Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter for Summer 1 2019
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.
Mrs Aspell and Miss Harrison
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. 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 continue 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. 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 use their knowledge of whole and parts to solve fractions of an amount. They will use concrete and pictorial representations to support their understanding of dividing a whole amount into equal parts. 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.
Later in the half term the children will recap learning of time from Year 2 and build on this knowledge. They will begin to learn to tell the time on both analogue and digital clocks to the nearest 5 minutes and progress to the nearest minute. The children will learn how to use A.M and P.M and how to use these terms when using digital and analogue time. The children will be taught strategies to calculate time durations and then use these to help compare timings of events such as how long a TV programme lasts or how long it takes to bake a cake. They will also learn how many days in a month, in a year and in a leap year. 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.
Over this half term we will be continuing the unit, ‘How are beliefs expressed through arts?’ We will be looking at symbols, art work, music and dance from a range of religions and discussing how these pieces of art express belief. The children will also be reflecting on how these arts make them feel.
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. Furthermore, the children will be taught how to apply the basic principles suitable for attacking and defending during invasion games.
Our Design and Technology project for this half term will link with our healthy bodies topic. 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 computing we will be continuing our focus on word processing skills using Microsoft Word and Textease. In coding 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.
In Music this half-term, the children will be learning about percussion instruments. They will learn the difference between tuned and untuned percussion instruments and will be discussing the handling and care of these instruments. The children will learn to identify the sound of some of these and will learn the correct names of a range of percussion instruments.
This half-term in French, the children will be revising vocabulary and grammar structures that they have learnt so far this year. They will be taking part in lots of speaking and listening activities to build on their confidence. The children will complete work based on the book ‘La chenille qui fait des trous’ or the Hungry Caterpillar as we know it. They will learn the names of foods, days of the week and will learn how to construct sentences.