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 Harrison and Mrs Aspell
Learning Challenge: Does a plant have a happy life?
This half term our learning challenge is going to be science focused with an element of enterprise. We will be beginning this with an exciting trip to Harewood House where the children will be taking part in a ‘Plant Hunter’ workshop. Part of this learning challenge will be focusing on the science of plants. The children will learn about the parts of a plant and how their structure is linked directly to their function. They will experiment with what each plant needs to stay healthy and conduct child led fair tests. They will learn about how water is transported though a plant, the life cycle of plants and also the role flowers play in pollination. This topic will finish looking at how plants provide us with a food source and also learning about carnivorous plants which feed on other organisms. As an enterprise part of this topic, the children will be carrying out some market research, working out costings and creating a variety of garden centre products. They will advertise and retail these during the Year 3 Garden Fair. Over the past few weeks, the children have been working with Mrs Fletcher in the garden to grow and pot a variety of plants and vegetables, which will be available to purchase at the fair.
In English this half term, our writing will be linked to our topic of plants. Children will begin their reading and writing lessons focused around the book, Greenling. We will be covering a range of text types to focus on key Year 3 writing skills. We will be starting by writing character descriptions of the Greenling . We will move on to writing dialogue and looking at the key punctuation and grammatical skills needed. Additionally, the children will also be writing about the contrast between the natural and materialistic, technological world through non-fiction writing.
Our comprehension and independent reading lessons will be focused on Greenling as well as books such as, The Tin Forest, The Promise and non-fiction plant texts. Children will continue to develop their inference and retrieval skills, particularly focusing on making inferences about a character’s thoughts and feelings. The focus of grammar this half term will be to revise the skills already learnt throughout this year.
This half term we will be returning to measure. We will be working practically to measure, compare, add and subtract: length, mass and volume/capacity. The children will be deciding which tools of measurement to use and will begin looking at converting measurement. Throughout this topic the children will be solving problems relating to the unit. The children will also learn about time. They will learn how to tell the time, look at estimating time and the months and days in the year. We will also look at angles and the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will look at comparing angles as well as pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines. During topic lessons this half term, we will continue to look at statistic. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to interpret and present data in bar charts, pictograms and tables during science experiments and market research for the summer fair.
In RE we will be learning about Christianity. We will read lots of different parables and think about how the morals and message 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.’
PE this half term will focus athletics and tennis. In athletics, children will learn about a variety of jumps and perform their own jumping sequencing as a group. We will look at running skills to demonstrate agility and speed and how to throw with accuracy and power. The children will be applying these physical skills in a range of challenges and games and learning to compete in a sensible way, including learning how to lose. 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.
This half term, the children will be learning about using technology safely and responsibly. They will identify ways we communicate online and explain who can see our messages and comments. In addition, they will be looking at how word order affects their search results and how to save web pages.
Pupils will learn about making healthy choices about food and drinks and how branding can affect the products we buy. They will also learn about keeping active and some of the challenges of this.
In music this half-term, the children will be practicing their performance skills as they use a variety of instruments. They will be exploring the concept of timbre: the characteristic quality of sound. They will learn to identify different instruments by sound quality only. The children will also be listening to a range of music to help them develop in this area.
This half-term in French, the children will recap the vocabulary they have learnt so far this year through a range of games and songs. They will learn the names of days of the week and months of the year.