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.
Miss Sheehan and Miss Hellewell
Learning Challenge: Why don’t we wobble like a jelly fish?
This half term we will be focusing on how to keep a healthy body. The topic will start by looking at healthy eating and the different food groups we need to help maintain a healthy body. The children have already enjoyed tasting an array of different foods and have started to think about the importance of making healthy choices! They will take part in market research as well as learning about nutrition in order to design and make their very own pizza. We will also be learning about the skeletons and muscles of animals and the human body. They will learn the names of the main bones and also the function of them within the body. They will learn that muscles are used to help us move.
Reading and writing lessons this half term will be planned based on the book The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. This adventurous and heart-warming book will grab the children’s enthusiasm for reading and give great opportunities for the children to empathise with the characters and infer information from what they read. Within reading lessons we will be revising retrieval and inference skills. The children will be taught to consider the author’s choice of language and illustrations to gain a deeper understanding of the book. This is a tricky book to read with a lot of new vocabulary so we will also be continuing to use our skill of reading new words in context to infer meaning. Reading regularly at home and using all of these skills will boost progress alongside the teaching we do at school.
In writing lessons the children will be revising techniques used to describe and they will be building knowledge on different sentence structures. The children will learn to extend their sentences with adverbial and prepositional phrases and learn how to vary the structure of their sentences using a variety of openers and conjunctions. We will also be revising how to use inverted commas for speech. The grammar for this term will be revision of topics that we have already covered such as contractions, homophones (there, their and they’re) and word classes. Spelling is a key focus for us and we will be revising spelling patterns that we have already learnt as well as focusing on words that we often make mistakes with in writing and the statutory year 3/4 spelling list.
We will be starting this half term by recapping our learning of fractions. The children will then build on their prior learning by recognising a range of fractions using a variety of resources, identifying and recognising equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and compare and order fractions with the same denominator. The children will then put all of their new skills into practise through a range of problem solving activities.
Later in the half term we will be exploring shape. The children will be recognising angles, identifying horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines. Children will then develop the skill of drawing and creating 2D and 3D shapes in a variety of creative ways. They will also learn about Roman numerals for the numbers 1-12 and begin to use their knowledge of time to answer problems solving questions. In class the children will be recapping their knowledge of the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables as these are what they should know by the end of Year 3.
Science will be taught through our healthy eating topic this half term.
To begin the half term, we will be finishing the unit, ‘How are beliefs expressed through arts.’ We will then move onto our final RE unit where the children will learn about Christianity. We will read lots of different parables and think about how the morals and messages in these stories are relevant to our own lives today. We will also be learning about the Ten Commandments and developing our very own ‘rules to live by.’
Linking with our ‘healthy bodies’ topic, we will be focusing on health and fitness and the importance of exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The fundamental skill focus will be agility which will be taught through a mixture of challenges, games and competitions.
Our Design and Technology project for this half term will link with our healthy bodies topic. Children will be cooking their own healthy pizzas. They will need to meet certain criteria to make sure that their pizza is balanced and nutritious, and they will learn about food safety. After making their pizza, the children will evaluate their recipe and finished product.
In this unit the children learn how to look after money and understand that saving money is the way to afford more expensive items. They learn that there are different ways to keep money safe and that money can earn more money through interest paid by banks and building societies. They learn about the concept of planning and budgeting for a household.
This half- term in French, the children will be singing songs, playing games and completing a range of activities to help them to learn vocabulary and sentence structures related to greetings, numbers and asking questions about each other.
As part of our computing topic, we will be using the program ‘screen turtle’. We will be learning how to write commands to make things happen on screen. We will also learn how to check and debug our commands when we find a mistake. The children will use the repeat command and also learn how to describe the angle of a turn in degrees.
In Music this half-term, the children will be singing songs and taking part in activities to revise and embed the following elements: rhythm, dynamics, melody, pitch, tempo and timbre.