a Friday and will be due in by the following Thursday. These will consist of an English, a spelling, a maths and a mental arithmetic task.
Reading at home: It is expected that your child reads for 15 – 20 minutes every day. This must be recorded in their Reading Record Books and initialed by an adult. It is an expectation that Reading Records are brought in to the academy each day so that teachers can monitor the reading happening at home.
Spelling Focus: Revise the spellings on the Year 1 & Year 2 spelling lists and practise the Year 3 & Year 4 spelling list words. Children should also be learning the personal spellings sent home each week in their Spelling Log.
Arithmetic Focus: Children should be practising their times tables (up to 12 x 12) as well as revising telling the time, on an analogue clock, to the nearest five minutes.
This half term, the children will be learning about and writing in the style of both fiction and non-fiction texts relating to the overall topic of The Romans. The children will have the opportunity to write recounts, narrative descriptions, information texts and explanation texts. Grammar and spelling will be a focus throughout all lessons. Each week a different spelling rule will be focused upon and the children will have the opportunity to investigate and learn the spellings within this rule throughout the week. Guided Reading will be taught to develop prediction, deduction and inference skills. Children will be given the opportunity to practise supporting their predictions and inferences with evidence from the text.
This half term, the children will learn about multiplication, division and money. Additionally, arithmetic skills, including number bonds, times tables and adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 100 to a given number, will be covered and the children will have the opportunity to apply these skills within a context.
This half term, the children will be learning about Plants. During this topic, the children will describe the different parts of a plant and their functions, explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal. To develop their scientific enquiry skills, the children will report on findings from enquiries, using both oral and written explanations.
This half term, the children will be designing and creating their own mosaic. During this topic, children will be researching roman mosaics, the medium that was used and how they were created. Children will use this to influence their final design, selecting and using different materials based on their suitability and evaluating their final product.
Humanities this half term will have a History focus. During their history lessons, the children will be investigating the Romans. Children will be using laptops and books to support them in their research into clothing, housing, job roles and important advances that were made during this period.
Throughout the term, the children will be learning about online safety and how they can keep safe online. Children will be using the Espresso Coding program to input commands to control objects on the screen. They will be exploring algorithms, using ‘run’ and ‘execute’ commands and creating their own coding.
This half term in French, the children will begin by learning the days of the week, months of the year and seasons. Following this, they will be learning about how to describe pets and the colours.
In music this half term, children will explore the pentatonic scale and ways of notating pitch. They will listen to traditional Chinese music, sing, read and compose music, ending in a musical celebration of Chinese New Year.
PE lessons this half term children will be focusing on multi-skills. During these lessons, the children will be focusing on control and maintaining balance, coordinating body movement patterns, collaborating with others and moving at different speeds in different directions with control.
This half term, the children will be exploring famous philosophers and thinking about philosophical questions. Children will be able to discuss and share ideas.
This half term we will be focusing on Judaism. The children will be learning and exploring the beliefs of Jews, the importance of prayer and worship and some Jewish celebrations.