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Year 3

Summer Term 2022


Children will start the Summer term revising the column method for addition and subtraction and practising improving presentation. They use the inverse operation and will aim to exchange and regroup accurately and check answers independently. They will continue to become fluent in their times tables facts to 12 x 12, revising the multiples and multiplication facts for each table as well as the related division facts.  This will support them when learning the grid method to solve more complex multiplication sums. They will use times tables knowledge to help to understand what division is and when using the “bus stop method” for division. They will check their answers using the inverse operation and will be encouraged to be increasingly independent. Later in the year we will look at telling the time in analogue and digital and also lines of symmetry and the properties of shape.


Children will continue to develop their reading, writing, phonics and grammar and spelling skills by using different texts to inspire them to write using different writing genres. Children will describe characters and settings and write from a view point using the text “Gregory Cool” by Caroline Binch. They will write in the style of a sports commentary, using video clips as a starting point, as well as writing short playscripts, some poetry and some independent writing. Some lessons will link to our topic Farm to Fork and we will use a longer text “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo, to practise various writing skills and make predictions and inferences about his adventures.


In the first part of the summer term child will explore a unit called Sequence and Music, after revisiting ways to stay safe online. They will explore the concept of sequencing in programming through Scratch. They will be introduced to basic programming and to a selection of motion, sound and events, which they will use to create their own programs in sequence.  In the following unit, later in the term, the children will explore the links between Events and Actions. They will consolidate prior learning relating to sequencing and will move a sprite in four directions (up, down, left and right) and through a maze, using their knowledge of Scratch.


During this topic, the children will investigate the historical nature of farming and the importance it has within our country. The children will look at how farming has developed with machinery and technology throughout the last few centuries. Using their map skills, the children will identify the parts of the UK and countries around the world where farming takes place and understand the landscapes and climates needed to grow certain foods. This will also include the distance certain foods have travelled for us to be able to eat them in the UK as well as looking at supporting Fairtrade farmers across the world. The children will look at the impact climate change is having on farming and the consequences this is having on food production. They will also investigate the growing amount of food waste created and how this can be used to help those living in food poverty. Finally, the children will be growing their own tomato plants to use later on in the topic to make their own pizzas.


At the start of the summer term, Year 3 children will explore “Personal Safety.” They will think about their own personal safety, what sort of contact they feel comfortable with and what personal space means. They will think about who they can trust, who they can talk to about their feelings and when they might need to break a promise or tell a secret.  Later in the term they will discuss “Managing Change.” They will think about the changes they have already experienced and might encounter in the future. They will consider changes other people might be going through and how it affects feelings when things change or people or pets die. They will be encouraged to find ways to make the best of a new situation and to recognise that emotions and behaviour can sometimes be different during times of change.

Science – Living things and their habitats

The children will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. They learn how animals are split into 'vertebrates' and 'invertebrates' and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. They will use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. The children will also be introduced to the idea that environments are subject to human-made and natural changes, and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things. Throughout the topic the children will work scientifically by gathering, recording and presenting information in different ways.


In the first half of the term the children will explore what it is like to be a Sikh in Peterborough. They will create a personal statement of beliefs, find out about Guru Nanak’s life and find out about the 5Ks which are central to Sikhism. They will also find out about the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh Holy Book) what the Gurdwara (place of worship) is like. In the final half term, the children will explore what faith means to people in a religious sense and how this affects people of different world faiths. They will research a religious figure (for example Mother Teresa) and think of some questions they would like to ask her about her faith and the effect it had on her life.


As artists this term, the children will be focussing on landscapes which will link with our Farm to Fork topic. They will spend some time sketching their own landscapes and will find out about foreground, middle ground and background. They will study the work of the British artist David Hockney and create their own Hockney inspired landscapes. The children will also look at the work of French artist Claude Monet. Later in the term they will be creating a chicken collage inspired by Mark Hearld and also be practising their observational drawing skills by sketching feathers.


The children are lucky enough to work with a Sports Coach who teaches the children athletics and OAA. In athletics, pupils will develop basic running, jumping and throwing techniques. During OAA sessions, pupils develop problem solving skills through a range of challenges.  In our other PE sessions, children will be going to the Regional Pool where they will become more confident in water, work on their buoyancy and develop and enhance different swimming strokes. Later in the term, they will be will be encouraged to persevere when developing competencies in key skills and principles such as defending, attacking, throwing, catching and dribbling when playing basketball.


During this term, the children will be applying the knowledge they have learnt throughout the ‘Farm to Fork’ topic. They will be planning and creating a plate of seasonal British food as well as using vegetables grown at school to make pictures as pizza toppings. They will also look carefully at the nutritional value of these and how they fit into a balanced diet.