Year 3

Year 3 Summer Term Curriculum Newsletter


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English

In English pupils will have the opportunity to read and write different fiction and non-fiction genres including playscripts, fantasy stories, mystery stories, folktales, instruction texts, explanation texts and non-chronological reports. Each week pupils will be taught comprehension, grammar and writing within English lessons.

Grammar

Pupils will be taught to extend sentences by using clauses and a wider range of conjunctions, use the present perfect form of verbs, choose nouns or pronouns appropriately and use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions. They will also continue to learn about the correct use of direct speech and the use of apostrophes.

Spellings

Your child will continue to receive weekly spellings which are based on key words and spelling patterns. These need to be learnt at home and the children encouraged to then use them in their writing. Pupils will also receive a ‘Word of the Week’ at the beginning of every week, where they are encouraged to use this in their spoken language and written work.

Handwriting

The focus on handwriting will continue from KS1 and pupils will be expected to use continuous cursive script in all pieces of writing. Pupils will be taught how to write in pen and on single lined paper. Pupils are encouraged to practise their handwriting in order to receive a pen licence.

Mathematics  

In Mathematics pupils will continue to learn the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will investigate these operations through calculations and word problems. The children will be encouraged to apply these skills to real life situations through problem solving activities and investigations. Other areas that the children will be studying are fractions, money, telling the time, data handling, measurements and 2D and 3D shapes. Moreover, pupils will be looking at angles and applying that knowledge through the use of protractors for creating and drawing their own angles.

To support your child’s learning at home, daily practice of all of the times tables will enable them to be more confident at school and making the transition upper KS2. Telling the time (both analogue and digital) with your children and allowing them to pay for items in shops can also support them with their mathematical skills.

Science

In Science this year pupils will be studying a range of topics including ‘Rocks, Fossils and Soils’, ‘Health and Movement’, ‘Tombs, Torches and Timekeepers’, ‘Light and Shadow’, ‘Forces and Magnets’ and ‘How Plants Grow?’. The children will be given the opportunity to take part in hands-on investigations which will enhance and deepen their learning and understanding.

History

In year three pupils begin the key stage two history programme. Here their learning is more focused around specific historical periods of time.

In the autumn term pupils will learn about ‘Prehistoric Britain’. Starting with the Stone Age and going right through to the end of the Iron Age, pupils will discover how humans first came to Britain, how they lived and what developments were made in each era.

In the spring term pupils will learn about ‘Ancient Egypt’. Pupils will be taken back to ancient Egypt and learn about: the River Nile and its role in ancient life; Tutankhamen and the story of his tomb discovery; the grisly process of mummification; the pyramids; daily life in ancient Egypt and the importance of remaining artefacts.

In the summer term pupils will learn about ‘Romans’. Pupils will travel back to Roman Britain and explore why Britain was invaded and settled by the Romans and what effects this had on the future of Britain. Pupils will be taught everything they need to know about the rise of the Roman Empire in Britain, opposition from the Celts and the legacy that was left behind when they went home.

Geography

In year 3 Geography lessons will equip pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to develop an interest in the world around them.

In the autumn term pupils will study ‘Countries of the World’. They will learn to identify and locate the seven continents and some of the countries within each one as well as explore areas of human and physical geography around the world, from population and culture to mountains and rivers.

In the spring term they will study ‘In the Desert’. They will learn what a desert is and where the major deserts of the world are, as well exploring the physical and human geography of the desert biome.

In the summer term pupils will study ‘Where does our Food Come From?’ Pupils will be taught about locational language used to describe locations around the world. They will also learn about the climate conditions in a range of different biomes, how food is produced, traded and transported and how fair trade organisations help farmers.

 Art and DT

The children will cover topics in Art and Design and Technology such as, ‘Making Fossils’, ‘Famous Buildings’, Torches’, ‘Shading and Shadows’, ‘Roman Mosaics’ and ‘Plant Art’.

Physical Education

This year all pupils will have the opportunity to attend swimming lessons and Irish dancing lessons and basketball lessons.

Computing

During the first half-term, children will be completing the unit 'We Are Programmers' where they will design and create their own animation using the 'Scratch' program. During the second half-term, the children will be completing the unit 'We Are Bug-Fixers' where they will develop a number of strategies for finding errors in programming. 

Religious Education

Throughout the year pupils will learn about many religious stories as well as important times in the liturgical year such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Pupils will continue to use Bible references to find and read scripture. Pupils will be asked to make links between religious stories and their Christian beliefs. Pupils will also be encouraged to recognise, describe and explain actions of Christians. Continue to encourage your child to read stories from the Bible and discuss how this relates to their daily lives. During his weekly visits to the school, our Parish Priest supports the learning on the current Religious Education theme.

Homework and Revision

As well as reading for 15 minutes every evening and completing their reading records, your child should continue to practise their multiplication facts and number bonds to 50. Pupils are expected to practise their handwriting every night as per the school policy. Neat, immaculate cursive script is expected from all pupils with ascending and descending letters written appropriately. Homework will be given to reinforce or consolidate learning in class. If you require any other support or have any questions regarding our Curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher via the school office to arrange an appointment.

 

Year 3 Team - Ms Greene, Mr Carey and Ms Wade

 

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