Year 3 Summer Term 1
In year 3 we will start the spring term by looking at the story based on an African folk tale ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly!’ by Christopher Gregorowski. We will be working on telling stories, thinking about characters and settings but also about ourselves. The story is linked to self-belief and reaching for the sky so we will be encouraging the children to rise to the challenge and believe in themselves!
We will then move onto the picture book ‘Belonging’ which is set in a city, it looks at the changes that happen to the community and environment over time. This links well with our new topic of ‘Urban Pioneers’.
Curriculum work which will have an art focus. Over the half term we will find out about towns and cities creating advertising and tourist information for their places of interest. We will go onto explore contemporary ‘urban’ art looking and Graffiti which will lead to some interesting debates around ‘what is art?’.
In maths we will continue to work on rock star maths working on timestables. We will be continuing to work on different calculation strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will also be collecting and representing data in different ways as well as answering questions and solving problems.
‘Light and Shadow’ will be the topic in science. The children have enjoyed setting up their own investigations so far so we will again be developing these skills ensuring that they create a ‘fair test’.
Our Jigsaw theme for the next half term will be ‘Relationships’, the children will be encouraged to think about how to work with different people, forming positive relationships but also how to problem solve when friendships go wrong.
Year 3 Spring Term 2
To start the second half of the spring term we will be looking at ‘Hot Like Fire’, this is a poetry book that involves using different dialects as well as fun rhythms and poems to perform. We will be moving onto looking a Knights, both fiction and non-fiction which will link in with our topic.
Our topic will be ‘Heroes and Villains’, we will look at a variety of characters from books and film, using music as a stimulus discussing how it can be used to portray different characters or feelings. Through history we will be developing the children’s understanding of historical figure’s achievements and actions thinking about the impact they had on history. This will all lead to some interesting art and design technology projects too.
We will start the topic with a ‘Wow’ day where the children are invited to dress as their favourite hero or villain. We will visit Warwick Castle part way through the term too which will then lead onto finding out more about Knights and Castles.
Our Jigsaw theme for the half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’ and the learning behaviour for the half term will continue to be Perseverance and Resilience.
In science we will be looking at ‘what plants need’, this will enable the children to develop skills to carry out investigations.
In maths we will continue to work on the four operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) and the use of mental methods. We will be recapping on place value and time. When looking at time we will be using both digital and analogue clocks telling the time to five minute intervals. We will also be looking at Roman Numerals.