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 Rowley-Smith & Miss Lanaway
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 and capital cities. The children will then be immersed into the Swiss Alps, through a tasting session of Swiss produce and their own research. We will learn about physical and human geography by carrying out investigation 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 showcase.
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.
Reading lessons this half term will be based on the book, The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pulman, which they will use to continue developing their interpretation skills throughout the half term. In non-fiction books, 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, 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. After this, we will be writing a persuasive piece to answer our Learning Challenge question.
In maths this half term, we will be looking at statistics. This includes using and reading pictograms, bar charts and tables. In maths this half term, we will be looking at statistics. This includes using and reading pictograms, bar charts and tables. After finishing statistics, the children 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 adding fractions to complete the whole and understanding the terms numerator and denominator. They will then look at tenths of an amount and how this arises from splitting a shape into 10 equal parts and how to count up and down in tenths. Next, we will look at recognising and using fractions as numbers including unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators. Also to compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators. Children will use apparatus to develop an understanding of fractions as numbers and fractions of objects with small denominators.
This half term the children will be exploring the concept of creation. Observing a range of contrasting creation stories from Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and non-religious viewpoints the children will build a range of questioning techniques about our responsibilities in the world. We will ask challenging questions that feed into the beliefs that humans were made responsible for the world by many religions. At the end of the unit, the children will investigate how creation stories are relevant today and throughout history. The children will also reflect on the notion of varying belief systems and develop a sense that differences and choice are an important part of religious and non-religious lifestyles.
Geography will be taught through our learning challenge looking at the countries and continents of the world and comparing the regions of Yorkshire and the Swiss Alps, with a particular focus on geographical features including mountains.
PE this half term will cover tennis and netball. In tennis, children will learn the rules of the game. They will learn and developing their ability to serve as well as exploring forehand hitting. In netball, children will recognise the rules of the game whilst using appropriate throws and attacking skills. These will include efficiently finding space to build an attacking game. In addition, dodging and bounce passes to challenge their opponent.
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.
In Music this half-term, the children will be learning how to use the memory and thinking voice to ‘hear’ the inner singing voice. They will be learning through songs to recognise and identify differences in the sound qualities of voices. They will also be exploring music from a range of genres and learning about the history of some of this music, as well as some well-known musical artists.
This half-term in French, the children will be learning the names of foods. This will be linked to healthy eating. They will also learn about some French Easter traditions and will be using their knowledge of colours to describe Easter eggs. The children will also play games and sing songs to help them to revise the vocabulary learnt over the Autumn term and the first half of the Spring term.
This half term, the focus for computing in Year 3 will be on multimedia and creating an animation. Using the iPads, we will be working on making different effects with technology tools on the apps, Puppet Pals and I Can Animate. They will also create a simple stop motion animation with blutac. After practising their skills, children will create a computer generation animation with a voiceover.