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Year 3

Spring Term 2023 


Children will spend time consolidating their knowledge of addition and subtraction and the inverse relationship between them. They will continue to secure place value knowledge and use of the written methods, to become confident solving more complex number sentences. Children will explore fractions through finding fractions of shape and number and they will start to investigate multiplication and division and their inverse relationship with each other. Throughout the term they will continue to develop their mental arithmetic skills, particularly focussing on learning times tables and related division facts so that they are becoming ready for the national times tables test in Year 4.


We will start this term by reading the book Flotsam by David Wiesner in which the children will discover a range of ‘Flotsam’ items. One item is a camera that contains mysterious photographs that the children must investigate. The children will make predictions and retell the story. After the we will create sequels to the story, called Jetsam, where they write the story of the child who next finds the camera. We will be looking at Performance poetry, beginning with the features of free verse and some classic children’s poems. Then we will write and extend poetry and finally write and perform a poem of our own in small groups. We will also be reading the Boy Who Biked the World by Alistair Humphries where we follow Tom who cycles through Europe and all the way through Africa to the tip of South Africa. The children will be introduced to fascinating landscapes and to the people who embrace him as he travels. We will be writing diary entries, instructions and explanation texts.


This term Year 3 children will be recognising and using grammatical terms to revise the components of a sentence, for example, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, collective nouns and common nouns, as well as capital letters and full stops. They will explore prefixes and suffixes and how they affect the meaning of a word. They will also identify and write sentences which include subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions, as well as finding out about how to make sentences more interesting through the use of subordinate clauses and expanded noun phrases. Spellings and text work will relate closely to the aims of spelling and grammar in line with the curriculum.


Our topic this term is ‘Animals Including Humans’.  We will be recapping and building on the children’s knowledge about how animals survive and stay healthy, and help them learn more about what makes a healthy, balanced diet. Children will learn about the nutrients that different foods provide and how these nutrients help our bodies. They will also explore the diets of herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. The children will also explore how humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles to help their bodies move. They will learn some names of bones in the human body and carry out an investigation to explore if people with longer femurs jump further. In the second half of the Spring term we will focus on the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth including discussing what is good oral hygiene. Children will learn more about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the context of teeth, digestion and the food chain. In addition, they will extend their understanding of food chains to more complex chains and food webs.

Outdoor learning

In Outdoor learning this term we are going to be linking our learning to our Science topic – Animals including Humans. We will investigate food chains, dissect owl pellets and build and label the human body outdoors. We are hoping that the weather will be kind to us - we know it will be a lot of fun!


As artists this term we will be using our Geography Planet Protectors topic as a basis for our work. We will be developing our collage work and creating turtles. We will look at the work of artist Melanie Hava and particularly her work inspired by the Australian coral reefs and use a variety of techniques including marbling to create our own reef pictures. We will also spend some time looking at the work of several sculptors, Dale Chiuly, Barbara Hepworth and Michelle Reader and use these as inspiration for our own sculpture work from a variety of materials including soap!


Our first topic of the Spring term for Computing is Desktop publishing. The children will develop graphic and presentation skills, consider careful choices of font size, colour and type to edit and improve documents. They will start to add text and images to create their own pieces of work using publishing software. The children will look at a range of page layouts thinking carefully about the purpose of these and evaluate how and why publishing is used in the real world. In the second half of the Spring term the children will develop their understanding of what a branching database is and how to create one. They will use yes/no questions to gain an understanding of what attributes are and how to use them to sort groups of objects. The children will create physical and on-screen branching databases. To conclude the unit, they will create an identification tool using a branching database, which they will test by using it. They will also consider real-world applications for branching databases.


Our topic for the first half term is ‘Diversity and Communities’ where the children will explore what makes up their identity and begin to understand aspects of other people’s identities. They will learn about different communities that exist in the UK and consider some of the different views, lifestyles and beliefs people have. They will understand about stereotyping and the importance of challenging it. They will learn about the needs of their local environment and how they can help to care for it. They will also learn about the needs of animals, and how to care for pets. After half term we will be looking at basic anatomy, including naming external body parts and the physical differences between males and females. Children will consider the capabilities of their bodies, in order to develop respect for their bodies, themselves and each other. They will also develop their understanding of personal hygiene and learn more about how to prevent the spread of illnesses.


In the first half term children will find out about the Torah (the Jewish Special Book) and how it influences the lives of the Jewish people. They will investigate the inside of a Synagogue and find out about the significance of different religious artefacts within it, as well as understanding some of the customs, rituals and beliefs which surround the Torah and are so central to Jewish people’s lives. The second half term is all about Creation. Children will explore the stories of how the World was created from the point of view some major World faiths.


Children will be creating packaging for food products with a focus on them being environmentally friendly. Pupils will research, develop, design and evaluate their product. Pupils will look at food packaging and think about how shape, colour and texture have been used in the design. They will discuss what packaging is for and what makes it effective. After looking at other sources for inspiration, pupils will design their own packaging and will then discuss their end product and identify the elements they like best and how they could improve.


In all aspects of Physical Education, pupils will develop physical, social, emotional and thinking skills which will help the whole child to develop. During this half term, year 4 will be attending swimming sessions at the Regional swimming pool, they will be working towards swimming at least 25 metres, water safety and becoming confident in a variety of strokes. Pupils will take part in the ball skills topic, where pupils will develop skills such as defending, attacking, throwing, catching and dribbling and later on in the term focusing specifically on basketball. During gymnastics sessions, children will work in isolation and in groups to create sequences and use the apparatus in a safe way.


This term year 3 will look at music from Africa. They will learn an African song, and look at the instruments that are native to the people of different tribes. Through listening, the context and use of the music will be looked at, and different terminology will be learnt. As a result, students will perform, as a class, a piece of drumming based on African rhythms, before trying to compose their own rhythms. 


This term our Year 3 and 4 Geography Topic is Planet Protectors. This important topic will allow children to investigate the threats faced by planet Earth in the present day and how conservation can help to stop these. Children will learn about the importance of biodiversity, locate different biomes and do some research. They will be finding out how physical geography and climate is different in different parts of the world and how this delicate balance is affected by pollution and climate change. Children will locate the oceans and continents on a world map and the causes and consequences of pollution affect the planet. They will find out how we can reduce waste and the importance of reusing and recycling resources. They will investigate the causes of climate change, find out about some famous environmentalists and look at what human beings can do towards protecting the Earth.