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Summer Term 2017

PSHE

In the first half term the children will be looking at the PSHE topic “Good to be me.” They will consider their local environment and how litter impacts on the animals and people who inhabit it. Children will think about the needs of their pets, wild animals and farm animals and responsibilities that humans have to make sure the needs of the animal are met. They will look at acting assertively and managing their feelings. In the second half term children will consider “Changes” in their lives. They will explore the relationship and responsibilities parents have for their babies. They will understand that change can be good and can make their lives better. They will consider what growing up means and will also investigate the value of a balanced diet and the importance of exercise to help grow up healthy and strong.

Outdoor Learning

In Outdoor Learning this term we will be completing a photographic treasure hunt. Once the objects have been found the children will write a short story about the objects. This will relate to our topic of Treasure Island. The children will also pretend that they are stranded on an Island and will need to make shelters to protect themselves from the elements.

Literacy

This term Literacy will link to our topic “Treasure Island.” We will follow a line of enquiry which asks “Can we really find the treasure using only a Pirate map?” This exciting question will provide the starting point for using texts and other sources to write about life on the high seas. Children will write poetry about being on a sailing ship in a storm and think about what it would be like to be shipwrecked on a desert island. They will make maps to write and follow instructions to find hidden treasure, write a message in a bottle, examine how plays are written and write play scripts of their own. They will also use a BBC radio children’s animated adaption of the novel Treasure Island as a focus for exploring some different writing genres. We aim to provide broad and inspiring writing experience this term as we hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for exciting writing!

D.T.

This term DT will be closely linked to our topic Treasure Island. Children will work in groups to design an imaginary island incorporating different features for example including pulleys and possibly a light. The children will use junk modelling to construct a model of their island and its features and evaluate their designs to say what worked well and what they would do differently, to improve them if they made them again.

RE

In RE we will be looking at Sikhism in the first half of term. The children will learn what it is like to be a Sikh - how they worship, special ceremonies, daily life and symbols. The second half of term will focus on the topic “What is faith” and children will be finding out what faith means to different people and how it can benefit people and how to define it when talking about the any world religions.

Geography

This term our topic sessions will have a geographical focus. We will start off by exploring what we know about counties, countries, continents and a whole host of geographical terms and vocabulary at a local, national, and world wide scale. We shall then be exploring a variety of maps at different scales and comparing different locations around the world. We will round the topic off with a visit to Ferry Meadows to use some of our newly acquired map skills.

Year 3 Numeracy  Mrs Houchen

In the final term we will be reinforcing the 4 operations for the final time this year and extend this to using decimals. We will look at area and perimeter of 2D shapes, fractions, money calculations and data handling. We will also be trying to combine skills together to solve problems and investigations.

Year 3 Numeracy Mr Godfrey

We will begin the term by looking again at fractions. This will involve the children understanding equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions. The children will then improve their skills and ability in working out the area and perimeter of 2d shapes. We will then move our learning on to looking at different units of measure for weight, length and capacity. Throughout the term the children will be further improving their mental arithmetic skills with fortnightly tests.

Year 3 Numeracy – Mrs Reid

Children in Mrs Reid’s set will spend time consolidating their knowledge of fractions of shape and number and solving missing number sums for addition and subtraction. They will continue to consolidate their knowledge of written methods of calculation by using the column method to solve subtraction sums.  The children will continue to build on their developing knowledge of their times tables facts and work towards gaining their times tables awards. They will explore multiplication facts as repeated addition and arrays. They will extend their understanding of multiplication to explore patterns of number and also the inverse relationship to division. Children will understand that multiplication is commutative - that it works both ways - and then learn how to multiply larger numbers together by using the grid method.  The children will also begin to investigate the relationship between multiplication and division to check their answers are correct. Throughout the term we will continue to develop our problem solving skills and also solve problems using money, measures and time.

PE

During the term Year 3 will be having swimming lessons at the Regional Pool. Here the children will improve their confidence in the water and work hard to swim by using distinctive strokes. In school the children will be focusing on gymnastics. Here the children will perform different rolls and balances and learn how to perform their safely. They will also have the opportunity to use the equipment available in school. As it is Sports day during the term, the children will be practising their throwing, catching and jumping skills. The children will also try Pilates and learn different breathing techniques and learn how to stay relaxed.

Science

In Science this term, the children will be exploring 'All living things and their habitats'. The children will be investigating what life processes are involved for something to be classed as living. They will also be exploring the area of our forest school in order to make careful observations of living things. The children will be learning how to classify different living things based on their features. We are looking forward to getting the children outdoors and up close with nature during this topic!