Curriculum Information

 Term: Summer Term 2019

Y3 Home Learning

Rapid Recall: Mental maths is tested every Tuesday in Y3M and every Wednesday in Y3Y.

Children will bring home their completed test each week so you can see how they are progressing.  When they have passed the test they will also bring home a new rapid recall target. The children only have 2 minutes to complete this task. Please ensure they are practising regularly and have an opportunity to be timed, to improve their speed of recall.  

Times tables: Please encourage your child to learn their times tables and division facts to increase the speed of recall. The children will be tested on different times tables each week.  There is a fun App called 'Hit The Button' which is available to download and use on Ipads or Smart Phones. Alternatively this could be accessed on a PC and played online for free (using the Topmarks website). Please see link below. 

We have recently launched 'Times Table Rock Stars' to make learning them fun. We have sent home their username and passwords so they can continue their learning from home. Please allow your child to access this site where possible so they can earn golden coins to help dress their Avatar! https://ttrockstars.com/ 

Spellings: A list of spellings will be given out at the start of each half term. Please ensure your child is learning these words, focusing on the spelling rules and patterns where appropriate. As an extension they can look up the meaning of the words in a dictionary and write a sentence using the word.

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

 

 

Homework Reminder:

 

English homework

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

My Maths task (online activity)

Children get this on alternate Wednesdays. 

Spellings

Children have a new set each Monday and are tested every Thursday (Y3M) Friday (Y3Y).

The spelling sheet is handed out half-termly.

 

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. 

Please encourage your child to read daily. When listening to your child read, ask questions about the story/text to check their understanding of the content and the vocabulary being used. This term we are focusing on expression when reading aloud. Children will bring home a reading comprehension task to complete fortnightly. Please support your child by encouraging them to underline key words in the questions, within the text and to read the questions carefully.

We are encouraging children to read chapter books and it would be great to have a book that your child can look forward to reading each day/night to instil a love of reading. We are currently reading the Roald Dahl classic: The Witches.

 

PE

Y3Y-  Monday and Thursday

Y3M- Monday and Friday

Could you please make sure that your child has a full P.E kit in school every day. Tracksuit bottoms/leggings for winter.  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 studying the features of non-fiction texts. We will be looking at a class E-Book which links to our Geography topic this term on Europe. The book is called 'Where would you live?' which gives us an exciting taste of what it would be like to live in a range of different countries around the world. We will interactively visit the USA, Japan, France and Spain. We will create fact files, holiday brochures, postcards and letters about the different countries. 

We will also be spending some more time listening and responding to a range of poems. We will be examining poems that play with language. The children will be creating class and individual poems and honing their editing and evaluation skills.

Grammar skills and spelling knowledge will remain a key part of our learning this term.
 

We are encouraging a love of reading through Destination Reader. The children will learn valuable skills for understanding texts and strategies for working well with a reading partner. They will also develop their oracy skills as the sessions encourage talking about the text, predicting content, clarifying key words and summarising chapters read together.   

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 length, converting centimetres to metres and metres to kilometres. We will be moving on to Mass and Volume as the term progresses. Children will learn the basic concepts from reading scales and taking measurements, up to decoding and solving complex word problems using practical resources and abstract thinking.

 After half term we will be learning to add and subtract different amounts of money. Please start practising this with your children, when out shopping.

Please check the MyMaths website regularly to log in and practise times tables and a range of HW set on the topics covered in class. 

 

Wider Curriculum 

In Science we are learning about forces and magnets this term. We will be learning to compare how things move on different surfaces, notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance; observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others; compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials; describe magnets as having two poles; predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing each other.

After half term we will be learning about Light. During this topic children will know a variety of light sources; that light is needed because darkness is the absence of light; that light is reflected from surfaces and that different materials let varying amounts of light pass through them. They will investigate how shadows are formed and look at the effects of UV light.  

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 Spring 1: poles, attract, repel, force, surface, friction, acceleration, deceleration.

Science word list Spring 2: reflect, transparent, translucence, opaque, ultraviolet. 

  

Topic

This term we are learning about map skills  and compasses in our geography topic. We will learn to draw a birds-eye view map with a key, use the compass directions to give directions, understand how to plot and find locations on a map using grid references.  

I.C.T 

This half term we will be looking at keeping safe online. We will look at Cyber Bullying and discuss the different forms through social Media and what to do if this happens to them or someone they know. 

We will link our topic of Landscape Painting, to painting digitally using 2 Simple Art software and other digital design applications.

After half term we will move on to graphic design using text and multimedia programs, focusing on creating a range of effects using different digital tools.

R.E.

Our topic is Journeys. We will explore how the Christian life is about journeying with Christ and sharing his way of life. We will look at how the Church's year celebrates the key elements of Christ's life, Feasts of Our Lady and pilgrimages. 

Our following topic will be Listening and Sharing (The study of the Eucharist Celebration). The Eucharistic celebration consists of two parts. the first part is the Liturgy of the Word and the second part is the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

We will then go on to the topic Giving. In this topic we prepare for Easter. Lent and Holy Week is a time of giving in different ways and remembering the total giving of Jesus.

Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community 

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

Please ask your child what we have discussed.

 

 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 'Legends'. 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.

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.

  

  

 

Fantastic websites - full of information

 

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

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