Year 3 Curriculum Information- Spring 1

English

First we will continue with our non-fiction topic using our class book ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’ by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. When True Winter comes, once in a lifetime, teams on sledges pulled by animals take part in the Great Northern Race across the snow, of which there are fifty kinds, to the Snowfather’s palace at the top of the world. Cabin boy Shen, cast adrift from his ship with 66 pug dogs, meets Sika who is desperate to take part in the race. They join forces and exhilarating adventures ensue involving the Kraken, yetis and trolls, not to mention the other participants in the race. This is Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve’s third collaboration and is the most powerful yet for its combination of excitement, humour and emotion.

 

Overall aims

  • To explore, interpret and respond to illustrations in a book
  • To enjoy a story and discuss its meanings
  • To build an imaginative picture of a fantasy world, based on real life experiences
  • To explore these through role-play and through writing in role
  • To write own stories based on the story read from another character’s point of view

 

We will then move on to the book ‘Mama Miti’ by Donna Jo Napoli  (linked to Geography- deforestation, landscapes on Volcanoes) Through Donna Jo Napoli’s lyrical prose and Kadir Nelson’s strikingly beautiful illustrations, the true story of Wangari Muta Maathai, known as “Mama Miti,” is told. In 1977 Mama Miti founded the Green Belt Movement, an African grassroots organisation that has empowered many people to mobilise and combat deforestation, soil erosion and environmental degradation. Today more than 30 million trees have been planted throughout Mama Miti’s native Kenya, and in 2004 she became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari Muta Maathai has changed Kenya tree by tree—and with each page turned, children are invited to realise their own ability to positively contribute to society and impact the future.

 

Overall aims:

  • To engage and inspire children to engage with literature
  • To explore global, political, socio-economic and environmental issues through a narrative text
  • To develop creative responses to the text through drama, storytelling and artwork
  • To write with confidence for real purposes and audiences

 

Grammar includes:

Conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because)

Adverbs (curiously, beautifully)

Prepositions (because of, under, by)

Adjectives (lovely, sunny, freezing cold)

Verbs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person (I am, you are, it is)

Inverted commas to punctuate speech e.g. “Hello, how are you?”

Group ideas into basic paragraphs

Write under headings and subheadings

 

Handwriting:

Write neatly- increase legibility, consistency and fluency. We will explicitly teach when and how to join letters correctly.

 

 

Mathematics

Children should continue to focus on their 2, 10, 5, 3, 4, 6, 8 times tables Children must be able to answer related questions quickly and fluently. Please practise these at home with your child on a daily basis. Children will be tested weekly on their times tables- if they get 3 or more wrong, they will need to re-learn that times table before moving onto the next one.

 

Maths No Problem will be used throughout Year 3 and the children will be continuing to use Rapid Recall to develop and consolidate mental maths skills.

 

Most Maths No Problem chapters include problem solving activities where children will be consolidating and extending their use and understanding of bar modelling method. All children will be expected to complete reasoning challenges related to the topic of study.

 

Rapid Recall will be given out weekly.

 

MyMaths will be set every week and you will be reminded through Google Classroom. Times Tables Rockstars should be accessed regularly by the children at home as they all have a log in for this.

 

In spring we will continue to work on multiplication and division and will then move on to:

Length

Measuring length in centimetres, metres and kilometres, solving word problems

Mass

Reading weighing scales and solving word problems

Volume

Measuring capacity in millilitres and litres, solving word problems

 

 

Science

Forces and magnets (links to map skills and compasses- missed geography)

The children will learn 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

 

 

Computing

Information Technology - Using Word & PowerPoint (Introduce Google Docs). We will use Ancient Egypt as our focus for this topic. The children will learn to edit and create their own documents focusing on this historical era.

 

E-Safety-  Each half term we use Common Sense Media to teach the children about how to stay to safe online.

 

 

RE

Topic 4- Journeys- Year 3 will be learning about their own journey and the liturgical life of the church. We will also be learning about Mary and the mysteries of the rosary. The experience of community is an essential and enjoyable part of life for people of every age and faith. The cycle of a year and the span of a lifetime contain occasions for regular celebrations as well as unexpected surprises, when people want to celebrate with family, friends and communities.

 

Topic 5- Listening & Sharing- Year 3 will be learning about the Eucharist, The Lord’s Supper, the breaking of the bread, Holy Sacrifice, Holy Communion and Holy Mass. Believers who respond to God’s word and become members of Christ’s Body become intimately united with him: “In that body the life of Christ is communicated to those who believe, and who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way to Christ in his Passion and glorification.’ This is especially true of Baptism, which unites us to Christ’s death and Resurrection, and the Eucharist, by which ‘really sharing in the body of the Lord, we are taken up into communion with him and with one another.”

 

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.

 

Geography

We will be looking at Kenya, deforestation and landscapes, making links through our class book ‘Mama Miti’.

 

Textiles

African art linked to Mama Miti

 

PE

Miss Katsi & Miss Matthews: Team Building Games- problem solving, well-being, communication

Tommy- Rugby

 

Y3K PE Days: Monday and Wednesday

 

Y3M PE Days: Thursday and Friday

 

 

How you can help your children

In maths you can help your child by regularly practising times tables facts, doing additional tasks on My Maths, Rapid Recall targets and work with your child on any additional work sent home for consolidation.

 

Please continue to encourage your child to read EVERY DAY and to access a variety of authors and genres of writing - reading underpins all areas of the curriculum. If you need advice about books and authors please contact one of the Y3 team.

 

The BBC Bitesize website is worth having a look at for interactive games to support your child's learning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

Oak National Academy also has some fantastic resources to support your child's learning:

https://www.thenational.academy/

 

 

Reminders

Pencil Cases: Please ensure that your child brings in a pencil case to keep in school.

Pen

Pencil

Colouring pencils

Scissors

Ruler

Rubber

Sharpener

Glue Stick

 

Fruit: Please remember to bring in fruit and a bottle of water every day.

 

School uniform:  It is important that the children are in correct school uniform at all times. No trainers or big bows please.

 

PE: Please ensure that your child is wearing their full PE kit on PE days.

 

Homework: We have gone paperless and all homework will be set on Google Classroom.

 

Punctuality: It is important that children arrive at school at 8:40am so that they do not miss out on vital learning time.

 

Seeing your teacher: We are happy to answer any queries or questions via email or telephone. Government Guidelines now advise that teacher-parent interaction on the playground will not be permitted. Please be mindful of this.

The Year 3 Team: Miss Matthews, Miss Katsi, Mrs Regis & Mrs O’Donnell