Spring Term 2018
Year 3 will be studying the book “The boy who biked the World” in lessons, which links closely to our Geography topic. We will study Tom’s adventures through the book and create newspaper articles, diary entries and non-chronological reports. We will continue build on our descriptive writing skills within these lessons.
This term we are thinking about fire safety. This involves learning about the causes of fire and the firs triangle, how to prevent a fire by creating a set of “top tips” and what to do in the event of fire. This includes following safety alarm procedures and knowing who to call in the event of a fire
Children will spend time consolidating their knowledge of addition and subtraction and the relationship between them. They will secure knowledge of the written methods to be able to add 2 or 3 digit numbers together using the column method for addition. They will consolidate and become more confident in methods for subtraction to solve more complex number sentences. They will also investigate checking their answers by using the inverse and try to explain why this works. Children will learn about analogue and digital times and match one with the other. They will solve worded problems about time. The children will also be finding fractions of shape and number and may begin to investigate multiplication and division and their relationship with each other. Throughout the term they will continue to develop their mental arithmetic skills, particularly with regard to learning their times tables and related division facts, thus working towards gaining their bronze, silver and gold times tables awards.
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 through discussion and practice. They will follow the Year 3 2014 curriculum as well as revising and revisiting areas covered in Year 2. Topics covered will include exploring prefixes and suffixes and learning about words. They will also be taught to write sentences which include conjunctions like when, before, after, while, so, because, adverbs and prepositions as well as finding out about how to use to inverted commas to punctuate direct speech. Spellings and text work will relate closely to the aims of spelling and grammar (SPAG).
During the first half of this term Year 3 will be looking at Words of Wisdom within the main world faiths and how they influence people’s everyday lives. Children will discuss what wisdom means to them. The unit will pay particular attention to how Jewish people follow the teachings of the Torah. In the second half of the Spring term the children will explore what they know about Jesus. They will discuss Jesus as a historical figure and reflect on their own ideas of how he may have looked and what he may have been like. They will investigate how Jesus talked in symbolic language to explain his ideas and present their ideas in various ways.
In the first half of the spring term children will be exploring Forces and Magnets. They will discuss what they already know about forces and use the story “The Enormous Turnip” as a starting point to explore pushing and pulling forces. The children will find out about Sir Isaac Newton and use force meters to measure forces in Newtons. Children will also use magnets to look at polarity and to sort materials according to whether they are magnetic or not. Finally they will find out about air resistance and carry out investigations to explore what this means.
In Geography we will be looking at our location in the World. To do this we will focus on learning about the local area and move on to learning facts about the wider World such as continents and countries, climate, landscape and how these differ to Britain. We will use online maps and atlases in our work and will compile presentations, fact files and posters to help build understanding.
This term our studies are based on finding out way around the world. We shall be using Google maps to explore the information they can give us and to locate specific information using particular criteria. We shall be expanding our horizons with Google Earth alongside making our own short films using green screen technology.
The first half of the term will focus on football and the different skills needed in the game. The children will learn how to pass accurately, how to kick and dribble and how to score goals by aiming for a target. The unit will end with a game of football and mini tournament.
In the second half term the children will be learning the basics of Netball. It’s designed to be fast and fun, maximising participation and touches of the ball. The children will learn skills such as throwing and catching, which will enhance their co-ordination in preparation for game play later on in the term.
The children will go on a voyage of discovery looking at journeys in art. They will have the chance to glimpse the fascinating world of Aboriginal art and the journeys of the Dreamtime, before studying the work of artist Paul Klee and examining familiar journeys of their own. Following this they children will create their own piece of art work inspired by the work of Joaquin Torres Garcia including symbols that they have looked at over the journey unit.