Curriculum Information

 Term: Autumn

 

Home Learning:

Children have a rapid recall book for maths, which will be sent home weekly. The maths book will have children’s rapid recall targets stuck in them and it can be used to practise their maths target.  

The mental maths is tested on Monday (Y3M) and on Thursday in Y3Y.

Children will bring home a reading comprehension task to complete fortnightly. Please support your child with these, encouraging them to underline key words and read the questions carefully.

Tasks from the KS2 Spelling Book are set every other Monday, where your child will practise prefixes, suffixes and spelling rules.

 

 

 

Homework (home learning) Reminder:

 

English homework

Children get this on a Monday due in on a Thursday.

My Maths task (online activity)

Children get this on alternate Wednesdays. 

Spellings

Children have a new set each Monday and are tested every Friday.

 

Changing reading books

Reading books get changed weekly. On the top of the reading diary we have written the day that we will change your child’s book each week. Please ensure they bring their book and reading diary into school on this day. It will be useful if the children write their own comments in the diary for each new book they get. 

 

PE

Y3Y-  Wednesday and Friday

Y3M- Thursday and Friday

Could you please make sure that your child has a full P.E kit in school every day. Please put all of the PE kit in a drawstring bag with your child’s name on. Can you also ensure that it is fully labelled, as should all uniform that your child wears including their coats.

  

What will we be learning this term?

 

English

This term we are looking at autobiographies. We will look at the use of language and gather success criteria for what makes a good autobiography. Then the children will see the same text in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, and analyse the differences between the two types of text.

The children build on this experience to storyboard and then create their own autobiographical presentations. Time is given at the end of the unit for the children to practise performing their presentations to an audience.

We will also be looking at performance poetry and the children will share and enjoy three poems, identifying and giving reasons for their likes and dislikes. They will discuss poetic features, the poems’ structure and the poet’s language choices. They look at the poet’s use of personification in depth and then draft and write their own versions of The Sound Collector by Roger McGough.
After half term, the children will study a fiction text called The Storm. They will listen to the story and predict what may happen at various points. They focus on character, setting and mood, asking questions as the story progresses and locating evidence in the text to answer specific questions. They understand why descriptive sentences are important and how setting affects mood. They revise and develop punctuating direct speech and then work on nouns, adjectives and expanded noun phrases. The writing tasks involve planning and writing a description of setting, and planning and writing a conversation using direct speech and correct punctuation.

The Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme is used throughout the school to support our teaching of reading. A variety of other schemes support this including Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Oxford Project X.
 

Maths

We are working through the Maths No Problem Singapore Maths scheme. This term we are beginning with place value, counting to 1000, comparing and ordering numbers, counting in 50's, identifying and continuing a range of number patterns and learning different methods for addition and subtraction.  We will be moving on to multiplication and division which will include solving word problems using the bar model.

 

Wider Curriculum 

In Science we are learning about animals including humans. Children will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat. After half term they will identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Our history topic this term in Ancient Greece. We will be learning about the ancient Greeks, looking at their culture, and finding out about their great leaders, thinkers and Gods. We will be discovering what made them such an influential civilisation and what impact their ideas have on our life today. 

As we are studying the Ancient Greeks, in D.T. we are finding out what they liked to eat and drink. we will be tasting traditional recipes and having a go at creating our own Ancient Greek feasts, fit for the Gods themselves. After half term we will be creating Ancient Greek pottery using clay.

 

Key vocabulary:

Here are some key words for the topics that you can go through at home with your child. The focus should be on the meaning rather than spelling.

Science word list: nutrition, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, nutrients, balanced diet, fibre, vitamins, skeletons, bones, structure, muscles, protection, support.  

  

I.C.T

This half term we will be looking at keeping safe online and we will create our own PowerPoint presentations to tie in with our English unit on Autobiographies. Later in the term we will learn about algorhithms.

R.E.

Our first topic is Homes. We will explore how God is present in every home. This is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home, through good times and bad times. We will move on to the topic Promises, where we focus on the promises made at baptism and confirmation, as the call to a new way of life. After half term, we will be learning about Visitors; this topic emphasises the coming of God in the person of Jesus 2000 years ago at Bethlehem. We will also learn about the Jewish faith, looking at the signs and symbols within Judaism and the inside of a synagogue.

 

Our Catholic Social Teaching will include:

  • We are called to live as a family and community
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Promotion of peace

 

 

 P.E.

 In P.E. lessons this term we will look at a range of different dances and create our own, based on the topic 'Human body'. We will perform these to our buddies in nursery. After half term we will be doing gymnastics and focus on stretching and curling our bodies to create sequences which we will perform to our partner class.

We will also be learning traditional Greek dancing as part of our History topic on Ancient Greece! Please look out for our video online at the end of term.

The children will also be taught by Coach Tommy and Coach Sean who will be teaching the children all about invasion games such as netball and basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please choose a document.

 

Fantastic websites - full of information

 

Computer programming http://scratch.mit.edu/

Science http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/