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Year 3

Spring Term 2020


This term our Year 3 children will be recognising and using grammatical terms to describe and identify elements of the structure of the English language. This will include exploring prefixes and suffixes and what effect they have on the meaning of a word. Children will write sentences including subordinating and co-ordinating conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions, as well as finding out about expanded noun phrases and how to punctuate direct speech. Weekly spellings will link with spelling and grammar lessons where appropriate.


At the start of the term the children will explore some of the poetry by local pastoral poet John Clare, from Helpston. They will write some poems about nature and explore ways to develop imagery to bring their writing to life. During the remainder of the spring term we will be reading a book called ‘Gregory Cool’ which links closely with our topic Farm to Fork and during Languages Week. The book addresses and explores the differences between living in England to Tobago through food, climate, culture and technology.  The children will be exploring this book through a range of genres such as diary entries, poetry, play scripts, non-chronological reports and creating travel guides.


In the first half term children will find out about the Torah and Judaism. They will investigate the inside of a Synagogue and find out about the significance of religious artefacts within it. After half term they will explore the life of Jesus, focussing on what they can find out from extracts of the Bible as well as where he lived and what life was like for people in those times.

Numeracy – all sets 

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 also start to investigate checking their answers by using the inverse operation. Children will learn about analogue and digital times and some will solve worded problems about time.  The children will also find out about fractions of shape and number. Throughout the term they will continue to develop their mental arithmetic 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. 


This term, the children will be looking at art within nature. They will be investigating and observing the different textures, colours and patterns that appear. They will research famous environmental artists such as William Morris and Kim Creswell and how they create artistic representations of nature.


This term, the children will be revisiting how to be safe online and the different scenarios which can occur. They will also understand what it is to be a good online citizen. The children will investigate ‘Google Maps’ and how they can use them to identify different geographical features and navigate routes both locally and in the wider world.


This term we will be concentrating on local history. We will be asking and researching the answer to the question: Why were the parking levels in the Queensgate car park originally called Cavell, Clare, Perkins and Royce? We will be finding out who were these people? When they lived and died? What were they famous for and what are their connections to Peterborough?

Outdoor PE 

This term Year 3 and 4 children will be focussing on the invasion game football. They will learn how to travel, pass and receive and gain possession of the ball, alongside shooting. We will then use these core skills in a game situation. There is a huge focus on fair play, team work, communication and strategy. The children will be learning these skills in a fun and competitive environment.

Outdoor learning/ DT 

In Outdoor Learning this term, we will be growing plants for human consumption; these plants will be used within our Food Technology lessons. In DT we will be designing, creating and evaluating our own pizzas. We will be looking at how to make dough and examining the changes to its properties when cooking. We will then explore various toppings that go on pizzas to find out where they have come from. Both Outdoor Learning and DT have a strong link to our Science (States of Matter) and Topic (Farm to Fork) work for this term.


In science this term we are going to be exploring States of Matter and classifying solids, liquids and gases. We will observe that some materials change state when they are heated and cooled and use thermometers and data loggers in experiments.  The water cycle is a very important part of our everyday life so we are going to be exploring what evaporation, condensation and precipitation are. Following on from the water cycle we are going to be investigating plants and learning all about the functions of flowering plants and the way in which water is transported. Our final part of the topic is exploring the part flowers play in the life cycle of plants. We have a very practical and exciting term ahead.


In our geography topic this term we will be finding out about where our food comes from in our new Farm to Fork topic. The children will be furthering their map skills by learning about food production in the UK and across the world. We will gain an understanding about food miles and what Fairtrade means for producers around the globe. The children will have chance to grow some plants of their own and also to produce some food of their own. We are also hoping our topic will culminate in a visit to a local farm.