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Y3 Spring 2 2017

Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us, as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.


Best wishes

Miss J Hellewell and Miss M Sheehan


Learning Challenge: Would you rather live in England or France?

Our learning challenge has a focus on geography; encouraging the children to become confident with identifying continents of the world, then progressing on to countries. Finally, we will be focussing on a study of England and its main landmarks and comparing it with France. We will use atlases to find where continents are on a world map and then home in on countries and capital cities. The children will then recap their learning through quick games so that it becomes embedded. We will learn about physical and human geography by carrying out field work around our local area. We will also use aerial photos and ordnance survey maps to identify landmarks in our local area. When comparing England and France, we will look at how the countries are similar and different in physical and human features. The children will research the effect of tourism on a region in France and decide whether tourism is a positive or negative in the region. The learning will then focus on art; developing sketching of landscapes and mixing colours with water colour paints. We will find out information about French and English artists; comparing their styles and experimenting with painting techniques the artists used. The children will create a painting of a local landscape, choosing a style to create their art in.



Reading lessons this half term will be planned based on the book ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. Within reading lessons, we will be revising retrieval skills, learning how to infer information using the text for evidence and exploring the author’s choice of language. As well as this, we will be focusing on non-fiction texts, looking at the layout and organisational features. The children will also learn how to use indexes, glossaries and contents pages to locate information in a text. We expect the children to continue reading regularly at home as this boosts progress alongside the teaching we do at school.


In writing lessons this half term we will be developing our non-fiction writing skills by writing our own persuasive leaflets. The children will learn and explore lots of different persuasive writing techniques. We will be focusing on including powerful, boastful adjectives and exciting imperative verbs to persuade the reader. After this, we will be using our topic of France as a stimulus to write creatively, using a spooky animation set in Pere La Chaise graveyard in Paris. The children will continue to use appropriate adjectives, verbs and adverbs to create atmosphere in their writing. They will also describe and show the feelings of their character. The children will learn to extend their sentences with adverbial phrases and learn how to vary the structure of their sentences using a variety of openers and conjunctions. The children will continue to use adventurous vocabulary and will proof read their writing to check for mistakes and edit them independently. The grammar for this term will revise topics we have already covered such as word class, inverted commas and contractions, and we will also learn how to use apostrophes for possession, prepositions and using commas correctly. In spelling, the children will learn spelling patterns for words that have the suffixes –ian and –ion, and the prefix re-. They will revise spelling patterns learnt in Spring 1, as well as focusing on words they often make mistakes with in writing.



In maths this half term we will be learning about fractions and developing an understanding that a fraction is a part of a whole. The children will start this unit by understanding the terms numerator and denominator and being able to identify fractions of shapes from ½ to 1/12, gaining an understanding that the higher the denominator, the smaller the fraction will be. The children will then move on to being able to find a fraction of a number, using apparatus and multiplication facts to help them divide whole numbers into equal parts. Children will learn about equivalent fractions that are the same as a half and then move on other equivalent fractions up to twelfths using problem solving to apply their knowledge. They will then learn how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, when adding the children will learn to add fractions to a whole. Using their understanding of the sizes of fractions, they will compare and order fractions from half to twelfths. Children will use their knowledge of fractions to solve problems, which will deepen their learning and understanding of fractions. We will be focusing on the 8 times table, learning multiplication and division facts. We will also be recapping the 2, 4, 8, 5 and 10 times tables and relating division facts, so it is important the children are practicing these facts at home.



In science, we will continue our topic about ‘rocks and soils’. The children will study the properties of different rocks and sort them based on their looks, permeability and durability. The children will also learn about how soil is formed from the weathering and erosion of rocks which results in different types of soils. We will also learn about the rock cycle and how sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are formed, children will make observations of these rocks and group them to apply their learning of different types of rocks. We will carry out fair testing of soil samples from the local area and discover how soil is formed through careful observations. The children will research how fossils are formed and explain this through diagrams. Towards the end of the term, we will revise areas that the children found tricky in forces and magnets and light and shadow.



Our RE focus this half term is about how beliefs are expressed through arts. The children will be exploring how religious beliefs can be expressed through music, visual art, drama and dance. They will have the chance to discuss why and how people use arts to express their beliefs and will use this knowledge to create their own artistic expressions.



Geography will be taught through our learning challenge looking at the countries and continents of the world and comparing the countries of France and England, with a particular focus on our local area.



PE this half term will cover the fundamental skills of balance and coordination, while developing children’s creative skills. The children will practice throwing and catching skills, with dominant and non-dominant hands, and develop their hand-eye coordination by throwing and catching whilst moving.



In this unit children will learn to identify factors that affect their choices and practice skills for resisting unhelpful pressures or influences. They learn the importance of making informed choices about their health. There is a specific focus on smoking.



This half term in music, the children will be continuing to learn to play the recorder, focusing on tricky fingering patterns using a new note. They will complete rhythm and composing exercises and will have fun with ostinatos (repeating patterns). The children will discover the two beat note and will learn about how there can be four beats in a bar. They will learn a new note and will learn some new tunes, incorporating the rhythm work they have been looking at. This will include learning about the one beat rest.



In French this half term, the children will revise previous knowledge through a range of games and songs. They will learn the names of colours and will use this new vocabulary, along with some grammatical concepts, to build their own sentences. They will build on these skills by describing Easter eggs and will learn about some Easter traditions in France.



This half term, the focus for computing in Year 3 will be coding and online safety.  Using the Espresso Coding app, we will be working on moving different objects around the screen, time events and building towards making our first interactive games.  We will also be having e-safety lessons to embed the SMART rules and looking at further ways to ensure that we always stay safe online.