Class CY – Year 3

Class CY – Year 3

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Our Term 2 Topic is ‘The Dawn of Man’. Children will be learning about how the Stone Age to Bronze Age period impacted on life in Britain. They will learn about how early man survived in a harsh environment, why Skara Brae was important for understanding life in the Stone Age, how copper mining was crucial to the Bronze Age and why Stonehenge was built. Children will also learn about why Iron Age people developed hillforts and how important Druids were in Iron Age Britain.

In English this term, children will be reading the stories Stone Age Boy and The Tunnel, alongside extracts from Narnia. They will identify common features of these stories and create story maps to retell them before writing their own versions. Children will also be reading and listening to a variety of performance poetry. They will rehearse poems and learn some off by heart. Children will go on to write and perform poems of their own. Alongside this, children will be spending some time focusing on punctuation and sentence construction. They will look at the different types of punctuation they can use and concentrate on recognising and using different sentence types, how to write compound and complex sentences and how to vary their sentence starters to improve writing.

In Maths children will be securing the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction. They will solve problems, including missing number problems, using more complex addition and subtraction. Children will also be developing reliable written methods for multiplication and division progressing to the formal written methods of short multiplication and division. Alongside this, children will learn to recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects. They will also learn how to tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numerals from I to XII.

In Science this term child will be learning how plants and animals obtain food. They will be looking at different food groups and ways to maintain a healthy diet.  Children will be learning about skeletons of humans and animals and the names of different bones. Children will also be learning about muscles and how they work.

Children will also have their Art, ICT, Music, French, Arabic, Social Studies, Moral Education and PE lessons, as well as Islamic for certain students. When possible, links will be made to our topic ‘The Dawn of Man’.

(Please note that planning and objectives may change to meet the children’s need.)

Year 3 Curriculum Overview Term 2

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Our Term 1 Topic will be Extreme Earth. Children will be learning about the destructive powers of nature, from volcanoes and earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes. Through discussion and practical tasks, children will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur, and the ways in which they affect people and the environment.

In English this term children will be reading a range of texts including ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes and ‘The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman. They will learn how to follow, order and write instructions as well as plan, write and edit a play script. The children will also explore the personal thoughts and feelings of main characters in diary extracts. Alongside this, children will be learning about shape poetry and calligrams and create some of their own. They will then go on to look at stories set in imaginary worlds and finally plan and write one of their own. Children will also complete weekly activities on a variety of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In Maths Children will count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100. They will find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number and recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number. Children will add and subtract numbers mentally and begin to use a range of written methods for the four number operations. Children will recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects and measure, compare, add and subtract lengths (m/cm/mm). Children will re-visit 2D and 3D shape and describe and compare their properties. Where possible, children will use inverse operations to check answers and solve problems. Alongside this, children will be learning their number bonds and times tables weekly.

In Science this term children will be looking at ‘Rocks’. In this unit, children will discover the different types of rocks and how they are formed. Children will compare and group rocks based on appearance and simple properties. They will learn how fossils are formed and learn about the contribution of Mary Anning to the field of palaeontology. Children will also understand how soil is formed and investigate the permeability of different types of soil.

Our Second Science unit will be ‘Forces and Magnets’. Children will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls.  The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction. Furthermore, they will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnets and develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.

Students will also have their Art, ICT, Music, French, Arabic, Social Studies, P.S.H.E and PE lessons, as well as Islamic for certain students. Here there will be close links made to our topic ‘Extreme Earth’ as children develop key skills in these areas.

(Please note that planning and objectives may change to meet the children’s need.)

I look forward to a fantastic year and getting to know all of you! Look out for notes in your child’s planners and on the School Communicator for exciting events!

Mrs. Yandle

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