Curriculum Information

 Term: Summer 2018

 

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.

Please encourage your child to learn their times tables and division facts. 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. 

 

 

Homework 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. 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. 

 

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 studying the features of Non-Fiction texts. We will be looking at a class E-Book on 'Shocking Styles' which shows us a range of fashion trends through the ages. We will create adverts and write a magazine/newspaper article based on some of the unusual fashions.

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.
 

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 telling the time on an analogue clock and learning to write the digital time using the 24 hour clock. We will solve a range of word problems and work out time durations. After this we will be moving on to Data Handling; looking at bar charts and picture graphs and interpreting the data that is shown. As the term progresses we will learn about Fractions; counting in tenths, adding/subtracting fractions, finding equivalent fractions and comparing fractions . Children will also learn about angles (right angles), lines and shapes and we will finish the term looking at perimeter and calculating the perimeter of a range of shapes.

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 Plants this term. We will be setting up experiments to find the ideal conditions for plants to grow and studying their features and methods of reproduction.

Key vocabulary: Photosynthesis, growth, roots, stem, oxygen, carbon dioxide, variables, fair test.

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.

After Half term we will be investigating rocks and minerals.

Key vocabulary: Igneous, Sedimentary, Metamorphic, chalk, granite, volcanic,fossil, soil

 

Topic

This term we are travelling back in time to the Stone Age. We will study the dwellings they lived in and materials they used for tools and weapons. We will learn about hunting methods and the kind of diet they enjoyed. This will link to out Art topic where we are learning about Ice Age Art and will create a cave full of ancient paintings.

 

I.C.T

This half term we will be looking at keeping safe online.We will be focusing on using computer software to create music this term, looking at ways sounds can be generated digitally, rhythms can be looped and assembled and tracks built from samples to linked to make a song. 

R.E.

 

topic 7 is Energy; following on from the Resurrection Story to continue learning about the Ascension of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We will learn about the energy of wind and fire in our everyday lives. We will learn about the 7 gifts which are linked together and help people to lead good lives. 

We are currently learning about about Islam and will focus on the inside of their holy place: a mosque. We will look at the features and discuss their importance to Muslims when they pray. We will also look at the way Muslim's prepare for prayer inside the mosque and what other activities take place within there to bring together the Muslim community.

We will then go on to the topic of Choices. We will talk about the choices people make and emphasises that all choices have a consequence. When making a choice, it is important to examine your conscience in order to make a good choice and minimise bad effects for ourselves and others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s love and mercy; it is about the forgiveness of sin and being reconciled with God and one another.

Our final topic this year will be about Special Places. The Christian community has many special places: places where people gather for prayer and worship; places are holy because of their association with Jesus or holy people; places of pilgrimage. Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey towards heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. We will identify and research a range of Pilgrimage points in the UK and around the world.

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 '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.

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/