Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter for Summer 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.
Miss Lanaway and Miss Sprakes
For our Learning Challenge the children will be looking into the history of The Mayans.
Children will discover where and when the Mayans built their magnificent civilisation and develop a range of skills across the curriculum. They will also investigate how they lived, their culture and their legacy. We will also explore their influence in trade by looking at fair trade through our PSHE lessons and what values it brings.
During the first few weeks the children will be writing their own character descriptions based on the story of Alice in Wonderland. Here the children will explore the character of The Mad Hatter by working on descriptive language and hot-seating to allow the children to fully explore the character’s personality. Using our work on character descriptions, we will then re-write a chapter of the story as a play script and delve into the chapter further by using methods such as acting. By working on play scripts we are ensuring the children are exposed to a variety of different text types. We will then finish the term by looking at poetry by Lewis Caroll and other authors. Here the children will listen to an abundance of poetry and then write a poem in a style of their choice based on the poetry they’ve looked at.
This half term, children will focus on fractions. Children will then go on to learn 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.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology, the children will be creating and cooking their own healthy pizza. They will research what makes a healthy and varied diet and how we can apply these principles into everyday cooking. The children will look at what makes a meal healthy and what makes a meal unhealthy; we will use these findings when creating our pizza’s. We will ask ourselves, what can we change to make our meals healthier? This will help the children recap their previous learning from autumn term when we looked at the 5 different food groups and the importance of a balanced diet.
The children will be looking at ‘What do the creation stories tell us?’ We will be looking at the creation stories of the Jewish, Islamic and Sikh religions. We will explore how these creations stories helped shape each religions values and beliefs that they follow in everyday life.
In PSHE we will be looking at careers, financial and economic wellbeing. We will look at the importance of securing a career to become financially stable to ensure we can live securely. The children will look at value for money, budgeting and skills that may be required for work and why they are important. This will tie into our work on the Mayans by looking at how they were the first to discover cocoa and that they used it for trade. They will also explore the properties of Fair trade. They will learn about how it ensures better/fairer prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms for workers and farmers in the developing world.
This half-term in French, the children will be learning the names of foods and days of the week. They will be looking at the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar or in French ‘La chenille qui fait des trous’ to help them explore this. They will identify the food eaten and on which day it was.
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. After practising their skills, children will create a computer generation animation with a voiceover.
This half term’s science question is ‘Should I be afraid of my shadow?’ The children will identify sources of natural and fabricated light. They will learn about the difference between a light source and a reflection and will use this knowledge to solve problems. They will learn how shadows are formed and will be able to sort materials which are transparent, translucent and opaque. They will learn some of the skills needed to plan a fair test and observe how the size of a shadow can be affected by the position of the light source. They will also learn about the dangers of the sun and how to keep themselves safe.