Year 3 Curriculum Information
In English, we will be learning about Poetry covering expanded noun phrases, adjectives, adverbs, similes, personification, verbs, metaphors. We will also be reading the book "Ottoline" by Chris Riddell where we will be exploring characters, describing them and using the book to help us incorporate conjunctions into our writing. Over the year, we will be learning about various grammatical features including fronted adverbials, adverbs and this half term, our grammar focus will be inverted commas for speech, particularly during our story writing. It is important that children are beginning to embed grammatical features into their writing on a daily basis. Handwriting should be neat, joined and legible.
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.
We are working through the Maths No Problem Singapore Maths scheme. This term we are beginning with multiplying and dividing by 3, 4 and 8. We will then be moving onto word problems. Please ensure your child is aware of "RUCSAC" (Read the question, Understand the question, Check your answers, Solve the problem, Answer the question, Choose the correct method). We will then be moving onto length, mass and volume. Pupils should know times tables: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11s by the end of Year 3. Times tables tests will be given out weekly and results will be closely monitored. Please ensure that you are working with your children daily on their times tables. Rapid recall tests which are mental maths tests will also be given out and monitored weekly. Please can you have a look at any errors your child has made on their rapid recall tests once sent home and work with them on area of maths that needs improving.
In Science, our topic is "Animals Including Humans". Children will learn about the human skeleton and all the names of the bones and their functions in the body. As well as this, they will learn about the health benefits of the different food groups and the way in which blood is carried from the heart around the body.
In computing, we will be looking at algorithms which is a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer. Children will learn algorithms through a programme called "Espresso Coding". They will also be learning about how to keep safe online.
Our first RE topic is called 'Promises' - Pupils will know and understand that belonging to a group involves promises and rules and the meaning of the promises made at Baptism. Our second RE topic is called "Visitors." Children will explore the following questions: What do we think about visitors?How do we prepare for them? What is important about welcoming visitors? How do we feel as a visitor? They will be able to make links to show how feelings and beliefs affect how they prepare for and receive visitors.
Catholic Social Teaching:
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
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
Please ask your child what we have discussed.
In P.E. lessons this term, our focus is 'dance.' We will be linking our dance topic with our science topic and exploring how blood travels around the body. We will also develop our turning skills, our balancing skills and making up our own dance routines. Our final product will be a dance performance.
In History, we will be travelling back in time and learning about the Ancient Greeks! We will be exploring who the Ancient Greeks were, what democracy is and what it was like to live in a family in Ancient Greece as well as lots more exciting topics from the Ancient past. There will be an Ancient Greek workshop on Tuesday 5th November where all children (and staff!) will be required to dress in Ancient Greek costumes. Letters to follow for both.
Ancient Greek Pottery- We will be linking our art topic to our History topic “Ancient Greece” by designing and making our own Greek pots out of clay and painting them exploring a variety of Ancient Greek designs.
Thursday 21st November 2019 - Ancient Greek Workshop (children to dress in Ancient Greek costumes)
Fantastic websites - full of information
Computer programming http://scratch.mit.edu/