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Y3 Spring 1 2021

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 Lanaway and Miss Sprakes


Learning Challenge: Would you rather visit Yorkshire or the Swiss Alps?

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. Throughout lessons, we will be focussing on comparing Yorkshire and the Swiss Alps. Initially, we will use atlases to find where continents are on a world map and then home in on countries, counties of the UK and capital cities. The children will then be immersed into the Swiss Alps, through a tasting sessions of Swiss produce and their own research. We will learn about physical and human geography by carrying out investigations of both places, using a variety of sources. When comparing Yorkshire and the Swiss Alps, we will look at how the locations are similar and different in physical and human features. We will also learn about mountains and compare these in both regions. The children will research why tourists would visit each area based on its features. They will then present their findings in a persuasive letter.



Reading lessons this half term will be based on the book, The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman, which they will use to continue developing their interpretation and comprehension skills. We also will be doing an extra two lessons of reading a week where the content will differ each week. This is to ensure that children are accessing a wide variety of texts. Story time will also continue every day.


In writing lessons, we will be focusing on accurately using a range of punctuation. We will be writing a range of descriptions in order to focus on the basics so that the children have a secure understanding of sentence structure. As part of this, the children will be spending their time proof reading their work to check for mistakes in order to edit their work independently. We will also be writing a diary entry as Lila – a main character from the Firework Maker’s Daughter. After this, we will be writing a persuasive piece to answer our Learning Challenge question.



This half term in maths we will be continuing to focus on multiplication and division. The children will use their knowledge of multiplication facts to apply to new multiplication problems, by examining patterns and relationships in number, for example, using our knowledge of the 4x tables to work out answers to the 40x tables. We will use our multiplication skills to help support our understanding of division, both practically and in formal written methods. We will be using a range of practical and visual representations to aid in our understanding of multiplication and division and when ready, the children will progress onto formal written methods. As always, children will be learning their times tables, which really does help them in class and we would appreciate your continued support by practicing them at home. This half term, we will be focusing on our 4 times tables, but continued practice of 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s at home will be especially useful too.



This half term the children will be learning about forces and magnets to answer the question – ‘Why do we slip on ice?’ We will be investigating what forces are and the fact that you cannot see them. The children will learn about the poles of the magnets and what happens when they are brought together. They will also investigate magnetic and non-magnetic objects in practical experiments, finding out which materials are attracted to magnets.  Scientific methods will be revised using predictions and fair testing.



Our new unit in RE is called, ‘What is Spirituality?’ This unit explores the concept of spirituality and focuses on creative ways in which spirituality may be demonstrated. The unit offers opportunities for the children to experiment with and experience a range of creative arts as they explore how religious communities and individuals express beliefs and emotions.  



This half-term in PE we will be covering Gymnastics and Dance. For the dance unit we are lucky enough to be joined by a dance specialist from Phoenix Dance Academy.



This half-term in PSHE we will be focusing on bullying and how to keep safe. The children discuss what bullying is and how it can make people feel. They will also explore the different types of bullying and how to respond to incidents of bullying. They will learn about and develop strategies to deal with bullying and what to do if they witness bullying.



In Computing, we will be learning about Coding and animation using the programme Espresso Coding. The children will refresh their skills that they learnt last year before beginning to use timings to sequence actions in their programmes. Towards the end of the half term they will use commands to make items appear and disappear.



The learning will focus on; 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, mimicking the style of Monet.



In music this term, children will continue with their instrument lessons on a Thursday as well as learning about the language of music through playing the glockenspiel.