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Year 3

Spring Term 2024 

Literacy

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 “The Great Kapok Tree”. They will write about the rainforests, using this book as a starting point, as well as using “The Vanishing Rainforest” to explore the importance of conservation. Children will be writing information texts, narratives, poetry and their independent writing will link to our topic about Rainforests.

Grammar

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.

Numeracy

The children will spend time consolidating their knowledge of addition and subtraction and the inverse relationship between them. They will secure knowledge of some written methods and will become more confident in methods for subtraction to solve more complex number sentences. They will be introduced to the inverse relationship between multiplication and division and begin to understand relevant written methods and how they can check their answers using the inverse operation. The children will find out about fractions of shape and number. They will continue to develop their arithmetic and fluency skills, particularly focussing on learning their times tables and related division facts, to work towards gaining their bronze, silver and gold times tables awards and in readiness for the national times tables test in Year 4.

Computing

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.

E safety is so important. Throughout our lessons we teach children how to use the internet and technology safely and how to behave in an appropriate manner. We discuss what to do when they feel uncomfortable about anything online.

History

We will explore the lives, achievements and the impact that some British historical heroes have had on our modern-day world, including William Wilberforce, Mary Seacole, Emmeline Pankhurst and many more. They will be encouraged to review evidence and give their own opinions of these people and their work.

PE

We recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and we are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage in Physical Education. Sessions aim to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. We are lucky enough to have specialised sports coaches to deliver some of our PE sessions, the children this term will be covering Ball skills, Netball, Handball and Dance.

RE

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 where the children will explore the stories of how the world was created from the point of view of some major world faiths.

Outdoor learning

In Outdoor learning this term we are going to be linking our learning to our Science topics. In our Forces topic we will be comparing how things move on different surfaces and we will be outside a lot during our plants topic, looking at plants in our school environment and planting seeds. We are hoping that the weather will be kind to us - we know it will be a lot of fun!

Geography

Geography is all about our Rainforest topic this term. Children will label maps to show the location of the world’s rainforest and research their habitats. They will explore how human beings are destroying the rainforests and what effect this has on the animals and humans who live there as well as on the rest of the world. They will look at the rate of destruction of the rainforests and how and why they should be preserved.

DT

To link with our Geography topic about Rainforests, the children will investigate various rainforest frogs and their habitats. The children will design their own species of rainforest frog based on their research, then use the skills of cutting and sewing to create their design in felt and evaluate their work to see how successful they were.

PSHE

In the first half term, the children will be exploring ‘Being Responsible.’ We will be learning about what it means to be responsible and the difference between borrowing and stealing. The children will continue their learning by looking at ‘Feelings and Emotions.’ We will discuss and name different emotions and their physical effects and recognise the differences between these feelings. We will learn a range of skills for coping with certain emotions. In the second half term we will be exploring ‘Computer Safety.’ The children will be learning how to identify possible dangers and consequences of talking to strangers online and how to keep safe when they are using the internet.

Science

In the first half term, we will be exploring Forces and Magnets. We will be having lots of fun as this topic is very practical. The children will start by exploring forces and how they work. They will be comparing how things move on different surfaces, which we will do around the school, and then how objects need contact between them. They will then focus on magnetism and that magnetic forces can act at a distance. There will be many opportunities for the children to play with magnets and to see what materials are magnetic. In the second half term we will be enjoying exploring plants. The children will go on a nature walk around the school grounds to observe plants in real life. They will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants such as the roots, stem, leaves, flowers and fruit. They will learn about seed dispersal and how plants reproduce. They will investigate the best conditions to grow plants, by setting up a fair test and watching how they develop and change as they grow and what favourable conditions look like. Our Science work will link really well with our Rainforest Geography topic and also Literacy, as there are many precious plants that can only be found in the rainforest and are used by scientists to discover new medicines, which help human beings.

Art

As artists, we will be linking our work with our Rainforest topic. The children will begin by mixing their own range of green paints and learn how to create shades and tints which will then be used later in the term. They will be exploring the work of a variety of artists including Henri Matisse, Henri Rousseau, Dean Russo, Oenone Hammersley and Julie Hamilton and using some of their styles and ideas to create their own rainforest inspired artwork.

Music

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.